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Lotus Flower and Opal Crescent Moon by Talty Lotus Flower and Opal Crescent Moon by Talty

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This is a commission I did for ~ShadowTsuki, this is her design. She wanted me to do a lotus flower and a crescent moon as stud earrings. The crescent moon has an opal effect which looks GREAT and I added a starry background, dark blue clay with silver mica :) she wanted the lotus flower to fade to purple, so I painted it by hand to get that effect. The lotus flower was a big pain to make since all the petals had to be pretty much identical and it had to be made in MANY steps. I had to find a balance between accuracy and strength, I was afraid to make the petals so thin that they would break. I'm happy with how it turned out, and I hope that she'll like it too :D

Technical stuff: Polymer clay, the petals were painted to resemble a lotus flower, everything has a good layer of glaze for shine and added strength. Both are mounted on stainless steel studs. Each earring is 1.5 cm ~ a bit over half an inch in diameter.

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XxOpalCrescentxX Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Omg I love this so much I can't even vsdz kjdmvksdjbvda

This is so beautiful!
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Talty 4 days ago   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :love:
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XxOpalCrescentxX 4 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome~ C:
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:iconchiisanahana:
Awesome!! I love the starry background and the flower!
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Talty Jan 12, 2013   Artisan Crafter
oooh that's great, thank you so much :love:
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
omg, I made so many typos in my comment... U_U forgive me please, it's very late (early?lol) here, and I haven't slept all night long and I'm starting to make no sense XD
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Omg, the lotus... it's just fantastic:faint: :heart:! An it all shines so nicely always. Are you using a PU glaze ( I use this one to finish off resin sometimes to enhance the gloss and it's really very awesome and glossy and never tacky :)
The white/translucent crescent really does resemble a natural stone :) Did you put bits of holographic film/glittery flakes in it? :) I recently bought some holographic glitters used typically for nail art, they arre in amny sizes and I especially like the light one I have that opalizeswith colours of the rainbow like this looks here :) It is so shiny in resin when you embed it, I imagine it could be embedded in poly clay too, but never had a see-though clay, only opaque ones and that would not work that well I imagine (or it wouldn;t be able to see all chunks properly and they would only stick out in some places ) The dark blue with mica(sky) looks so nice too, I thought it's blue glitter for a sec ;p
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Talty Jun 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :la: What is PU glaze? I don't even know what glaze I'm using now, it's something made here in Mexico. I used to use Triple Thick but it dried out so I went looking for something new and found this.

Yup I used holographic glitter flakes, and I used liquid clay for that :) regular clay is too opaque and it would have hidden the glitter. I really love the effect! :heart:
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I see :la:
Oh, PU, it means it is chamically based upon PU- polyurethane :) Triple Thick is acrylic-based, and usually decoupage glosses are acrylic :) I pay attention to that, because, depending on what is the gloss/varnish/glue made of, you know how it will behave later (after years) or when it contacts other chemicals (such as solvents, or when you want to remove grease from them or dirt or such , you gotta know if the alcohol or substance you're using is safe for the gloss or not and if it will dissolve or ruin it :) )
Acrylic varnishes are very good, I have one of my own, they are quick to dry and can mask the surface nicely :) But I have learned that they have many disadvantages too U_U For example, when the surface you glazed is very smooth to begin with, the acrylic will not bond as well as PU and when rubbed a lot with finger under water, it will come off as a sort of film :P (I did tests). Also, acrylic is basically forming a film, which is great but not definite (for exemple when used on PP or PE plastic objects, after it is all dry and turned from milky to transparent, if you poke a lot, you can remove it, as a film-like layer ;p cuz it will not adhere well to plastics nor resins that much) :D But then again, I'm sure it depends on what surfaces one is glazing :aww: I'm not a polymer clay expert, but probably acrylic works very well with it, and paper too (since it's widely used for protecting decoupage images *_*). And PU is more like a stinky, stonger varnish, as it is used widely for covering wooden furniture for example and can be bought in hardware store. It is dry to the touch after 30 minutes and completely hardened uasually after 24 hrs, but once there, you will not ever move it (unless you use a particular solvent) and the coating is much harder then acrylic, too ! (especially noticable when using a few coats) So I really like both types, but for gloss I appreciate PU the most! :eager: :heart: When decoupaging inkjet prints, I think acrylic is best to protect the ink first for example (the solvent in PU will probably 'move' the ink and destroy the image if applied right away, as it tends to act like a dilutant for colour dyes too), but when you put a few coats of acrylic first, and then PU, you get a protection of ink first and safe finish later ;p (I hope at least, will see after time :giggle:). I never checked if PU works on polymer clay, but PU is a polymer too, so I guess it should work with it as well :P
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xdeathbybananax Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That flower is really amazing :wow:
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