Friday, September 12, 2014

Not quite a miniature

I'm slowly starting with the halloween tutorials for 2014... My first halloween video was posted Wednesday and was inspired by the 'day of the dead, sugar skulls'.
Today's video is going to be on the more gory side....

Isn't this the most appetizing thing ever? haha.
A decaying/infected (AKA zombie inspired) brain :)

Editing the video right now so it'll be ready for upload later.

I actually have to make some miniature organs for a lady. She kindly asked me at the last Farum fair, and being a huge fan of medical TV shows like House, I couldn't help but say yes.
I believe it was for a scene she's making for her daughter - who's graduating medical school.

So there might be more videos for "internal body parts" haha

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bronze clay - first batch

I've had some fun firing my first bronze clay pieces. Have definitely learned something - I may need to make some things larger, haha. I know the clay shrinks when firing it, but I didn't really consider that when I sculpted any of my first pieces. The 'duckling bowl' could've been a bit thicker around the bowl itself.. but it seems strong enough - at least for being handled as a miniature. I'm not going to purposely try and break it!
I had a different piece though - just a small scrap piece. It was approx 2mm thick, and not me, nor my boyfriend was able to break it!
Anyway - here are some pictures :)

This bowl took me less than 5 minutes to sculpt - it was just for the test firing. But I didn't want to fire a piece of nothing.. so I made a bowl :)

The bowl was sanded/polished and had nothing else done to it.
The 3 birds has been through patina gel (darkening patina) and I added swellegant patinas.
And the lion was just through the patina gel process :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Metal clay videos :)

A few months ago I posted this video on my main channel on YouTube;

It shows the basic tools and materials needed for getting started with silver clay (most of it applied to other types of metal clay as well).
I then got some bronze clay recently - as you could see in one of my recent posts - and a kiln! :) So I've been working on some videos showing the process of working with metal clay, for those who are interested in seeing it 'step by step'.
The videos are not showing a complete tutorial for the sculpting - it's moreso to show the different parts of the process, from sculpting, to engraving details, firing and finishing + adding patina, hopefully.

I posted the first video yesterday on SCScraft.

In that first video I'm working with the clay in its 'wet stage' and sculpting the basic figurine.

Hopefully I'll be able to post the next part this weekend. I had some fun experimenting with the 'engraving' :) Usually you'd use needle-like tools to 'edge' into the clay when it's dry, and thereby create the details. But I found that the bronze clay had a much harder surface than the silver clay - don't know if that's just me. So it took much longer...
So when I had to add details to the bird above (the figurine I'm using for the video-demos) I decided to try something else.

I took my large electric file/polishing/drill-thingy (similar to a dremel engraver, but larger )and tested it out on the metal clay.. I did try making a search on Google first, to see if others had tried this, as I didn't want to risk ruining the clay. But I couldn't find any posts or videos about it so.... I just went for it.
Any clever person would of course use a test piece, but I chose to test i directly on my bird, haha. Luckily it worked well! the clay held up perfectly and it was so much easier and faster than using the needle tools. it also works great for 'sanding' the pieces, so if you have smaller details or curves that are hard to reach with a sanding pad, the electric file is a great option - this will be up in part 2.
I haven't tested the electric file on silver clay, and since my silver clay pieces are usually much more 'jewelry like' and clean anyway when it comes to the design, I haven't had a need for using it. Plus, as I said, I believe the silver clay is softer than the bronze clay, so edging details with a needle tool in the silver clay isn't as much work.

I decided to mention it on the blog in case someone else has the same thought and is wondering whether or not using an electric file/dremel-like-tool is possible.

Part 3 will be about the firing process. I'll also try including a small review of the prometheus kiln I got - as once again, I wasn't really able to find any videos on that one either, when I was looking for a demo/review myself.
All in all I'm trying to include the information I feel would be useful + answering the questions I've gotten about the metal clay and tools when posting pictures of my metal clay pieces.

And then there'll be a part 4 and 5 about the finishing and patinas... Pretty sure those are all the 'important parts'?