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ACEO: Peacock by OpalSkye ACEO: Peacock by OpalSkye
Behind the design:
Every year I make a card for my Mum's birthday. She's even gone so far as to expect a handmade card from me :giggle: Yesterday she said to me on the way to town to pick up a couple of last minute bits;
"I hoped you'd make me a card"
"I am going to"
"Oh good! *grin* I feel like I'm missing out if I don't get a card from you that you've made."
I think that's a backwards complement, but I digress.
The last couple of years I've stuck to 1 of 2 themes; Butterflies (as demonstrated in this years Mother's Day gift ([link] [link]) or peacocks. We both have a mutual love for them and I wanted to do something a bit different this year for her card.

After various dA searches for "peacock", I stumbled upon this beautiful design [link] Peacock Tattoo by *littlecheese and was inspired by the simplicity and elegance of the drawing. I decided to make a tile to mount on the card for my Mum based on this drawing.

Technical Stuff:
I used Fimo polymer clay for the tile itself (it's about 3 inches square, not quite the true dimensions of an ACEO but it's close enough :D).
The peacock is 'drawn' by artists wire (4-5 different colours). In-filled (in a semi-cloisonné fashion) with various glitters and embossing powders and finally the whole tile has been covered in an oil-slick style polyurethane and moon-dust mix.
It's REALLY hard to capture the colour play in this, hopefully the 3 different shots give you a fair idea of how pretty this tile really is :)

Commission Info:
I am offering tiles like this for commission, depending on complexity of the design they will range from £15 to £20; this one of medium complexity would cost £17 (this particular tile is not for sale, however). The tile is 3inches square and there is plenty of room for a custom message (inscribed) on the reverse, I will only add my signature and the date as standard. Feel free to send me a note to discuss ideas and designs :)

Many thanks to *littlecheese for her kind permission to be inspired by her wonderful tattoo drawing!

Artwork is ©S-DJohnson.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my art, a comment is worth more than a favourite, I am always looking to improve and welcome any advice!
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FloraLaurel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You said working with wire is pretty tricky, but you've seemed to manage it well! Beautiful colors, by the way; I adore peacocks as well :love:
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It is tricky indeed! This was the product of many, many, many hours of tinkering with wire and different gauges too! I've not been able to do anything like it since >.< I think I had a one-hit-wonder haha.
Thank you so much for a lovely comment <3
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HollieBollie Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is really cool and creative. Ive kinda wanted to try making a clay card using gems and clay as ive seen other artist do. Any tips??
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much :) You certainly should try it, there's so much room for experimentation and creativity!

Tips, hmm... I made a former/mould out of paper taped together, that allowed me to get a uniform thickness without affecting the overall shape. I mentioned it in a comment to another artist, let me see if I can find it...
"I made a frame out of card (several layers taped together to build up the thickness) and rolled the clay into that; it forced the square shape and rolling it made it smooth on the back (and mostly on the front too). Kind of like pouring cake mix into a tin ^^
On the actual card there's no 3D frame, just a border of metallic card :)

That was pretty much the most important aspect of making the tile. Other things to consider are the weight of the card that you attach the tile to, you'll need to make sure you balance it so when you display the card, it doesn't fall on its face.

If you have any specific things you're unsure about I'd be very happy to explain or offer advice :)
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AlbertoCarrera Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
nice
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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250981 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
that is very beautiful! Very special! I am sure your Mum was delighted!
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :D :heart:
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250981 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
welcome ;)
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DeviantCookie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Cutiiiie :-)
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hehe thanks :)
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Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is really beautiful and what a lovely way to make a card! What sort of card do you attach the tile to? And how do you attach it?
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :D
I used double sided tape and stuck it to a regular A5 card, no special technique there really :)

I was able to do this because the back of the tile is super flat, using the frame to roll it into forced the clay to smooth out, which made it easy to stick it to the card :) And after the p.clay had been baked it's about 1/2 the original weight so it doesn't drag the card over.

Thank you for your lovely comment :hug:
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Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, so is there a frame around the whole clay tile? And you're welcome! :D
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I made a frame out of card (several layers taped together to build up the thickness) and rolled the clay into that; it forced the square shape and rolling it made it smooth on the back (and mostly on the front too). Kind of like pouring cake mix into a tin ^^
On the actual card there's no 3D frame, just a border of metallic card :)
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Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, that is a great idea :D Thank you for the answers, it was very kind of you to help!
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries at all :D Hope it helps you to create something beautiful :heart:
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Ilenora Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I might just make something similar for my own mother's birthday :la: Of course I will credit you for the inspiration :heart:
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: I'd love to see it! Good luck and feel free to ask absolutely anything else if you have a problem; my inbox is always open :) :hug:
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Wow this is absolutely beautiful! I bet your mom was blown away. You've really used the mica and glitter so perfectly, it's hard to not overdo it, but you've got it spot on! Just gorgeous!!! :heart:
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She was very happy with it :D
Thank you so much! Yes you're right, glitter is addictive stuff, knowing when enough's enough can be tricky :D Glad you like it too :heart:
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Nara-Fay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
those colors are gorgeous, the color of the tile goes really good with the peacock colors, im sure your mom will love it!
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D Yes, she was surprised by it and kept commenting about it hehe :heart:
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Shana-Wolfie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Ooooh my, I love it! I will definitely have to get one in the future. <3
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: Thank you hun :hug:
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MichiTheThird Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful! :love:
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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