Monday, April 27, 2015

Miniature pasta machine & Elderly lady

Back from the fair! - It was a lot of fun, and it went well.
I'm so happy that people liked all the new items I brought with me this year because that really is very motivating when it comes to making new pieces.
All the animals found a new home and I did sell a few of the pieces of furniture as well :)

Before leaving for the fair I did some research and found measurements for a few of the animals I'd like to make in the future (farm related) hihi - For some reason I really want to make a cow,.. and some goats,. and some other animals lol - I think it'd look cute, though I'm not sure if anyone actually is in need of something like that...

Anyway - I'm excited to be back home and have spent a portion of the day in my craft room, making this little miniature pasta machine for today's tutorial. It's not functional (except from the handle which turns) but it'll look cute on a miniature scene or in a dollhouse! :)

And here's a picture of the elderly lady I made a while ago - finally got around to taking a picture of her :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rough collie & sleepy kitty

With only a couple of days left before I have to leave for the fair, I've had to realize that I far from has the time to make all the things I wanted.. Still haven't lost hope in being able to make a few more pieces, but it won't be anything major.
I did manage to make 2 furry friends - a rough collie, which I've been wanting to make for a long time. And a sleepy cat :)

Love the glimpse the animals get in their eyes, when the light hits it just right. And though I wish I'd added even more fluffy-ness to the body of the collie, I'm really happy with the result. Back when I made the german shepherd I didn't have the right color of fibres for the fur, so I settled for what seemed to be the closest to the right shade - which was too dark. I didn't have the right shade of 'sabel'/brown for the collie either, but instead of risking getting angry with myself for using the wrong shade, I decided to simply use an off white/creamy color for the body and head, and shade the entire thing with my soft pastels. Yes, the collie is in fact only white and cream haha.
When done thoroughly it won't come off, and the fibres will pretty much be permanently stained - I also sealed it with a fixative for extra protection.

The cat was one of my 'couch crafting' projects - made yesterday. When sculpting dolls and animals I far prefer sitting in the couch as opposed to sitting at my desk. I don't know why, as sitting hunched over in the couch is far more uncomfortable, but when working on more time consuming projects I enjoy being able to watch TV or be in the company of my boyfriend so there's someone to interact with.
Started working on another cat today - did get a late start and won't have as much time tomorrow, but am hoping I'll be able to finish it before leaving Friday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Console table, bookcase & buterched pig

Here are the console table and bookcase I mentioned in my last post :) Had a lot of fun making them!

And,. something that's not quite furniture - a butchered pig. Now,. I've made a butchered pig twice before in 2013 and there's no doubt that this one looks better. I recall getting an email the last time I showed one of my butchered pigs, from someone who was having a very strong reaction to the fact that I had made something like that. Lots of negativity in that email, but I wanted to let you know, just in case you feel the same way; don't waste your time sending me an email or yelling at me because I take it as a huge compliment. I think it's AWESOME if my little lump of clay can cause people to react that way.
This is a pig for a butcher's shop/scene - this is how you get meat on your plate. It's simply realism.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Salmon steaks & Toy chests

I cannot believe that there is less than 2 weeks left before the fair!! where did the time go?! - These are a couple of my recent creations; Salmon steaks and toy chests.
Have been working on a couple of other pieces of furniture that I'll hopefully be able to post pictures of tomorrow or Wednesday. I made a console table and am currently making a bookshelf/cupboard type unit. Will have to sit down and plan out the last few days because there's no way I can make all the things I want in time...
My Paragon kiln I ordered arrived last week, but I can't actually test it out until I get the land lord to put in some other fuses hihi - the ones that are installed in the apartment do not have the required kapacity,. But he promised to help :) Really should get it tested out soon though, to make sure it works the way it's supposed to - otherwise I'll have to contact the website. That's the only thing I hate about ordering larger items from over seas.