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Pictures of amber

Amber paintings are one of the trends in jewelry making.

Since ancient times, amber has been used for making various jewelry, amber products have always been considered quite expensive gifts. And indeed, amber literally shimmers with a variety of shades of color, yellow, red,orange, and can be either matte or transparent as a tear.

So how did amber appear in nature? Maybe someone does not know, but amber is the resin of coniferous trees frozen millions of years ago. Usually amber is found in chunks, in the form of a drop, often in the stone you can find inclusions in the form of insects. More often, opaque (matte ) amber is found, to increase the transparency of the stone, it is treated with boiling surep oil.

In nature, amber is found in loose (chunks) or secretions in the form of drops. Inside the stone are often found inclusions in the form of insects or plants, outside the stones may be covered with a crust of weathering. Many of the amber stones are opaque, often even cloudy due to small voids and bubbles and fluid in the microcracks.

To Refine amber-to increase its transparency, remove bubbles and liquid-the stone is treated with boiling surep oil. Only fairly large and well-polished amber stones are suitable for jewelry. It is worth noting that amber is a good electron. when amber is rubbed, static electricity is generated, and the stone attracts dust and small fluff, so in Ancient Persia, amber was called a ” straw thief»


As for the mystical properties, this stone has since ancient times been attributed magical properties, people believed that amber is able to get rid of various ailments, an amulet made of amber is able to protect against the evil eye. Amber was used to make dishes, cups and spoons, it was believed that this way you can neutralize poisons. Not all properties are fictitious, amber does have good antiseptic properties, and is widely used in toothpaste and pain-relieving ointments.

How to make a picture of amber.

Well, first we need the stone itself (you can buy in art salons amber crumbs, the price is basically acceptable). Of course, it is better to use natural amber, but you can also make an artificial one.

The creation of artificial amber.

To prepare artificial amber, you will need: turpentine resin, shellac (natural resin), white rosin.

In a tin dish, the walls of which are covered with oil, turpentine resin is melted, after which shillac is added to it, which will soften and combine with turpentine, turn into a white liquid, which will become more transparent as it liquefies.

When the liquid becomes as transparent as possible, you need to melt the rosin in a separate bowl and pour it into this liquid. After this mass cools down, the resulting material must be polished and given the desired shape, our artificial amber, then you can open the varnish. The resulting material will be very similar to natural amber.

But this is just for a note, of course, in your works it is better to use natural amber.

Pictures of amber

Now about the creation of the picture.

First of all, you need to decide on the drawing itself, how our picture will look like, it will be a landscape, portrait, etc… Be sure to distribute the front and back backgrounds. Well, let’s assume that the picture is about already “drawn” in Your head.

It’s time to make it a reality.

Instead of canvas, we will use a flat section of wood, you can use good plywood, but of course it is better to use a tree, and even more appropriate to use a section of the tree trunk. The surface can be sanded with fine sandpaper.

With a simple pencil, you need to draw our future picture, determine the composition of the back and front background. Imagine what part we cover with paint, what part with amber crumbs, and where we use stones, etc.

After our picture is drawn, you need to smear it with an adhesive solution (PVA glue diluted with water).

Pictures of amber
Pictures of amber

We begin to draw with oil or tempera paints, water-based paints are better not to use.

First, we apply one layer, determine the color scheme, then prescribe large elements of the picture, then smaller details, etc.Since we draw on a tree, the paint will be drawn into the wood and the color will be dim, the colors will “fade” a little, so you should prescribe in several layers.

Pictures of amber
Pictures of amber

When the picture is written in colors, you can start applying amber. For some homogeneous background areas, you need a small amber, or amber crumb, for this you just need to split the less interesting amber stones. it should also be taken into account that you can get amber chips of various shades, and in the picture you can use it to create halftones.

Pictures of amber
Pictures of amber

The amber crumb is applied to the picture using ordinary PVA glue. With a brush, cover the desired area of the picture, and then sprinkle with amber crumbs and allow to dry, after which you can apply a second layer, and if necessary, a third.

Then proceed to laying larger pieces of amber. Moving from small to large.

When the picture is completely ready, it is necessary to cover it with varnish. The varnish will add Shine to the stone and paint, as well as make the picture more ” uniform»

Make out paintings made of amber, in a wooden baguette, if this is a cut of wood, then it is not necessary to make out, since the bark of the tree will perfectly replace any baguette frame.

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