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Yax
06-08-2001, 08:50 PM
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I made a number of small tropical fish that hang in our kitchen. When the wind blows through the room, the fish move like they are swimming. It is like having an aquarium, but you don't have to feed them. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif They were done with Sculpey. Yax

sandge
06-09-2001, 01:06 AM
These are terrific -- I bet they look great swimming about in the air! I love the way you have painted them.

What is sculpy -- a sort of clay? I'd be interested to hear your working method for these pieces. Thanks.

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sandra

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Yax
06-09-2001, 01:20 AM
Originally posted by sandrafletcher:
These are terrific -- I bet they look great swimming about in the air! I love the way you have painted them.

What is sculpy -- a sort of clay? I'd be interested to hear your working method for these pieces. Thanks.

best wishes http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
sandra


Hello Sandra, Sculpey is a polymer clay. There are probably different brand names, but sculpey seems most popular. It worrks like clay and you heat it in your oven. If you do use it, follow the directions because it can become toxic if burnt. For these fish (average lenght about 5") I made a wire loop in the rough shape of the fish, and then applied the clay. Regular clay tools work fine. After the heating process, and well cooled, I paint with Acrylics. It is a fun project, I hope you try it. Yax http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

sandge
06-09-2001, 01:30 AM
So, is the wire inside the fish? Also,
did you varnish them?

thanks
s

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Yax
06-09-2001, 01:49 AM
Originally posted by sandrafletcher:
So, is the wire inside the fish? Also,
did you varnish them?

thanks
s



Hi again, Yes the wire stayed inside. It is not necessary, but it gives it structure while working on it. Varnish does not work well with this medium. If you want a gloss, there are Acyrlic glazes available. I did not glaze mine however. Yax

Leaflin
06-10-2001, 11:58 AM
Yax, these are fantastic!!!
What a great Idea http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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"Imagination makes you see all sorts of things." Georgia O'Keeffe

pixelscapes
06-10-2001, 03:25 PM
A long time ago I got one of my college degrees in tropical marine biology... so, speaking as a card-carrying fish lover... BRAVO!

Thanks for describing your process, also. How'd you attach them to the ceiling, with fishing line I assume? (heh. irony.)
Did you drill a hole for the line, or make a hanging loop from your wire?

-=- Jen "Woo!" de la Cruz

kimcaplan
06-10-2001, 06:22 PM
Love the fish.I adore working with sculpey,the only thing stopping me doing large projects is the cost.It is sometimes called Fimo.Great work Yax.Do more for us!Kim

Yax
06-10-2001, 06:54 PM
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Here is a close up of one of the fish. You can see that I drilled a small hole and used fishing line to hang the fish. Yax http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Allan Jameson
08-07-2001, 10:56 PM
These are brilliant, thanks for showing us the painting detail.

crazi4art
08-09-2001, 08:10 PM
Hey~
those are really cool. i like them a lot. i might steal ur idea. lol i like it a LOT!
crazi4art

Yax
08-09-2001, 10:34 PM
Thanks Allan and Crazi4art please try it, you will have fun doing it. Try to put the fish tail a bit to the right or left. It will appear to be swimming, and when the wind blows, it will cause the fish to turn. Yax:D

Sandi
08-10-2001, 02:44 PM
These are beautiful AND terrifficc!! Thanks for the tips on how to make our own, too.