Author Archives: Michael Anderson

Hedgehog Cactus flowers

The flower petals were made with hot melt glue. The pink flowers have a colored light gel embedded in the hot melt glue. The “sepal” petals were made with a resin colorant mixed into the hot glue (I found that … Continue reading

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Hedgehog Cactus Flowers

After finishing and installing the Desert Star flowers in the Desert diorama, Collin and I are shifting focus to the flowers on the¬†Hedgehog Cactus. These flowers were created in the 1950’s by one of the “superstar” foreground artists at the … Continue reading

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Weasel and Underwing into the Forest Margin Diorama

Phillip Krzeminski recently returned from a year-long intensive scientific illustration program through Cal State at Monterey Bay, CA. Not many applicants are accepted each year and only someone with a high level of proficiency can get in. Phillip is one … Continue reading

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Live Model for Scorpion Painting

Our live scorpions arrived today. My volunteer Stefan Hurlburt, works at a pet store and was able to order the exact species displayed in the diorama, Hadrurus arizonensis and Vaejovis spinigerus. Collin is painting them and we are talking about … Continue reading

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New Developments in the Desert

The Desert Star flower harvesting/restoration in the Desert diorama has been productive. The tiny flowers were completely remodeled with new flowerettes and new (hairy) leaves. We finished about 200 flowers, with about 4 leaves per flower. Collin and I opened … Continue reading

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More on the Scorpions

After the sodium hydroxide bath and power-washing at the CEID, the spray paint adhered beautifully to the printed scorpion and will provide a secure foundation for oil or acrylic paint. Note: Stratasys has a website that covers how to paint … Continue reading

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Some Success with Small Specimens

Collin and I set up an appointment with Chelsea Graham at West Campus to try out her Artec scanner. We were told that this is the next level scanner up from the David scanner we already have and it might … Continue reading

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