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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mermaid - Complete



I finally finished the mermaid. I'm very pleased with her!  Next up... Age of Aquarius submission for Art Doll Quarterly, 2017 PC Challenge updates and a Pirate.

Thanks for stopping by.

D

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mermaid update

Mermaid



Here she is so far. As you can see my tail experiment was a success. I love how her tail came out and I didn't have to worry about burning the clay with a heat tool.

I'll post more pictures of her once she is complete. I need to distress her shell bra, add eyebrows and eyelashes and a necklace. I'm pleased with how she is turning out.


Thanks for visiting :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Angelina Film – The Baking Experiment

I’ve been working on a mermaid for a contest being hosted by Jack Johnston and I’m very pleased with how she is coming out. As I was getting ready to add her tail fin I did a lot of research. I looked at videos, I did a google search, I looked at YouTube and most of what I found recommended to add the fin then bake the clay used to attach it to the body with a heat gun. Yikes! That sounded a little scary to me.  Heat guns get hot, much hotter than the temperature necessary to cure clay so I thought I would do an experiment with baking the Angelina Film, on the doll, in the oven.


This is the faux tail I made for my 1st experiment. I used “The Ultimate” glue to attach the wires to the bottom layer of film. When adding the glue to the wires I used a needle and applied a thin layer to both the top and the bottom of the wire. I then added another layer of film on top of the wires and trimmed the excess film from around the wires. Once I had the basic shape I covered the base in translucent clay, making sure the bases of all the wires were enclosed in clay.

I baked the tail in a pre-heated oven at   ̊275. At first I thought it would be a total fail because the film immediately shrunk a bit, but then it stabilized. My original goal was to see if I could bake it for 15 minutes. That came and went so I continued for a total of 30 minutes which was my ultimate goal. Why 30 minutes? Because the clay that I prefer bakes for 30 minutes per ¼ inch to cure properly. I knew I could attach a tail with ¼ inch or less thickness of clay so this was the perfect amount of time.

 

Here is what it looked like when I removed it from the oven after 30 minutes. Notice that the film is not super shiny and there is a gap at the top where the two separated.

  

Here it is once I heat the film with a heat tool and shaped it with a candle flame. Using the heat gun adhered the two layers of film together and made it shiny and translucent.

I consider this a success.

 

 

For my second try I went with a larger tail, one closer to what I will need for my mermaid.

I used the same steps, gluing the wires onto the film and adding a second layer of film on top of the wires. Shaping it and baking it for 15 minutes. This time the clay that I used on then end was only 1/8 in thick so I did not need the full 30 minutes.


Here it is direct from the over



Here it is once I heated it with a heat tool and shaped it with the candle flame.


 Here are both experiments. I’m very pleased. Yes, I know the tails look a bit ratty and have soot on them, I wasn't going for perfect, just making sure the film reacted the way I wanted it to.  

***Before baking your Angelina film test bake a sample to see how the color shifts***

My next step will be to design the tail for my current mermaid. Scary stuff. I am so happy with how she is turning out that I do not want to ruin her with a bad tail, but she needs a tail!



Here she is trying on one of the practice tails. 

She just came out of the oven and now has arms. Next up I'll be adding her hands, a tail and her hair. Stay tuned for more pictures

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Lilac Fairy



I finished this sweet girl for the Jack Johnston fairy contest and displayed her at the Quincy Quilt show.





Friday, May 26, 2017

Mermaid - in Progress



This is the latest project I am working on. Once complete she will be sitting in an abalone shell holding a pearl. At least that is my current plan, we shall see how she feels about it this weekend.

I'll post more progress pictures this weekend.
 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Homage to Blondie

*** Update
Punk Rock Girl has been selected for the August Issue of Art Doll quarterly! I'm removing her picture until the issue is published. ***


I've been working on my Polymer Clay Challenge heads and many other projects. I'll be updating the blog this weekend with all sorts of fun things but today I'd like to share with you a doll I created for a challenge.






She is lovingly called Punk Rock Girl and is a tribute to Debbie Harry of Blondie.


I love music. It is an art form that is magical to me. Music has always had a special place in my life. When I was a baby my mother told me that I used to sing myself to sleep, I would sing when I was playing or in the car. Unfortunately, I cannot carry a tune as an adult but that doesn't stop the love or appreciation of those who can.


Deborah Harry is one of my heroes. She is a strong, powerful woman with an amazing voice. I've enjoyed her music for as long as I can remember and I hope you enjoy seeing Punk rock Girl and much as I enjoyed making her.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Clay Improv was at the Portola Quilt Show

I belong to an amazing group made of artists called Clay Improv and this past weekend we had a couple of tables at the Portola California Quilt show.


You may think...dolls at the quilt show? Really? Absolutely! First off, I have to tell you that the quilts at this show were just amazing. The detail, skill and workmanship that went into them is obvious when you walk along the aisles. There were so many varieties of quilts; hand quilted, machine embroidered, pieced, appliqued and more. It was so inspiring to be among these works of art.


Here are just a few of the stunning quilts that I saw








So the dolls... it was an honor to be included in the show. We had two tables just inside the door of the show. Our dolls range from cute to crazy and everything in between. They are made of polymer clay, fabric, porcelain and more. Our work was very well received. Many of the people who stopped by to talk to us had never seen anything like it. It was fun to talk to people about our art, the process and the fun.


Here are some of the dolls we had on display at the show









I think this was a pretty good fit! I'm looking forward to doing this show again next year!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Happy, Happy Day

Greetings everyone,

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.

Cheers!

D

Sunday, January 29, 2017

2107 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 5


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.
Before Color


With Color - Pre-Bake


Baked

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 4




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)




Week 4





I'll share more later.


Have a great day,


Debbie

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 3


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...
Skull

Eyes


Lids and lips

Nose


Ears and Color


Ready to Bake
Baked

I am really happy with him. More work needs to be done around the eyes but overall I like him!!






Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Eyes Have it


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

2017 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 2


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:
Eyes

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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