Did you ever make something that’s just totally crazy?”
The cicadas making their annual droning chorus that sounds like thousands of tiny chain saws reminded me of the bug mask I made several years ago. It was a fairly big project, so there were quite a few posts in that series.
I don’t know if anyone else ever made one, but if you have, I’d love to see it.
It was a helmet-style mask, and it would have been possible to wear it when I opened the door to Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween – but I didn’t want to give my neighbors’ small children nightmares, so I gave the mask to a friend.
I won’t be making another bug mask anytime soon, but those wings looked really nice. They would be perfect on a sculpture of a fairy.
If you’d like to see the entire process of making the silly bug mask, here are the links:
The Lizard Guy Mask I Wish I Hadn’t Ruined…
Oh well – sometimes our experiments just don’t work out. I can’t even remember what product or technique I used on this fellow to ruin him – but I do remember how disappointing it was.
But I also remember that the combination of plaster cloth and Magic Sculpt works really well. That’s why I was confident that it would work when I made the Rooster. Same products, same methods, but a very different outcome.
The Ballerina Bunny …
This was another long project, but one that I’m still really happy with. The Ballerina Bunny now lives with my daughter, Jessie Rasche. Jessie put the bunny to work, greeting visitors when she has a studio tour. I’m always happy when my sculpture find a good job to do. 🙂
- Getting started.
- Adding the head.
- Sculpting the tutu.
- Sculpting the eyes.
- Adding Paper Mache.
- Bronzing the ballerina bunny.
I mentioned the video that shows you how to make one of the flat silhouette-type patterns for the inside of your sculptures. I didn’t use one for the bunny, but you certainly could if you make your own. You can find that video here.
The Project I Most Regret Not Doing Yet – the Painted Faces
I can’t give you a link to something that doesn’t exist (…yet?), but if you’d like to do some portrait sculptures yourself (or maybe make a Santa for this year’s Christmas decorations), you can find the skull-shaped face sculpting form here.
That Other Project I Never Finished – the Paper Mache Dinosaur…
I did start my Therizinosaurus project, but the armature was as far as I got.
Several people commented that they’d love to make one, but I may have discouraged them by not finishing my own dinosaur. I do hope not! If you want to use my pattern and see how I made the armature, you can find it here.
If you went ahead and made one, even though I didn’t finish mine, I hope you’ll show it off on the Daily Sculptors page.
The Chimpanzee …
I made two posts for the chimpanzee. I don’t think I owned a video camera yet, and I didn’t show the entire process. However, the first one, that shows how I made the armature for those hands, could be really useful for people sculptures, too.
The restaurant where the chimp went to live was the Home Skillet, in Bellingham, WA. It looks like he was put in with a lot of other critters, and someone, at some time, painted a clown face on him. Oh well – it’s not a good idea to take our art too seriously …
Be sure to visit the Blue Rhino Studio if you’d like to see some amazing life-sized animal sculptures. If you’ve used any kind of resin to cast your sculptures, we’d love to know about it. You can show them off on the Daily Sculptors page. And while you’re there, take a look at how Holly decorated her giraffe with a resin pour.
I had to pick my piggy for the “cutest” one, because he’s been with me so long. He helped me write my book, too – so I owe him one. 🙂
I’d love to know what you’ve made that would go on this list – or think up your own list and tell us about it.