Friday, June 29, 2012

Cat Twins Part 2

Part two!

More eye shading!  Sometimes it's easier to do it one head at a time.

Eye shines on one of them!

Both pairs of eyes finished!

Paint a little line of pink for the tear ducts.

Added pastel shading.


Almost finished eyelashes.

Finished eyelashes with more pastel shading.

One pair of eyebrows, so hard to make them even!

And two pairs of eyelashes, all that's left is to seal, gloss and put them together! :)

Their page on Etsy: LINK!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cat Twins Part 1

Progress photos from me painting these two Monster High twins!

Hair all wrapped up!

White highlights.

Pink blush.

Some black eyeshadow.

Painting the whites of the eyes.


Paint in the irises.

Pupils and shadows int he eyes.  I wanted them to have something interesting with their eyes, so I only gave them one cat pupil.

First step of shading.

Another step of shading, more shading next time!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sunglasses Part 2

Finishing up the sunglasses!

All the flowers ready to be baked!  You have to be really really careful baking them, the thin petals are so easy to burn.  I recommend baking them at a reduced temperature but for longer.

Spray paint would have been ideal, since it can make a much better reflective gold but I didn't have any.  So I worked with what I had, some gold micro glitter and acrylic medium.  It works okay!  I kind of like the understated shine.

All painted!  You can see here how the ends of the roses ended up.  I didn't want to trim them before they were baked since the chances of ruining a finished flower were incredibly high before baking.  

Instead I just used some wire snips to clip it off!  My flowers were just a tad under baked since I was so scared of burning them, but that's probably for the best anyways since if they weren't a little flexible the petals would start breaking.

Sadly I am a loser and didn't get any photos of my gluing the flowers onto the glasses :(  I'm sorry!  I used Fabri-tac glue, which may or may not have been a mistake.  Ideally super glue or some kind of epoxy glue, but I'm super gently with my sunglasses so I think this will be okay.  I may go in around the edges and add more glue for support.

To glue the flowers I sorted them into pairs of like sizes first, doesn't have to be exact but similar at least.  Then I glued the two largest in the top outside corner on each side.  I then worked one at a time, switching from one side to the other to keep everything even and make sure that I didn't run out of flowers on one side.  I used ten flowers on each side, so twenty in total, but this could vary depending on the size of your flowers!

If anyone makes anything like these I'd love to see them! x)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunglasses part 1

Sorry for no updates, I've been kept busy with vacations and commissions!  I'll try to take progress photos of commissions so I'll have something to post :)

For now I have a little tutorial on a pair of sunglasses that I made!  I saw some photos of Dolce & Gabbana's fashion show and they had these amazing sunglasses with 3D flowers around the corners.  I'm not know for my expert fashion sense, but I know what I like when I see it.  Unfortunately I couldn't find any info if they were going to be released, when, or for how much (I probably couldn't afford them anyways).  So when I can't buy something I try to make it!  You can find photos of them if you google "Dolce & Gabbana gold floral sunglasses".

I bought a cheap $10 pair of sunglasses to use, so that if it didn't work out  I wouldn't ruin something expensive.  There were a few pairs in the show, but I liked the pair that had gold flowers on a large rounded square frames.  The frames were copper looking metal, but I wasn't able to find anything that specific.  Other than that all you need is some sculpey, and if you have one lying around a needle tool!

 The flowers have to be pretty small to be a reasonable size to fit on the glasses.  I recommend starting out making a larger size rose and working your way down, once you've made about ten of them you'll feel like a pro!  For the size I'm working on start with a little ball this size.

Squish the little ball between your fingers once and pull them apart, you don't want the clay to stick to your fingers or you will ruin the petal when you try to take it off!

Keep squishing it until it's as thin as you can get it without it tearing apart, I keep switching from one hand to the other to keep it unstuck.  Since I decided to do this with my fingers the flowers will end up with my fingerprints in them.  If this bothers you you'll have to either wear gloves or press the petals between wax paper. 

Now you start making the center of the rose, get it on one of your fingers and start rolling from one side.

When it's all rolled up you want the center of the roll to be a little lower than the outside, if that makes sense?  If your petal was round to begin with it should happen automatically.

Carefully stick this onto your needle tool, this helps because otherwise there is very little to grip without ruining what you've already made.  It's not too firmly on there, but enough that it won't fall without being bumped.

Carefully pull the edges of the petal out and down a little, so that it's drooping downwards.  if you look at a rose the edges of the petal are turned down.  Now you have the center of the rose to build from!

Now add another petal!  I usually use a little bit more clay than I did to make the center, but it's personal preference.  Instead of making a circle make it an oval, otherwise you would have to make a million petals.

 Sorry for the blurry photo it was difficult to photograph my dominant hand ^^;  Gently place the petal against the side of the center, placing it so that it's slightly higher up than the center.  You want the center to be sunken in the flower, not poking up and out.  Press only enough that it sticks but doesn't deform the center, then carefully wrap the rest of the petal around.  I usually pinch the bottom and roll a little to be sure it's fully connected.

Again fold the petal down, this time you want to create almost a 'point' in the center.  To get this shape fold down either side so that it almost folds into a corner and very gently pinch to get it to the right shape.  It's hard to explain!

Another petal!

And another!  I usually end up with four petals including the center.  You can continue and make as many as you would like, but I had to limit the number of petals to keep the size down!

Part two tomorrow, painting the roses and making some sunglasses!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Now that's some hair!

I went a little bit overboard ordering fibers for reroots, I don't know what came over me?

These are two that I'm working on for a commission.

This one is a Clawdeen, I rerooted her with some really long alpaca.  It's SO SOFT, incredibly soft, I just want to pet her hair all the time.

This is a Frankie and I rerooted her with Cotswold wool, it's not as soft but has so much curl and puff.

They both took some time to root, the natural hair takes a lot longer to do than yarn unfortunately.  I still think I like yarn a little bit more though =/  It's so much more fun to play with styling.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Body blushing!

I really don't go into as much detail as I would on a BJD as I do on the body blushing for the Monster High dolls, but that's partially what makes it kind of fun for me.  I don't have to sit there working on every little wrinkle?

Unfortunately the regular girls (not the create-a-monster kits) don't come apart easily, so I have to work with the body in one piece which makes it difficult.  At least they're a manageable size!

Paint the underwear first, because they just look weird otherwise!

A few quick sprays with the airbrush ;P

A little extra pastel on the nipples, paint the nails, seal and done!  Easy-peasy!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Back to horns!

I haven't done anything with these horns since my basement flooded which really kept me from being able to work on these for a while.

I realized that I was going to have to figure out a way to attach these to a head.  Unfortunately it would have been better if I had thought about it sooner and I could have attached something inside the wax while it wax casting.  The wax doesn't bond to itself very well, it prefers to stay in layers if you do that, but I think this will work?

It's really not idea :(  It makes me want to just move on the the porcelain ones, but my ceramics room is still out of order from the flood.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Who to paint next?

My little pile of to-do heads :)  I will admit though, the boy heads give me pause, I'm just not as sure what to do on a boy's face?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

For Sale!

ETA: Gosh they've all already sold! ^^

I finally got some gloss in the mail so I could finish these girls up and list them in my Etsy shop, I hope you'll consider visiting their listing pages!