Well, her daughter's birthday is in March and she asked me to make this in January.
No problem, plenty of time.
Then I inexplicably got completely caught up in making Hearts. Even when I tried to take a break from the hearts and start the figure, it just wouldn't come.
( I always start with the head so that they can properly introduce themselves. Then I can figure out their personality, how they dress, how they stand or sit, etc. )
Well, every time I tried to work on the head I got distracted.
I sculpted and squished, sculpted and squished so many times I finally lost count .
Apparently, there was just one more heart I needed to make..... then another..then another.
I think I finally got the hearts out of my system.
When I sat down to have another go at the head today, I think I broke a land speed record.
I had THE head I wanted in about 15 minutes.
Here she is all snuggled down for a nice HOT sauna.
( Without the steam of course).
I used to lay my pieces on polyester batting to bake, but I got tired of having to "pluck" the fibers off after the bake, plus if the clay was particularly soft, it would leave a texture from the fibers.
I still use the batting, but now I cover it with a piece of plain white cotton sheet, no fibers AND no texture. SWEET!
Below, is a picture I got off of Google Images.
Hopefully it will help me with the guitar the "Gal" will eventually be holding.