Man, is it raining cats and dogs or what! (Where on earth did that saying come from anyway?)
So I’ve been glued to the weather stations getting very excited at a predicted East Coast low which was supposed to happen, but didn’t… All we’ve had was a TONNE of rain! Perfect weather for hibernating in my garage and getting stuck into some juicy creating.
I had the biggest hissy fit whilst trying to make a simple heart shape for this.
I’ve had some polymer clay sitting around for um….a few years now.. I thought, well MAYBE I can soften it up? But anyone who has ever worked with polymer clay (Fimo/Sculpey) knows that there comes a point where no amount of heating or kneading, or bashing, or mineral oil is going to soften that damn stuff up!
I DID try…. EVERYTHING, including getting very VERY angry and bashing it to death with a rolling pin – more so to relieve my frustration because it didn’t do anything! My hands were SO sore! I think it is headed for the bin now .
Sooo…how else to make a heart shape that is going to be 3 D-ish yet rigid enough to stick on canvas?
Well….First I cut a heart shape out of some cardboard that I’d saved and have a look at this…!!! It delighted me when I turned it over to discover THIS on the back!
I love when life throws you little coincidences like that 🙂 (Because I DO have a fragile heart!)
Anyway, so I blobbed some pillow stuffing onto the heart shape and then proceeded to wrap packing tape around it until it formed a suitable plumpish heart shape….The rest is history… Tissue paper, glue veins and paint and presto I had my meaty looking heart!
Then I raided the tool cupboard and my bits and pieces stash , glue up to my armpits, paint, texture paste….and viola! – My Mechanical heart!
Loads of steampunkery going on and quite “dark”…. Maybe the Goths will like it?
Oh and look! There are some of my wings I made from my last blog post! 🙂