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Merimask's Ball Of Wax
(Or, "how I've found yet another way to spend more quality time with myself"
Goldfish Salvation 
9th-Jan-2012 11:54 pm
MeriDragonMask
Everyone, take a Zen break and look at this amazing video. It has to be seen to be believed. I love this man. I think we are probably very similar people. He's found a new way to paint goldfish and I just...every time I watch it, it makes me cry a little. So beautiful.
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10th-Jan-2012 06:40 am (UTC)
He must have some pretty intense spatial skills, not to mention a great memory and eye for detail, to make so many layers that fit together to make something that looks identical to an actual fish, rather than just a reddish orange blob floating in epoxy. Each one would have to be EXACTLY the right size with the colours applied at EXACTLY the right spot and it's pretty uncanny. I could imagine it, but never do it. (I would have believed it without seeing it, though...it sounds like something that can be done 'in theory' but that you'd have to meet a hundred million people before you'd meet one that could actually pull the theory off.)
10th-Jan-2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
I see how he's doing it, but the details (how thick is each layer of clear acrylic? How many layers does he do to get a 3-d effect?) are all his own and good for him. :)

I totally want to try it though, to make my own "koi in a box". You know how much I love painting koi. ~This~ is the layered, "floating" effect that eluded me when I was trying to make koi leather plaques...remember? It so frustrated me that I abandoned the whole theme.
10th-Jan-2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I remember you being disgusted with how 'flat' they looked. Though your new idea could solve that...

You could try fish as a test for your up-and-coming technique.

The thickness of the layers is the only bit I can't figure. You can't pour resin/acrylic all that thin, afaik. Not paper-thin, anyway. And if you didn't pour it thin enough and looked from the side, you'd see lines. Even a millimeter would likely be too thick. I can only think that he found a way to dilute/thin it and pour it really thin, almost as thin as paper.

10th-Jan-2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Most of all, he must have the patience of a saint. It takes resin forever to harden up fully and if you did dozens of layers you're looking at days and days of work.

Again, unless he's come up with a special hybrid material or something. I do NOT have that kind of patience, though. I don't like any craft that takes more than a few hours. I just flat out get tired of it.
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