stars

I was asked to create stars for winter decorations for the Chicago History Museum. Not just any stars – “Chicago stars”, the type shown on the Chicago flag. They needed to be lightweight so they could be hung with minimal effort or support. Simple but effective.

6-pointed Chicago stars cut from foam
8, 12 and 16 inch diameter foam stars. I used 1/2″ rigid wall insulation and cut them on a scroll saw.
foam stars painted white before painting with metallics
After a base coat of white, they’re ready to airbrush
More than 30 stars in various stages of being painted.
Silver stars drying between coats of paint. An airbrush was essential for a uniform finish.
Gold foam stars drying between coats of paint.
Metallic acrylic paint applied with an airbrush for a uniform finish.
Gold and silver stars hanging at the Chicago History Museum
Hanging at the Chicago History Museum
Gold and silver stars hanging at the Chicago History Museum
Some extra wintertime flair

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