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Chemical Solitaire: Mercury by JammyScribbler Chemical Solitaire: Mercury by JammyScribbler
EDIT: Changed the eye colour and fixed the text. Also he's now drooling. How fetching. <3

Finally got round to making another one of these, they're so much fun C: This one is dedicated to Eternity-Beckons because she helped me a hell of a lot with the design for this one, especially with her disturbingly thorough knowledge of the symptoms of mercury poisoning. Thank you Steph, you're a star <3

Element name: Mercury
Symbol: Hg (from the Greek Hydra for 'water' and the Latin Argyros for 'silver')
Atomic number:80
Relative atomic mass: 200.6
Family: Transition metal
Properties/trivia:
:bulletblue: Mercury is bizarre in that it is the only liquid metal at room temperature - it flows like water, but is much heavier, and leaves no residue behind it. As a result, my Mercury character is a trickster and a shapeshifter, who can transform the lower part of his body into any shape he chooses.
:bulletblue: Most mercury occurs naturally in the ore cinnabar, which is a gorgeous deep red colour. Cinnabar used to be used for vermilion pigment in paints.
:bulletblue: Mercury used to be used for many medical purposes, despite its highly toxic nature, including dentistry and vaccines. Mercury here is dressed in a surgeon/apothecary coat, and carries a Caduceus staff, a commonly used medical symbol
:bulletblue: Weirdly enough, the Caduceus staff was also an object carried by the Roman god Mercury, after which the element was named.
:bulletblue: Adding nitric acid to mercury produces red crystals and a toxic red vapour that floats weirdly over the surface of the mixture, a bit like fog.
:bulletblue: The phrase 'mad as a hatter' comes from the fact that hat-makers used to use mercury(II) nitrate to make felt for their hats. Mercury is poisonous and working with it over prolonged periods of time could cause madness and other psychological issues.
:bulletblue: Mercury poisoning also causes the skin to form dark red blotchy marks on the hands, arms and legs, and mercury fillings would cause your gums and teeth to go blue. It can also make your hair go orange/red or cause it to fall out.
:bulletblue: Mercury is commonly associated with snakes, though I'm not sure why (maybe a link between the snakes on the Caduceus and the god who carried it?) so my shapeshifter is taking on the form of a Lamia, a human-snake hybrid from Greek mythology.
:bulletblue: Mercury(II) iodide has two forms, alpha and beta - alpha is bright yellow, beta is bright orange.

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akumatenshinu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The first element anthropomorphism I view and I have to say this one is terrific. I'm afraid that most others won't meet my expectations.
However, I have to point out you typed one "2" too much for the atomic mass in the description. I also think that this symbol: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… should somewhere appear in the picture. It's the medieval alchemy symbol for mercury and the one symbolizing the planet.
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm so glad you like it! And thanks for pointing out the typo, I posted this over two years ago and have never spotted that ^^;
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The-MAD-Overlord Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
He's so awesome looking! I like the tiny little details
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Adding in little details is my favourite thing about drawing C:
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Orlageddon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaahhhh another person doing this yay. I love everything you have up, but this one, wow! Honestly the best Mercury personification I've seen around dA so far (well, not that I've seen that many, BUT STILL). You've really done the weirdest metal justice. AND he has a cool hat which is always a plus :D (TOP HATS)
can't help thinking he'd get along pretty well with mine. ha. xD she's less scary but similarly crazy.

Also I'd like to suggest phosphorus, if you aren't already planning it. In the white form (the other two are kinda boring), it glows in the dark, is poisonous, catches on fire by itself when you leave it in air, and it also has a pretty interesting history... totally not advertising my favourite element here Seeing the designs you already have up, phosphorus would surely turn out wicked cool!
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thanks so much! I haven't done anything with this project in ages (I can't believe this is two years old) and I've seen quite a few other people come up with their own designs since then so that means a lot to me ;u; Out of the three I've done so far he's definitely my favourite, I had so much fun creating this...creature xD

Thanks for the suggestion! My original plan was to do the full set of ancient metals first but as I've currently got no ideas for the others I think I'll end up doing other elements first, and something as reactive and diverse as phosphorous would certain have a lot of potential for fun OuO
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Orlageddon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I didn't notice the date xD apologies! These guys just now showed up in one of my groups and I didn't even think to check. Well, it's definitely worth picking back up, I'd be psyched to see your take on a few others. ;)

