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Storm in a teacup II by hogret Storm in a teacup II by hogret
Diorama in a vintage porcelain teacup.

The waves are crumpled up organza teabags, stiffened initially with white glue, then immersed in layers of blue- and green-tinted resin, splashed with white acrylic paint.

My Resin Tutorial: [link]

Miniature figures (HO gauge) from OnTracks [link]

Resin supplies: [link]

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Given 2012-08-28
Storm in a teacup II by *hogret is a diorama full of life and personality. It also proposes an ingenious solution to making waves and water, the clever use of the materials makes this a worthy piece. ( Suggested by paper-saints and Featured by Talty )
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
And I don't even like chamomile tea ...!
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Tanjatastic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
8D
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HibikiVenture Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
A stroke of genius. ;D
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Oh wow, thank you. I feel like I should take a bow ... but a lot of it is just luck, really.
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RitzNinja Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
HOLY CUSS! THIS IS A AMAZING AND CUTE IDEA!:)
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thanks for your enthusiastic compliment!
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:iconritzninja:
RitzNinja Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Your welcome!:)
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ILGGSA Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
This is absolutely adorable! and the teabag idea is brilliant :)
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Oh, it had to be teabags!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Writer
That's so cool!
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thank you! It was one of those middle-of-the-night insomnia inspirations.
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome :D And those are the best :D
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x-Thoraine-x Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Love this idea! Adorable~ (:
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thank you - I love working with miniature figures and giving them a world to play in!
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VonGourry Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
etsy* XD
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Don't you hate when you type something wrong in a comment and you only see it once it's posted?? I do that all the time!

I haven't been selling my stuff up to now, but I need to start because my studio is getting so cluttered!
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VonGourry Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hogret, do you sell the things that you had made o-o?
esty please :D?
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sarazizo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
amazing
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thanks!
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sarazizo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
no problemo
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Fiflysoccertiger Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing.
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:iconkitsunebaku:
KitsuneBaku Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so it's not any dessers... 'snif' :<
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lteasley67 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012   General Artist
haha, there's a song called storm in a teacup by the red hot chili peppers, that's what this picture reminds me of. XD
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Oh, I didn't know that ... I'm going to listen to it now!
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:iconlteasley67:
lteasley67 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   General Artist
haha, okay. :D and congrats on the daily deviation!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome - unique and interesting to look at! Congrats on the DD.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thank you so much - getting a DD just made my day!
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That looks very nice and amazing! :D
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Thanks so much!
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:iconcaseydecker:
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! :wave:
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:iconcrystellia:
Crystellia Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
nooo! The seas captain is just standing there!
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I made up all kinds of stories in my head about him and why he's not helping! He seems pretty fed up!
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:iconcrystellia:
Crystellia Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
but still a bad captain
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Maybe they stole his boat and he hasn't even realised it yet ...
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:iconcrystellia:
Crystellia Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
ah then he's not bad
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
v v bad
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lilybookworm Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It became even more awesome when I read about it being actual teabags.
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Had to be teabags - initially was planning resin or gel, but the teabags worked so much better!
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Yummixx2 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Impossible! Tea bags?
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Yup. Teabags - the pretty sewn organza ones - I don't think the grubby paper ones would have worked as well!
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WraythSkitzifrenik Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There's something poetic about using teabags as the waves in the teacup. It's adorable!
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
The teabags were a last minute Aha!
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
awesome! May I ask what material is the water made of? :) Is that a cast in clear resin or perhaps some sort of low-melting point plastic granulate? (or sth else entirely? :B) :heart:
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I use an epoxy resin (comes in two parts which you mix in equal quantities). It's clear, but you can tint it with acrylic paint (in really minute quantities) to get colour.

My tutorial is here: [link]

You can find resin usually at a craft or hardware store or order from etsy [link]

Happy to answer any questions you may have.
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Thank you so much :aww: I'm actually using resin myself, but when I tried tinting it with acrylic, a weird reaction occured (boiling up and bubbling and then it hardened while still in the stirring cup and looked like cracked earth :B) However, that was an opaque polyurethane type, and not epoxy :P But I made more experiments with oil paints and they have fantastic results! (the colour was vivid and strongly covered the original colour of the resin used) :3 For clear epoxy I added powdered pigment or eyeshadow in the past, but I was not very happy with the results, I will try acrylic as you say or maybe oil again and see what happens :B I payed for Castin Craft black resin dye in the past, but no matter how much I added, it really did not work well U_U
Thanks for the answer and congrats on the DD!!!
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hogret Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
A useful blog entry about different ways to tint resin, and the effects you get is here: [link]
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SkarsgaardWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Read the artist's comment below the picture...
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
though I could swear it was not there before... :B or maybe I'm just getting blind faster than I thought
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
lol, my bad... :iconmingplz: thanks
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SkarsgaardWolf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha no worries.
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