Entries in cthulhu (26)

Friday
Dec192014

Cthupid

 Cthulhu + Cupid = Cthupid! I'm just trying to think ahead to ornaments for Valentine's Day. I sculpted the original over the past week, made a silicone mold of it overnight, and poured the first cast this evening. Paint choices up next ...

Saturday
Dec062014

Snowflake Cthulhu Ornament

I'm almost too late for new stuff this year, running out of shipping days before Christmas! But I've been working on this one for a while, so here it is. The Snowflake Cthulhu! I sculpted the original some time ag0, and made a mold. When I tried to cast it in ultracal (like I do for all my other ornaments) it came out way too fragile. My first attempts wouldn't even come out of the mold in one piece. I could cast it in resin, which would be a lot stronger, but that stuff creates a lot of fumes. It is generally recommended that you cast resin in a garage or other outdoor sort of workshop. But it also doesn't set well in below-freezing temperatures, so casting resin in my garage this time of year just isn't going to happen. That's when I found Aqua-Resin. The stuff isn't cheap, but it's non-toxic. No fumes at all, as far as I could tell! And now I have the very first Snowflake Cthulhu ready to go. I painted it in iridescent acrylic for sparkly goodness. Because, you know, if you're going to go insane you might as well be sparkly while you're at it. I have this first one for sale in the Etsy shop right now, and I'll make as many more as I have time for, before the season comes to a close.

Monday
Dec092013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Final!

It's done! At last! Santa Cthulhu 2013 is complete. If you haven't been following along, this is now the fifth not-quite-annual needle felted Santa Cthulhu extravaganza for us. You can see previous years' projects in the Felt Gallery. This one took a while, Brian and I started working on it back in mid-October. Santa Cthulhu sits in his Octi-Sleigh, ready to deliver his bag full of squirmy presents to children all over the world. A shoggoth pulls Santa and his sleigh; why bother with eight tiny reindeer when one protoplasmic behemoth will do? Keep scrolling for far too many photos ...

 The bag of presents appears to be made of fishing net. It erupts with assorted tentacles, and a single giant crab claw.

Santa is needle felted entirely from wool. Oddly, this is the first year we've given the Santa Cthulhu wings. I have no real reason for that. In previous years I think we just got close to the finish line and thought, "Wings? Nah, that'd be more work ..."

The shoggoth is a writhing, amoeba-like mass of needle felted pustules, eyes, appendages and teeth. A shoggoth is a constantly changing creature. As such, it's somewhat difficult to put a yoke or harness on it. Santa just hitches his sleigh up to a large metal ring that he has to trust the shoggoth to keep incorporated into its fluctuating body. Chains hitch the shoggoth's ring to the sleigh, and Santa holds leather straps as reins. The eyes are glass cabochons that we painted specifically for the shoggoth. The teeth are epoxy clay.

 

The Octi-Sleigh is a substantial sculpture I made specifically for this project. It has a wire armature covered with nearly 4 lbs of epoxy clay. It is painted with acrylics, and I'd just like to point out that this was my very first attempt at painting with an airbrush! If you look back at the last several journal entries, you can see lots of work-in-progress photos of the sleigh.

Lovecraft's shoggoths are described as iridescent. For fun, we went with fluorescent. If you have a blacklight handy, the shoggoth (and even Santa) will glow!

 

Santa sits about 11" tall. The sleigh is 13" long and 7" tall. The shoggoth is about 8" tall and 11" long. And just to help, I took a photo with my hand in the shot, to demonstrate how big these figures are.

Monday
Dec022013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa In His Sleigh

Sleigh is painted! My first ever attempt at using an airbrush.

Here's Santa (or what I have done of him so far) in the sleigh.

Sunday
Dec012013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh (nearly done!)

I finished sculpting the sleigh. Whew. Next up is painting!

We're a little behind this year, we usually try to get the Santa Cthulhu done by the start of December. Eeek.

I had to clean my desk off for the next stage of the project. It was getting out of hand. I found stuff I haven't seen in ages. I don't think this desk has been this clean since we moved in!

Monday
Nov252013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh (again)

I'm almost done sculpting the sleigh, whew it was a lot of texture work. I had Brian take a photo with my hands in there for scale, so you can get an idea of how big the full scene is going to be.

I've also started the Santa. Here's what I have so far, he's sat on the end table in the living room because I tend to needle felt while sitting on the couch under lots of blankets, and not in my studio.

When I AM in my studio, however, Cloudy sits on a perch behind me and keeps me on task. She's a good helper-bird.

Sunday
Nov172013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh

And a little bit more progress ...

Thursday
Nov142013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh

A little more progress on the sleigh. Slow going, and way more work than I anticipated, but fun.

Saturday
Nov092013

Shoggoth Eyes

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!

 Supplies! Pearlescent paint and fluorescent paint, clear glass cabochons, and tiny paint brushes.

We decided to use toad eyes as inspiration for the shoggoth eyes, and we wanted them to be an unnatural green color, to match the protoplasmic bubbles Brian has already felted on the Shoggoth's back. To begin, I painted the pupil of the eye in the center of the back of the cabochon with plain black acrylic.

Then I painted lots of squiggly black lines in the iris of the eye, and gave it a solid black ring around the edge of the eye.

I mixed some of the fluorescent yellow with the bronze paint, so the eye would look a little metallic. The fluorescent paint will make it glow under a blacklight. I painted the yellow in a small ring around the edge of the pupil.

I mixed some of the blue fluorescent paint in with the yellow/bronze mix to make it bright green. I painted this over the rest of the back of the cabochon. After this dried, I painted the whole back of the cabochon over with black, to give a solid background to the more translucent paint.

Let it dry, flip it over, and voila! Glass shoggoth eye!

I popped one into the shoggoth, I think they'll look pretty cool in the end! We'll probably glue them in place and then felt eyelids up around them a bit.

Tuesday
Nov052013

Santa Cthulhu 2013: Santa's Sleigh

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 ...