Friday, June 15, 2012
"Hello? Are You In There?"
I got up at four. Couldn't sleep. Thinking about sculpting the embroideress.
I rough finished the face and then came the ears. They are just a blob of flattened clay. I started with a small orb and flattened it. Then I cut it in half and put the cut part to the front of the head, just above the jaw.
Then I pulled the back of it down to make it secure. After that, I started rounding it and putting the holes on the inside of the ear shell.
Each person's ears are different. Kind of like fingerprints. So you can play with them until you get something that you like. I suggest that you look at photos and find an ear that you like to copy.
I then roll each finger between my thumb and forefinger until it is long and slender. I always have to cut some off. A little bit at a time, until I get them all right.
Then I add a small roll of clay for the thumb pad and thumb. It attaches inside the hand, directly below the index finger.
I position the hands and then with the eye end of a needle, I press in fingernails. The eye of most needles will make a perfect fingernail indentation. It's just a matter of finding the right size. I used a small crewel needle. Not sure of the size.
Next comes the feet. These will be much easier than Tessie's barefooted feeties(that's what Tessie calls them).
I will be putting shoes on this lady, so all I have to do is make the foot shape and not the toes.
Here you see, on the left, the clay added in the same manner as the hands. The only difference is, more clay and a bend in the foot portion.
The one on the right is all shaped and ready to go. I always stop just below the knee. That way the person can sit down...And below the elbow, so that she can bend her arm to sew.
As I was taking the photo, Tessie jumped in and started trying to get the new lady to talk. I had to explain, once again, that she won't be conscious until she is a whole person. It's better that way.
I have the feeling that Tessie, if she could get through to the new being, would be teaching her bad habits. Even before she is aware....Tessie keeps whispering in her new ears...Hopefully, nothing is getting through to her yet.
I really need to give new girl a name. Back to the Elizabethan name list.
I also really need to get her cooked and padded. I will show you the body building tomorrow.
See you then.