There’s light at the end of this tunnel, and I think it’s not even a train :o)
With the jacket finished and the pants very nearly done I began her earring. My plan for this important accessory (if you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean!) was to mould the basic shape out of polymer clay onto a wire armature, bake it, carve in the detail, varnish, gold leaf it, varnish again, paint in some important colour detail, varnish again, have a cup of tea and varnish again, you get the idea :o)
First off I drew a reference sketch, with colour cues so I would have something to refer to while I worked. I went out and found some perfect Swarovski crystals for the beaded portion of the earring.Â I also found the right sized Star of David charm which she wears on a chain around her neck.
Next wire 101 lol! And a tiny drawing to make sure I get the size right. It will be bigger initially because I need some extra to allow me to carve the relief :o)
Clay 101 tee hee….
I have begun to apply the clay. The little figure heads (front and back) are next.
The figureheads are in there, as you can see. It’s important to make sure that your clay bits are well and truly attached to each other before the piece hits the oven. You don’t want it to fall apart after roasting :o)
I have added the pins so that I have holes to string my beads onto when it’s hardened. Putting holes in after is a recipe for breakage and a headache.
Next, it’s into the oven. I have the coolest little appliance for this purpose. It is actually a mini food convection oven but I learned from an incredible sculptress about this oven. She sells her creations on eBay, but also lots of cool supplies. Her ebay shop is morezmore It works wonderfully, can take fair sized pieces, doesn’t require as much energy and doesn’t heat up your whole house to cook one tiny little piece of clay!
After baking, I began to carve using a wicked sharp knife!
Lots of comparing, to make sure I’m not getting off track :o)
Yeehaw! Finally :o)
It’s been varnished now and is waiting for it’s gold leafing. I did a test of the leaf on another piece of clay to see how it would behave and it went quite easily. The biggest thing is not to be too generous with your adhesive! Oh, and don’t touch the leafing with your fingers. The oils in your hands make it tarnish, and it would stick to you anyway! I used tweezers because I’m working with such small pieces, otherwise you’d wear gloves.
Clamped and ready to go!
First bits of leafing!!!
Doesn’t it look cool? OK I know there’s still flakes hanging off of it and all, but the leaf has gone into the carved areas very nicely! I need to let it set up a while and then do the back. Wait, brush off the excess leaf, and then varnish to guard against tarnishing.
I have much more to share, her belt, her rosary, her bangle bracelets and her bodysuit (almost done!) but it’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I’m pooped!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the earring come along :o)
Thanks for reading!