Long time no post, Craftsters! (Mine is the Sticky in Purses for adding a slash pocket to a hobo bag.)
I haven't been crafty enough to post for a while. I lost everything in a house fire a little over a year ago. Funny how that takes over everything. I did learn a lot about building and patience from the experience, though!
On to the Craftiness!
I made this cover illustration as a donation to a project called "Can I Sit With You?"
a collection of stories about tough school situations written by grown-ups for kids. The collection benefits the Special Education PTA of Redwood City, CA. It was stormed up by two wonderful women named Shan
My notes on clay and building the set follow.
The cover itself:
Detail on the shoes of Nehal, the cafe au lait
kid on the left, and they are all clay!:
Detail of Nehal's face, not quite finished:
Nehal's hair is wool roving, twisted and attached with hot glue. The face is painted with acrylics. The blush is red Prismacolor pencil scribbled on lightly, then burnished with my fingers.
Just before the final shoot, I added a little 'Ooomph" to Nehal's hair with a wash of red acrylic dabbed on with my fingers.
Detail of Perry:
You ever wanted to know just what fiber evidence the FBI would find on you? Work with light colored polymer clay. You will find colors of fiber not even in your room. There is absolutely no way to avoid fibers. That's what sanding is for. I love the porcelain smoothness of Perry's head.
There is an annotated version of the cover pic at my Flickr page that explain how many of the things in the picture were made.http://www.flickr.com/photos/75076069@N00/1964299329/
A word about materials:
I used mainly Kato Polyclay, because it is, IMNSHO, the best PC out there. The colors barely change in curing, it's got some snap, but blends well and holds detail. I smoothed using acetone and alcohol, but a waterless hand cleaner like Gojo works MUCH better, and it's CHEAP. (Less than $2.00 for a tub that will last years!)
The armatures are wire wrapped with fusible fleece. (After baking and before dessing.) The head and hands were covered with Apoxie sculpt. While Apoxie isn't as light as foil, there's no chance of getting a trapped air bubble that will later crack clay, and Apoxie is ROCK HARD when it cures.
Except for the chains, leaves on the tree and the mini ornaments, everything in the illustration is made from materials I had on hand, both stash and recycled.
Feel free to ask questions, and thanks for looking!