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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    What's the woman's name that makes those? I'm really impressed by the detail.
    seriously! those are amazing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tje25 View Post
    Wow lol... I thought they were real hahaha... I was like " Wow I want that green one"
    Very beautiful though, and I'm not a huge flower guy
    heh You're not alone. She has her own display at orchid shows and I commonly shock people by informing them that they are fake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    Did not know Andy's site had that feature. Very cool. I do like Epidendrum flowers, especially the elongated ones. The search tool helped me find some nice ones. Here's the list I've put together;
    -Haraella odorata
    -Phalaenopsis violacea
    -Epidendrum englerianum
    -Platystele misera
    -Mormolyca ringens
    -Scaphosepalum fimbriatum
    -Epidendrum blepharoclinium
    -Dendrobium carronii
    -Rhyncholaelia glauca
    -Schomburgkia albopurpurea
    I generally avoid Andy's website ... for I am weak and he has too many frickin nice plants! Great guy though, and if you have any Qs after receiving plants from him call or email him -- he's good about getting back to you.

    H. odorata is a cute mini. A "large" plant will have a stem of up to 2". Not a heavy bloomer in my experience but blooms sporadically all year long. Generally a sequential bloomer.

    Phalaenopsis violacea are beautiful but, again, not profuse bloomers. Flower spikes basically bloom sequentially with a new bud maturing as the previous flowers withers and falls off.

    Platystele misera are cute buggers. Haven't tried them myself though. As I understand it, they like cooler temps than I can reasonably provide.

    Scaphs are AWESOME! One of my favorite genera. Insufficient humidity tends to lead to bud blast.



    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    What's the woman's name that makes those? I'm really impressed by the detail.
    She's a sweetie. She goes by the name "Joy" though her real name is "Suphratta" (she's Thai). I won't say her prices are cheap but I do think they're reasonable considering the craftsmanship and time put into them. Here's her website:

    http://joyclay.com/About_us.php
    "Blessed are the cracked….
    For they are the ones who let in the light."



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    Those are polymer clay?!?!?! I'm very, very impressed now. I may have actually seen her at the Richmond Orchid Show last year, or someone who does similar work. I should dig up the metal Phal mannii I made for my gf last year. It has beaded flowers, a steel wire scape, copper leaves, and it's mounted on a piece of driftwood.

    The good news is she uses a humidifier in her room, so humidity shouldn't be too much of a problem. Looks like the Platystele misera or H, odorata will be the best choice, unless I find some cane Epidendrums somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    Those are polymer clay?!?!?! I'm very, very impressed now. I may have actually seen her at the Richmond Orchid Show last year, or someone who does similar work.
    It wouldn't surprise me if somene else was also making them. One of those things that once someone starts having success doing others will jump on the bandwagon. I have occasionally seen pieces made by other craftmen/artists. Personally, I think Suphratta's are about the best I've seen.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    I should dig up the metal Phal mannii I made for my gf last year. It has beaded flowers, a steel wire scape, copper leaves, and it's mounted on a piece of driftwood.

    Sounds cool. I'd like to see it.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wire Man View Post
    The good news is she uses a humidifier in her room, so humidity shouldn't be too much of a problem. Looks like the Platystele misera or H, odorata will be the best choice, unless I find some cane Epidendrums somewhere.
    Or wait 'til next month and take her here:

    http://www.vaorchidsociety.com/2012VOSShow.html
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    Suphratta's are certainly the biggest, most realistic looking ones I've seen. This other woman made little ones. Here's my metal orchid;
    http://death-pony7.deviantart.com/ga...t=144#/d3anfmu
    We went to that show last year, very impressive! I ended up buying an Oncidium jonesianum and a Maudiae Paph. Just as dangerous as Andy's site. It'll definitely be worth going to again.

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    I think that looks pretty cool.

    Been a while but I remember seening a metal orchid at some art show once upon a time. The artist had colored some of the metal on the flower but I don't remember quite how. (It did not look to just be painted on. Wonder if it was some sort of a glaze ......)

    You going to try your hand at a metal paph?
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    Thanks! They probably anodized the metal, or lacquered it. I never thought of doing a Paph before, but that would look wicked!

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    Anodized! THAT was the word I was looking for! Course I could be wrong, and it has been a while, but if memory serves that was how the dude went about coloring the flower and leaves.

    If you decide to do a paph (or phrag), do one such as this:



    or this:



    The "tresses" on these are typically anywhere from 12"-18" (or more) long.
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    For they are the ones who let in the light."



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