Made by Elizabeth
I did it!! After finishing my blue shark I jumped into sculpting something really intricate, complex, and challenging – a gigantic tarantula hawk. I was inspired to make this piece when I stumbled across a bottle of ‘iridescent gel’ in the art supply store. Tarantula hawks are really big, very scary-looking parasitic wasps that prey on tarantulas, but they’re actually quite beautiful because of the blue, iridescent sheen on a black body with deep orange, contrasting wings. I’m very pleased with the iridescent quality of this gel. I made the eyes glassy and glistening by using 2 coats of clear nail polish. I’m still working out how to securely attach the wings. I’ll share a photo of the final piece once that’s completed. This beast has a 5-foot wingspan!