I recently made a batch of holiday ornaments; beetles, bees, various woodland critters, and a boatload of cicadas! Six are for sale (100$ /ea) through Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena. (Update: bee and one cicada sold, another on hold. Two cicadas and a beetle available.) If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact the gallery directly at:
Flower Pepper Gallery
Here are the six ornaments at the gallery:
Process shot, painting and attaching wings:
A large group shot of all the ornaments I made in this batch:
The bodies are sculpted from sculpey (polymer-based oven-bake clay) and then painted gold and individually detailed with acrylic paint. The wings are frosted acetate with linework on the front and acrylic spot-painted on the back for diffused color. They were sprayed with a combination of matte and gloss varnishes to ensure their integrity and so they can withstand the elements. The notes attached to them are written on limestone paper which is waterproof.
(I left one such ornament in the forests of Big Sur for 6 months and it was still in amazing condition when I re-found it!)
Happy new years everyone!