SInce dog number two blew up

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  1. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    I have to do this over again. Dont know if anyone is interested in the process, but since i have a year to work on this i am going to do it right. I have to work these long skinny bones into the design which makes it particularly tricky. At first i made a bone and tried to reconstruct the dog over it, and that blew, and hit the scrap bucket. SO i have decided to make a much smaller scale model to figure out how to get around these bones. Each figure will be inches instead of feet and that will probably make the bigger ones easier to make. THe curled dog was certainly a cake walk after making so many dog beads of the same shape. Pics will be here by the first of the month to show the examples. I figure i can always sell the scale model or donate it as well.
     
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    bubbatd Moderator

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    Anxious to see !!! I think you should show everyone the steps you take from start to finish !!! Dog , fish or whatever !
     
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    I can't wait to see pictures. It sounds like a whole lot of work!
     
  4. I'm very interested in the steps! I can't wait to see!
     
  5. Baxter'smybaby

    Baxter'smybaby swimming upstream

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    please share!
     
  6. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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  7. That's so neat. I wish I could do stuff like that. You're so talented!
     
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    Your detail is amazing !
     
  9. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    a small brush dipped in water allows a person to get into the little areas and put pressure to where a finger cannot. works way better then the sculpting tools they sell. It's tiny toenails that are the hardest.:rolleyes:
     
  10. Barb04

    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    I just sit back and admire your artistic work. I can't wait to see the finished product. Keep us updated on your progress.
     
  11. smkie

    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    Yesterday i got to the guild thinking i would put the slip on him there since i had mixed up black and left an ample supply in both places, home and the guild.. I got there and i looked and looked. Frustrated because the piece is the right moisture content to adhere slip and it won't be by the time i get home, and it isn't there. I get out the weighted scale and get ready to mix up more...snarling to myself, go to the front to retrieve something and come back. I give the shelves a once more over and voila, there it is. Meaning that Beth the monitor saw me looking for it and realized that she had it in her private studio and put it back where she should never have taken it from in the first place. Oh the drama of beth and the guild.

    So i went ahead and mixed up white, this requires following an exact recipe of grams and weighing it out on the scale then adding the right amount of water.,..the first time i added too much so i had to make a double batch.. which is how i ended up with enough black slip for the guild and for home in the first place.:rolleyes: i am still new to so much of this.

    then i mixed a small amount of red mason stain to the slip and applied to the dog's belly, then very carefully painted the rest of the slip on. Pic coming.

    I made a few bones and put the slip on them too, set them out to be bisque fired

    made a platform for this thing to rest on, and started dog number one in small scale. It will not be the same as the big dog i have done but i had to add a small horse.:) I coudn't resist

    Kelly the other artist on the project stopped by and said she didn't know why she didnt' think of doing a model first, it makes more sense then a drawing.
    She agreed to do her small pieces for this as well before we start the large one.

    Besides slabbing out a copious amount of clay to make 27 tiles for a Catholic school, that was all i got done yesterday. Wish i could have had a pic of my Devil gargoyle riding home in the car. He fired without a crack..horrray..that was the big fire that is the make or break of sculpture. HE's huge!

    WOrking large and small at the same time is totally mind bending.
    I did feel very complimented by the way my teacher looked at my small finished dog. It was a good look, and one i won't forget for a long time. I did something..i learned something important and now i have it down.
     
  12. noludoru

    noludoru Bored Now.

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    Pictures, Smkie? I'd love to see how things are progressing..
     
  13. Barb04

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    This whole process sounds so interesting. I feel like I can picture in my head what you are doing. Can't wait to see.
     
  14. smkie

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    My teacher was very pleased and i do believe a bit excited about the whole project. I was able to pick up some more mason stains so i will have a variety of coat colours, i got a silver, a seal brown and a nut brown that i can use in combo for some hopefully realistic fur and skin tone. Maybe i can get my pics in photobucket..somehow..if not i will have my other puter back on friday and can load them up then.
     
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    Two things:

    First, the title of this thread gave me a heart attack until I realized it was the dog art thread.

    Second, sorry that your dog blew up. It sounds like everything is really starting to come together though. I can't wait to see what they look like stained and everything! Pictures pretty please???? *bats eyelashes*
     
  16. Sunnypup

    Sunnypup mostly ignored...

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    Smkie...do you love me? Really? Think carefully before you answer. Okay.
    GIMME TEENY CURLED UP DOGGIE! NOW! MINE! *pouts and mumbles something about "yousaidyoulovedmewhywon'tyougivemewhatIwant?" :mad::p
    Okay...better now. I LOVE IT! You're fabulous, wonderful,beautiful! Your work is stunning and breathtaking. srsly. :) I love you. A lot. that is all.
     
  17. smkie

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    Prays that more people have that reaction so i can get dog food and vet coverage.:) YOUr so sweet Sunnypup i am glad you like them.
     
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    Baxter'smybaby swimming upstream

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    hey--it's Baxter on a stick--rofl!
     
  20. bubbatd

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    Looking great Smkie !!!! I think every dog own needs to start one and add their loved one through the years !!! I couldn't judge the size ,,,,,,
     

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