Thanks for faving my periodics, too ^_^ an honor, honestly!
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's okay, I'm hoping to re-start the project and get it rolling again anyway! I had a lot of fun with these and now with two more extra years of chemistry under my belt I'm really looking forward to doing more C:

and no problem! I didn't get a chance to look through all of them but there are some really cool designs in there!
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ccblackmaiden45 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Artist
am not sure but you should make the periodic table  
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd like to make a few more of these at some point - maybe not every single on on the periodic table though, I'd be here for ever! ^^; (thanks for all the faves by the way!)
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ccblackmaiden45 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Artist
ok and your welcome 
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england-unicorn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love that their is the hat because of that fact
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RekkaAtsuma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am slightly creeped out by this one...but that's probably the goal, given the poisonous nature of mercury.

I'm very eager to see you do the Noble Gases.
to list them: helium (He), neon (Ne), argon (Ar), krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe), and radon (Rn)
(Thank internets for the list I couldn't remember what they all were, luckily I knew their group name and what side of the table they were on)
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mercury poisoning can cause madness, which was the main reason for his creepiness. Mercury is a very creepy substance on its own though, it's really weird.

I can't believe I haven't done any of these in ages. :C I'd like to have a go at those at some point, but only if I can come up with designs for them, which will require a bit of research. I'd like to finish off doing the Seven Ancient Metals first though, as I've only got four left to do, and then I'll start thinking about which other ones to do. Thanks for the request though! if you could choose a single one of those that you'd like me to do, what would it be?
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RekkaAtsuma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you meant metal in the what i'd like, I don't know the ancient metals by name but silver does miss gold.

If you meant the gases:
Either Neon or Krypton. I can't say I 'like' either of them but those just sound the most 'known' to me (neon signs IRL, Superman's weakness kryptonite, etc...)
Of course I'm no chemist so i have no clue what all their about. You'd know more than me.
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was asking about the gases - I have to admit the Noble gases will probably be really challenging to do. They're completely unreactive so none of them have a large number of practical applications. Neon would be good fun to do though.

As for the ancient metals, the seven are Tin, Mercury, Silver, Gold, Lead, Iron and Copper. Gold was going to be next on my list but I couldn't find enough ideas for a visual design.
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RekkaAtsuma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outside of a gold coin and belt buckle I have no ideas on gold...

I dont know about this but, do the different noble gases make the different colors in Neon signs? or is that just Neon in a colored tube-bulb, hence the name? If so that's something you could utilize...but yeah I don't have much of a clue otherwise.
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might try Iron or Copper next, I had a few more ideas about them.

Each noble gas glows its own colour, yes. Most neon lights are a mix of different gases, not just neon, in order to achieve all the different colours, but I couldn't tell you which gases make which colours without looking it all up. That could definitely be something worth incorporating as a running theme.
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RekkaAtsuma Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I began looking through these again and I gotta agree Iron or Copper should join the group.
Seeing the Nobel gases would be nice, but gotta think about the uses and all. I'd vote for Iron myself as that one seems to be the most used in our day-to-days.
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is a blast from the past, I haven't done any of these in ages :'D
most commonly used was never really one of my criteria for choosing which elements to use, it was more chemical interest - plus working with the lesser-known elements with really niche uses is always really good fun. Considering I'm now halfway through a Chemistry degree I should probably start doing these again; if I do I'll probably continue with the original plan and do the full set of Ancient Metals first but after that the noble gases would definitely be interesting to do.
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RekkaAtsuma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's why I mentioned it, if one gas glows red, you could deck him/her out in red and if another is yellow, deck them out in yellow.
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WaterbendingQueer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG! This is genius!
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thanks ever so much! I'm glad you like it, I'm hopefully going to be making some more soon! C:
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WaterbendingQueer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
YAY! DO IT!
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Newt246 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So...awesome...
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like him! He's my favourite to have drawn so far :D
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Newt246 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He's my favourite as well,I just can't help but love Mercury,it's such an incredible element... :D
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SilverUranium Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
The toxic red vapor is nitrogen dioxide, an air pollutant that is one of the major components of L.A. smog. Yay mercury! This guy was once used in the Chinese elixir of life... it ended up killing the first emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.

Hopefully we'll see of them, maybe gold or cesium or even uranium!
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've read about that - supposedly one of the Chinese emperors was buried in an underground temple with rivers of mercury flowing through it.

