Steven bought this blue glass lampwork pendant in Midsummer Art Faire with a vision of me transforming it to a beetle. One and a half years later he received this little handmade Jewel Beetle pendant as a Christmas gift from me, his loving wife. LOL.
The beetle's body, wings, and legs were all created using foldforming technique and some soldering. Its green shell was colored with colored pencil and Gilder's paste in Copper and African Bronze with a dab of Orange and Patina for some added style. I may have made this way too realistic as I found myself having goosebumps after I was done assembling the parts. I'm no fan of bugs. Could've made it cuter. LOL.
That's Steven modeling his Christmas gift, the Jewel Beetle a.k.aÂ Torynorrhina flammea
I have applied multiple coats of Sculpt Nouveau's Smart Coat but it chipped a little when I tied the shell to the abdomen, so I put several layers of nail polish top coat to finish it off. Seems to do fine now but I didn't scrape it hard to test it out either. I already redid the colors twice for technical errors. I don't think I will be using colors that often in my pieces until I figure out the best top coat for wax.
This is how the back looks like. Signed and dated. Not the prettiest thing but it wasn't easy to scale everything since it's a 3D glass pendant and not a flat object.
The back of the pendant is signed and dated.
This last image is where I took my inspiration from. The last jewel beetle on the set with green shell. There were reasons why the legs of my beetle are different from the real thing. First is for stability; second, is for strength, and the last but not least, for style.
The real jewel beetles, Torynorrhina flammea. Photo by Amadara.