Last time was the making of, this time it’s the finished pieces.
What do you think?
Stay tuned for the photoshoot post!!
I get a little bit naked….
….. down Musselburgh beach…….
…… I’m so sorry random cyclist that I flashed…
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!!
First thing… a bit of etching! Gotta tape up the holes…
… and paint the metal with etching fluid.
One dry, little dead fishy, horrible sea creatures and monstrous imagery are scraped away.
And etched! with my friend the nitric acid.
After a quick clean, the pieces are given a fire to oxidize the metal and give a little bit of tonal colouration.
They are then rubbed back using the pendant drill and a little sandpaper.
Now they’re all shiny and ready for the finishing touches!
The beads are strung onto a knitted blue wire chain and strung with a variety of blue beads and pearls.
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.
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!
Love my Little (Dead) Mermaid 3D prints!! They’re so cute! Can’t wait to get to work on them :)
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…..
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!)…..
What do you think?