For the head, neck and shoulder detailing, I decided to use motifs cut out from some heavy guipure lace left over from my previous career as a ballroom dance costume designer. Continue reading to view more.
I painted the lace motifs a light gray color using Jacquard Dye-na-Flow paint.
I achieved the gray color by mixing a little pewter into white.
For the red pieces, which I will use for the neck wattle and face detailing, I used Dye-na-Flow Brilliant Red.
I would like to mention here that I absolutely love Jacquard Dye-na-Flow paint. I used it for years in my ballroom dance costume business. You can brush it on like a paint, or dip small pieces of lace or fabric into it, and it soaks through like a dye. You can even use it to color synthetics. And the colors are very intense.
Jacquard isn't paying me to promote their products, but you can buy them at Dharma Trading Company, Amazon, Blick, and many other art supply stores.
I played around quite a bit with the positioning of the lace pieces until I was satisfied with the result. I then glued the lace to the bird by painting the backs of the motifs with Mod Podge Matte, another product that I have come to love. It works as a glue, glaze and sealer. I'll be using a lot more of it before I finish with this bird.
Up next, the dreaded crown.
More on making the crowned crane
Crowned crane, getting started
Crowned crane, Part 1: Making legs
Crowned crane, Part 2: Building the body
Crowned crane, Part 3: Feathers
Crowned crane, Part 4: Neck and shoulders
Crowned crane, Part 5: The dreaded crown
Crowned crane, Part 6: Finishing touches
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I'm a textile artist in Reno, Nevada, USA, specializing in three-dimensional fabric sculpture. I use this blog page to record my journey and to share some of my successes and failures, in hopes that it might help you with your own creative endeavors.