I told my metal sculpture professor that I wanted to try encaustic* and she set me up with a crockpot of beeswax.
The series I am making is a reimagined naturalist's study. It will have kind of a dark ages aesthetic with selected 18th, 19th, and 20th c content. I thought I could put this bird in like a cage shaped like the SF conservatory of flowers.
*This term I am that kid, the one who demands absurd accommodations before I'll consider producing anything. As in, my final project for metal sculpture is going to be largely wax, paper, and carved fruit. This would be totally fine with everyone if it had a metal armature, but metal is just kind of an accent on this stuff.