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appledainty
« on: January 09, 2019 07:29:22 AM »

This sculpture has basically been three years in the making - a piece for my very patient cousin.



I actually don't like sculpting very much. I've never considered myself particularly skilled at sculpting, but if a close family member asks I can't seem to say no. XD; Working on this piece didn't really change my feelings about sculpting in general, as it took a header off my desk after I finished the original sculpt and had to be repaired (ugh), but my cousin is happy with it. One of the tails also developed a crack during shipping, despite my best efforts to prevent damage from happening. I embedded the sculpture base into a piece of styrofoam, taped the sculpture base to the foam, and taped the foam to the box. Then, filled the empty space with packing peanuts. I assume the crack is due to the cold and the aforementioned fall off my desk, but I'm supposed to visit next year so I can probably repair it them. Smiley

My cousin saw a nine-tailed fox I made for my husband, and asked if I could do a painted snow-themed one for her, with a kit that represents her son, who was born in winter.

Here are a few WIP pictures:

I started with a wire armature, and stuffed the larger sections with tin foil. Polymer clay shrinks, so you can save yourself material and trouble by filling out sections with foil.


I made general shapes and smoothed them out before adding details, like fur and facial features.



And some finished pictures:


The white base paint is a spray paint. Yes, I know, no spray painting polymer clay. Generally, you can't use spray paint on polymer clay because it either doesn't dry or stays tacky forever. I got away with it because I primed the sculpture with white acrylic first. Once the white was done, I detailed the sculpture with blue and purple acrylic, then sealed with a clear spray sealer to give it the shiney appearance.


My cousin requested snow and amethysts on the base. I took a hammer to some amethyst crystals to get smaller pieces and glued them to the base with E6000.


The snow is a mix of white glitter and faux modeling snow (for miniatures).

I am pretty happy with how the sculpture turned out, but I'm not sure I'll be doing another one any time soon. Or, maybe I'll do something simpler/smaller/with less tails involved. The tails were the worst. XD
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019 08:55:32 AM »

 I've sculpted before but I am not really any good. Just thinking about having to smooth out the clay in between the tails.. Wowza. That was a lot of work. I think you did an amazing job and I love the amethyst touch. It turned out super cool.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019 09:02:06 AM »

This is freakin' AMAZING!
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2019 09:48:39 AM »

Very cool!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019 06:45:30 AM »

This is great!  I love it.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019 12:37:34 PM »

Beautiful 9-tailed fox and kit!  Lovely pose/arrangement and the blue/purple detailing contrasts beautifully with the white.  Is amethyst hard to hammer apart?  I always imagined people cutting it with a saw or something.  Cool progress shots as well.

The white coloration makes me think of the Pokmon Ninetales too.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019 05:50:53 AM »

Absolutely amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019 09:19:52 AM »

Thank you for the kind words everyone! Smiley

Beautiful 9-tailed fox and kit!  Lovely pose/arrangement and the blue/purple detailing contrasts beautifully with the white.  Is amethyst hard to hammer apart?  I always imagined people cutting it with a saw or something.  Cool progress shots as well.

The white coloration makes me think of the Pokmon Ninetales too.

The amethyst took a bit of doing. I think if I wasn't made of paper, it would have come apart more easily. But, then it probably could have been more dangerous with the shards flying as well. I wore safety glasses while doing it, and kep the amethyst in a box to try and contain the shards a bit. I still had to sweep up some sharp bits afterward.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019 10:03:31 AM »

Whoa!  Shocked I hope your cousin knows how lucky she is!
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019 11:08:08 AM »

Whoa, wow! Amazing!
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