Thursday, April 19, 2012
Everything finally came together to get these babies in my shop. It took me a while to find the right supplier for the chains (I tested out this style of chain from three different sources; seems I'm kinda picky). These are silver-plated petite ball chains, they are more slender and feminine than the type you would find with dog tags...and they are so smooth and bright and pretty.
The eggs are sculpted from clay, then painted with washes and layers of flecks and splotches to look like the real thing. It's a bit time-consuming, letting each layer dry before adding another with my tiny brushes. But you know me...if I'm going for realism, I'll take the long way and enjoy the ride =)
I did a lot of research on bird species and their eggs while coming up with prototypes for these (which was fun in itself); the cream-colored ones are modeled after the Meadow Starling and the Red-tailed Hawk. The blue ones are inspired by the Chipping Sparrow.
Nature is just so full of gorgeous things.