Today has been a very long day so far. I am usually awake between 6:30 and 8:00 in the morning -- not necessarily dressed and ready to go somewhere -- but awake. This morning I had several errands to do before Andi and AB arrived to run to Ann Arbor with me to pick up some castoffs from another friend's stuff purging...and what great stuff!
|When I got home from the bigger errand I brought in two lightweight shelving units. Bootsy thinks these make a great new raised cat bed.|
Now for the part I like the best -- thinking of how to make the plaster cloth guys!
I have been tweaking this rabbit-guy tonight. At first I was thinking I might try to shape his glass eyes (glass "gems" that I painted myself and don't really care for)...but I just wasn't happy with any of it.
|no...not working for me|
|Then I remembered the bowlful of taxidermy eyes in the other studio. Trying to "aim" the eyes and position them so that they appear to be looking at something...|
|...and do I dig the old glass eyes out or do I build over them??? Is this the right size?|
|I like the smaller size better...but do elliptical cat eyes work for a rabbit-guy?|
|LOL -- how about goat-ish eyes if I turn them sideways?|
|More like this, I think.|
I set the eyes aside and thought about the shape of his face...is it going to be okay with these new eyes? Will I need to shape it a little more? Will I need to build on around his eyes?
|I sketched on a mouth area and where I need to add little ball shapes.|
Then his arms really started bugging me...I haven't been happy with the pointy shoulders and the position of his arms.
|"Hey...these things snap right off!"|
|Hmmm...I could leave a little bit of a "hinge" in place and build around it maybe.|
|Close up of inside of his arm/shoulder.|
|No...I think he probably needs new arms all together.|
|But right now he needs to quit lookin' at me! Masking tape to my rescue.|
|I measured and cut this sturdy tube with my saw and balanced him on what could be new legs.|
|How about REALLY long legs -- yes -- I think I like this idea!|
|I marked where the skinnier, longer tubes could fit into his torso...now...how will I cut into that can bottom I wonder? I will figure it out when I get to that part.|
|I found a matching set of little wooden boxes, some MDF blocks, and I knocked the base off of what is left of that lamp (or table?) base with my rubber mallet. Now my wrist hurts...wah.|
|And that wooden Easter egg can be the connector for the top of his leg that goes into the bottom of the can...I have an idea of how to wiggle it in so that it is a pretty tight fit before applying the plaster cloth.|
|There...all of his parts are assembled in one spot.|