Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Smaller, The Better...
I do need a new quarter inch Tessie though. When she shrinks down and uses that body, she forgets that she is much more fragile and she tends to break bodies regularly.
The neck on her last body was cracked when I was taking photos, the other day.
I start with a couple of pieces of the same covered wire that I use for wicker. The wicker wire is already cut, so I have a lot of pieces that are about 4" long.
I then wrap another piece around where the shoulders will hit. It's a simple loop that I squeeze together with a pair of needle nose pliers.
The next part, I can't really show you. I just start using a toothpick and an exacto knife to model a face.
For the hands and feet, I just make a loop at the ends of the wires and paint them skin colored.
Tessie came in and saw what I was doing and said, "You know.... You have never made me a half inch body to use. I need one if you ever finish the Fairfield... Get to work on that. Now!
So... I did as I was told. That one still needs a bit of refining. She says that the arms are too clumsy.
Hey! At least it stands up by itself. For that one, I do the head with a blob, the neck and shoulders are wrapped with a flat piece and refined. So are the hands and feet. I do put #14 seed beads into the eye sockets on the half inch. The 1/4" ones just get a dot of black ink for eyes.
I am sorry that I can't be more specific, but it is next to impossible to even get decent photos of the smaller sizes.
When I was taking the photo of Tessie with the two bodies, Spike wandered in and, through Tessie as interpreter, politely requested a half scale of himself... I need to make his ears stand up more.
I suppose that Tessie will want a quarter scale one as well...
After they are completely the way that I want them, they will go in the oven for just a few minutes for the smaller ones and about 15 for the larger half inch scale pieces.
Tomorrow, I will show you how to fill out the bodies and dress them.
See you then.