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|
|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!