Tis the season… for crafts! (Phoenix Edition)

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Hello, Fluffsters! Merry Christmas Eve!

One of my favorite things about holiday time is that I actually have time to craft! It’s wonderful.

Tonight, for the first time since summer, I actually had time to get my clay out and play with it!

I’m really pleased with the result so far.

Here’s what it looked like coming out of the oven:

a partially base-painted clay phoenix pin

Unpainted. Sort of. Well, just a base coat for part of it.

As you can tell, I decided to paint the pin. In shape it looks a bit peacockish, but I really wanted it to be a phoenix. That calls for colors and stuffs. So to start with, I put a light base coat of gold over the entire thing. (I put a much heavier coat on the circle part, since I do want that to be pure gold.)

Next (not shown) I mixed together some tan and gold, and sued that for a stronger base for the bird’s body.

After that I realized that the only “red” I had (which is sort of necessary for phoenix colors) was actually a bit more… pink. So I ended up mixing it with black and a bit of gold, for a very nice effect, if I do say so myself.

I then used that to cover (most of) the rest of the phoenix. Finally, I added some more watery sloshes of the gold, a hint of white in various places, a bit more of the red, and on.

Here’s the result for right now:

A clay phoenix pin painted red and gold.

Painted! Yay! Isn’t the “red” nice looking?

I’m going to need to do a quick test before confirming what I’m going to do, but I’m thinking about putting some glow-in-the-dark paint on it. After all, it’s a fire-bird. It should glow, right?

I’d actually appreciate suggestions from you. Glow-in-the-dark paint? No? Eye? If so, what color should the eye be? (Blue, gold, silver, and white are all options.) In theory, I might be able to attach a crystal eye. The color options there would be “clear” (/white) or blue.If s/he does get a painted eye, should it glow?

Also, is it male or female? Does it have a name?

Please leave a comment!

Happy Tuesday!

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