A little more progress on the sleigh. Slow going, and way more work than I anticipated, but fun.
Brian decided he wanted glass eyes (instead of felted eyes) for the Shoggoth that will be pulling Santa Cthulhu's sleigh. At first, we looked up taxidermy glass animal eyes. They are definitely very cool, but also very expensive. Since the shoggoth is meant to have LOTS of eyes, all over its body, we could easily have sunk $100 in glass eyes into it. I figured there had to be a way I could make them myself. So here's a quick tutorial on my homemade glass eyes!
Brian and I are feeling pretty ambitious this year for our annual Santa Cthulhu project. The goal is to have Santa sitting in his sleigh, maybe with some sort of elf creature standing next to the sleigh. Brian is working on a felted shoggoth to take the place of the reindeer. It's awesome. He has big plans for it and might share a progress photo over on his own journal if you ask nicely. Or he might just wait until it's finished, hard to say. Anyway, I'll share progress photos because I'm nice like that. Before I can even start making the Santa, I need to have the sleigh at least roughed in. I started with a wire armature and added foil to get the basic shape. Tonight I began adding a layer of epoxy clay to solidify the whole thing, and it occurred to me that I am probably going to dump a couple of pounds of epoxy clay into this before it's done. Oof. It's pretty big. I suppose I could have tried felting the sleigh, but I just didn't think it would work. And sculpting it sounded like more fun anyway. So here goes! Here it is, still super rough, but making progress. Pardon the messy desk photo ...
This year at work there was a costume contest. They announced it way back in the beginning of October, so I had some time to plan. Each of the departments within pathology was asked to choose a theme, and people could dress to fit the theme. Since most of us who work in hematology are female, there's a running joke that we are all co-hags (you know, because part of our job in heme is coag testing ... yeah, it's lab humor) so we decided we should all dress up as hags and/or witches.
I thought for a while about it and decided I didn't want to wear the typical pointy witch hat. I'd much prefer horns and feathers and fun stuff like that! At first I wanted to make curled ram horns, but then I settled on something more upright like an impala's horns. Sort of like what Maleficent wears in Sleeping Beauty. I took some in-progress photos to share. I used to write art tutorials often, and I felt like it's been far too long since I put one together. Of course, I wound up forgetting to take photos as often as I should have, but I still got some along the way and will post them all here.
To begin, I will point out that I know NOTHING about proper hat-making techniques. I'd love to take a millinery course some day so I can figure out the real way to do these things, but in the meantime I muddle along. I started this about two weeks before Halloween, so I didn't have time to learn all the correct methods and gather good tools. But in the end I got a decent result, so here's how I made my witch hat.
And that's about it! Making the hat was the hardest part of the whole costume. Because I had to be able to work all day in this costume, the rest of it involved a black shirt and black pair of pants that I pinned assorted scraps of fabric to, to mimic a ragged skirt and shawl. I had to leave the lab a couple of times during the day, which was amusing because people gave me a lot of strange looks. The best part was when we got to give out toys and games to the pediatric inpatients.
Because everyone needs a Christmas tree covered in blood, right? Multiple sizes will soon be available for sale in the Etsy Shop ... get your anisocytosis here!
This was a requested sculpture, and quite a bit of fun. Epoxy clay painted in acrylic, with a few feathers added as a headdress. 3 1/4 inches tall. More photos can be found in the gallery here.
Here are a couple more blogs I found interesting. Creative Something has a lot of articles and some good links if you find yourself needing motivation/inspiration. Sustainably Creative is a similar blog that is written by a man with some fairly significant health problems that limit him physically, but sure don't seem to hold him back artistically. Check them both out! I know, I should be spending less time reading about being creative and more time actually going out and creating ... I'll get right on that.