Dog finally has a head and a face

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  1. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Hopefully before the night is out he will have eyes and ears and a collar and be finished. A bigger ball goes on his head and that little dog sits on the bigger ball making his feet look right. Then the small ball fits on his head..then who knows..we have bones and a ball with a weimer puppy asleep on it.

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  2. Baxter'smybaby

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    I love it-how tall is it?
     
  3. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I don't have the bigger ball here to try this out on..which is not a good thing.
    He is 18 inches.
     
  4. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    He looks fantastic! I always wanted to try 3D art
     
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    That is amazing smkie!
     
  6. Wow! You are so talented! That is really awesome.
     
  7. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I think she is a little hokey and there is a lot I wish I could do differently but I never made clay support itself at this size. 3 inches, yeah piece of cake, this is a whole different story. His legs are hollow, his feet are hollow, I cut the weight a lot. SHe will shrink about 20 percent. That is a good thing because she is too big to begin with.

    in case people didn't know the box at the bottom, the light one that the dog is sleeping on is clay too. THat part did come out the way I wanted it to..like old boards.
     
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    Just when I think you've hit your apex . . . . you get better :)
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    THat's what is exciting about being an artist..if you keep striving there is no apex.:D
     
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    Very cool! Nice work! I think it's not hokey, but super cute!
     
  11. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I wanted to keep the dogs kind of generic so they would just say "dog" not this breed or that. I have one eye done and am working on the other. Last night my kidney flared up and I had to quit. I am hoping to tame it down with a ton of water and another antibiotic so I can continue. Awful hard to focus when mule is kicking your back.
     
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    crazy_paws No thumbs = No mutiny

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    It's beautiful!

    I really treasure the sculpture of Kya you did for me. And the tiny sleeping dog lives on my desk at work. I've had people offer to buy him from me, but I'm too attached. :D
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I have thought of that piece every step of the way through this piece. Don't know if I would have had the courage to even try if I hadn't done your dog.
    Note to self...make more little dogs : ) I am very glad you are happy with my work.

    She has a face...collar to go and a lot of cleaning up.
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    You are just awesome!
     
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    ah--she has such personality now! :)
     
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    That is amazing! What do you use?
     
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    SToneware, high fire, cone 10. I was told cone ten was too hot and it would not work, but given I had nothing else to use, I have learned over the years how to do it without cracking. It is all in the timing. I use black slip on the eyes and nose and then I glaze it with St. Johns black which gives a glossy wet look. I have since moved one eye down a bit, and really worked on the detail on the face. I have the collar on. I have to finish this by tomorrow because I want to take it in Sunday so we can start the slow bisque. Hopefully we can raise the temp very slowly over a few days. Then I will glaze the detail on teh collar, using cornells iron saturate on the collar for a good leather look. Libby's shino with a light brushing of cornell's will give the studs on the collar and the tag a gold shine. The raw clay will be left without glaze because glaze just fills in the detail too much for my liking. If we get good reduction it should be the color of the other dogs, a tan sandy shade. So cross your fingers for me and wish her luck!

    The whole totem pole, 4 pieces of mine = a ton of work, one piece from Kelly Walsh, some balls that were thrown on the wheel from Melynda, the bones were created by Susan Speck and the pole was made by Tod Shultz is for the Art Unleashed Auction for Greater Kansas City Humane Society. Last year the auction took in 90 something thousand dollars. Between this fund raiser, private donations and the telethon they have been able to reduce the kill rate of the major kill shelters from 54 percent to 3 percent. They have been going in and taking out any dogs that is adoptable and transferring them to no kill shelters and rescue. This is my one big cause. I have been a part of this for I believe going on 7 years now. I have been trying to get this thing together for two years now. This time has to work. Especially since I took them that Akita I found on the road that was hit. I feel responsible for trying to bring in at least enough funds to cover her being patched together. The Gabriel fund paid to relocate her hip and set her leg as well as all the after care and pt. I believe she has now been adopted out.
     
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    Oh, she is just beautiful!!

    And I remember the Akita story -- I'm so glad that things turned out so well for her. :)
     

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