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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Almost Complete!

The Mad Hatter

I wasn't sure about this color, it is the color of a carrot and a bit unruly which is why I decided to go for it and I am thrilled with the results. Once he has his hat on it should really look great. 

Here he is, ready for his costume. I know he looks a bit lumpy and his hair is wild but once he has clothes on he'll look fine - kind of like me LOL Anyway, I have some fabric for his clothes and I am pretty sure he approves. We'll see this week. I can't wait to see how he turns out!!

Check back soon to see the Mad Hatter in all his finery then stay tuned for the Mad Tea party and the Where Bloggers Create party - both on July 12th and the Book Goblin process which will begin once the hatter is complete.

For the Where Bloggers Create party I will be cleaning the studio and posting lots of pictures of where I work on my art. I am looking forward to that process and sharing the results here.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Oops! I Can't Believe I Did That!

This week I have been working as often as possible on my Mad Hatter so that I can send off the last of the photos to the Craft Fair Jury and today, actually just a few minutes ago I realized that I had done something that is so cool that I wish I had thought to do it. (This is how I learn all sorts of accident!)

Let me preface this by saying that when I sculpt a figure I pre-make the eyeballs out of an off white clay mixture and then bake them so that I can set the already hardened eyes in the face and sculpt around them. I make lots of eyeballs and have painted many sets from this batch, however, I usually don't paint them at night so it wasn't until I was set up and ready to go that I noticed the eyeballs of my Hatter were sort of glowing! Yep, I used glow in the dark clay for this batch of eyes and I had no idea.

In the first photo you can sort of tell his eyes aren't quite right. I don't know how to set this camera to take images with a slow shutter and no flash so I sort of had to wing it using different settings. The first was for a night time setting but it still flashed. The last two were done using a sunset setting and you can actually see the glow though the pictures are blurry.

Now that I know I have glow in the dark eyes all ready made I have to make something that needs them! Some fun goblin creature that hides behind books, yep, that's what I'll make- a Book Goblin - so check back in a couple of weeks for that project! Of course I may have to make more eyeballs out of pure glow-in-the-dark clay so they glow brighter.

Here is the Mad Hatter as he is now. He has bones and muscles. Once I paint him I'll add his skin then it's hair, costuming, accessorizing and making his stand.

My mind is too busy to paint right now. He'll be painted tomorrow. I am thinking of all the cool creatures I can make with glow in the dark eyes!

I just love when things like this happen :0)

More pictures to come soon.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New Work in Progress!

Yep, that's me! 

I had to submit some additional photos of me actually creating my figures for the juried craft fair that I applied for so I decided to get started on another Mad Hatter. I am not sure whether he'll be staying here or finding a new home at the Mad Tea party in July so you may want to stop by here on July 12th just to see what he decides ;0)! It promises to be quite the event!

Here is where he is right now. I'll be posting progress pictures as I complete him. This guy isn't a zombie which is good and bad, the zombies are so much fun to create I'll eventually have to make one for myself. As for this guy, I am really excited about making another Mad Hatter! I still have some of that awesome fabric left over from the Hatter in Zombieland sculpture and it is so lush I may use it, then again, he may demand his own style which means I have get to shop!

Either way, he is really excited to finally be started.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Where Bloggers Create Blog Party

In keeping with my goal of posting here more often I have decided to also promote this space to the world so I have just joined the Where Bloggers Create blog party being hosted by Karen over at My Desert Cottage, also scheduled for July 12th! That will be a busy day here but I think it will be fun. I love my studio and will enjoy showing you where I work when I am creating my sculptures and other fun projects.

Hope to see you then!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Birdcage Fairy Update

You may remember this sweet little fae, she has been waiting rather patiently for me to finally get around to finishing her. Well, I am almost done.

Additional curls

Petals, sleeves and belt

Close up

As you can see she is coming along. I have to finish her wings and then find a way to put her inside her new home. I love the look of her beaded tiara. It is exactly what she needed for that hair-doo!

Here home is almost ready for her. The rug is embroidered and the window flowers are in.I plan on making some curtains for the bottom area and then adding a chair but that will be after I finish her. I am not sure how well she is going to fit but I am going to do my best. If I can't put her on the perch then she'll have a different home... I'll keep you posted!

Time for Tea? Definitely!

I just joined the 7th Annual Mad Tea Party blog party being hosted by Vanessa over at a Fanciful Twist. I am so excited. I have lots of ideas for this party and a give-away will definitely be involved! Check out Vanessa's blog for some amazing eye candy and then click on the picture above to learn more about the Mad Tea Party!