Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Finished Hedgehog and Bird Wedding Cake Toppers

Yay!  The little hedgehog wedding cake toppers are done!  Cute, huh?  I made them in Fall-themed colours.
These are the finished bird wedding cake toppers.  They are also ready for an orange and blue-green almost Fall-themed wedding.  I made these two sets of toppers in preparation for my wedding, but I think I made them too small.  They are only about 1.5 inches tall.  I think they should be about 3 inches tall to be visible on a cake from a distance.  These would be perfect for a little cake  :)  So I will call them my prototypes for now. 
Here are some pictures from when I first painted them.  
At this point they were missing some detail on the eyes.
This is after the detail for the eyes was added.
 He looks very lonely when there is no one standing next to him. 
Here are the birds after I painted them.
 I gave them some cute, rosy faces.
 And lots of detail on the wings.  My paint brush magically creates a weird indentation as it dries and it makes the perfect feather stamp.
 The blue bird leans a little to the side.  For future birds, I will need to make a flatter bottom so it does not want to roll.  However, the leaning works with the interaction between the two birds. 
Here they are drying the night before.
Today I gave them their clear coats.  Now they are glossy and protected.  I love them.  Now I will make more (but bigger).

Have a great day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Sculptures in Progress - Hedgehog and Bird Wedding Cake Toppers

I am working on some new sculptures.  This time, I'm making wedding cake toppers.
I started with a bunch of foil balls.  You just scrunch up foil and roll it into a ball.  Fun to do  :)  Then I cover them with a layer of Sculpey and start to add the details.
For the two birds, I added a hemisphere for the head.  Blended the sections together, and molded and added two wings.  I can't find my clay tools, so I just used a big hat pin to cut/draw details in like the feathers on the wings and tails.  I used the head of the pin to make the indents for the eyes.
The finished pair is pretty cute.  
Next I made a hedgehog couple in the same way.  The quills are not a separate piece.  I just use the pin to draw the shape of the quills in and then use the pin to push extra clay towards the quills.  Then I smooth it all out and use the pin to drew indents for quills.
The flowers are circles with petals cut in.  Then I add a little circle of clay in the middle. 
 I put them on a tray for baking and off they went into the oven.
Bye bye, Birdies!
About half an hour later, the models are cured.  They are sitting on my desk now waiting to be painted. 

Have a great day!

Goldfish Babies Day Nine

The baby goldfish are now 9 days old.  As you can see, some of them have plumped up quite a bit with round little white bellies.
Some personalities or individual characteristics have also started to become visible. 
For instance, the largest and strongest fish tend to stay at the top section of the water.  They get first pick of the egg yolk that I feed them, eating big gulps of it at a time.  As the yolk starts to settle downwards, they follow it down, but tend to still stay towards the top section.
 A few of the babies lurk among the plants.  They tend to be less visible and they tend to pick at the plants or pick egg yolk off the plants to eat.
 On the ground level, you will find the smallest fish.  When one of the bigger fish swim down to the bottom to pick up food, you might notice that the ground-dwellers are almost half the size and much skinnier. 
The ground level is also where you will find some fish with birth defects.  For instance, this particular fish shown above has a spine that is curved in a spiral fashion.  As a result, this fish will actually spin as it swims upwards in a jerky manner.  This fish is not very strong and tends to swim in short spurts and not very far.  Most of the time, it lies on the gravel.  It is one of my favourite fish to look for and watch.  I hope it survives.

There is one fish with a back that is bent less and it is able to swim to the top in a much wider spiral to get food.  It is still much skinnier than the others, but it is clearly much stronger than this one since it can swim all the way to the top.
 Even at the top, there are a few fish that seem unusual.  There is one fish at the top that is very long, but very thin.  It tends to just float at the top of the water, not really eating.  I am not sure if it is sick, if it doesn't store food in the intestines much, or if it eats very little at a time.
It is fun to watch these little fish growing up.  I am still giving them both the green water and the drop of egg yolk 2-3 times per day.  They don't react much to the green water, but I can visibly watch them eat the egg yolk.  I use a wooden chopstick to just poke at a raw egg yolk that I have stored in the refrigerator.  Then I stir the chopstick gently in the water and the egg yolk comes off in tiny slivers.  I can watch the fry chase the slivers of egg and sort of suck it up as they eat at it.  It's pretty neat.

Have a great day!