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« on: July 15, 2008 08:56:09 AM »

Hello Smiley
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 Wink ).

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

back


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 Sad her left eye is all rotted out, hehehe Tongue

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 ^_^

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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2008 09:00:51 AM »

That is fantastic!! And completely unbelievable that its your first sculpting project!! WOW!
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2008 09:49:37 AM »

Really very good... and I just love mixing media with polymer clay so this is doubly fun for me!


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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.

The only comment I would have is to use a stronger clay than Sculpey next time --like Kato Polyclay, Premo**, FimoClassic, Cernit, or even FimoSoft, and SuperSculpey-Firm if you'll just want to paint over the clay since it comes only in gray. 
For arms and legs, etc., it's also always a good idea to use an armature inside the clay too that extends into another portion of the sculpt/item, like armature wire or other things.
(If you haven't seen the various sculpting pages at my site with their tips and lessons, I'll post links to them if you're interested.)


**wait for the corrected version of Premo to come out though--might be a month or two


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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2008 10:01:41 AM »

(If you haven't seen the various sculpting pages at my site with their tips and lessons, I'll post links to them if you're interested.)
Diane B.

actually, i've spent hours on your site since you first linked me there. its been immeasurably helpful ^_^

for the second sculpt that i'm working on (the one that i got advice from you on), i used the Bend and Bake Sculpey - because that's what i had on hand and also because i was really worried about how fragile the Sculpey III seemed. Thank you for your suggestions for other types to use though - i'm not too fond of the pearlescent finish of the Bend and Bake stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2008 02:10:02 PM »

that is seriously cool. gotta love some zombies. you did an awesome job!
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