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VerDay Flamingo of the Fairy Court

April 16, 2014

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Do you remember Roz, my pink flamingo?

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She was part of a “Keep Ft Pierce Funky” artist event at Art Mundo.  We each personalized and decorated our Flamingo.  I had such a great time with her.

photo 4 I started by painting her with a Primer.  She even looks good in gray!

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Then I painted her with Ten Seconds Studio VerDay paint in Patina Copper.  I just love this VerDay paint.  I wanted to add a little more punch to her color, so I buffed in a little Viva Decor Inka Gold in blue and purple on the wing feathers.  Then she received a royal robe of Prima leaves from my stash.

I used a Basswood Round by Walnut Hollow as her base and sprayed it with Tattered Angels mists for color.  But I wanted it to look like she was standing in a pool of water, so out came Amazing Crafting Products Clear Cast Resin.  Working with ACP Clear Cast is so easy – just mix equal parts A & B!  One of the tricks for minimizing bubbles is to pour A & B and let sit a few minutes.  Stir parts A & B together mixing slowly and then let sit 5-10 minutes allowing any air bubbles to rise to surface.  Slowly pour the Clear Cast Resin in your mold, or as in my case, on your surface.

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I drilled two small holes in my basswood to hold my flamingo’s copper legs. After inserting them in the holes, I needed a way to stabilize her while I poured the resin.   As you can see, it took a box and a roll of paper towels to wedge her in place so she would not move.  I waited to pour the resin before leaving my studio for the night so she could ‘set up’ overnight.

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Being that this was a rather large surface, it needed to be poured in layers for the best effect.  I love that we can pour layers and when you are done, you can’t see where one layer started and another began!  I poured the first layer small to encase the legs and stabilize the whole piece.  The next day I poured another layer to cover the entire wood surface.

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A few more days, a few more entire surface layers, and she was standing in a pond!  After pouring the last layer, I decided to embed my Flower Fairy before the resin set.  Don’t they just look great together?

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After spraying the entire piece with a matte clear cote, a final crown of roses weaved into a wreath adds the finishing touch.  I just love her.

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I’m tempted to create a whole fairy garden now!

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Letitia Grace Lauer April 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

She is awesome! I was one to decorate now.

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Kate Nolan-Denham April 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

She is beautiful! Think I need a whole bunch of these around my pool. :)
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maria soto April 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I love this project, she looks stunning, I can see a lot of these, would look beautiful

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Tanya Ruffin April 24, 2014 at 12:08 pm

That is absolutely beautiful! I love the weathered patina looks. Looks like it is real copper!

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