Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It is complete!

Placing every piece of hair individually took forever! I really love how this guy came out. He's made completely out of colored Premo Sculpey clay. I wanted to varnish him. I varnish everything. Sculptures look so nice when they're all shiny! Anyways, I have no idea if the varnish I use is flammable or not, so I figured I'd play it safe. It'd be sooo sad if he caught fire!

Alrighty, now that I've got him posted I gotta get to work on some more critters! I have a ton of little dudes just waiting to be painted. Lookit em, bein all nekkid!

They are going to be animal spirit totems!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I can do this...I think.

Alright! After much self doubt and moping, I have renewed drive to make this etsy thing work!

Throughout July I have been beating myself up. I've only had a couple sales all month and have let it become an excuse to be depressed and not create. Hey stupid! No one is gonna buy anything if you don't make it! I have made a few things, but nothing close to what I should have to show for an entire months worth of time. Without further ado, here are some of my July critters!

My favorite, a zebra-corn!

Some random charms...

And a cutesy pink dragon that I was testing out blending on.

I made a couple more gem dragons as well! Just four more colors and the set will be complete! Of course, that will make it a set of 13. Is that bad luck?

Phew! That's a lot of pictures! I'm going to try and stay motivated so I can post more often, and not just about my own products. I am working on a really cool looking asian dragon tealight holder. I think I got a little overzealous making him. You'll see what I mean when I post him!

Friday, July 9, 2010

2 Year Anniversary!

It's my 2 year wedding anniversary this weekend! In honor of it, I thought I'd show one of the most insane projects I've ever undertaken: sculpting a bazillion video game characters as wedding favors. For my own wedding. It's an understatement to say I was stressed out after I realized just what I'd gotten myself into. Planning a wedding and making your own intricate favors is not something I recommend. While it added a very special touch and made for some of the most unique and awesome favors ever, NEVER AGAIN!!!

Sadly, several figures had already been spirited away when this photo was taken. I'm still beating myself up for not taking my own pictures of them!

I didn't touch polymer clay for about a year after making all of these! The thought of it just made me cringe. Luckily, that didn't last too long!

Well, the two of us are off to enjoy a quiet, relaxing weekend. It will be so nice to get away from the apartment and spend some time with my sweet hubby!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Virus of Doom!

For the last couple days my hubby has been waging war against a mighty virus that was running rampant on my poor computer! It was a really nasty bugger. It wouldn't let me do ANYTHING! Luckily my hubby knew just enough about computers to eventually kill the monster virus. So far everything is working normally, but I'm on alert for anything weird...

Well I've been working on a new sculpture but since it's not quite finished yet, I thought I'd show some cute dumbo eared dragons I made a little while ago. I think I would like to make more of them eventually.

I find myself having a hard time concentrating on sculpting lately. I think it's because I don't really have a direction at the moment. I'm kind of all over the place. I also don't really like our apartment. It's like a cave. I've moved my work station several times and nothing has really felt right. We are planning on moving next spring, but that's soooo far away!

I got some books in the mail the other day! They both have some interesting tips and useful techniques I'd like to try out in the future.

The first one: Creating Life-Like Animals in Polymer Clay by Katherine Dewey. This one has a lot of tips on building armatures and reinforcing your sculptures. There are step by step instructions with detailed pictures. There are also tips on painting your finished figures.

The second book: The Polymer Clay Techniques Book by Sue Heaser. This one has all kinds of different projects in it. It's amazing the things people can do with polymer clay! This book has definitely given me some ideas for future projects, and shown me some interesting ways of using the clay that I wouldn't have thought of.

Both of these are great! I want more books though. The local Barnes & Noble is somewhat lacking in polymer clay books, unless you want to make beads. Which I don't. I would love any recommendations!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My Little Sephiroth Pony...

It's all gloomy grey outside today! The weather here really throws me off sometimes. Whenever it got a little grey in Utah there was sure to be rain, if not snow. Here, NOTHING happens! Silly California.

I've made a lot of charms lately, but I can't seem to get very good photos of them! There is a local workshop later this month that teaches people how to photograph their 3D artwork, so I think I might check it out. I can use all the help I can get!

I finished this little black unicorn over the weekend.

My husband nicknamed him "Sephiroth Pony" because of the ridiculously long silver tail. Horse legs are a pain, I've decided. I'm slowly getting better at sculpting them, but they are so knobbly! Is that even a word? I'm working on a zebra-unicorn right now, and I feel like the anatomy is already improving. I know these guys are kinda cutesy and they aren't supposed to be crazy realistic or anything, but I think you create a better sculpt overall if you understand the anatomy. Practice, practice, practice!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Ugh. I'm feeling kind of down today. I've been really missing my family back in Utah. My husband and I moved to Southern California a little over a year ago when he was offered a wicked awesome, once in a lifetime job. I've never been away from my family, so I have definitely had some rough days. Luckily I have my sweet husband to keep me sane and happy.

I never realized just how sheltered I had been in Utah. My parents are amazing people, but they did just about everything for me. Not that I am a lazy person (well sometimes I kind of am), but anything that was in the "grown up" range of responsibility, they took care of. I took a lot for granted living there. I feel like I have done a lot of growing up in the past year. Which is really silly as I am 26 now! My dad told me just about every day while I was growing up, to "never grow up". I think I really tried to do just that. Dad didn't want to let his little girl go, and being the naive girl that I was, I allowed it. It has been a difficult separation for both of us, but it has definitely been for the better.

I really miss them all. I have a lot of fun with my family, and enjoy their company very much. I really love it here in sunny California, but days like this are hard. I guess I will try to bury myself in some sculpting projects.

Sorry for the non-art sob story. I'll be back to normal tomorrow I'm sure. It's kind of therapeutic writing out my troubles. Don't worry, I won't be making a habit of it! In the meantime, here are a couple commissions I've worked on lately: