Friday, December 2, 2011

Tortoise or the Hare? I’m going for the Tortoise!


After my last post on the Reptile Show, I have decided to make a tortoise out of silver clay.  Thank goodness I have artistic license!  My vision (goal – hope) is to make a small recognizable tortoise that could be duplicated and used as a ring, a pendant, earrings, or beads.  Not having done any of this before, I decided to share the experience with any of you who might be interested! 
First I need to decide on which kind of tortoise….so I Googled ‘tortoise’ and got some amazing pictures.  What a variety!  After looking and thinking, I selected the Star Radiated Tortoise.   It has a very pronounced star pattern and will be a challenge.  
 My plan is to carve a small tortoise out of polymer clay, a medium that is easy to work with and manipulate.  I chose red because I like red! 
I put my new Craftoptic glasses on and start conditioning, moving and carving  referring to the pictures.  As I work with the polymer clay, it gets warm and a little squishy so that my finger prints start to become the pattern.  Start over!  After a few failed attempts, the animal takes shape and is the correct size.  Finally figured out how to put his shell bumps on and texture patterns. 
 Tonight I am baking the red tortoise in my toaster oven. 

 After he is done (hard) I will make a mold and then make several tortoises from silver clay. 



1 comment:

  1. Tortoise on one finger, hare on the other, and the race is on!

    ReplyDelete

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tortoise or the Hare? I’m going for the Tortoise!


After my last post on the Reptile Show, I have decided to make a tortoise out of silver clay.  Thank goodness I have artistic license!  My vision (goal – hope) is to make a small recognizable tortoise that could be duplicated and used as a ring, a pendant, earrings, or beads.  Not having done any of this before, I decided to share the experience with any of you who might be interested! 
First I need to decide on which kind of tortoise….so I Googled ‘tortoise’ and got some amazing pictures.  What a variety!  After looking and thinking, I selected the Star Radiated Tortoise.   It has a very pronounced star pattern and will be a challenge.  
 My plan is to carve a small tortoise out of polymer clay, a medium that is easy to work with and manipulate.  I chose red because I like red! 
I put my new Craftoptic glasses on and start conditioning, moving and carving  referring to the pictures.  As I work with the polymer clay, it gets warm and a little squishy so that my finger prints start to become the pattern.  Start over!  After a few failed attempts, the animal takes shape and is the correct size.  Finally figured out how to put his shell bumps on and texture patterns. 
 Tonight I am baking the red tortoise in my toaster oven. 

 After he is done (hard) I will make a mold and then make several tortoises from silver clay. 



1 comment:

  1. Tortoise on one finger, hare on the other, and the race is on!

    ReplyDelete