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First Character, Work in Progress
« on: January 21, 2017, 07:22:17 PM »
Hi all
        I am starting this as a work in progress to keep me motivated  :)
I have a seperate project I am working on at the moment which requires a figure. That is how I have been lured into the world of Polyclay :)
I have had a dabble with plasticine and DAS, enough to know that Polyclay is the way forward. So having done some research into methods both on the web and through books I have come up with my first armature, whilst waiting for my Sculpey to arrive.  :)



I have used florists wire, my first mistake is the wire I have ordered is a bit on the thin side. I have had to twist 5-6 strands together to get an appropriate thickness. On the plus side it gives me flexibility in choosing the thickness i need :)



This shot shows the next stage where I cut strips of kitchen foil and then wrapped them around the armature.

Very small steps, and I can see this is going to be a steep learning curve of trial and error, but I quite like that.

The figure will be just around the 3" mark in height, governed by my other project. A bit small to start with but I'm sure I will be able to create something passable  :)

Will post my next update after the sculpey has arrived  :)

Thank you for reading  :)

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2017, 08:08:13 PM »
I do enjoy seeing works in progress!  Looks like a good start  :)

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2017, 11:47:43 AM »
I love work in progress threads - and with this being your first, all the more exciting still. We all get to see you pop your polymer clay cherry  :P

I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2017, 06:35:07 PM »
Thanks for your kind words Claire and Emma  :)

feeling very inspired this morning, I had to have a go at something, so got the plasticine out  :)



It has been a good experience in lots of ways. I have learnt how unforgiving the camera is, lighting is important too  :)

The process itself was very good, I feel more confident just for having done something. I have tried out techniques I have recently seen and am amazed that they work so well, I too tend to overthink and procrastination is a constant battle. But once I got going I loved it  :)

It has made me all the more impatient for my clay to arrive though  :)

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2017, 10:04:55 PM »
that looks very cool!

Plasticine handles very much like polymer clay, so an excellent practise medium whilst you are waiting!

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2017, 03:59:53 PM »
I was glancing through before reading it properly and could tell you were sculpting in plasticine!
I love seeing armatures being made and so on and can't wait to see where you go with this little chap.

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2017, 05:11:29 PM »
Hi all,
       I am away from home at the minute, hence lack of posts. Fortunately my Sculpey arrived in time for me to take it with me  ;D

Here is what I have been doing







The Sculpey is really good to work with, very different to the plasticine but I am liking it apart from finding out that what I thought was my featherlight touch is more like an elephant  :P

Again size of the character is a bit of an issue, he measures around the 3 inch mark in height. But I am getting there, now its knowing wether to keep going or try a bake and then continue.

I am also working on a project from a book that I bought. The character is a bit bigger, but this presents fresh problems  ;D Not to worry, I am really enjoying the process and for me that is a huge part of the reason I am doing this.








Again both are very much a work in progress  ;D

Cheers

Kevin

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2017, 09:18:02 PM »
These are wonderful. Sculpey is really good to work with I find, its what I used primarily these days.
Really nice seeing your process, can't wait to see more!

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2017, 04:09:30 PM »
Thank you for your kind comments James, I have had a look at your website and your work is incredible!!

Here is where I am upto now













Again really enjoying the process, taking a wee break atm but will be back soon

Regards

Kevin

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2017, 08:21:08 PM »
He's coming on well!

Yes....the light touch........Brief post about it here from Katie Oskin: http://katersacres.com/polyclay/hints/fingerprints-sculpting/?awt_l=IC1Oc&awt_m=3k7YLBhIPir_qMm

I've taken classes with Donna Kato and she seems to barely touch her pieces!

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2017, 10:09:41 PM »
He's looking really great, gives a whole new meaning to a relaxing cup of tea!

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2017, 08:45:06 PM »
Thanks guys  :)

video link very good Carrie, ty, lots of interesting stuff there.

Cannot take any credit for the idea of the guy in the teacup as he is my take on a character from a book on creating Polyclay Characters by Maureen Carlson.

I go back home tomorrow, so will be able to spend more time sculpting I hope  :)

Already getting ideas for my next project  8)

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2017, 08:01:39 PM »
Oh fantastic!

And these are your first pieces? Incredible.

I can't wait to see where you go next with the clay, you obviously have a good feel for it.

As for featherlight touch, I think we clayers do develop that. Sort of like holding a baby bird and trying to paint it at the same time. Not that you'd ever really want to paint a baby bird...

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2017, 03:59:23 PM »
Latest update after a bit of a break. Found I was procrastinating over what to do next, so just dove in and did something  :D

This is a shot of the bubbles in the cup  :D



Shirt next



Trousers



Hat, shoes and waistcoat



nearly ready for baking now, which leaves me rather anxious  ;)

will cover in a foil tent i think to minimise any scorching, then it will be final touch up and painting  :)


Thank you Emma, I am really enjoying the process, and time flies once I get started sculpting  :D

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Re: First Character, Work in Progress
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2017, 09:13:33 PM »
Oh - what fun he is!  You definitely have a sense of humour!
Good luck with baking - I'm sure it will be fine  :)