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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SHOWING OFF.....

Well...I have been making crafts for a couple of my giveaways which I would like to show the process to anyone who is interested in making creatures out of Creative Paper Clay and also soft-sculpture flowers out of vintage fabric and pipe cleaners and a bit of fiber fill for stuffing.

First off, I have been making one of my favorite creatures to make...THE CHESHIRE CAT.  
I first begin with a couple of pieces of foil which I form into a small ball for the head and a larger oval shaped foil ball for the body, then I add triangle shaped foil pieces for the ears, and a long, thin shaped piece of foil for the tail.  I also form the front paws for the cat.  And of course I make indentations for the eyes, a tiny wad of foil for the nose, and poof out the cheeks a bit with foil too.

FORMING THE ARMATURE OF THE CAT FROM BALLS OF FOIL AND ADDED SMALLER PIECES.
THIS IS THE SIDE VIEW OF THE CAT WITH THE FRONT PAWS AND TAIL SHOWING.
THIS IS A VERY ROUGH FIRST LAYER OF CLAY.  JUST GETTING THE BASIC SHAPE OF THE CAT.
AND ANOTHER SIDE VIEW OF THE CAT.  AT THIS POINT I STILL NEED TO PUT THE CHESHIRE CAT GRIN ON THE CAT.  THIS IS WHAT I LOVE ABOUT PAPER CLAY.  IT CAN SET AND DRY AND YOU CAN COME BACK AND SAND AND ADD MORE WET CLAY, OR FIX MISTAKES.  I HAVE NOT YET ADDED THE BOTTOM OF THE CAT.
THIS IS MY BOX OF VINTAGE FABRIC EIGHTHS AND MY PETAL PATTERNS CUT OUT OF PAPER TO MAKE FLOWERS.
HERE ARE FLOWERS WHERE THE PETALS HAVE BEEN SEWN, TURNED, AND THEN SEWN TOGETHER WITH A RUNNING STITCH ALL AROUND THE BASE OF EACH FLOWER.  I WILL ADD MORE PHOTOS AS I PROGRESS.
Thanks for viewing!
posted by Teresa
January 29, 2013

7 comments:

Hindustanka said...

Hi,Teresa!
You have a good creative phase now, I loved that clay cat..i'm sure he is going to be awesome!
Wonder what you are sewing:) looks interesting too.
Looking forward to see finished projects!
Anna

Rhissanna said...

Oh, yes! Isn't that the best thing about paper clay. It's so forgiving if you leave it. I love that it can be carved so easily, or filed into shape with an emery board and polished with denim or an old sock. This Cheshire Cat looks so exciting! I can't wait to see the grin.

Oh, and that's a lovely stash of vintage fabric. So many pretty things. And talking about your amazing fabric collection, I used some of the lovely stuff from your giveaway on some doll shoes. The Japanese print with roses was just perfect for a pair of 18th century shoes.

Colleen Colquhoun Athens said...

i love the cat!!! im getting more into animals ...i love the process you show of thee foil....i use foil but in aa smaller way...illl try your method...thanks

Cindy Adkins said...

Hello Teresa,
I've never used paper clay, but I love your cat! Thanks for showing the process...I might have to give it a try. Can't wait to see it when finished.
Cindy @ Art,Books,Tea

Jennifer said...

How neat are these! My friend Cam has been using paperclay to create some beautiful little sculptures, I'm so intrigued! I've yet to find a clay i enjoy working with and find malleable enough to not hurt my fingers.

Christel said...

the cat is already adorable! Christel

Palomasea said...

Thank you for sharing this, dear Teresa!
So many wonderful creations to make...
I have a box of paper clay (it's actually my daughter's)...we need to start playing with it...and I love the idea of a foil armature..
Can't wait to see the finished kitty! :)
How are you, sweet friend?
How is your sister in MN?
Have they settled elsewhere?
Going to catch up on your latest post...
Big hugs,
- Irina