|Kitty bead shown with my hand for scale|
Fast forward to the present... a kitty bead was on the list of items to sculpt so I tackled it with the usual enthusiasm.
Only now, with the sight gone from one eye, the task is a bit more challenging so after a lot of struggle I decided to sculpt a single bead, have Joe mold it then take several pressings for the final designs.
|Mold and pressed part|
By pressing clay into the mold I made several pressed clay parts that I had planned to modify to create individual beads or expressions. One with a heart to create a 'message' or gender, obvious boy or girl bead.
After a bunch of sketches, the girls and hearts were easy, but the boy bead was a super challenge. How do you make a sweet kitten into a little guy? After viewing a bunch of images the dapper guy began to take shape.
|Dapper Kitty sculpt created in colored clay|
With a crisp collar, a snappy bow tie, hat with a hat band to match the bow tie texture and a very, very tiny fish on the hat band the little dapper kitty was finished.
He is baked and needs a bit of touch up before molding but, with the toughest character done, it will be downhill all the way now.
Just for fun I added color to the sculpt with a layer of color in photoshop.
This sculpt is just under 1 1/8 inch tall.
by Penni Jo
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