The Little (Dead) Mermaid Photoshoot

Not the red-headed Disney princess we all know and love, these pieces follow the darker notes of the original fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen.
When a mermaid dies she becomes sea foam, forever to float on the water’s surface.
I read this tale as a child and right up until this day, every time I see sea foam my first thought is always ‘dead mermaid’.
The bubble forms you see floating before you in the preserved sections of the ocean are inspired by the shapes of sea foam as it ripples and cascades through the waves and over the tides. The metal is 3-D printed steel forms from my computer design drawings, which I have hand-etched with gruesome sea-creaturesque imagery and added dimensions to with limbs and parts of protruding dead sea monsters, sat amongst the gems of the depths.
Mermaids don’t just dissolve wistfully away into bubbles, they melt and shrink and fall apart at the seams. These floating creations are merely scooped up dead mermaids solidified around your fingers, necks and ears.

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What do you think?

 

Chloe out.

The Little (Dead) Mermaid – Making Of

 

A few days ago my wonderful 3D printed steel bubble parts arrived (yay!) and today I’m going to show you what I did with them!!

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First thing… a bit of etching! Gotta tape up the holes…

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… and paint the metal with etching fluid.

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One dry, little dead fishy, horrible sea creatures and monstrous imagery are scraped away.

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And etched! with my friend the nitric acid.

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After a quick clean, the pieces are given a fire to oxidize the metal and give a little bit of tonal colouration.

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They are then rubbed back using the pendant drill and a little sandpaper.

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Now they’re all shiny and ready for the finishing touches!

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The beads are strung onto a knitted blue wire chain and strung with a variety of blue beads and pearls.

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The studs and ring have cubic zirconia gemstones, wire, and bits of hacked up dinosaurs that have been painted with gloopy varnish pigments (ie. nail polish!) are added into the little pre-printed holes.

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All the pieces are then finished with little spots of clear varnish. My display for these pieces is going to involve something a little wet…. so when the pieces are submerged the varnish will prevent them from rusting all over, ie. the rust will only appear in certain parts…… or that’s the plan anyway! rusting isn’t really something I’m going to have control over! but that’s the fun of these little dead mermaids :)

 

Stay tuned for a post with images of the finished pieces and a photoshoot post too!

Chloe out.

Faery Wings Final Pieces

The Faery Wings pieces are finished… well… for now!

I’ve loved making this collection and now that i’ve finished it up for The Degree Show i keep coming up with other ideas for it in my head… stay tuned… i think there will be lots more to come from this collection!!

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What do you think of my little creatures?

 

Stay tuned for the photoshoot post to see how all these winged things are worn :)

 

Chloe out.

Mossycoat Photoshoot

Last time i showed you the whole process of how my Mossycoat neckpiece was made….. but i didn’t show you how it turned out! So here it is, the Mossycoat photoshoot!

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“Dear little Mossycoat.
I found her coat, it was in tatters, as was her fine white silk dress and the crown and melted all over the pebbles. From rags to riches and now back into the overgrown moss once more.
But I preserved you dear Mossycoat.
The dead moss from her coat has been stitched into the golden moss-etched pebbles and strung with thousands of precious mossy beads, culminating in a large golden pendant; where the magic lies. I unearthed two segments of her crown, the circles still perfect, and I stretched out her white silk dress to protect the wishes. Underneath the silk lies the only piece of the Mossycoat that still possesses the wishing power.
If you’re quiet, and close your eyes tight and whisper your wish into the coat, Mossycoat may just turn you into what you desire to be the most.”

What do you think?

Chloe out.

The Little (Dead) Mermaid introduction and 3D design drawings

Most (i’m hoping all of you!) will know the tale of The Little Mermaid, most likely from the animated Disney film, but hopefully some of you will also know the original Hans Christian Andersen tale as well (if not, read it here)….. it’s basically the same, but much darker and the ending is not so happy!

I’ve been rather obsessed with doodling bubbles for a while now…..

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Hence my logo (my favourite pattern to etch is the bubbles, so what else was my logo going to be!! plus it looks like beading too)!

…… and as The Little Mermaid is filled with bubbles i couldn’t think of a better story connection to my doodly mind. In paticular, this quote:

So I shall die,” said the little mermaid, “and as the foam of the sea I shall be driven about never again to hear the music of the waves, or to see the pretty flowers nor the red sun.

And that’s exactly what happens at the end… so you can see why i’ve re-titled it The Little (Dead) Mermaid!

I want the pieces i make to look like i’ve nipped down to the beach and literally scooped up a handful of dead mermaid…. morbid but pretty i’m thinking!!

This is also my chance to use a little bit of new technology! I want to combine my ideas for this with CAD drawings and 3D printing. Here are my design drawings that i’ve sent away to shapeways to get 3D printed into steel (why steel? well because it was rust when wet of course! running with the decaying dying mythical sea creature theme here!)…..

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What do you think?

Chloe out.