Saturday, March 2, 2013

Back To Sculpting

Many years ago, I experimented with a new (at least new to me, that is) substance called "Sculpey". I needed it for the Star Wars sculptures and custom toys I was creating. I made so many custom characters, I was asked to speak about them at numerous Star Wars conventions and my "Santa Yoda" even ended up at Lucasfilm.

Now, I haven't done any real scupting in a very long time... so I thought it was high time to try my hand at it once more. With my 50% off coupon for Michaels in hand, I bought a three pound box of Sculpey to begin a project I had in mind for this year's Easter table.

I started out by creating a bunny's head on a wooden skewer and two paws molded over the edge of a 1" clay pot. That metal tool is a nut cracker pick - strangely, it's my favorite sculpting tool!


To harden the clay, it only takes mere seconds of dipping it into boiling water. I prefer this method to oven baking as I can use tongs to protect my hands and prevent damage to the soft clay by keeping it from hitting the bottom of the pot.


After drying, I used a variety of acrylic paints and added black eyes by colouring self-stick pearls with a Copic marker. The E-6000 glue makes sure the eyes stay in their sockets.


I stuffed the tiny pot with some real moss, glued the paws to the edge and then created a hole in the moss using a metal pick to insert the bunny's head.


I was going to wrap Easter-coloured ribbon around the pot, but I think I like the lace instead.


Yay! All done! Now I just have to make another five...

Each one will be different; but you'll have to wait until Easter before I show them all done and gracing each place at our dinner table.


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26 comments:

  1. You are a gifted and brilliant artist!! WOW!

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  2. Aw, JoJo you are too kind! Thank you! It was a fun fast project; now that the first one is done, I'll use it as kind of a template for the others; should make it even quicker to do. Thanks for coming by!

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  3. Wow! Your bunny is great! And, I had no idea you could dip the clay into boiling water instead of putting it into the oven. That's awesome! I didn't know you could paint it either. You've made me want to buy some of that clay to do some sculpting. I have a bunch of Fimo (sp?) type clay. I wonder if it's the same thing? I've made tiny little critters but never tried anything much bigger than a an inch or two. Looks like a lot of fun. You're very talented!

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    1. Thank you! I think Fimo is the same; but I have always used Sculpey. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

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  4. Maureen,
    Just darling!! Love them!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you Debbie! And I always love to stop by to see what you're "Dabbling" with lately ;)

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  5. Oooooh! You are very gifted! Beautiful thing! Kisses x x x x

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    1. Oh thanks Renia... you're too kind!

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  6. How precious!
    I had no idea you could "boil" sculpey- I just used sculpey in a recent post-wish I had seen this earlier as a few times I have overcooked it -
    This is just adorable- can't wait to see more!
    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks Christina! Yes, I learned the boil method when I was making custom toys... you couldn't place a plastic toy in an oven, so this was the method of choice. I have also used my heat gun (embossing tool) on small parts and it too cooks the clay perfectly and quickly! (I used this on a picture frame repair as I didn't want to dip the wooden frame in water).

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  7. Wow, you are a true artist! That is fantastic! I had no idea you could harden the clay in boiling water...Who knew!

    Carol

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    1. Thank you Carol! Yes, I find boiling is better than oven baking - no fear of fires or over-heating the clay.

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  8. You, m'lady, are amazing. How cute!!

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  9. There you go again, making it look easy! He's adorable. My son just asked me if I could make that - uh, that would be a no!

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    1. Ha! Oh it really is simple to do! And a lot of fun! I'll bet you could!

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  10. oh the rabbit head and his paws are so darling...looks like you have the skill and didn't her turn out just so cute....can't wait to see the rest of the pots.

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    1. Thank you! I have posted the rest now; just check for the post "Bunnies in Pots"

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  11. I love your rabbit! you did a wonderful creative job and it looks like you never forget the talent you have and can recreate it!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Dagmar! Oh you are too sweet!

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  12. Can't wait to see you at the ball on Monday!!

    Carol

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    1. What a wonderful time Meggie had! And so many new friendships were made. Thank YOU Carol for hosting! It was wonderful!

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  13. Hi Maureen,

    Your sculpted bunny is so adorable! I'm glad you decided to go with the lace around the pot. Doesn't it feel great to get crafy again?

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    1. Thank you Donna! It DOES feel great!

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  14. Oh my gosh....this is darling. I would be doing the Ceekay squeal if I had one of those at my place setting...what a precious gift!

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    1. Ha! Thank you Ceekay! My family really liked them, and they got to take their own bunny home afterward.

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