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2011 Christmas Ornament for DIFFA by rachaelm5 2011 Christmas Ornament for DIFFA by rachaelm5
This is a Christmas ornament I designed for the KC-based DIFFA charity. DIFFA is "Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS" and you can learn more about them at the DIFFA website. They hold a silent auction and gala each year, and the money they raise goes to AIDS treatment.

I made this thing with Crayola Model Magic, acrylic paint, paint pen, and a couple of plastic beads over a plastic ornament base. There's a baggie of gravel inside to give it some weight, as Model Magic has almost none. It is about seven inches in diameter.

Here are some in-progress, alternate angles, and close-up shots:

Unpainted sculpture from several angles:

Painting progress:

Finished project from several angles:
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:iconvaltira:
Valtira Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All I can say is WOW!!! the tut of the build process is wonderful.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I'm glad you enjoyed it.  :-)
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Tygepc Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
Wow. I can't believe how amazing this is. Hope it raised a lot for AIDS.
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:iconrachaelm5:
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much.

Unfortunately, one has to be a "name" in this local group in order to get any support. Skill is not sufficient. Pretty stupid if you ask me. ;p
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Tygepc Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
That is pretty stupid, and shortsighted, I might add.

Happy holidays and a Happy New Years to you!
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Azurialx36 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:omfg: c'est trop beau
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merci. :D
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plexar37 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Incredible! :)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :D
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Symbiotic-Muse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Wow that's impressive. I want one!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

...I definitely need more practice before I start offering stuff like this for sale. ;-) This is only the third or forth sculpture I've tried making with Model Magic fluff.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
D: Oh wowowow!! :iconeeeeeplz:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - Thank you.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
My pleasure once again :D
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's some crazy detail for model magic. I've only used it for soft shapes and for supporting other stuff over top of it. Preeeeeetty!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!

I actually find that Model Magic holds find details better than Sculpy and clay - at least as far as my clumsy skills go. I love this stuff. It forces me to work really fast, so I don't have time to think about mistakes. I used it as a "middle" layer in some college projects - Model Magic over tinfoil, and then paper-mache over that to give it some firmness - but this is one of only a couple full sculptures I've done with the stuff.
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SunGryphon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I'm going to say "yes" every time my son asks for the crayola clay to fool around with. This is amazing.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

This Model Magic stuff is different from clay - it's more like paper puree with the texture of marshmallow fluff. When it dries, it has almost no weight. I find that it holds fine detail better than clay does, though, and it dries very, very quickly.
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jaejoong92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow this is amazing! i'd so buy this!! u did a great job!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I think I may have to make more sculptures like this. :-)
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jaejoong92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
(: u should! they will be epic!
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Fiji-Fujii Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God! This looks so awesome! :wow: I wish I could say more but... seriously, I'm just stunned.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

This is not a normal project for me at all... I still prefer to make my work nice and FLAT. ;p
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Fiji-Fujii Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can imagine that. :XD: I'm not much of a sculptor either. It's very hard work.
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PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so pretty <3
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. :-)
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squidink Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Awesome work! Sculpture's fun :D Definitely a fave!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!

I definitely need some practice on the sculptural front. I only tackle a project like this once every few years, and all of a sudden half the family says they want an ornament... ACK! Guess I'm going to get that practice after all. ;p
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squidink Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Hahaha! Once that door is opened, the requests start pouring in ;)!
Seriously, your sculpture looks great. I thought it was a larger sculpture and ceramic instead of model magic since its shine gave me that impression.:)
I tend to sculpt sporadically, and when I do, I usually get strange looks from family and a bit of unease from friends,:lol: but my youngest sister says I should sculpt more, especially the thing-in-a-jar types which she wants me to display around the house during Thanksgiving...and I thought I was strange.:laughing:
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HybridGeist Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   General Artist
This is so pretty. Amazing what you can do with some cheap crayola modeling clay and just good old acrylic paint. Who needs expensive super sculpey right? XD The detail on this is super awesome as well!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Oh, this isn't even clay - the Model Magic is more like sculptable marshmallow fluff. It has almost no weight when it's dry, and it has rather a paper-pulp-like texture. And yes, cheaper is better if it WORKS! :D
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HybridGeist Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   General Artist
Lol I've never used model magic, I didn't realize it was THAT lightweight D: Now I really understand why you said you had to weight it down with something else. And yes, it certainly does have to work! (that's what makes it better ;D )
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loverofbeauty Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I can't decide if the design is more dragon or peacock.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's definitely a bit of both - I tend to incorporate equal parts dragon, peacock, and butterfly. ;-)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesomeness
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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BrittaM Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
This is super cool. What's the Model Magic stuff like to work with? I've looked at in art stores several times, but have never tried it out.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

Model Magic is very soft and squishy, rather like marshmallow fluff, but a little less sticky. It dries very quickly, so you have to work fast, or only work with small quantities at a time while keeping the rest in an airtight container. I find it less aggravating than Sculpy or clay, and it tends to hold its shape on fine details a bit better. But it's very, very lightweight. I had to add weight to the inside of the ornament so that it would *feel* right.
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BrittaM Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Hm...sounds like I might have to give it a try. If it holds detail well then that's the most important thing (since I'm a detail fanatic) I seem to remember messing around with something similar years ago--it was so lightweight it felt like a piece of froth.
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RakaiThwei Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Do I see Lovecraft undertones in this very ornament?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, almost certainly. Lovecraft creeps into everything... particularly Christmas stuff. Shhh! Don't tell my family - some of them still think I'm sending out ANGELS on my Christmas cards! :rofl:
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adorety Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! Beautiful work.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. :-)
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