Smallest Daisy Ever

January 26, 2010

I’m making some flowers for a really small vase that I made previously.

This is the only one of five that survived. I tried to trim the backs up and the petals all fell off and they generally broke up. I will remove any excess before baking in future.

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January 20, 2010

This is Camilla.

She’s just a test piece as I had a rejected head lying around.

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I wanted to try out several things:

1. Spiky hair. I like the look of it. I put a skull cap of fimo on her and I tried attaching it to that, unfortunately it was really fiddly to attach, I couldn’t press it down. Options for doing it differently are probably super-gluing baked or unbaked pieces or modelling a complete piece. Also the spikes are far too delicate and quite a lot of them snapped, so shorter and blunter spikes might work better. Will also try mohair soon instead of fimo.

2. Nose ring. Pretty good, but I’d attach jewellery before baking next time as the model is a bit too fragile to use pliers on, in case I slip.

3. Make up. I tried painting it on using acrylics and a tiny paint brush, but it’s hard to paint that small with a steady hand. Could be impossible for me or I might just need more practice. I decided to model it in fimo instead. This make up looks really lurid and not as subtle as I would have liked, but the pneumatic lips on this head were one of the reasons it was rejected anyway.

I probably won’t be giving Camilla a body (I feel a bit guilty about that!)

Models from Last Year

January 13, 2010

I am feeling so much better today!

It’s about time I put photos of these models up.

These were made for a commission for a friend of mine called Melissa who is a talented photography student. Check out her new photography blog.

Introducing Peter & Nancy & the kids Martin and Suzy. They are made out of polymer clay (fimo).

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I learnt so much from building these models. I need to improve my anatomy greatly and these models didn’t have any armatures which was a bad idea. All models will get armatures in future.

I found out about halfway through that multiple bakings would have been a good idea too.

I like Suzy the best (shhhhhh don’t tell the others) ‘cos I love her sandals, her flower t-shirt and her plait.

I’ll add some construction pictures here soon.

Less Than Six Months To Go

January 12, 2010

Six months to go at university.

I have absolutely no work to show for the period from the summer holiday until now and no ideas. I’ve fallen out with a tutor. I didn’t get a work placement at the right time. I can’t get my work placement tutor to speak to me. I should be in college today, but yesterday took it out of me so much I needed to hide today and lick my wounds.

Sorry to post a negative one for once, but I feel at my lowest ebb right now. My classmates had to talk me out of ditching the course yesterday, the wonderful people that they are.

On the plus side. I have a pile of research that needs compiling, a late work placement with some people who make wonderful work, a fair idea of what it is I want to do after Uni. Films to make, clay to play with. A supportive boyfriend and great family and friends who care about my well being.

Time to knuckle down.