Category Archives: Arts & Crafting

This category covers all things crafty (and artistic)! From custom model horses to plaster casting and mold making, this section has a little but of everything.

Fat Hawks #001-003

By | March 27, 2017
Fat Animal Magnets Fat Hawks #001-003

Fat Hawks #001-003

After making songbirds I couldn’t resist the urge to add a little more feathery goodness to the Fat Animal Magnet lineup! (Although these little guys are slightly more pointy than their backyard cousins.)

Sadly this is one of the sculptures that didn’t come out as well when I made the mold, so the beaks are a little less intimidating that planned. But I’m starting to get better at mold making, so I’m looking forward to the resculpt (and recast) of this little guy.

(I also really want to make one with spread wings… *puts on the To-Do Someday list*)

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Live From the Workbench

By | March 24, 2017
Live From the Workbench 03-24-2017

Live From the Workbench 03-24-2017

It’s been awhile since the last LFtW update! I’ve been in a ‘real’ picture-taking slump ever since I moved locations for the art desk and the weather has been great out recently (on and off) but too windy to do outdoor photo shoots.

So we’ll have to make do with cell phone camera pics for now (sorry!).

Between losing both a friend and a dog in the same week and then volunteering as staff for Katsucon… February was a rough haul. I got very little done even though it was an art challenge month! 🙁

But March was a bit better and I started to pick up steam again…

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Fat Hedgehogs #001-003

By | March 21, 2017
Fat Animal Magnets Fat Hedgehogs #001-003

Fat Hedgehogs #001-003

What kitchen doesn’t need a little hedgehog??

This was the very first sculpted request animal (via my awesome Mom) and it gave me the confidence to open up the Fat Animal Magnets to my Facebook friends. After all, if I could sculpt passable hedgehog, anything was up for grabs!

…To be fair, quite a few folks thought he was a sheep, so I’m not 100% sure I pulled it off, but it was a popular choice come Christmas so I’m happy. 😀

I’m looking forward to doing a few more of these and seeing how they do out in the Etsy wilds. (Note to self: Someday I need to actually sculpt a sheep.)

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Fat Hippos #001-003

By | February 23, 2017
Fat Animal Magnets Fat Hippos #001-003

Fat Hippos #001-003

To be honest, hippopotami were not the first animal that sprang to mind when I started sculpting the Fat Animal Magnets for Christmas, but apparently they should have!

Somehow I had forgotten about the earworm I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, but thankfully my cousins hadn’t and it resulted in an impromptu singalong in their kitchen. I also have one pending request for a hippo in a Santa hat that I still need to sculpt…

I’m looking forward to make a bunch more of these, they are a lot more fun than I had expected and ideas for fantasy variations are creeping out of the workbench. *pats magnets fondly*

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Fat Pony #001-003

By | February 16, 2017
Fat Animal Magnets Fat Ponies #001-003

Fat Ponies #001-003

It’s one of those universal truths… if you give me some sculpey, I’m going to sculpt horses! Well Fat Ponies, to be precise.;)

The completely unsurprising addition to the Fat Animal Magnet parade turned out to be one of the harder ones to cast. As you can see by the raw resin casts the mold picked up a few weird artifacts and I had some issues with bubbled in the hooves. I’m already working on a second version (this time testing out a non-silicone mold) that will hopefully sort things out.

Because if there’s one magnet you know I’m going to be painting herds of… this is it! 😀 Continue reading