Thursday, December 31, 2015

Faux Kintsugi tutorial

A few months ago one of my favorite plant pots was knocked from a table and broken. It was purchased many years ago and I loved the color and shape of it. I had glued it back together because I just had to keep it. I remember seeing images of Japanese pots that had been repaired with gold. I loved the philosophy behind the reasoning so today I did a faux Kintsugi repair on it using supplies I had in my studio.

From Wikipedia:
Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

How I did it....
Mix together some Apoxie Sculpt and push it into the cracks. Rub Pearl Ex  (I used Brilliant Gold) onto the Apoxie Sculpt. Then I painted the Pearl Ex with Liquitex high gloss varnish to protect the Pearl Ex powder.
  That is it. Now I am going to plant some spider plants that I purchased on ebay into the pot.

repaired pot image

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tis the season for football

When you are out and about be careful where you step because you never know when you will come across a game in progress.

football players

I had planned on coming back much sooner but 2015 was not finished throwing punches at my family yet. Our mom passed away the night before Thanksgiving. I had not much felt like creating anything. Then I realized how mad that would have made her. All of my life she was always a huge supporter of anything I made.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello

I feel like I should apologize for being absent for so much of this year. Not just here on my blog but also across all social media.

2015 has felt like a test. A long string of one bad thing after another happening to test my will, strength and sanity. Immediate family members have passed away. My husband was injured and had to have surgery. Several more things piled on top of all that. It seemed never ending. I admit there were a few times when I wondered if I would make it through. I am hoping that I passed and that the year will end happier than it began.

ColtPixy on etsy will probably not reopen until after the first of the year. I need time to create. We have family visiting from out of state until the beginning of November. After the way this year has gone it is so wonderful to spend time with loved ones just for the sake of being together. I will be back after they have gone and will try my best to be more active online.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Just a quick hello

Without going into any details there has been a lot going on that is keeping me busy offline. While I have been making new things I have not had a chance to photograph them to show here or to list them in my shop. I will be doing that soon but not making any promises on a date just yet.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Unfinished Object

This is a pixie I started sculpting a few months ago and never finished. I had planned on his having a soft sculpted wool body, His head and hands are made of air dry stone clay developed by doll artist Hannie Sarris. It is a lot different to work with compared to polymer clay and I did not think I would like working with it but I do. These need quite a bit more work. Then I need to sculpt the feet. I am thinking that I will needle felt the body once these things are finished and an armature is completed.

posted image

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

work in progress

I am attempting to make a little poodle doll for one of my nieces. Here is where it is so far. As you can see, there is still quite a way to go with it's coat.

posted image

Monday, April 6, 2015

Needle felt sock monkey

I have been practicing needle felting a lot lately. My end goal is to be able to make beautiful wool snail sculptures. A closer goal is to make a bunch of little sock monkeys to send to my sister's little monkeys....er... kids. :) So far all I have accomplished is making what ended up as toys for my dog and cats. Every one made is better than the one before. Today's monkey is a better attempt but it will go to my toy loving black cat, Davin. Hopefully tomorrow's attempt will be even better and go to one of my nieces.

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If you would like to play along, here is the sock monkey video tutorial by Sara Renzulli that I am following for this project.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

1:6 scale cat

For a while I have wanted to make a 1:6 play scale cat with fur. This is my first attempt. His coat still needs a little bit of a trim then he will be finished.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Work in progress on my table

Almost finished with the armature. The medium used will be wool instead of clay. It will be the only photo seen of this particular project for a few months because it is being made for a gift. That is if I can needle felt it to life nice enough to be that.

work in progress photo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Miss February

This is Miss February. She wears an amethyst necklace and loves violets. She is now available in my etsy shop.

Miss February snail sculpture

Monday, January 5, 2015

Charsnailla the seamstress

Charsnailla's work is known all across the forest of ColtPixy. She is famous for making clothing for the pixies and fairies who live there.

Charsnailla the seamstress

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January first in a series

This is January. She is the first in a series of one of a kind snails, each with flowers and stones representing birth months. Some will have the flowers sculpted onto them and others, like January will not. January has a vase of carnations and wears a garnet necklace.

January