I am still here. I had to take some time from my sculpting to get ready for my wedding :0) To make a super long story really short, I remarried my best friend yesterday. We've been together for over 20 years but several years ago we made a mess of things and divorced, within 3 months we figured out that was wrong and got back together. Yesterday we got married again. It was a wonderful day from start to finish. We celebrated with family and friends and are looking forward to the next 20 or 30 years together. Yesterday also happened to be National Drink Wine day - I think it was meant to be!
I'm back to sculpting and will be catching up on the 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge in the next few weeks.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
For week five of the #2017PCChallenge I decided to try something new. I added teeth.
First Attempt at Teeth
My first head with teeth looks a bit skeletal so I will be adding more clay to her to "flesh her out". You will see her again.
I am very happy with how my second attempt turned out.
With Color - Pre-Bake
I struggled with her eyes and nose but over all I am very pleased with her. I am always amazed at how much the color lightens once it is baked. A little clean up in her eye, some eyebrows and hair and she should look great!
I think next weekend I may have to put hair on all of this month's sculptures. I can't wait to see how hair changes their personality.
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Monday, January 23, 2017
This is a quick post to show you my week 4 sculpture for the 2017 Polymer Clay challenge. I have additional pictures to post later. Been crazy weather here and I'm a bit behind :0)
I'll share more later.
Have a great day,
Sunday, January 15, 2017
I can't believe that we are in to week 3 already! This is my 3rd sculpture for the 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge (#2017PCChallenge) hosted by Katie Oskin of KatersAcres
I am really happy with my week three project though I didn't realize until I put ears on him that he was a boy.
It is always fascinating to see the figure emerge from the clay. If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know that I do NOT fight the figure that emerges :0) I did that with my very first sculpture, I wanted a pretty fairy and ended up with a figure that looks like Mick Jagger in drag (Sorry Mick!), anyway, I learned my lesson, whoever emerges is who I get. (For a peek at my very first sculpture click here)
Here is he, week 3...
Lids and lips
Ears and Color
Ready to Bake
I am really happy with him. More work needs to be done around the eyes but overall I like him!!
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Last week I was irritated that I didn't have many eyes already made and had to use a pair that just didn't go with the figure and it showed. I was not happy with week 2's eyes at all but I used what I had because I can't paint eyes in the sculptures that I make. My own eyes are old and the figures I make are often very small, so I make eyes out of clay.
This is a new technique that I found on Pinterest and I like it. It is a YouTube Video from SugarCharmShop. Here is link the video. If you like miniatures plan to spend a few weeks or months on this YouTube channel - so many amazing projects!
It is very similar to what I have been doing but I thought it would be worth the time to see if I liked them or not. Overall I am pleased with them. You will see them used in my week three #2017PCChallenge sculpture tomorrow. There are a lot of colors in these eyes which you don't really see because of how much I reduce them but I was impressed with how they look and the technique was easy to follow.
I'll be making more eyes this week. I like to have lots of variety on hand. These are mostly brown and are for 8-12 inch tall figures.
As you can see I did bake a few large irises rather than reduce them. Later I'll add the white to them and make a creature. This year I am working on several larger (24"-30") figures. Since I decided to bow out of the craft fair I decided to make things for my house and yard. I want a large house elf for my laundry room. He'll be holding a bank to collect all the change I find and he may just have a bag for stray socks as well! I'll post him as he develops.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
I am trying to get on a Sunday posting schedule for my challenge so I sculpted two heads in a matter of days.
This one is a bit larger than the first. I'm happy with her face though the eyes are too close together. I only had the one pair of eyes completed and ready to use so my options were - 1 pair. Not how I like to work and it made a difference. I had a much harder time with her eyes than I normally do.
The rest of this afternoon will be spend making more eyes in different colors. I like have them baked and ready to go in multiple colors and sizes so that I have what I need.
So... here is week 2:
Lids - she looks angry
Color - Pre-Bake
Final - Post-Bake
If her eyes had not been so close together I would have been happier. As it is she will still make a nice kitchen witch or angel. I'm very happy with her lips. That has been an area that I've struggled with. I also struggle with ears. Hers are too flat but I was a bit lazy and didn't get my reference pictures out so I am not going to whine too much about it and when I put hair on her I'll make sure they are covered!
Next weekend I am sculpting with friends. These little girls just may get hair! I'll definitely post pictures once they have hair and bodies.
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Friday, January 6, 2017
Well I did it! I finished my first sculpted head of the new year. Her eyes were made using the technique I developed from Lisa Pavelka's Smoosh cane which I'll be sharing later this year.
Since 2017 started on a Saturday, my plan is to share my 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge sculptures on Sunday's.
Week 1 down, only 51 more to go! She hasn't revealed her name to me yet, she'll probably do that once she gets hair. It really does make a difference.
Here she it:
Wow! Look at those crazy eyes
Eyelids and a Chin
Nose, Ears and Lips
Some color - Pre-Bake
And here she is, my baseline for the year, baked and ready for hair.
I already see some areas to work on but overall I'm happy with how she came out.
Until next week ;0)