Monday, December 19, 2011

365 Day 353

cat-creature progress continues...and I learn a few things

In yesterday's post I decided I wasn't going to do the plaster cloth layer. That was just before 7 p.m. Naturally, as the night wore on I got antsy to do it.

(That was the first thing I learned -- if I prepare a surface I really need to plaster cloth it before I go to bed no matter how much I say I'm not going to.)

So I did.

Remembering the bottom of the goat-creature's base (and how it was becoming uneven) I propped up the base of the cat-creature so I could get my fingers/plaster cloth underneath it.

More of the things I learned...

Trying to lay plaster cloth on top of chicken wire doesn't work so well. At least not in this configuration. There is too much of a gap happening and I am beginning to run low on plaster cloth.

I thought masking tape might help that area.

Kinda, but not really. Plus I needed to apply much, much more tape and my hands were wet with plaster cloth. And the water was hot/warm and plastery already...too big of a deal to toss it out (because I can't just dump it down the sink) while I applied masking tape (that I didn't want to use).

What was handy...???

Uh...okay...I will try the Scott's Xtreme Rags again.

I canNOT believe how well this works. I didn't stop to take a lot of photos, but I used a lot of "rags" on the surface of the chicken wire. And the tape on the inside (facing out of the chicken wire) helped to secure the paper rag long enough for me to slap a plaster cloth triangle or two onto it (one handed) until I could let go of it. Amazing.

What the inside looks like right now. I had a few triangles left so I put them to use on one of the horizontal tomato cage rods to secure the tiers. (I doubt it is actually doing much.)

How the cat-creature looked from the doorway into the studio last night.

I realize that this guy is up on a table and that being a solid color is making a huge difference in my perception at the moment, but man -- this guy is looking TALLer than before!

I also learned that although I liked him a lot before, he is really making me smile now...Chime Cat smiley.

One more thing I

My hand(s) are not ready for linocarving yet.

This block is salvageable, but not right now. Ow.


Leann said...

That cat is amazing!!

Took said...

Thanks, Leann!

Fibra Artysta said...

I'm LOVING your sculptures! Keep going! Keep going! :)

Took said...

Thanks, Lynn!

SOiNTOiT said...

SOOOO fun!

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