Friday, May 25, 2012

Some of you may be thinking hey, that piece in the picture is awfully familiar - a little soon to re-post about it huh?   Well yes, a few posts ago I talked about this encaustic piece I had just finished, and about how I made the dragonfly using a cookie cutter and pouring the wax into it, so that the result is that the butterfly sits about a 1/4" above the base.  I just set this piece aside since then to let the wax cure, and a few days ago I was buffing the wax and thinking that I wished the dragonly had more detail.  Then I realized that all I had to do was carve into it and give it detail (duh...)  So since some of you had asked me further questions about the cookie cutter 3D shape and how to do it, I thought I'd show you how it turned out...

So, just like you can do on the main wax surface, I just took something sharp and carved into it. Then I rubbed black paint into the areas I'd carved, then wiped it back off leaving the paint in the incised areas.  Then, since I was on a roll, I couldn't resist giving it little metal antennae.  

Okay, I swear - no more posts about this one!


  1. That's clever - great wing detail.

    You can do as many posts as you like about this, I LOVE it!!


  2. Just when I thought you couldn't improve on went and did just that!!! Thanks for sharing your techniques. One day I'll give it a go!

  3. I do love this piece so much.... I think its my fave!

    Love the detailing you've added.


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