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Post by Sparklyone on Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:13 am

I was so excited to try making snake scales from a piece of tangerine netting after seeing some gorgeous work here. Then felt like a complete moron as I sponged black over my Bright Leaf arty cake snake. affraid DOH. Laughing The snake I saw someone do here (I can't find the thread now) looked like it hard darker scales...maybe I am remembering wrong?

Will you please share your technique for making scales using produce netting? Thank you so much! I love you

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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by LoneWolf on Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:50 am

I have not tried using tangerine net, but a net made of soft metal, but guess the technique is the same (it would just be easier with something with less risk of moving). But the trick is to have the paint on the sponge really dry and first try somewhere else.
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Post by michellesfantasyfaces on Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:09 am

I always love sponging gold over darker colours..
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by kat on Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:29 am

Maybe a few shades darker than the color that you're using?
Or, as michelle says, gold... or something metalic
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Mizzzard on Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:46 pm

was it me? i know it was mentioned recently with this picture...


I used my leaf tag one stroke then because his arms were thin enough i could wrap the clementine net around his arm. Then i took a darker snaz green and dobbed it over (you can see where i dobbed a little too hard on one of the snakes lol oh well he was excited Smile ). I also use it for one of my mostery-dragony masks for scales. Often my scales aren't matched up exactly on both sides of a mask but I'm usually the only one who notices lol
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Post by Mizzzard on Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:48 pm

oh wait it totally wasn't me....you said GORGEOUS not mediocre lol my bad Smile
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Sparklyone on Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:56 am

It sure WAS you! I love you My son is drooooooling over your awesome snakes! I'm wondering if I have the wrong kind of netting...mine is orange with holes big enough that the paint doesn't do scales but instead makes black marks the size of the netting holes. It seems like it should be the right size but it's not working....I'll try it again and post some pics for help if you all don't mind. Smile

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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Mizzzard on Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:06 am

Awww shucks Smile thanks! That was my first time trying those snakes haha I thought they'd come out a lot worse but the boy was pretty please which made me happy.
My netting came off of a box of clemetines. The holes are oval shapped and approx the smae size as the plastic webbing...maybe a little smaller. I'll take a picture later to show you Smile
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Post by Mizzzard on Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:22 am

So i was a bit off on describing the size of the holes lol I blame the thunderstorms last night. Every time there's a good thunderstorm my IIH goes crazy and my brain goes a little fuzzy Rolling Eyes but what are you gonna do right? lol
so here's the pic...my cell phone isn't the best camera but you can see the size of the holes Smile The lighting kinda makes it discolored looking but it really is all orange haha
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Psalmbook on Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:14 am

Here's what I've done.
I paint the base darker & then sponge the lighter color over the mesh bag. The green one I used a swatch from fishnet stockings.

This one I used an tangerine bag.
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Skidzz on Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:02 pm

I am gonna have to look around .... or wait til I can get some clemintines.... Smile My youngest would love those!!!
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by freedspirit on Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:43 pm

What on earth are clemintines????
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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:46 pm

mandarin oranges

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Post by freedspirit on Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:45 pm

Thats just weird!!! Americans I tell you!! lol Very Happy
I always think of Oh my darling,,,Oh my darling , Oh my darling,,Clementine!!!yeah ..O.K...Certainly made a fool of myself...over and out...
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by IamGinaW on Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:05 pm

This is what I use them for:


I recently made a "frame" for it with some duct tape.
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Mizzzard on Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:07 pm

here you go freedspirit some random clementine knowledge http://www.producepete.com/shows/clementines.html LOL more than you ever wanted to know about them I'm sure Smile haha...oh and i sing the song to embarrass my kids every time we pick up a box Wink
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Post by IamGinaW on Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:20 pm

Oh, and "cuties" are another name for clementines!
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Jody Rife on Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:58 am

OK, I can't wait for my next gig now! I have never used the netting yet but have it ready, all of your designs looks so cool with the scales. cheers
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Gr8ful on Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:13 pm

How do you all get them to lay flat enough to apply the paint?
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Sparklyone on Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:46 am

All I can say is everyone would have had a good laugh watching me try to add scales to my own arm and not being able to figure out how to make it work one-handed, lol. Someone posted about making a frame out of duct tape, I think. Definitely need some way to keep it stretched out a bit if you have the netting with teeny holes but the larger orange netting has large enough holes that I don't think it's a problem. Smile

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Post by Gr8ful on Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:47 am

I am with you on this one Sparklyone. I tried a few different ways and could not get any sort of net to sit straight to save my life. Whether I am painting myself or someone else, it would still have to be a one-handed hold and I am clearly NOT adept at this particular skill. lol! My hat is tipped mighty high to those who have managed to figure this out!
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Post by Stacia on Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:23 pm

What about maybe adding a really stretchy elastic cord (like the ones on party hats) to the duct tape framed netting, so that the paintee "wears" the netting while you sponge the scales on? I don't have any duct tape or elastic cording at the moment so I can't try it yet, but I think it would work.
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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Sparklyone on Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:54 pm

I caved and bought the scales stencil from the Forum Shop. cyclops

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Re: Scales from tangerine nets

Post by Psalmbook on Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:34 pm

Gr8ful wrote:How do you all get them to lay flat enough to apply the paint?

I've taken masking tape or painters tape & taped the edges in a square. I just hold the scale stencil on the face w/ my non-painting hand. It doesn't have to be held there perfectly.
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Post by Ana Sue on Fri Jul 15, 2011 9:19 pm

Great ideas! I love them Smile
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