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Absolut Solid by apertureashley Absolut Solid by apertureashley
This is the art piece that Black Thread will be submitting to the auction at AnimeFEST this year! It'll be a first for me, so I'm hoping everything goes well :meow:

This is Snake from the Metal Gear series, in all his raspy voiced glory.

This was around 15 hours (possibly more since the ironing was spread out over a week) and exactly 16,100 beads. Very much a collaborative effort between my honey and I. Lots of curse words were said, many beads were lost on the floor, and I'm pretty sure I went cross-eyed for a couple of minutes... but we finally have a completed piece!
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:iconkurokun1293:
Kurokun1293 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I was going to start small.

But my better judgement is being overridden by the awesome visage of Solid Snake.
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Bgoodfinger Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
...soft clap. *Nod*
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:iconthermosprite:
ThermoSprite Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Very awesome, you've done some amazing work
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! it was a bit of a beast to finish up but i still enjoy looking at it to this day XD
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ThermoSprite Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I would to. Now this may be a stupid question, but did you iron that whole thing? I'd imagine if you did it would've been extremely difficult to to get it all even.
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apertureashley Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
it was ironed in smaller sections, which were then ironed together. we spaced it out over several days, so that each newly ironed section could cool down and sit under a heavy stack of books that was placed on the seam :)
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Ryuichi90 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
AHHHH I WANT TO MAKE THIS >.< but not enough beads, space and peg boards >.< your so awesome.
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:iconwerbenjagermanjensen:
How'd you iron this so well?
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
instead of doing it in all one piece, we broke it up into 4 sections. each section was ironed, and then ironed together into one big piece after that. tackling it that way made it much easier to get done, but it was still a bit of a headache ^-^
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Werbenjagermanjensen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
But it's so evenly ironed though!
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:iconindividua:
Individua Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
I love it,you know it! :heart:

Are those medium or huge beads? And I suppose you ironed it when it was all complete in the pegboards,right? I'm scared of ironing something so big :/ How did you do that?
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apertureashley Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
kind of a late response, sorry!

the size is the medium, i guess? whatever the "normal" size is that you see at hobby lobby/walmart.

it was ironed in sections, and then the sections were ironed together :)
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:iconkimberlystudio:
kimberlystudio Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
impressive work!
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much! it definitely took some concentration and patience ^_^;
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:iconred-panda-photograpy:
This is just awesome!
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!
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:iconred-panda-photograpy:
Your welcome.^^
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Grave24 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i saw that at afest and it was my favorite =)
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you! a lot of people couldn't make out wtf it was XD it's currently hanging over our bed at home haha
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:iconfrootypatutee:
frootypatutee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
that's incredible!
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! it was a lot of work hehe
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:iconfrootypatutee:
frootypatutee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
worth it!
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:icontaylor-ausbrooks:
Taylor-Ausbrooks Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
AUGH. My brain just short circuited.
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
XD
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:iconpancake-mix:
Pancake-mix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind = blown


<3
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
^_____^

be sure to give it a visit in the showcase. not to toot my own horn or anything but he's pretty majestic in person
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Pancake-mix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I willlllll *u*
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Lovekeysan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that's awesome looking. I dont understand what it is exactly, like how you used the beads. Did you sewing them onto a piece of fabric?
Still that is is really cool!
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
you iron the beads together while they're in place on a pegboard ^___^ once they are ironed you can take them off as one big piece. this one was about 16 pegboards
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Lovekeysan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oooh its those bead things? I remember doing those things back when I was little. I had a few things made with it.
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Phantom-Shadow Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This...is just amazing. D8 Oh my god. Like....jaklfd;asjfksl; This has to be one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. D: Fantastic job!
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apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
\(^3^)/ thanks!
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darkerperspective Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
for all the work, it looks great!!!
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! i'm pretty pleased with how he came out
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darkerperspective Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
at first I couldn't tell what it was, but now realizing how tiny the pieces are it adds to the awesomeness
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apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
!

that's actually one of the things i'm concerned about, so i'm glad you said something. up close it kinda looks like random pieces but the farther you get from it the more it looks like Snake.
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darkerperspective Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I'm sure a true MGS fan will be able to tell, once I enlarged it from the thumbnail I knew immediately what it was
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:iconapertureashley:
apertureashley Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
oh good! i'm hoping that it'll go home with a mgs fanboy/girl
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darkerperspective Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I'm positive it will!!
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