Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Sweet for NAN

Wow, look at me- two blog posts in one day! I think that's a record for me, considering my track record when it comes to posting... Anyhow, I was thinking it might be fun to share the process behind the claybody custom Jellibaby I'm creating for the NAN Auction this year. Yep, I'll be contributing to the shininess this year! Anyhow, this little girl had a flaw in her pelvis region, so she immediately became claybody fodder. The stage you see now, I like to call "roughing out" the piece. It is not a pretty phase, but you begin to get an idea of what the final pose will look like. The clay is almost leather hard at this point, as I let it sit in the wet box some time after my first tweaks, and making sure the head would stay on*. The main changes I made were tucking the head, straightening out a front foreleg, kicking out a hind leg, and flipping the tail. So she's doing a sort of running/snarfy/kicky thing. You know, happy pony foal. She still has a way to go (actually, she is a bit further along than this, but I don't have a pic of that yet!), but I wanted to show you the start. Enjoy!

*A little saying I picked up from Joan Berkwitz- "It was fun until the head fell off."


mel said...

You're killing me! This is gonna be the cutest one yet, out of a whole batch of sweeties! I simply can't wait to see how wonderful she'll be in color!

Adalee said...

Amazing what a head-tuck can do, eh? ;)

Heather said...

Oh Addi, wonderful work....this Jelli is ready to bounce....a mini look you captured! Can't wait to see the glaze work! Love the quote!
~Heather W.
Yucaipa, CA

Adalee said...

Thanks, Heather!

Yeah, some of my best quotes come from Joanie... ;)

FireHorse Designs of Texas said...

She is precious! I may have to do a proxy bid LOL.