Rustic chicken

Made by Joyce

I had lots of fun making this sculpture. The not so fun parts were trying to find paper that would crumple, masking tape that would stick, trying to make the spare parts out of cardboard, trying to smooth the clay and finally trying to paint circles with my 91 year old fingers. The good parts were being able to form the spare parts out of the clay and giving up the circle part and using the end of a wood stick to dot all over the clay. I was using a sculpey air dry porcelain clay which was a little sticky at first and dried with the green of my masking tape showing through in places. I did a second coat and it turned out better. To finish it I used an acrylic gel that was pretty old and left some thick parts here and there that I didn’t see when I was applying it, but that isn’t too noticeable. I’d like to try another one, but I do need better masking tape and right now there is no way of getting it. I have had that book for a long time and this is the first time I have used it. Thank you Jonni, for providing me with hours of enjoyment. Joyce

5 thoughts on “Rustic chicken”

  1. Quite the cutie! I am so proud of you, you have been talking about doing something for a long time and your health has not permitted it(if you are indeed the same poetic Joyce we all know and love!) I teach a paper mache class for seniors and I will use your story to inspire my hesitant elders! Great job!

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    • Thank you so much, Eileen, for your kind words. This project took me longer than I expected because I found my working time was limited…not like the old days when I couldn’t rest until my art was finished. So tell your students to have patience and then be proud of what they accomplish. I sent a picture of my chicken to my kids and they were so happy that I had done , as one of them said, “something I loved to do”, even though it is much more “rustic” than planned.

      Joyce

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  2. Joyce, how great to hear from you. The vintage chicken took me back to when I began getting serious about doing paper mache projects. I got serious nostalgia. I, like you, found out quickly masking tape can either make or break you. (I use Scotch brand.) What a fun project. Just makes me happy to see it. Thanks.

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    • Thank you. Rex. Did my heart good to see your nice words. I would order some Scotch masking tape from Amazon, but I live in an apartment that doesn’t allow any deliveries inside. My daughter would have to wait for them and then go to the apartment main entrance to get the parcel. Quite a hassle for her. Our stores aren’t open yet so maybe I’ll try the green stuff again.
      Joyce

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