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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Homage to Blondie

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.