Heat waves and translucent clay made for a real challenge. But is was so very worth it! My salmon minis and tutorial turned out great! I am super pleased.
Have you ever started a project and wondered, "What was I thinking?"...that was my whole day today. We are in the middle of a heat wave here and my 88 year old house (which I adore) gets hot, especially up in the attic (my workspace). The central air barely makes it to these heights. I must have been delirious from the heat to think making salmon canes with translucent and white polymer in this sweltering heat was a good idea...it wasn't.
White and Translucent polymer, for those who are unfamiliar, basically turns gluey when handled too much or becomes too warm. Cane distortion and smearing when attempting to slice is a 99% chance struggle. I battled all day, even though I knew I should have just stopped. Finally, after freezing both my clay cane and my blade, I achieved slices of salmon steaks worthy of my often picky critiques.
It became a fever-dream quest. I may have been hallucinating. Tutorial to follow. Go-Fund-Me page to accompany it, where I will beg for an A/C window unit for my studio, lol!!!
I will be at the 2017 Tom Bishop International Show next year. And I am stocking up and building up my inventory. I can't wait to lay out my table and put on display all of my work! Seeing it as a whole is a beautiful thing.
How do you display your work? Any tips or tricks? Acrylic risers, shadow boxes?
I am fiddling about with my own inventions. It should be interesting to say the least 😉
You are never too old to adore those sweet little red noses on the phone's face. The classic Fisher-Price toy is featured within this tutorial in 1:12 miniature scale.
These miniatures could be created as charms or as part of an adorable miniature setting.
when I was little my grandparents had a huge old freezer in the garage. It was like a freezer chest with a "lifetime warranty". I would walk out there and get these delicious sherbet push-up pops. Raspberry and tangerine were classics.
I loved these treats. They were always a sticky delicious mess, in an iconic wrapper. It was a delight to make these in miniature.
Summer is here. I love it. The heat, the sun, the long days, and all of the things the days bring...especially the good food! Grilling is always going on at our house and I was inspired to do it justice via miniature. Behold! Steaks!
Skirt steaks, filet, T-bone, ribeye, and even a meatloaf for good measure to round out all of the meaty goodness! I will be putting these up in my etsy shop tonight!
So much fun to make these miniature peaches, ice cream, and peach treat peachiness!! Maintaining the shape of the cane and the integrity of the inside of the fruit is key when creating realistic peaches.
Additionally, creating a peel that has marbled variegated colors and appropriate glazing is definitely part of the realism.
If you have an idea for a polymer miniature you would like to see me make, message me here, directly on my home page.