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Caribbean Mermaid: Things Learned

Phew!

Well, that wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be. Thankfully the uniqueness of my subject didn't toss any major obstacles during the sculpting process. Really the only thing that I was somewhat stumped over was the blue coloring on the front of her torso. It's PearlEx powder and I always seem to forget how and when to apply it successfully when I want it to remain shiny. I don't like mixing it with other mediums because in my opinion it takes away the brilliant sheen of the powder and I don't want to dull it down in any way. But I figured out that the best way to apply the PearlEx powder and not have it lose any of its shine is to apply it to the Clay while it's still unbaked and soft. So THAT was a plus!
Regarding wigging, I learned that knowing and planning your Artdolls' hairstyle is very important as a poorly planned hairstyle before you start wigging leads to a less than desirable end-result. I'll eventually create a tutorial on …
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Feeling... Off

The company I work for just relocated into the same building as our parent company so we got a brand new work environment, new atmosphere, new desks spaces, new phone numbers, new co-workers... new energy. And ever since then (this past Monday, yesterday) I have not felt myself. 






Now, I don't know enough about energy in regards to "Chi" and "Chakras" or even "Auras" but I do know for a fact that everything on this planet is made up of solid energy. I also know that there's a lot of new, different energy in this new scenario and working environment I know find myself in. Something is... off. Now, the new work environment is all fantastic, positive and a huge overall improvement from where we came from, but, still, it's different. 





I was recently in this "funk" before where I felt stuck because of the redundancy of going to work, coming home, performing my home routine, waking up and repeating. What I did then to get physically and menta…

Bumps In the Road

This will be a different kind of post. I wanted to start blogging not just about my sculptures but about my journey. The ups and downs. The bumps on the road and HOW I get through these times because you never know when your experiences may vastly help another. So I wanted to share all aspects of my sculpting life. 
From time to time I find myself… in an artistic rut. I great artists that I see are amazing sources of inspiration. But at times I find myself looking at photos of their stunning sculptures and feeling bummed that I'm not that good. Granted, I don't sculpt as often as I should as I do lack focus, but the desire is there. I WANT to be that good and I know the only way to GET THERE is to focus, sculpt and PRACTICE. 
I honestly have no excuses. I am to blame but the point of this post is to share how I GET OUT of these ruts and keep pushing on. 
Things that have worked for me in the past are;
1. Getting out of the house, going somewhere or doing something that brings you …

Mixing Clays

I recently found out how to, and not to mix clays.

Q.Why mix clays together ?

A. For the same reason an artist mixes paints, to get a one-of-a-kind color. Sculptors who use polymer clay mix different clay colors to get a very unique color for their sculpture's skin tone.

I notice I'm going it more and more now and I really like if not Love the results. You can come up with some very beautiful, unique shades of clay by mixing the correct colors together thereby adding to the one-of-a-kind aspect of your sculpture. Now onto the reason I'm posting.

I recently was working on a mermaid sculpture and I made her tail out of FIMO clay and her torso was Super Sculpey clay. Once she was ready to go into the oven, I cured her at the manufacturer's specifications, trouble is, I'm using two different manufacturer's clays on one piece. So I chose the safest and just to help you all out, this is what I did in case you all still want to mix your clay manufacturers;

Recom…

FDMj Creation: Wind Faerie

Here’s another SoftSculpt I finished this past weekend -











More media: http://www.fdmj-creations.org/ss-wind-faerie.html

FDMj Creation: Sunrise Faerie

Hi guys, 

I wanted to share what I've been doing lately. This is part of my sculpture line I call SoftSculpts where they are more simplistic but still retain a level of detail in them. The softness being focused on their faceless heads. I like this style very much and although it won't replace my more detailed art dolls, they're a great addition to my arsenal, I think anyway  :-D
















This piece is 5” high from the base of her feet to the top of her head if she was standing straight up. Her wings are not removable and neither is she from her base. The base is 2 1/2” in diameter. She’s made of Super Sculpey clay along with her outfit and hair. She has hand-adorned wings and is blushed with heat-set paints.

She’s uniquely signed with the FDMj Creations “F” on her upper-right shoulder.


For more media: http://www.fdmj-creations.org/ss-sunrise-faerie.html

IADR Member(ship)

Recently, about several months ago, I was doing research on The International Art Doll Registry (IADR) as I had seen that acronym used in Art Doll eBay listing and was curious to what it was, what it meant, so I went to their site and read up on it and what it meant to be a member. I then got to the Registry page where all the registered OOAK (One Of A Kind) dolls are listed and as I was going through the list I recognized A LOT of the artists name and dolls on there ... needless to say I got intimidated right away. I thought to myself "I haven't earned this yet !! To be amongst these artists that I've idolized, admired and looked up to !!" So I put the idea of becoming a member on the back burner for months.

I then asked for my fellow sculptor's opinions on the subject and many of them were already IADR members and got some very insightful views which all made sense as to becoming a member;


It offers an official certificate of authenticity # to prove…