Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Red Update

Thinking hard about leaving the wolf off this.

Thanks for looking, have a great day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

More activity on the three ladies.

Well, even with a trip to the in-laws and a morning of refocusing lights, I was able to get some work done on a few of these folks.

Here is the cape on Red. Wanted to keep it simple so I did a little fancy sticking on the edges with  red thread so it does not stand out.
 The face ended up looking like a relative of mine.

 The bodice and grieve are leather with patterns burnt into the surface with my "stitching tool". The aging is done with he barrel of the tool. For those of you who may have missed this earlier post, the tool is a wood burner which has the tip filed down to make a set of holes and a burn which looks like thread going from hole to hole.
She has red leather boots with stitching as well. Need to weather all the leather now.
Now I like her without the wolf so I need to decide if this will be a single piece or if I am adding the second figure to her.

 Added hair to the Alice figure.

And for the last one... did a bit of work on Dorothy. I will post a step by step on applying her hair next time. (This is a request from a Facebook friend.)
Details on her next time- have a great day!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Quick updates

With the holidays and IDEX just around the corner, I decided I need to finish a few older sculpts which have been sitting around. Once I get caught up, I will go back to posting step by step tutorials for those of you who are interested.

Alice got her boots and stockings added.
Dorothy is close to being completed in the costuming.
I even went back to Red and the Wolf and added some clothing.

I will return to these for more detailed photos in the near future. Off to focus lights for A Christmas Carole, Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dorothy Gale

Hi all, Sorry to be away for so long. We have just finished Dracula at the theater and I have a few days until we pack up the set, lights, sound, etc and head off to the state theater conference to do one more show. I decided to take the next few days to work on a new piece. I will return to the Alice piece after this but I decided I needed a fresh start on something.
Meet "Dorothy Gale; Tornado Aviatrix". She will be part of my take on the Wizard of Oz. She is actually a witch hunter for hire.
I start with a design idea and rough sketch for the piece.

The armature starts with a 14 gauge wire covered with brass tubing. 
 The upper part of the armature does not need the brass support tubes.
A 3/16" tube is added to the spine for the support rod to insert.
 The upper, lower, and support tube are foil taped together.

 The other side of the armature.
The armature with the support rod inserted.

 Foil is packed onto the frame to pad out the thicker parts of the figure to use less clay.
 The armature is wrapped with tape to keep the oxidation from transferring to the clay. A polymer clay skull with open mouth is fit to the body.
Another view.
She is now ready to sculpt. More in the days to come. Have a great day!