Sunday, May 30, 2010

Some Mini Pine Needle Baskets, a Salmon and more of the Horse

Here are my latest creations and some pics of my work on the horse. Hopefully, I should have the sculpt finished tomorrow and ready for painting and flocking.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Couple of New Things and a Work in Progress

I just finished this little chipmunk, yesterday. I hope you like him. His stump can be used as a candle holder, too.  I fashioned some shelf fungus and a butterfly from polymer clay and attatched them with glue and I wove a cover for the candle hole from pine needles and artificial sinew. This little chipmunk will go up for auction this Sunday.
Randsburg General Store


The White House Saloon



The folks at Old Dog Haven commissioned me to do a sleeping dog for their auction. Sleeping is a favorite passtime for the senior set.  So I did one after Rufus, a very sweet old fellow from the neighboring town of Randsburg. He was quite the town dog. He kind of had his route. He first would start at the General Store with the hopes that some kind soul would give him some bacon. Next it would be off to the White house Saloon for some french fries. He would then walk into our now defunct store for a nice long nap. His owner, Richard would stop in to coax him home. Rufus crossed the rainbow bridge at well over 20 years of age. He was quite a town character and will be sorely missed.
 
I'm also working on a 1:12 scale horse.  I first made a wire frame. Then, it was covered with Fix-It to  to help it maintain its shape.  Next, I added balls of aluminum foil flattened and shaped with a hammer. They were attached with masking tape and a coat of glue was painted on.  Next I'll be adding a layer of Apoxie Sculpt. After it is dried and hardened, polymer clay will be added for the fine detailing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will turn out. We'll see.
Richard's mother, Jenny, in front of his store.
Richard creates the most beautiful wire and glass sculptures.
Jenny passed on this year to meet good old Rufus.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bingle Bears' First Year Anniversary Give Away

Cheryl of Bingle Bears is having the most amazing give away for her first year anniversary! I love her sweet little bears.  Oh to be so lucky to win this little guy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

3 New Ones & a Makeover

Sorry for posting so late. I had a real weird day yesterday.  First off, I lost my wallet the night berfore. So consequently, I didn't sleep very well.  I got up the next morning and found it under the bed. Then I discovered that the beads I used for the chihuahua's eyes were just the right size for the little chimp (my other learning experience). So I started to redo him and some of his fur. That took a couple of hours. Next, I had to take pics and post them to auctiva. That took over 5 hours. My batteries kept dying and I kept getting kicked off the internet. I did manage to get them listed around the usual times.

But I forgot the really cool thing about yesterday. My neighbor lent me this fantastic magnifying glass on a stand. It's the best! I have to get one of these things. I think they have them at fly fishing shops. So like most days, it was a pretty good mix of good and bad.  But even the bad stuff wasn't so horrible. It just required me to be more patient.

So about my new critters. They all start at $9.95 with no reserve price. 3 of them are 1:12 scale. The little teacup chihuahua is only 1/2 tall at the shoulders.  The little mouse is needle felted and is kind of  on the theme of the last little mousie. I hope you all like them! Now off to clean up yesterday's mess and create a whole new one for today :-)!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Another Learning Experience & a Flying Mouse

Happy Mother's Day to all of you and a huge thank you to Kristy (Fiver).  My chimp was real challenge. His fur kept falling out and getting gummed up with glue. I ended up getting really frustrated and tried super glue. That resulted in some very furry fingers and a mad dash to find some acetone to remove the glue and fur. Kristy was kind enough to offer me some advice and instruction. It helped immensely with the fur. But I still have the problem of the sunken eyes. So the little chimp is marked as yet another learning experience.

I did, however, manange to complete a little fairy mouse to go on auction tonight. She comes complete with her polymer clay mushroom and berry.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Imminent Mother's Day Slaughter of Lakota Horses

I usually keep my blog free from politics, etc. But I recently learned of this through Facebook.  There has been a confiscation and proposed slaughter of the Pine Ridge horses. It's scheduled for Mother's Day. This is really horrible for the horses and for the people. These folks live in some of the poorest conditions in the US and so much has already been taken from them. You can learn more about this through this blog post.  I hope you will be moved to post and write to help stop the slaughter. Thanks!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Flying Pig & A Learning Experience

It's been once said that there are no failures only learning experiences. Well, my fox was a learning experience. His eyes seemed to disappear and his fur became a glued matted mess. I'm still trying to figure out how to do it better. But I now know how I'm not going to do it.
I just finished this little piggy yesterday and she will go on eBay tonight along with my little bull terrier. No Reserve this time. My sales seem to have hit rock bottom. It's kind of scary because this is how I earn my living.  So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this will work. Otherwise, it's beans and rice for a while.