Saturday, June 16, 2012
A Place I'd Like to Be
The painting was a challenge because of using all green but still having the leaves distinct from each other. The shading went really well - I think because I used a coat of Liquitex clear gesso which gives a wonderfule surface for my brushes.
One of my best finds has been 32 gauge white coated wire which I use for the whiskers. It's actually an off-white. It's "para wire" and I think I got it at www.fusionbeads.com. After I have all the mica powders on I just poke in a few lengths of wire and add a small drop of liquid clay to secure them.
By the way, the milkweed seeds are tufts of felting fur glued to "seeds" made from polymer clay.
The most exciting first, and the most fun of the whole thing was adding the light. I love a little engineering challenge now and then and it took me much searching the internet and then much brain-wracking to figure this out.
Check out the LEDs on www.modeltrainsoftware.com. They have a variety of colors, both flashing and solid, and they're easy to install with their great battery holders complete with a switch. I used just one warm white led for the candle flame. The wires go down through the polymer clay candle, real acorn cap (candle holder) and polymer clay mushroom table. Then the attach to the wires at the switch. I glued the swith to the inside of the gourd and hid it, and the battery with some ultrasuede. With the ultrasuede in place they are hidden, but you can lift the edge of the ultrasuede to turn the switch on or off or change the battery.
I can't wait to make more gourds and use more of these lights. They're wonderful! Thanks, Evan Designs!