Godd evening all you dusty pies ( these greetings are provided by “https://randomwordgenerator.com/. )
It’s september, and Halloween is on it’s way here. As always, I’m not sure excatly what to dress, but I got few ideas of smaller gadgets. These are one of them.
Do you know wet specimens? It’s a one kind of a taxidermy, where an dead body of an animal or even a human baby, is put on glass and alcohol containing liquids to preserve it longer. In museums, bigger collections like these are often kept in fireproof rooms because of their flammability.
This method started by Frederik Ruysch in the 1600’s, for keeping bodies in better condition for examinating and studying. Finding right liquid solution for preserving bodies were difficult, and took many decades. It was revealed in 2006 that his preserving method used clotted pig blood, berlin blue and mercury oxide. The source for these are here if interested:
So, inspired by these things which I seen not only in my own primary school, but also in many museums (Berlin natural history museum has a very big collection), I got this idea of doing “fake” ones. I generally don’t wan’t to own a real one, even they do look interesting in museums.
But a “cute” fimo clay and resin made verions could be okay.
So, I never worked with Fimo before, but it’s very popular polymer clay to use in selfmade art and assecories. Wierdly, it’s ok to cure it using your own daily household oven, eventough it’s vinyl plastic. Ofcourse it might be good idea to wipe the oven after use, and , not put food inside there while curing Fimo.
All kind of Fimos exist, even transparent or glitter ones. And, there is other brands than this too.
I found mine from hobby store, but, I have seen these been sold in even a book store.
Fimo is kinda hard in the beginning, so I needed to slice it and roll it until it softened. After that it’s generally easy to work with, but, some real sculpting skills are needed to get good looking results. Some kind of derpiness look is easily coming into your designs, and it takes time to make a perfect item.
However, Fimo is easy to paint and varnish afterwards. As plastic, it’s harmfully still maybe just a funny waste, if design goes wrong or is left unused. It’s funny how sustainability have been an argument against 3d-printing, while polymer clay have been standing silently in the corner..
For this project I also used liquid resin to act like the liquid part of the wet specimen taxidermy. There’s few kind of hobby resins in the market, some which cures by themself around some hours, and some which need Uv-light to cure. Generally what I looked around, the Uv-ones cure much faster. I did choose non uv anyways, since, I didn’t own uv lamp already.
Resin I got, had this tendency to remain sticky after curing 18 hours. After some research, I found several reasons which might cause this. In my case, things got better when I mixed larger quantities at once. Ofcourse that means either left over, or that one does many resin projects at once. I did some buttons with silicone molds I got.
I purchased small bottles from a craft store years ago, and it was nice to finally find some use for them. The metal hooks in the cork part I did from just basic metal placer ring. There is special hooks for these too, but, those are often hard to find.
I made simpliest design from the fimo clay as possible, and kept the bottles with me to check the size. I worked in very small scale, and sizing is easy to forget.
After my polymer creatures were cured, I simply painted small dots to be eyes. And that’s it. I used acrylics, but there is probably other methods too. I tried to paint some grey colour partially in one of my small creatures, but, it later got dissolved in the resin, looking kinda messy.
At the end I just glued the cork in place with super glue, and made those small etiquettes with post it notes, tea and ink. Glued them to the bottle with the very same glue, which is messy and makes the bottle have some glue marks. Either it looks perfectly fine and just adds in the old style, or then not. You decide.
Making more complex creatures would be lovely, but needs a bigger bottle. With necklace that shouldn’t be a problem, but after all, I’m happy with my taxidermy Halloween ear-rings.
For next weird things, stay tuned you angry baskets!