Entries in epoxy clay (17)

Sunday
Mar262017

Dragon Bust

This winter, I had an urge to go back and sculpt another dragon bust (my last one was back in 2005, you can find it in the gallery here). Here is the end result! I do have lots of WIP photos that I will compile and put in a separate entry, but for now here is the finished piece. It is polymer clay and epoxy clay over a wire and foil armature, on a wooden base, painted in acrylic. It is 11.5 inches tall. The eyes are glass cabochons that I also painted. Thanks for looking!

 

Sunday
Jan312016

Cernunnos Unearthed

Do you remember my Cernunnos sculpture? I do. It's been sitting in my studio mocking me for a long time. I started it so long ago. 2010 I think? I could probably look back through this journal to find his origins, but that'd be depressing. Today I cleaned all the half-painted Christmas ornaments off my desk and dug him out again. I sculpted all the fur on his neck/head. I know it looks odd two-toned, just try to imagine him painted. I do the initial sculpture in polymer clay because I need the working time it affords me. Then when I feel like the difficult part is done (usually the face/eyes) I bake it and position it on the body armature. At that point it's no longer suitable for baking (either the armature has components that shouldn't be baked, or it simply doesn't fit in the oven any longer) so I sculpt everything else with epoxy clay, which has a limited working time. So the brown is polymer clay and the grey is epoxy clay. Anyhow, I think he just needs his left hand finished and then I could move onto painting and clothing him. Cross your fingers for me, maybe I'll be able to maintain the momentum to get him done!

Thursday
Aug142014

Brian's Hawk

This one is mostly Brian's creation. Normally, his willow sculptures are huge. 8' tall scarecrows, 25' long sea serpents, and life sized moose - that's just Brian. This time he thought he'd see if he could work willow on a much smaller scale. This fellow is about the size you'd expect for a red tailed hawk, sitting about 20" tall. Brian did all of the willow work, I just helped with the other parts (eyes, talons, beak). We got it done just in time to enter it in the Cornish Fair!

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.

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 ...