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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Dancing Baby Groot! on: August 26, 2014 07:16:56 PM
Hi All!!

After watching the awesome tutorial made by NerdEcrafter
http://youtu.be/W2zbDnO47BU
I was inspired to try my own hand at making a dancing Groot



Due to accessibility issues, AKA my parents not wanting the house roaring hot from the oven and stinking, I made my Groot out of air dry clay.  This presented some major issues for me (drying out too quick and cracking,) but I was able to overcome them.

I first started off with a wire frame and lumped a large amount of clay around it o make the base of the figure. BTW the base I'm using is a Styrofoam piece cut to fit into a 4" pot which I inverted.  I later used it in the actual pot.


I then started making long snakes and attached them to the base to make a vine/bark effect.  This is where I had some issues with the clay drying out too fast. I also molded the hands.  They turned out a bit to large for my liking but I'm okay with it. 


I then molded the head and plunked it on the base.  The branches coming from the head were going to be impossible to make out of the clay so I put wires in the head for a solution later on.


After the figure had dried I had some of the long snakes break and around the neck had cracked as well. 


No problem! I used some light molding paste as a repair/ crack filler.  I ended up covering the entire piece in this.  It gave a slight rough texture which added to the bark effect.



After allowing that to dry I then painted the entire piece in a basecoat of brown acrylic paint.  Then I went to town with a small brush and various shades of brown and some green to drybrush some details into the piece.  I also glued some moss to the head to act at the branches. Sorry! Forgot to take pics of this part.

Pop him into a white painted pot and he's done!!!



Closeup of the face.  I used some clear nailpolish on the eyes to make them glossy.  I like the contrast of the glossy eyes to the matte paint on the body.


Closeup of the main body.  You can see the drybrushing I did.  I'm not the greatest at this but I'm pleased with how it turned out.


Please let me know what you think!
Thanks!





 
12  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: August 24, 2014 03:41:08 PM
Yay progress!!

I have a large, 2 medium/larges done. I still have a multipart medium to finish tonight and then I have a couple extra things to do as well.  My partner is getting spoiled!!! Grin Grin Grin
13  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: August 21, 2014 05:47:52 PM
Hooray!!! My large is done!! Just haveta do the finishing touches on a few more things.

As far as animals.... Does Stitch count?? He's kind of an animal lol!!! He's my fave.
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (link to tutorial) on: August 15, 2014 07:09:23 PM
working on my recreation of this project.

Unfortunately to due accessibility issues (aka my parents don't want the house roaring with heat from the oven and the polymer clay is a bit stinky when being baked and my mom is very sensitive to smells,) I'm making mine out of air dry clay.  UGH!!! That's all I can say.  Air dry clay is fun to work with but man can it be fiddly!! The poor hands on my Groot and very delicate and I had to opt out of doing the spikes for the roots at the top of his head.  I've come up with another option tho.

Here's some in progress pics


First this is the base of the body with part of the wire skeleton I made to help support it.  The wire extends beyond the clay and into the base.


Next is the base and arms covered with long and short strands of clay for texture.  This was pretty fiddly and time consuming.  The hands are a bit bigger than I wanted but I'm okay with that.


He has a head!!!  This was the hardest part to get right.  I followed along with the tutorial but had difficulty with the eyes (I ended up just making a circular indentation rather than hollowing out a section for another piece. I had to opt out of the branches on the head so I've got wires sticking out and after it dries and is painted, I'm going to glue moss to the wires for the head.


Overall I think he's looking pretty cute. I'll post more pics after he's dried completely (a day or so) and he's been painted and mossified lol.

Oh the green thing hes sitting is is a piece of foam that fits perfectly into the top of a 4" clay pot when flipped around the other way.
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: August 14, 2014 04:36:18 PM
yay!! got a medium/large done!! working on a large and another medium right now.

As far as villains.... hmmmm Jafar sticks out because he had his magical staff.  I would haveta say Judge Claude Frollo from Hunchback fo Notre Dame tho.  He was just creepy with his lustful feelings towards Esmerelda.  CREEPY!!!
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (link to tutorial) on: August 13, 2014 06:58:45 PM
Soooo cute!!!  I watched your tutorial earlier today and now I'm making a list of supplies I need to get to make one ^_^
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: August 13, 2014 04:46:04 PM
Checking in.

Well my one medium is now becoming a medium/large because of time.  lol!!!

Progress has been slow for me.  I've got a bum leg and knee so sitting is awkward and painful.  But I'm pushing on lol. 
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: August 07, 2014 05:37:04 PM
I think I'd go with Belle's ballgown. I've always wanted a poofy ballgown lol!!

My large is coming along nicely and the other in progress projects are coming along nicely.  Grabbed a few more things for a couple smaller projects
19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: August 01, 2014 07:14:34 PM
Love the stats!!

I bought a bunch of supplies on Wed and have 3 projects (well technically 5 but the one project has 3 things in it) on the go
20  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Disney Swap Round 12 (SIGNUP 7/11/14-7/25/14 ; MAIL BY 8/29/14) on: July 28, 2014 07:32:05 PM
stalking and gathering ideas.

woooot!
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