I've been sitting on this project for nearly a month now -made it for Zombie Swap #4 and my partner, Lovething, received yesterday. Finally i can share!!!
This is my first real attempt using polymer clay to sculpt something pseudo realistic (previously, I had rolled it out into flat sheets to cut disks for pendant backs and made two little doggies for the pet swap i was in). Its also my first attempt at sculpting, period. I've wanted to sculpt forever, but never seem to have a chance to try.
I stalked my partner a bit to pick up on some of her key identifying characteristics (hair colour, fashion interests, stripy tights, etc.) and then sculpted a zombie version of her. Its made of Sculpey III on a wire armature, and painted with acrylics (and i made her little skirt out of ribbons). This project was quite challenging for me - so much i didn't understand or know about clay. i held her in my hands the whole time i worked on her, so was constantly correcting parts i smooshed holding her while working on other parts (yeah, i know, mounting it on something should have been obvious, but hey). I dropped the poor thing on its head like a dozen times too.
I also discovered how delicate this stuff is when the little zombie arm i'd painted to go with her shattered as soon as i put too much pressure on it. so the dilemma of how to ship her safely... my boyfriend suggested i make a shadowbox diorama with her, to both protect her during shipping and give Lovething an easy way to display her. The background is painted on a page from the Zombie Survival Guide
(sadly, very little of it shows), the fence is made of corrugated cardboard, and the barbed wire out of some jewelry wire i had that i distressed. she's supposed to look like she's crawling out of the ground (which doesn't really jive with all the fresh looking blood
I present Xanbie!
(stupidly i didn't take picture before i glued her in there... the glass glare made her difficult to photograph).
front, without background
and two closeups
view the images larger here if you'd like: http://s212.photobucket.com/albums/cc152/missacidtrix/zombie%20swap/
I was really proud of her face, but the shadow box makes it really hard to see
her left eye is all rotted out, hehehe
I wanted to add a thank you to everyone here who has posted tips working with polymer clay. i didn't start properly researching till i was mostly done this, but what i've learned since has really helped with the project i'm working on now ^_^