Thursday, April 25, 2013

Hey... That's my seat!

I left this chair to go in and get my dinner  I wanted to eat outside tonight. This is what I found 5 minutes later when I returned with my plate.
Plus... I think these two (strays) have sent out a memo saying that a sucker lives here because suddenly there is a new cat lurking around here. Hrmmmm Not good...... not at all.

Monday, April 22, 2013

OOAK Dollhouse Miniature Ragdoll Cat

This poor kitty has had more facial reconstruction than Joan Rivers!

I finished it and the next day I decided I hated the angle of the fur so I ripped it all off (below the eyes). Then I reapplied the fur at an angle I liked better. A day later... I decided to dye areas around the face to give it some stripes. At first this cat had sort of a dark brown widows peak. I woke up the next day and decided I hated that look, so I changed it to a longer strip of white to the forehead. PHEW!... That is a lot of surgery on one cats face! I forgot to say...After the final cure bake, I didn't like the angle of the head so I cut it off and changed the sculpt of the shoulders to accommodate the new head position.
 Hey! Get off that nightgown! Leave it to a cat, they are connoisseurs of comfort.

I have read you cannot add or change anything to a furred miniature animal once it is finished.  Maybe those people don't have a 10X  jewelers eye piece. With that I can see more then anyone ever wanted to know about something they made.

This cat was furred with Alpaca fiber over my polymer clay sculpt. She has blue 2mm agate bead eyes. I started with a wire amateur so the tail can be repositioned. Not often because eventually the wire would work harden and break. She also has sculpted pink paw pads like the other cat I made.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Is Facebook & Twitter Killing Blogs?

I don't know about you but I am noticing the difference. The forums I belonged to are either dead or dying. Since I started  my blog I have noticed a huge difference.
I see far more traffic in my stats from Facebook and Pinterest then I do from Bloggers. There are so many Blogs I "Follow" where people have not posted for months and YEARS! I personally don't like the changes. I would hate to see blogs become a thing of the past. 
Please feel free to express your feelings and opinions here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

OOAK 1 1:2 Scale Dollhouse Miniature Cat

 While I still do not like working with polymer clay I do love what you can do with it.

I look at my first animals and I am happy to experiment on them now with the inks I plan to use to make stripes and spots on the new animals I make.
I am pleased with this cat and the feet. I am much more confident with clay then paint, so I decided to sculpt the paw pads. Those paws are about 2.5 mm wide so each pad did take a bit of time. I am not sure a heather sort of Alpaca fiber was the best color choice for this cat. The fur doesn't look as rough in person as it does in these photos. A solid color might look smoother in pictures.
 The eBay auction for the Westie is only a few hours away. PHEW!!!! Ten days is a long wait from my side 
Apologies to Pepper.... I am so sorry, I forgot to take pictures for you of the cat in progress. I get busy and forget everything else I am supposed to do. Like important appointments

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I'm Going to Be A Siberian Cat

The sculpting on the cat has been finished. I have learned that it isn't necessary to go crazy making everything as smooth as glass if you are going to cover up that area with longer fur. The face does need to be very smooth because that has much shorter hair (flock). Flock is made by cutting the fiber you are going to use into dust.

Siberian cats are very big. Many males weigh as much as 20 pounds. Kilmouski is a light weight at 17 pounds.

I haven't decided what color he/she is going to be yet. So I will need to paint it again once I have that worked out. Then the sculpt gets sprayed with a sealer before the fur is applied.

I am liking working with the clay better now that I know I don't have to cure the polymer clay every time I bake it. I can bake for a few minutes and then take it out and carve, sand or scrape the clay. This cat was baked several  times before it was cured. 

It will probably be next week before I get to finish it.

Monday, April 1, 2013

How Would You Know?

I have been wanting to sculpt a sitting or laying down cat. When I got to the underside I had no idea what was really going on under there. So I asked Google. Sure enough, it rescued me again.. These are the amusing and helpful images I found. 
I sort of feel like the adolescent that glued a mirror on the toe of his shoe to look up girls dresses. I remember seeing that in a movie long ago. haha