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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
: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.

Chemical Solitaire (c) JammyScribbler

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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:… should somewhere appear in the picture. It's the medieval alchemy symbol for mercury and the one symbolizing the planet.
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 ^^;
The-MAD-Overlord Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
He's so awesome looking! I like the tiny little details
JammyScribbler Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Adding in little details is my favourite thing about drawing C:
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!
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
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!
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!
ccblackmaiden45 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Artist
am not sure but you should make the periodic table  
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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