This set of photos represents a concept that first formed well over a year ago and only recently managed to make it into reality. Obviously, this isn’t the first time we’ve attached things to people’s bodies. As a base concept, that one works almost every time (fresh spinach remains the exception). I chose rhinestones this time because I really miss the glass bead set that I did some 13 years ago but didn’t want to do an exact duplicate. There were issues with the adhesive we used on the glass beads, namely, it wouldn’t wash off. Finding a different adhesive that wasn’t likely to trigger skin sensitivities was challenging but not impossible.
Our processes were time-consuming and rigorous. Applying the rhinestone took Kat and I the better part of two and a half hours, and that’s with both of us applying the gems. Processing the images had its own challenges as well, with each image taking from 4-5 hours a piece. Nothing about this set was achieved quickly and that’s not a bad thing. Taking the time to think, second guess our decisions, ultimately made for better images.
Our unending thanks to Victoria for standing there without moving forever. Sure, we warned her it would take a while, but talking about it and doing it are different things. I greatly appreciate her endurance.
We’ll do more like this, I think. I like the rhinestones more than the small glass beads. Kat and I have discussed ways we might improve the process so perhaps next time won’t be quite as time-consuming on either side. If you’re interested in participating in a project like this, let us know.
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