Friday, February 19, 2010

Polymer Clay Alien in a Chair - Stage 1

I started working on this guy about a month ago. It was supposed to be a birthday gift for Husband but it takes a long time to make and since I am taking a rather demanding class this semester I have only been able to devote a few hours a week to this little fellow. The final product should be an alien sitting in miniature version of Husband's favorite chair.

The chair frame is done. It is white polymer clay over copper wire, which may not have been the best idea because the copper must be leaching or something into the clay and it's turning a bit orange. Will probably have to paint it in the end, which is too bad. Looking back I would have done this different, maybe made the whole frame and welded it and then covered it in clay. Instead I just covered individual pieces of the frame and then put them together using clay. Not as cool! For the moment I have a piece of foil serving as the fabric but it will be polymer clay in the end. I want it to have an impression of the alien's bottom in it so I am waiting till he is all backed.

And here are some shots of the head, the only piece of the alien that is done. The "before" head is basically aluminum foil core, covered in gray clay with two pre-baked black eyes pressed in. Not very impressive.

The "after" head has features like the added cheek bones, back of head, brow ridges, eye lids, nose and mouth. I follow the basic theory described by Katherine Dewey's book but from past experience I know that I need to bake the piece after each feature is added or I squash all my hard work while working on the next features.