Saturday, 20 November 2010

Specimens

Recently i visited the Huntarian museum, part of the Royal college of Surgeons in London. The museum is small, but packed with all sorts of amazing medical specimens, from insects and chickens to human foetus's and deformed skeletons.

I have been fascinated with any natural history artefacts almost all my life, especially the strange and morbid sides of nature (probably why I love insects!).
The museum rekindled my desire to create my own specimens, so here are the family:





They are all modelled with Fimo, and coloured slightly with ink, before being baked to harden. Then sealed into their new homes. They are all quite small, the two in the smallest jars are around 25mm. i am hoping to make a larger specimen soon....

16 comments:

  1. These look great! Such detail! Looking forward to more.

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  2. What are they suspended in? Water? Glycerin? How does the fimo hold up over time?

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  3. thanks all!
    the liquid in the jar is water, some alcohol, and ink to tint it.
    the fimo lasts under liquid just as well as in air, it is often used to create those little aquarium set ups and snow globe type things, so it should be fine.

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  4. Fantastic!! I love them, they look so creepy and REAL!! Unbelievable!! You should win an award!!

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  5. You could make these and sell them! How bout an Etsy shop!! I buy one or three!

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  6. This is amazing! Awesome on so many levels. I definitely would want one of these on my shelf :P

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  7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bugmaker999/sets/72157594425420153/

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  8. Nice idea, seems a common theme, check out Bugmaker:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bugmaker999/sets/72157600285044499/

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  9. There's these ones too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/triviaqueen/4043006421/ and this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/dewolfe001/105149257/

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  10. What kind of Fimo did you use? I just wonder how well it can keep up under water for years.

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  11. Carim -
    I'm an assistant to one of the hosts of a popular TV show on the Discovery channel, who is very interested in buying a couple of these for his private collection. Is that possible?
    Thanks!

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  12. Heard about this on Current Geek podcast and it's even more amazing than they described. Amazing work.

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  13. It's common because it's on stumbleupon as Thing-in-a-Jar.

    http://www.traipse.com/thing_in_a_jar/index.html

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  14. Are these for sale by chance? I would love to buy a couple of the face cenobite looking ones?

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