Normally I would never use Styrofoam as a core. Heating Styrofoam creates harmful fumes and should be avoided at all costs. Low baking temps due to the very thin layer of clay and loads of ventilation were players in this project.
I'll post a full tutorial after all my deadlines are met.....
I'm using a chick cookie cutter from Easter and cutting off the leg part. Use what you have or trace a bird shape out onto the flattened clay and cut it out with a craft knife.
I rolled the white clay out to about 1/4cm thick and cut out my bird shape.
I made a 1/4cm thick teardrop wing shape and placed it onto the bird.
I rolled a ball of black clay and gave the bird an eye.
A drinking straw makes the best hole to hang ornaments.
I made a 1/2cm thick worm of green clay and cut 1/2cm slices from it. I turned those slices into teardrop shapes.
Flattening the teardrops makes little leaves. I used these to make a wreath around the bird.
I made a 1/2cm thick worm from the red clay and cut off 1/2cm thick slices. I made little balls from the slices and places them on the wreath. I used the back end of a paintbrush that was roughly the same size as the rhinestones I was using to push an indent into the middle of each red ball. I placed a rhinestone into each indent and gently closed the red clay in around each rhinestone edge to secure it.
Bake the piece in a preheated 230 degree oven, on a parchment lined baking surface, for 20 minutes.
Hang the bird with a piece of decorative ribbon, or glue a brooch pin top the back of the piece.
It's quickly taking over the whole main floor of our house and frightening the heck out of us when we go into the kitchen for middle of the night drinks of water.
Maggs will be posting a much more detailed tutorial on her blog as soon as school is out.
There is no longer room for sit down table suppers. We just slide hamburgers in where ever we can around the giant werewolf. Maggs made the hands out of crumpled tinfoil covered in gorilla tape so they're completely pose-able. The forearms are made from chicken wire and can be moved around also.
She's a genius!
Here are the teeth Maggs made using STAEDTLER fimo air basic. She hot glued them in and trimmed them with red felt to simulate gums.
This is one of my favorite pics of Maggs ever!
She's lovingly cutting the eye slits so her beast can see. She slipped the eyes she made from fimo air basic earlier in the week into the slits.
Here she's got the first of the fun fur hot glued onto the head. She's just trimming the seams and making sure everything is matching up and laying flat.
I was surprised today with a gift of these (and more!) awesome retro patterns found at a garage sale by my friend and co-worker. I can't wait to start sewing!
What outfit would you make first?
I'm having trouble deciding.
I've been keeping myself busy these past few months with loads of new projects and ideas. Today I worked on something that's going to be a pretty fun project in itself. I can't show or tell you why I'm building this teeny spooky set yet.... but I can show you how I built it.
I am sculpting stones for a floor from the surface of a three inch thick sheet of Styrofoam. I'm using a steak knife and several different exacto or art knives and scalpels. I'm trying to keep the stone shapes irregular.
Here I'm sculpting some brick shapes for a wall.
I cut out a rough arch window and added a sill with some hot glue.
Here the floor and wall are stuck together using hot glue and dowel. I've also added some stones to the edge of the window.
I used some Great Stuff insulating foam in a can to fill the gap between the floor and the wall and to build up a little seating area under the window. I'll be able to sculpt this foam out into different shapes later if I need to.
Here's a shot of the can just in case you were interested in it. I suggest covering everything up that is near your work station that you do not want foam on. Wear gloves and eye protection and work outside. This stuff is sticky!
I sprayed the foam with stone effects paint
I'm pleased with the results. This is all I can show you for now. I'll make sure I keep you posted on the results of the whole project when I can finally share it. I can't wait to finish and fast forward into the future so you can see everything....
Here she has painted the base colour and is adding lines radiating from the center. She used acrylic paint.... Mostly Golden.
Here she's adding a dot of black to the center of each eye with the brush end.
They're pretty cool eyes!
I helped Maggs mix up some resin to fill these things and give them a glossy coat.
She made sure they were liberally smeared and then blew on them a bit to get rid of the bubbles so the resin would cure clear.
I think they're going to be pretty fabulous giant werewolf eyes. I'll get better shots in the daytime. Maggs kept working even though the sun went down. Makes it hard to take process shots.
Here is her actual werewolf sculpture. I helped her mix the chemicals to fill it with expanding foam yesterday evening. Some of the foam in the nose didn't cure so I had to cut it open for her so she could drain it. We took precautions and wore gloves and eye protection. We also worked outside and covered any surface that could be damaged by the foam.
Maggs likes this pic because it looks like her wolf is getting sick.......
She's a funny duck, but we love her bunches!
We'll keep you posted on the progress of this project.... It's going to be humongous!
Here they are all washed up and presentable. They are the long white radishes we planted about a month ago. You can see that the radishes got all curled up on the ends where they grew too big to fit between the skid planks. I'm still loving the whole skid garden concept. Have any of you tried this way of gardening yet?