I have no idea which ones I'll be doing next, but caesium and uranium would definitely be very interesting to try C:
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SilverUranium Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
It was the same emperor I mentioned who was buried with such metal. (The tomb had a relief map of China with mercury rivers standing in for their real-life counterparts.)
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it might have been, what you said rang a bell but I couldn't remember the name or date. It sounds both bizarre and amazing at the same time. The Ancient Chinese don't get enough credit for their engineering.
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SilverUranium Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
*see more of....
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Forcesword12 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
only you would make something as threatening as mercury look as cool as this.
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! xD He's a rather dapper looking young gentleman, isn't he? Although hopefully he still looks a little bit creepy and scary.
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cheese17 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks so badass! (and a tad bit scary -hides for dear life from Mercury- :'D) wow, you do a lot of research on these characters.

Just curious, how many elements are you planning on personifying?
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's meant to be creepy, Mercury's an incredibly weird element! Actually a friend of mine deserves the credit for a lot of the research for this one - she told me all the stuff about mercury poisoning and the snakes.

As many as possible! There are 112 elements at present, and I'm by no means going to try and do all of them, but I'd like to do at least two or three 'families', which will add up to maybe 20 or so. Which ones get drawn is still undecided, I'm just picking the ones that take my fancy.
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cheese17 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your friend sure knows a lot about mercury :'D
I only knew that it's a heavy metal that's stored in the brain fat. Yeah Mercury is pretty weird, although I'm a bit too scared of it to ever try to play with it. Snakes? I would've never imagined Mercury having to do anything with snakes...

Just curious, are you taking requests for which elements will be personified next? I kinda had one I wanted to request, but it's one of the lanthanoids which aren't too well-known....
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, she's really interested in alchemy, which mercury features a lot in, so she knew about the symbolism and such - and we're both Chemistry students so the sciency bits were easy :3
I'd love to play with it. Playing with a small amount probably won't do you any damage - it's only if you eat it or are exposed to it for a very long time that it starts doing nasty things to you. And I'm afraid I have no idea why it's associated with snakes - maybe because of the slitheriness of it?

I've got a list of all the ones I'd like to do, but it really depends on if I can find enough information for them. If people have an element they'd really like to see, and can tell me something interesting about it to get me started, I'm more than happy to do a bit of research and give it a go - which one were you going to suggest?
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cheese17 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alchemy? When you say Alchemy I think of FullMetal Alchemist (an anime) or turning substances into gold...
Really? I was told that it could be absorbed through pores anywhere on the body, that's why it was so dangerous. Anywho, I'll probably never get to see it anyway unless my chemistry class uses it this year :'D

Oh, well you don't have to do my request if you want to finish your list first. I was going to request Neodymium, it's my favorite element. =u= supposedly it's super-magnetic, like one of the strongest permanent magnets in the world! Like you can't be any closer than a few feet (I guess a few feet would be like a few meters?) from it and hold something made out of metal or else they'll attract each other in a matter of seconds! I think it's used for industrial purposes....
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, alchemy as in the attempt to turn stuff into gold. Mercury was used a lot because it seemed to have magical properties :iconwoooplz: If you were given the chance to play with mercury, I think they'd most likely give you gloves xD

Wooooo, good choice! Nice and obscure =w= thanks for the suggestion, I'll see what awesome stuff I can find!
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cheese17 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pfft, I don't blame them. If I saw Mercury for the first time I would think it was magical too XD
Well I would hope they would give me gloves if I ever did use it! XD

Wait really? You'd make a character for Neodymium for me? Thank you! :iconiloveyouplz: Yay!
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I can find enough information to piece together a decent design, then I'm more than willing to give it a go! :3
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blazekid7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Awesome,love the design :)
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you do! ^^
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Naoru Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
mercury is awesome. Sinister, but awesome! I love that its a liquid metal, I want to see that stuff in real life, it must just look so strange and cool...
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's seriously trippy stuff. Type in 'playing with mercury' out YouTube and there are hundreds of videos. It's really weird to watch, almost hypnotising. And it's so shiny it acts almost like a mirror.
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TheInfamousJoeLinder Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh cool :D
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :icon0u0plz:
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WitchlingSailorMew Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I want his hat. Gimme!
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JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You may have to kill him first. Which will be a challenge, because he'd probably kill you before you killed him.
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