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Bug Coffins

September 9, 2012

Bug Coffins by Emily M. Miller

My Newest Art Work inspired by a class I took at Art Unraveled by the name of Metamorphosis – Soldered Bug Coffins taught by Katherine England. Are you surprised? Are you shocked? I didn’t think so. Do you think I’m weird? Did you ever think I wasn’t weird…
When I was looking into the classes I wanted to take at AU this year I wanted to make sure I learned how to solder and cut glass. There were several interesting classes that fit the bill. The bug coffins class was at the same time as another one that I wanted to take so I spent hours debating with myself as to which other soldering one I should take. One day as I was walking around my art room, looking at all my trinkets, including my collection of cicada wings, dried lizards, a couple cicada specimens, a brand new beetle I’d just found that day and of course my dead hissing cockroaches (thank you Vicki), I thought… Really Emily, are you going to pass up this opportunity to spend 6 hours with other artists who are also attracted to dead bugs? A chance to freely embrace your inner um… my inner what I don’t know, I’ll figure that out later. But a chance to fit in, am I right?

Here’s the one I made in class: Annie

Bug Coffin "Annie" by Emily M. Miller

She is a smaller cicada I found in our yard I believe. These guys come out early in the summer. I don’t know if they grow into the larger ones, but here she is any way. Notice the glitter? Of course, bugs and glitter go great together! The background I used is from my Acrylic Paint and Stencils technique I experimented with in June, a ‘mistake’ nonetheless.

Here’s Bill, I finished him yesterday.

Bug Coffin "Bill" by Emily M. MillerHe’s one of those guys that flies around real slow and haphazardly, you think he’s going to run into you. They love fruit, will bury themselves into a fig, so be careful if you pick one off a tree, cut it open first! I put a little bit of glitter (#79 Black, Ultrafine Art Glitter), on his mask and the background is from a glittered acrylic paint example I made a couple of years ago. Actually Lori found him for me right outside our door at Art Glitter.

Here are the backsides.

Bug Coffins by Emily M. MillerYou can see my glittered paper better on the backs.

So thank you Katherine England for giving me a real reason for keeping these bugs and oh yea, thank you for teaching me soldering and glass cutting! And the name of that other class I wanted to take…can’t remember.

Emily M. Miller's moo cards as soldered charmsThese are my first ever soldered pieces, just my moo cards under glass. The long one is my Momo who just passed away, the lower cat is Coachy, she used to pose for me long before Momo came along. And then what do I see in the photo above? Yes, it’s cicada wings…

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Rosie McKeough permalink
    September 9, 2012 2:54 pm

    Wow they are awesome I love the idea so different and fun very inspirational well done.

  2. Elizabeth permalink
    September 9, 2012 4:49 pm

    Dude, Em you are just awesomesauce. Never stop art-ing it up!

  3. janice permalink
    September 9, 2012 5:34 pm

    I LOVE these! Fabulous!

  4. September 9, 2012 6:50 pm

    OMG these are so cool. Too bad I didn’t know you when I was younger. I used to have lots of frogs and newts as pets and when they would die they would just kind of dry up like potato chips and I would keep them on a shelf in my room. My mom would freak out ever time she would come upstairs. I wish I had known that I could do something like this with them at the time. I love their names too! I totally would have taken this class with you. Us weird people need to stick together!

  5. September 9, 2012 7:20 pm

    Yeah…you’re weird all right. Crazy GOOD weird. I LOVE these Emmm…I would be the last person to think I’d love ’em but I do. Thanks for sharing!

  6. September 12, 2012 8:58 am

    Emily, Love these…I’ll start saving you bugs!

    • September 15, 2012 12:48 pm

      Great, it warms my heart that you will be thinking of me when you come across a dead bug.

  7. September 14, 2012 10:41 pm

    These are so cool! Would you consider selling one? 🙂

    • September 15, 2012 12:47 pm

      Yes, I will email you information, glad you like them!

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