I did two things in this piece that I normally don't do in my work... I broke out the plastic babies and the glitter.
I gessoed and covered the plastic baby in gold-leaf. Simultaneously, I prepared the inside of a copper, fold-formed box I made recently. I sealed all the seams, coated everything in gesso, and then added layers of paint. My trusty hairdryer helped speed this process up. I then had a high quality image of the nebula printed on a laser printer and glued it in place. I sealed the image and noticed that the photo had sort of flattened. Those sparks of life that give the original a truly ephemeral feeling kind of disappeared. So this is where the glitter comes in. I sparingly used it to simulate the stars. I glued the baby down and once everything was dry, I embedded the baby in resin.
I wasn't exactly thrilled with the end result. It needed something else. I busted out the drill and created four recessions in the corners of the surface of the resin. I set vintage rhinestones in the holes. I think that it's a nice little detail that elevates the piece. The crystals seem to float and gives it another dimension.
The pendant that I made was simply strung on a stainless steel ball chain. I had originally planned this elaborate embellished chain with clusters of beads in the colors from the photo, but I thought it distracted too much from the actual pendant and had a little too much Rainbow Brite action. So I edited it down to just a length of ball chain.
Check out what the other challengers made:
D of Wondrous Strange Designs
Sarajo ~ SJ Designs
Marina of Fanciful Devices
Andrew Thornton (You are here)