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August 18, 2012
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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:
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
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??
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 :)
AlbertoCarrera Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
250981 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
that is very beautiful! Very special! I am sure your Mum was delighted!
OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :D :heart:
250981 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
welcome ;)
DeviantCookie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Cutiiiie :-)
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