Making an orca

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The orca model was the second in my “underwater illusion” series. like its predecessor the “narwhal”, this sculpt had several separate components. The primary feature is a resin plate that is supposed to mimic water. Unlike the narwhal however, this little orca is suspended over the wooden base by the “water effects”.

The idea behind this piece is to give the viewer two perspectives: the surface above the water and the submerged world where the creature thrives. I could have chosen to completely encase the creature in resin, but I chose not to.

The purpose of the water effect is to mark the line separating both environments and the viewer still has a clear view of both sides.

The orca was sculpted separately, like the stone work that serves as the anchor for the resin sheet. To give ripple effects on the water, I used hot glue and made squiggles  both on the plastic sheet and on the wooden base.

Resin is tinted with a little blue ink and poured carefully over the set up. To suspend the whale, two holes were cut on the sheet,one for the rock anchor and one for the whale. Hot glue holds everything fine at least until the resin is poured, dries and secures everything in place.

This was a fun little project and I was pleased when it sold on Etsy. I will continue to explore this series with different animals, and maybe with fantasy creatures. I like the idea of envisioning two worlds, the surface and the mysterious world beneath the waves.

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This was a fun little project and I was pleased when it sold on Etsy. I will continue to explore this series with different animals, and maybe with fantasy creatures. I like the idea of envisioning two worlds, the surface and the mysterious world beneath the waves.

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