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Topic: obituary for a sweet lady (and for my time and skills to play with polymer!)  (Read 774 times)
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« on: February 07, 2009 06:30:39 PM »

We are moving and I've been down in my crafting room sorting through an embarrasing amount of stuff.  I open up a box that was from the place that we lived before this place that we are now moving from and I find this little lady all wrapped up in tissue paper:



I made this figurine pre-children.  I can not even imagine finding the time to do it today.  She is about 5 inches tall, made from various hues of polymer clay.  The only painted part is her eyes.  The design on her dress was made with a cane.



I'm a little in love with her - her combat boots, her twisty, dready hair, her old hippy lady mona lisa smile with the god awful green sweater.  I can't believe I even made her a little wedding band.  I sort of discovered a long lost love.  And then I found out that love is on their death bed.

Time has not been good to her:



She's sustained quite a bit of damage through the moves and being stuck in a box for, oh, five years or so.  I thought I would take a couple pictures before I send her to the bin.



So long, dearie!  Cry
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009 06:48:06 PM »

I've only known her in passing (through craftster), but she has inspired my crafty soul to go on. May her beautiful polymer soul rest in peace.  Cry
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009 07:24:26 PM »

awww this made me sad.  such beautiful work.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2009 09:07:51 PM »

Don't send her to the bin! she has such character, only added to by her loss of a leg.
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009 10:41:06 PM »

What bin?! You're not going to throw her away are you? She's gorgeous! I'll swap something for her if you're really going to throw her away. You worked too hard on her for her to just go in the trash! You can tell by all the detail.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2009 08:27:07 AM »

She's wonderful! 

I can't quite understand why you'd want to throw her away though. Huh  Her leg can easily be re-attached, and if there are other problems they almost certainly can be fixed too (but they may be too minor to even matter).

I find it important to keep around things like that that mean something to me, inspire me, or that I identify with, remind me who I am or was, etc.  There don't need to be "reasons" other than that since those kinds of items/creations are powerful and self-affirming all by themselves. 
I'm sure you have some tiny place at the front of a shelf, or just any place you frequently sit or pass by, where you could "connect" with her and the things you mentioned that she brings out in you and reminds you of!


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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2009 08:30:55 AM »

amazing polymer clay work.

bin?!  what bin???  don't throw her away please!
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2009 11:43:30 AM »

thanks all!  Dh thinks I should just make her a little blanket to put over her lap to hid the broken dress, but I think that since we are moving here again, that she probably won't survive the haul.  I shall place her by my kitchen sink though for now, and see how it goes.  She does have the effect of reminding me that I had a crafty life before I started just sewing for children  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2009 01:09:48 PM »

Oh, I didn't even see the part of her skirt that's broken off! 

If you don't have that piece and want to make a blanket/quilt/etc. to put over her, be sure and use a strong polymer clay if you used Sculpey III for the original ...all other brands/lines will be stronger after baking in any areas that are thin or projecting than Sculpey III, SuperSculpey-flesh, and original Sculpey (i.e, strong brands/lines like Kato Polyclay, Premo, FimoClassic, Cernit, or even FimoSoft, or SuperSculpey-Firm if you don't mind painting over a clay that comes only in gray).  Putting the blanket over her should strengthen the whole area too, and especially if you "glue" it on with liquid polymer clay.

If you want any ideas for making "fabric-looking" sheets from polymer clay --all kinds of looks, as well as "quilt" patterns-- there are loads of them on these pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm
....click on the sub-category All Clay, under the Clothing category
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm
....click on Quilt, under "Other Canes & Tech's"

She should survive the move fine if you just surround her well with soft materials inside a rigid box.  If you want move info on materials to use, etc, check out this page too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/business.htm
....click on Shipping (since that's the same problem)


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