Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Whale of a.. well..... Whale :~)

I had a lady in the shop the other day, she was admiring my polar bear pins
and asked if I did anything with Whales. She had had a friend up visiting from the lower 48 and when they went on the 26 Glacier Cruise the lady apparently fell in love with the whales.

So, I went on a mission to figure out how to EASILY make whale "stuff"

Anything that's "Alaskana", I am trying to keep down in cost, and in turn, in price.

There are so many Alaska Souvenirs that are "Made in China" or "Made in Taiwan", it is really hard to compete with the prices that stores charge for these items. I can't spend hours making them and set my prices according to mass produced, resin, made in china prices.


So, after some (a lot) of experimenting I have come up with a whale that I like.
The entire thing is made up of existing "cutter" shapes, two colors of clay and 3 shades of mica powders. Once I got down how to put them together, it took me about 1 hour to put together
a dozen of them. Not including curing and varnishing, but still good time.

Hoping to share a tutorial soon.

Tootles!!!


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