Fountain-Green Tarantulas

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Cupric Nitrate and Zinc Nitrate in solution are brushed on.

The storm arrived early and the heat dropped into the 90s, so I headed back out to the tarantulas. With this color session taken care of, next comes highlighting and toning, then a series of sealants.

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The sculptures are evenly heated with a big torch, which activates the chemical reaction with the bronze- oxidizing the media.

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The liquid boils off as it is applied.

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Then the torch lifts off any remaining water, and layers of color begin to build up.

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Flipped over to get the opposite side.

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The color begins to saturate.

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Roasting is not toasting. They will scorch easily, so the flame has to be used and not overused.

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The color is saturated as the brush can make it.

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I went with the brush over the air brush, because my chemicals are in short supply. Once the spider is saturated, water can be airbrushed on to intensify the color.

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The airbrush is water and the left over patina- a 30/1 solution or so.

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Heat and water are simultaneous, making for colored fire.

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A little under the arm please…

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Saturation is evened out.

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The mottling of brushwork is toned back, and the color is brought up.

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Yike?

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Spider salute.

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This is a smiling spider. You’ll have to trust me on that.

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Now they need to cool down so I can go back in with steel wool and pull out details.

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