Saturday, September 7, 2013
Satisfied Now...I Think...
While I was there, I found this cactus. I couldn't resist. One of the side shoots was a perfect mini. And a bonus, the thorns are soft fuzzy. Not prickly.
Floral foam of the third kind....
Remember "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"? Richard Dreyfuss kept building the mountain with his mashed potatoes...That's how I felt while I carved this. I simply took away what didn't look like a chimney.
I was not satisfied with the solutions that I came up with yesterday. I kept trying to think of something that I had used to sculpt things for minis. Then I remembered. Over 20 years ago, I did some teacups with rooms and houses in them. I used dry floral foam to do the landscaping.
I had some, but not enough to do the chimney. So I headed for Walmart to get some foam. You get three in a pack for less than four dollars, so it isn't a big chunk of money.
I think I took more away than I kept. I used a serrated steak knife to hack away at it. Then when I was close to where I wanted to be, I used the edge of the knife to scrape away smaller pieces that I didn't want. It kind of works like sanding, for smoothing the surface.
I may still take a little more off of the chimney part. I think it could use a little more of an inward curve. I will then cover it with gesso, spackle and paint.
Oops! Maybe I won't have to. I went back into the bedroom and found that Zar has taken over. He agrees that the chimney part is still to thick.
I had better get back in there before he shaves it down to a toothpick.
At least now I know I am on the right track.
See you tomorrow. Hopefully with a finished chimney.