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Christmas Angel Finished

2 Dec

The clay original of my Christmas Angel broke up during the mold-making process. Plenty of time to restore and salvage it later. The trade-off of a really good working mold is very much worth it. I can crank these out by the dozen now. God help us!

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Christmas Angels, etc.

2 Nov

It’s time to gear up for Christmas, and this year I don’t feel confident enough to take on a nativity scene. So I’m going full-angel from now until December. (I did start a more pagan-esque greenman, and a Queen of Hearts, but their fate is in question at this point. Some day I do want to sculpt through a deck of cards, though.)

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Portland Cement

17 May

After experimenting with different kinds of plaster and cement, I’ve found a fantastic new material: white Portland cement– basically sidewalk. And at $20 for a 94-lb bag of powder, it’s virtually free. Here’s a moon I cast in cement with a little pillow of steel wool mixed in and no sand. I sanded it smooth and used Johnson & Johnson floor wax on it. Voila! Next, I’ll try to see how closely I can imitate the look of real sculpted marble.

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Ogilvie and the Gold of the Raj

7 May

This is one that I tossed off pretty casually while listening to an audiobook and letting my thoughts wander. But now it’s growing on me. I think i’ll try to make more like this one. After careful consideration, I’ve isolated the one factor that must have made this moon face work: “Ogilvie and the Gold of the Raj.”

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Three Fingers, of Course

3 May

I slapped together a quick gargoyle body and put the head on. The feet and hands are quick gestural studies, tons of fun to make. I love gremlins & gargoyles because it’s all play. No fussing over proportions.

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Look Out Scoob!

2 May

Back to sculpting, after a foray into mold-making. If I can ever reproduce this in concrete, it’ll make some garden art, I think. This one is turning out suspiciously dog-like.

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Sunday Afternoon Moon Dump

8 Apr

Time for a Sunday afternoon Moon Dump. I just got this series of crescent moons back from the kiln. I used an angled-spray technique with the colored glass to try to create a shadow effect. I’m already thinking of how to refine the tech.

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Sun Face Again

3 Apr

Now that I’m trying to learn to make molds (which seems more time-consuming and involved than just knocking out a few more actual sculptures), I find myself spending more time on each original sculpture.

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His Moonness

25 Mar

Just working the angles, playing with ways of trying capture moonness in clay.

 

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More Failed Attempts To Capture the Magic of Marilyn Monroe

23 Mar

I’ll just keep trying until I get it right. Some day I’ll have the hippest sun-moon pair of all, Sun: Marilyn Monroe … Moon: a youngish George Sanders.

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