Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spring Giveaway tutorial Part Three and finished piece!

Howdy Folks,

How annoying was Blogger yesterday????  Oh well, I guess it has to go down sometimes, I just don't think it should be for most of the day.

Well here we are at part three of the tutorial......finally, and Julie should already have her sculpture by now.  You might want to keep an eye on her blog for her response.  My life lately has been very hectic and I haven't been blogging as much as I would like, but without further delay.....

PART THREE: sculpting and painting

Using my X-acto knife (#11 blade) I carve various parts to a
finished size and conformity
I carve definition into the smallest areas, like the fingers, and
basically "hack" them down to a general shape.
This is my basic shape after hacking at it.
Using these nail files by "Kiss" that I find at my local
Walgreen's drug store, I file and refine even further.
Now the fingers are smoother, more rounded and I've created
creasing in the palm of the hand.  I also use my hands dipped
in water through this process for further smoothing.
I used this product "TEXTIVA" for the wings
of the bee.  It's a fusible plastic that most polymer
clay sculptors use to make fairy wings.  Also
in this picture are the antenna I made using
white floral wire, yellow beads and glitter.
To make the wings I twisted white floral wire into the appropriate
loop shapes.
I put the twisted wire shapes in between two sheets of the
fusible film and with tissue paper beneath and above, I
then ironed with a setting of linen.  I held the iron in place
for a few seconds, and peeked to see if the fusing was successful.
I kept using the iron until my fusing was totally done.  I trimmed
off the excess film around the edges and used "diamond" stickles
(glitter glue) to create the veining and outside edge.  While
the stickles were still wet, I added "Martha Stewart's" white
tinsel glitter to highlight the glitter glue even further.  Once
the wings were totally dry, I sealed them with spray poly-
urethane to keep them intact.
After all the carving, sanding and final smoothing with water,
I let all the pieces totally dry.  I then cover each piece with
acrylic Gesso as a primer.
I assemble the pieces, using Aleene's "Quick Dry" tacky glue,
as it dries clear and very hard.
I paint the base using a gloss acrylic paint.  By this point I've
either added "feet" to the bottom (using wooden beads),
 or left it plain.  It totally highlights a piece to add the feet,
and I usually do this for my giveaway pieces.
Now the final painting begins.  I have my reference image
(see in the background to the right) and start the layering
of colors to bring the piece to "life."

At this point, I'm just about finished.
TA DA........we have a finished piece!  Aint it adorable???  Again, I fell in love with my creation, and found it very difficult to let him go.

He's completely, sealed with semi-gloss polyurethane, and as you can see, I also added a sweet little bunch of flowers.  Where else do bee's get their honey from?  I think it's appropriate!  Congratulations, again, to Julie, and I think she's really gonna' enjoy this one.

Now for a hint of the images that are my inspiration for something special:




These little cuties are a group I'm creating for a very special purpose, of which I won't share right now.  However, when I know more, I will definitely share what's going on.  Suffice it to say, they are about 1/3 the size I normally make, with an exception here and there.  It's something I'm very excited about, so I hope I can share before summer is over.

Have a great week!
Big Hugs,


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeeeeee Julie's final creation!! GORGEOUS! And can't wait to hear what you have up your sleeve! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Sandy said...

That is as cute as it can BEE! Such talent!

Oh that blogging dismay...I hated it....just disturbed my entire day checking to see if it was back up and running. Funny how you get so hooked to something, isn't it? Well, it's back and we're chatting...have a wonderful day and please stop over and follow our newest adventure and Give Away.
Vintage Corner! Have a wonderful weekend Meri.... xoso Sandy O

Nan said...

Just amazing how you make these you are so talented.

My Vintage Mending said...

Meri this turned out so beautiful. It is truly a piece of art to be enjoyed. Thanks for sharing. Excited to see what is coming up. Many smiles your way...Renee

Claudia said...

Adorable! You are a true artist.


laurie -magpie ethel said...

I can't bee-lieve you can make something like that with your own two hands. are TRULY talented!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hehe! Your funny! It is pretty paper!
I love your bee! What a cutie! You are so talented!


E said...

What a sweet little face on your bee, so cute. Can't wait to see what you are planning to do with the images! E in TN

Scrap for Joy said...

Meri-I would jot know where to Bee-gin to sculpt anything! You have made another adorable art piece (love the facial expression on that cute bee)and I'm sure Julie will be thrilled!
I need to go back and catch up on your posts!

Christina Rodrigues said...

love all of these!!

its neat to see the steps and process u did. u are talented!

vivian said...

Afreakendorable!!! so so cute. so youre going to make little things now?? tiny is my weakness! cant wait to see what youre cooking up!
have a great night

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, Meri....can't even BEGIN to tell you how much I love this amazing gift of yours! It hasn't arrived yet--but I'll bet it will be here on Monday--I can't wait!

What an incredible amount of detail...I could never do something like this--you're just so talented, my friend!

I've already got his place all picked out--I'll send you a picture as soon as he's in it!

Thanks again, Meri!


Lynn Stevens said...

Its Adorable!!! I bet Julie is in Love with her little bee!
Great job Meri!
hugs Lynn

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!! He is absolutely adorable!! I can't believe I almost missed seeing this! I can see why you would have a hard time giving him away!

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

Oh how sweet! I think this one is my favorite so far! Honey, you are gooooood!

Patti said...

This little bee is just adorable. You are so talented! His eyes are so expressive! Just darling!