Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Viv's new little friend

Hi Folks,

Say hello to Viv's new little friend.  I don't yet know what she will name him, so you'll have to check her blog out for the next week or so to see if she mentions him.  Dearest Viv of "Viv's Whimsy" was my spring giveaway winner and she chose this adorable valentine kitten (I did not include the valentine heart he was holding in the image) and sans the heart, he is suitable for viewing all year long!

I think he's stinkin' adorable, and once again I found it hard to part with him.  He started out like this:

Pretty much all my sculpts start with armatures
made of double twist wire and Styrofoam.  I
staple the wire feet to the wooden base and
squeeze glue over the staples and wire for
extra stability.  This image is missing the half-
round Styrofoam balls I used on his legs.

In the beginning I just start laying on the clay,
moulding it around the wires and Styrofoam, until
I get the basic shape.

At this point I may add a bit of detail and then
start the process of the first drying time which
I call the "dry cracking stage."  The first time I let
a sculpt dry, I will find cracks in the clay surface
everywhere.  For you first time sculpterers, don't
let this dissuade's all part of the process.

After the first "dry cracking stage" I will fill in the
annoying cracks with more clay that I've made "soupier"
by adding more water to it.  I will then start spackling
the cracks and making the surface smoother and
more appealing.  I'm very blessed here in Arizona
in that during the spring, summer and fall months
the weather is usually dry and HOT, so my sculpts
end up "fired" by the sun rather quickly.

Here he is in all his glory!

I will be hosting my last giveaway of the year in June to celebrate my fifth year of blogging.  Please keep an eye out for the post, and please stop by my shop and take advantage of the super low pricing on my older pieces.  Once they are gone, they're gone and since they are all OOAK, you will never see their like again.  By purchasing one of my older pieces, you will be helping me enormously in giving me the room I need to create more.

Thanks for stopping by and I will be around very soon to catch up on all your blogs.

Big hugs,


Denise Adorian said...

Wow!Amazing talent,so cute.-Denise

NanE said...

Oh Meri, he is perfectly perfect! I'm jealous of Viv but she is so deserving! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, Nan

Kim K. said...

You do such nice work, Meri. I'm sure Viv is in love with her new furry friend.

Kai said...

Vivvy is going to LOVE him! And if she DOESN'T (but - sigh - she WILL) I'll be glad to take him off her hands! HAHAHA! You did a WONDERFUL job! And I bet she'll name him Kitty-pie.

LuLu Kellogg said...

She is going to LOVE this! I just adore Vivian and am doing a 'lil road trip with her next month! I can't wait!

Will be watching out for your Giveaway!


Tammy's in Love said...

Oh Miss Meri! That was nice of you to show us his 'skeleton'! I've always wondered how you start out. He is so thoughtful and I bet you did 'bond' with him! He's another blue ribbon winner in my book!


Perfectly Printed said...

The kitty kat is lovely! I am so glad you showed how you start a sculpture like this! Viv will love it!


Dorothy said...

Such a cute kitty, Viv will love him! You are so talented!
Have a good day, Dorothy

My Vintage Mending said...

That is a cute kitty indeed. Loving those eyes...details. Enjoy your long weekend and keep smiling...Renee

Sandy said...

Oh Meri,
He came out so cute!!!! Viv is going to love him!

Joanne@ Desertmountainbear said...

Wow he is wonderful! You are a master with this clay Meri. I loved seeing your wip photos.

vintage grey said...

So adorable, and what an amazing artist you are Meri!! Love seeing the process of the sweet kitty!! Viv is a lucky girl!! Have a lovely day!! xo Heather

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

soooooooooo adorable!!

vivian said...

OH I love my kitten! thank you soooo much!! I will post him tomorrow night. Not feeling well today and am heading back to the couch!
YOU are VERY Talented!!

A Vintage Chic said...

He's FABULOUS, Meri! Viv will LOVE him! I adore my bee...thank-you a thousand times for him! You are just so talented, my friend!

Wishing you the most wonderful day...


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

SWEET AS PIE!!!!! Dearest, I am here to snatch your link to prepare for our Paris link party NEXT FRIDAY. Are you ready? I am delighted that you are on the list. Keep me informed to let me know you are still doing it. IF YOU ARE, please take my illustration advertising the party and link to me. I am working on the list now. Come on over for a layover in Rome! Anita

Kathy Cruz said...

Hey! I love your work! I was wondering what kind of clay do you use? I'm assuming itsnot firable in a kiln because of the styrofoam, I would like to know because I want to work with other clay bodies and I know Michaels and other art stores has several but I don't know how they really work. If possible please let me know and thank you so much!