Tonight I cleared a path to the table in the wet studio -- enough space to work on the rabbitish guy. I don't know how committed I am to this guy yet but here are the important parts of this activity (for me):
- I cleared up some of the clutter, sorted things into a box, and took it to the basement
- I got my hands back into plaster cloth
- I tried working in a method I haven't tried until tonight
- I feel like I did something
|I cleared enough space to work!|
|Here is an example of what I am talking about -- before I smoothed it.|
|I was just trying to fill in and shape as I went along -- instead of finding a shape to drape plaster cloth over.|
|Not too bad for a first try with odd eyes.|
|Luckily my utility knife was handy and I popped the second eye out pretty easily. The other side was set a little harder already and I had to dig a bit more and use a screwdriver to get underneath the glass gem.|
|I set them into the vacant spaces and kept turning them until they looked fairly even and like they were looking in the same direction -- as much as was possible...LOL.|
|This is a little better but I needed to stop for tonight. I didn't want the head to get any bigger right now. These eyes are about as straight as they are going to get. Eyelids will help a lot.|
|Or who knows -- I have a whole bunch of wonderful taxidermy eyes now. If I start to get attached to this guy I might give him better eyes. For now, the home made painted glass gems are okay -- it is still a learning/practicing project at this point.|
Before I worked on the studio and the plaster cloth rabbitish guy I worked a little bit on the stitching of the felted flower. I am trying to concentrate on making even, decorative stitches.
And this morning (and during the earlier part of the afternoon) I finished up the work on the next ten Tookies.
Today's Tookies progress: Finger puppets 31-40 (of 100) got eyes, eyelashes, mouths, side seams, bottom basting for the edges, and soft edges.
|I work on the Tookies finger puppets in batches of ten -- these are 31-40 (of 100). It takes a day to do the ears/horns and then the next day I can usually do the eyes, eyelashes, and mouths...then take a break for a bit.|
|And then go back to them and add the side seam and baste the bottom hem/edge and then add the soft edge at the bottom.|