Friday, July 31, 2009
I used lambswool.....sheared of course...I just can't bring myself to buying or using any other kind. I know that others do but it's just a personal thing on my part. I'm going to place his head on very last...it's so much easier to dress and costume my ooaks when they don't have them attached. That always make me think of the saying "He would lose his head if it wasn't attached".
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I'm going to start on his trousers while I'm waiting for his hair to dry and as soon as my batteries for my camera charge then I will post some WIP pics for everyone to see. Chester is just "hanging" around...patiently waiting for Santa to sit in his chair and check him out....make sure that he is up to Santa toy standards. With me looking at him now I see some more things I need to do to him....a never ending story. I think we can always find something else to do to one of our sculpts...you just have to know when to walk away...yes that's it...walk away.....do it now....Chester..will you stop staring at me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
WOW...what a wonderful giveaway that Broken Teepee is doing. Can you imagine a 18 x24 poster of something that you love hanging in your room? Or maybe one of that beautiful sunset that you took on that last vacation? Or perhaps that favorite pet? I think that anyone could think of something that they would like imprinted on a poster to show off....remember...or just to have a conversation piece hanging around. Go check it out.....it's worth a looksie!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Look Santa has a four pack and a tummy....now where else can you find a MAN like that to love.
In this next photo he looks like he is waving at you but he isn't...well...I guess he could be BUT he isn't...LOL!!!!! I have his hand placed where it will be when he is completed. He will be holding Chester up. Chester was designed by the elves for a little boy that asked for a playmate. Chester is almost as tall as the little boy he will be going to stay with. So Santa will be holding him up and Chester will be sitting on the arm of the chair.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
He informed me today that once school started that he wouldn't require (require...he actually said require) his booster seat any longer...he was a big boy...LOL!!!!!! They do grow to fast...he will be sitting in the driver's seat before we know it.
Daddy and he are at the neighbors this afternoon so I have the house all to myself. Kinda feels a bit weird to be honest with you. So I'm taking the time to do paperwork, play with the clay and write on my blog. Now if you knew me you would get kinda tickled that this shy person even had the nerve to start a blog all her own. I want it to be my journal....my selling station.....and a way to share some of my "trials and errors" in creating dolls. I hope the first tutorial I posted will be a help to someone. I plan on doing a few more along the way. I'm one that is always finding a way to use things that I have on hand and that most others will have on hand too. With the economy the way it is right now and so many having financial difficulties there is no reason that we still can't have our "therapy" time (crafting time) by using our imaginations and using things we have instead of going out and buying. Craft tools that is....listen to my voice...oops read my words..hehe...you need to buy ooaks...dolls....faeries...Santas and an assortment of collectables...you can't resist!!! I'm happy to report that I have two followers already and noooo they aren't related to me and I didn't even have to pay them to do it. ;) I do appreciate them so much....so pass me along and let others be followers. I promise to give you all a quirky but fun adventure. Hugs,Regi
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Fall...the beautiful time of the year. Cool crisp breezes blowing through the sunflowers that are growing tall with their heads turned toward the sun. Trees expressing themselves by showing off all their colors of yellow, green and red. The pumpkin patch with all it's fat, plump fruits spreading themselves over the ground. The blackberries just perfect for picking and filling up a basket for a delicious pie.....wait...where did the blackberries go?
This is baby FooFoo. She is a hand done needle felt of a floppy eared rabbit. Her tiny mouth is open so she can hold her carrot pacifer all by herself. I felted her for my six year old...he my be a boy but he loves his furry critters.
Thank you for looking...I hope you will check back in soon as I plan on adding more needle felts to sell.
Materials Needed: 22 gauge wire....wire cutters...floral tape....toothpick....sculpting tools (what I use: large doll sewing needle, wooden knitting needle, sculpting tool, stiffened paint brush) sculpting clay in flesh and in transparent (not going to mention what kind...we all have our favorites)
It's always best to make the head first so that the hand proportions will be correct. I myself make the hands a bit larger than life because that's how I see Santa. Cut six pieces of wire. Five are for your fingers and one is to make a small holder for the fingers. Wrap this piece around a toothpick to make about 8-10 loops...keep them close together. Make sure to leave some of the ends hanging....it makes it easier to hold onto when removing from the toothpick.
Hold the toothpick at one end and one of the long pieces of wire in your fingers and simply twist the toothpick until the wire slides off. Of course if you use a different gauge wire then you might have to use something other than a toothpick to make your holder. I have just discovered that the toothpick is perfect for the 22 gauge. Trial and error...we all know that phrase ;)
Take your five pieces of wire and place them inside your holder. Crimp the holder to lock the wires in place. Spread the fingers apart. Take about 12-15 inches of your floral tape and wrap around the holder first and work your way up to the palm area. Stretch the tape as you go so you will get a nice snug fit. Wrap it around the palm and then start wrapping around the base of the fingers. Like a basket weave pattern until all the tape is gone. Cut the wires to the desired lengths. I like to take the tips of the fingers and gently bend the ends down and then crimp. This helps you not to get stuck and to keep it from poking through the clay so easily.
Take your flesh colored clay and make a thin roll twice the length of each finger. Take one and fold it in half and place over one of the finger wires. Smooth the seams on each side until the finger is shaped and secured to the palm of the hand. Repeat this for each finger. Shape two pieces of clay into a balls about the size of a quarter. Flatten them in the middle and place one in the palm of the hand. Gentle push with your thumb to give it a palm look. Place the other in the front of the hand...make sure you place this at the base of the fingers (this helps make knuckles) and against the inside of the thumb. Make another ball about the size of the bottom of a acrylic paint bottle. Roll the ball into a cylinder shape and cut in half. Place a piece on each side to make up the wrist and partial arm. Smooth and blend until no seams show. Remember, these are Santa's hand...a man with some age so if there are a few imperfections then it will just add to the aging of them. Using your sculpting tools and looking at your hands make the details for the knuckles, wrist and fingers. I like to add vein lines to mine. Look at your hands also in the position that you are going to place Santa's in.
Here is where the large sewing needle comes in. I use one of the big needles I use when making teddy bears and large cloth dolls. Take the eye part and gently push back the cuticle of each finger. Again, look at your own fingers to see what they look like. Take the transparent clay to make the fingernails. Roll a long piece out and cut tiny pieces off. Shape the piece into a tiny fingernail. Make sure you blunt cut the tip before you place on the finger. Take your sculpting tool or stiffened paint brush and gently push the nail into place. Once you have all the details of your hands complete, it's time to bake. Bake according to the clay manufacturer's directions. Once hands are cooled then if you need to you can file Santa's nails...just in case he got a hangnail during baking. I put several coats of varnish over the nails...make sure that each coat is thoroughly dry before adding another coat.
Price: $125.00 plus shipping
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
If you are interested in letting Batilda come and live with you, please email me for additional information.
Warning: Artist will not be responsible for any crystal ball readings that don't come true.
Until next time......Hugs,
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
In Private Collection
Price: $ 95.00 plus shipping
Price: $ 125.00 plus shipping
Price: $ 95.00 plus shipping
In Private collection
Price: $ 125.00 plus shipping