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 Cats #001-003

By | May 4, 2017
Fat Cats #001-003

Fat Cats #001-003

In the course of sculpting the Fat Animal Magnet zoo for Christmas I ended up doing three different cats… and this mold was the only one I was really pleased with! I have a kittenloaf and a round sleeping cat, but both of those came out not quite cat-shaped. Feline faces are definitely a steep learning curve.

The backs of felines are muuuuuch easier! 😉

These little silhouettes came out quite nicely and there isn’t a lot of touch-ups I have to do to the cast. I may tweak the tail placement a little, but they were a blast to paint… I really need to get around to casting some more! Continue reading

Fat Buffalos #001-004

By | May 1, 2017
Fat Buffalos 001-004

Fat Buffalos #001-004

It’s May and I still have a bunch of these old posts left to catch up on! Yikes! O_O;

Most of my relatives are from Buffalo, NY so when it came time to picking critters for the Fat Animal Magnets for Christmas, these guys were a shoe-in! 🙂

I made an extra buffalo because I figured I’d need at least one more and it turned out that I probably should have doubled the herd. I still have another Bills buffalo in the pipeline and to be honest now I really want one of my own…

This mold had a lot of issues with the horns, but that was mostly because I was casting these quickly. So the amount of resculpting on the Christmas presents was a lot higher than the ones I’m prepping now. I’m actually torn on if I should make another mold of this guy or just wait until I finish the resculpt. (It seems there are always things I want to improve on once I get the resin cast out! 🙂 )

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Live From the Workbench

By | April 27, 2017
Live from the Workbench 3-31-2017

It will never look this clean again…

I am always amused when I finally get around to posting a workbench update that it tends to run roughly a month between these posts. I never plan on it, I really mean to get into a weekly update at some point, but so far that’s not happening.

Anywho, it’s been a busy month! If you hang out over on the Facebook page you’ve seen a bunch of photos go by, and if not… that’s what these sum-ups are for. 😉

So onwards into the chaos!

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One in a Blue Ewe… err, Ram!

By | April 4, 2017
Pronghorn Buck #001 - Right

Pronghorn Buck #001 – Right

Sometimes you need a little bit of whimsy in the realistic lineup and this tiny little guy was it! (Amusingly I bought the TOOB of animals back in December of 2013, but I didn’t finish painting him until this January! Procrastinating artist is procrastinating.)

He is a Pronghorn Buck from the Safari Ltd North American Wildlife TOOB (697004) and while he’s sporting the right patterns, it’s in a hue not normally found in nature. …To be fair, the high gloss finish is also something nature tends to avoid, but a matte finish just didn’t do him justice.

He’s had his seams touched up, but not completely removed and the Safari logo is still on his tummy. It’s hard to work around the fur texture and this isn’t meant to be a show piece so I wasn’t as militant about prepping as I usually am. 🙂

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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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