Sunday, August 29, 2010

Polymer Sculpture-Zen

Same zen polymer sculpture over an aluminum foil armature, but with different costuming. I like to experiment with the costuming. I'll photograph, compare, decide and then glue and/or sew. This is sheepskin, which is more structured and gives a nice shape. But I decided to go with the first one with the torn blue linen.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Polymer Sculpture-Native American

I used ProSculpt polymer clay over an aluminum foil armature for this sculpture of a Native American.
I did not sand or refine the finish on this sculpture either. I like the texture and rawness of the surface.
Sometimes I like sculpting the eyes from polymer and other times, as in this sculpture, I used glass eyes.
I used leather, suede and rabbit fur to complete the piece.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Polymer Sculpture-Zen

I sculpted this head from polymer clay.
I worked on it during the last two polymer clay guild meetings.
It has an aluminum foil armature.
I'm leaving the finish as is and not sanding or varnishing it. It has a very peaceful, zen-like quality to it that I love. Hope your Monday is peaceful.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fingerprint Art

I have had a gigantic toothache and haven't been doing much. I played around with some ink pads.
Making fingerprint pictures. I made a lot of these in the late 1970's. Not silly faces, but little scenes with tiny fingerprint characters on watercolor paper, matted and placed in a 3"x3" frame under glass. Forgot about them until today.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Queen of Debris cont'd

I had some questions asking what other things were made of and/or where they came from. The junk store signs are made from polymer clay. I used a permanent marker for the wording and fluid acrylic paint for the distressing. The container of soda is from my collection of old doll toys.
I made the shopping bag from a shopping bag. The "junk" in the shopping bag is from my collection too......
as are the above toys. The wood base is embellished with copper nails on the front and black metel tacks on the sides. It measures 13" high and 7-1/2" wide. That should about cover it.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bead Journal July

"Every Crowd Has a Silver Lining." -- P. T. Barnum
C'mon, are you smiling?
Hope so.
It made me laugh.
I hand sculpted my Bald Headed Beads (copyrighted) from polymer and attached them to the base using Silimide beading thread. I wire wrapped the hanging loops using 16 gauge nickel. Sterling silver jump rings were used to attached the chain. I glued silver lame' to the base and then glued the polymer transfer to the silver lame'. Wishing you lots of silver linings.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Queen of Debris

Below was the first draft of The Queen. I sent my friend a photo of her and she told me that she needed some junk and some junk store signs to tie her in with the "shopping for junk" poem.
She was right. The final version tells the whole story. I sculpted the head from Sculpey Light polymer clay. I used an aluminum foil armature to keep it even lighter. I used a wire insert to secure the head to the doll's body. Her tiarra and earrings are junk jewelry and her earrings are held in place with copper nails.
The plastic bag is made from a plastic bag and painted.
I sculpted her top and skirt from two-part Apoxie Sculpt. Her skirt has a metal screw closure and her boots are painted on.
Her "heart" is from a broken earring finding. The texture is from tub and tile caulking and pieces of hardware I embedded in the caulking. The entire piece was distressed using several of Michael deMeng's color recipes. I sealed the piece using a spray matte sealer. I really had fun with this piece and decided to finish the other two I had started in class.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I'm a Cover Girl!!!!!

That's me....."Easy Leaf Necklace" on the COVER! I had two more posts on The Queen of Debris, but had to post my good news today just in case you didn't hear me jumping up and down and screaming for joy. Not quite sure when it will hit the stands, but I'm sure I will mention it a time or two again. Subtly, of course. My usual.

Friday, August 13, 2010

deMeng Workshop-My Piece

The Queen of Debris: She shopped 'til she dropped. She couldn't be stopped.
Junk she accumulated; odds & ends to be assimilated.
She transformed garbahge into masterpieces of assemblahge.
I celebrate her creativity; her drive for connectivity.
This homage to her I give; through her art, she'll always live.
My "Day of the Dead" creation from the Michael deMeng workshop at Art Unraveled. Hope your Friday the 13th is a lucky one!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Art Unraveled

This is my piece from the Laurie Mika workshop. Some copper nails, heat set crystals, gold leaf, mica powders and acrylic paint. Laurie's website is Mika Arts. And, yes, I bought her book and she took time to sign it. She was funny, resourceful, professional and patient. To say it was great fun would be an understatement.

Friday, August 6, 2010

More Treasure

I'm back from the workshops, but need to get settled. So, in the meantime, I wanted to post this pendant from so many years ago.
Another "find" I couldn't do without. What it is, I don't know.
At least I didn't try to "polymer" it up.
Not yet anyway. I am anxious to post for tomorrow and show what I created at Art Unraveled.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Polymer Molds

I mixed Pearl Ex with liquid clay and coated the polymer pieces.
Most of them are bright gold except for the one cross and the three keys. I tried to highlight the top crown with some magenta, but didn't really care for it. Would just leave it gold next time.
Two of the crowns I curved and left the others flat.
The three guns I painted silver and the keys brass. The crown was a piece of costume jewelry I made a mold of. The key and gun were toys and the cross was from my mother-in-law.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tiger Claws

I didn't get any beading done because I got sidetracked again. I went through my stash looking for odds and ends to bring to the Art Unraveled workshops this week and I came across a tiger claw necklace I bought about 30 years ago. I was fascinated with the claws and tried to duplicate them in polymer.
For 30 years ago, they're not bad considering there were no color recipes for "claws". But I see why I packed them away. The necklace is quite beautiful. One of these days I will have to look up its meaning. When I bought it, the person said it would bring luck to the one who wears it.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sculpey Light

Above is the same piece as posted yesterday. I continued to play with it; adding more lines and pulling the Sculpey Light in a downward motion. I was finally was satisfied with the tortured look because I'm having computer problems and it matches how I feel.