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« on: August 26, 2014 07:16:56 PM »

Hi All!!

After watching the awesome tutorial made by NerdEcrafter
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!

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You did a fabulous job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014 06:53:56 AM »

Wow he looks so great!! I love the vines on his body and the moss on his head. You did great!!

« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014 07:06:30 AM »

He looks great!  You did a good job!

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014 01:55:30 PM »

He turned out GREAT!!!! I need a baby Groot to come live with me too.

« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2014 04:53:55 PM »

Thank you so much for all the compliments.  He's gotten a lot of attention on my FB feed too lol!!

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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2014 07:48:54 AM »

This project has been pinned to Craftster's Superhero Crafts pinboard!
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Aww, how cute!
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