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giraffe progress 1

Some folks have asked how I made him. Since I don't plan on teaching any classes, and he's been shown now, I thought I'd share some of the steps

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Comment by Christine Pace on June 7, 2013 at 12:54pm


Comment by Sylvia Hendrickson on June 2, 2013 at 12:44pm

Very impressive, excellent

Comment by melissa lee jones on May 28, 2013 at 7:59am
Judy, getting the gourds to stay in place til the Quikwood hardened about drove me crazy. The pieces were too large for super glue. I finally applied the Quikwood, then used clear sealing tape to holdbit steady til it dried. That left some areas that really had to be sanded if the tape dug into the clay before it dried.
As for the gourds, I just started digging through my stash and experimenting til I found hevright sizes. I actually had everything except two banana gourds. The ears and eyes gave me som trouble, too. Originally I used the top of a bottle gourd cut in half for the ears, but it made him look more like a charicature, so I cut about 1/3 off each ear and added quikwood to finish off the top edge. The eyes were larger as well with the same comic book look, but after I cut down those gourd pieces and filled in the seams with quikwood, I was happy with them.
There was a lot of unglumg and recutting to get some of the pieces to fit together properly.
Comment by Jennifer Hershman on May 27, 2013 at 8:14pm

Very nice, so creative and cute

Comment by melissa lee jones on May 27, 2013 at 10:11am
Someone asked if paper clay was covering the joints. I used Quikwood to hold the pieces together, but couldn't get the smooth seam I wanted, so went over all the joints with thinned paper clay. It still wasn't as smooth as I wanted, so I found info about mixing three parts joint compound with one part white glue ( not school glue) and I finally got the finish I wanted. Had I wanted, I could have gone porcelain smooth using a damp sponge then sanding the joint compound, but I wanted to leave some of the tooth. It took the better part of a week figuring out all this and getting him to the point where I could paint.
Comment by D Duckworth on May 27, 2013 at 9:12am

Talent, patience , creativity. You have them all. Wonderful work.

Comment by melissa lee jones on May 27, 2013 at 7:59am
June, he's about 2' across and maybe the same tall. If he were standing, he'd be about 4' tall
Comment by June Johnson on May 27, 2013 at 7:00am

how big is he?

Comment by Darla Hines on May 26, 2013 at 8:12pm

He is so wonderful....thanks for showing us his birth. My brain does not work this way.

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