It’s been ages since I worked on my Spam the Cat polymer clay maquette, and I’m attempting to get it finished for the comic conference at Camosun College tomorrow. So I’m going to be painting as I work on this! Right now I’m waiting for the paint to dry. I won’t quite finish it up in time to post it all tonight — all that resizing of photos in Photoshop takes a lot of time!
I realized that I hadn’t posted the first sections of this as Technique of the Week, but should have. If you follow from the first post through this one (links below), you’ll have a pretty good idea of how to build a little animal sculpture in polymer clay! And if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to answer them, just leave me a comment below.
So: where are we up to now? If you are coming in the middle of this adventure, you may want to go back and catch up. Here’s Spam part 1, Spam part 2, and Spam part 3 — I thought that I had included the part about making him furry, but evidently not, so I’ll start with that!
After I finished modelling all the fur, I fired him for the second time. You might have noticed his paws weren’t on yet; they are very fiddly to do and I didn’t want to squash the fur I had made, so I fired him without paws, then made the paws, then fired him again with aluminum foil all over the rest of him to protect the already baked parts from burning. I follow the instructions on the Sculpey packet for temperature, though the time has to be estimated. Here’s how he came out.
Time to paint! At long last! Any acrylic paint will do the job here. Sometimes they have different finishes though; some are more matte and some are more shiny. I may need an adjustment finish at the very end, but I won’t know until I get there.
Now that he’s painted with a base coat, it’s time for those last furry details, the short, soft hair on his face and ears.
And that’s all for tonight — I will be finishing up tomorrow at the conference, and will post pictures on Monday. Tomorrow I’ll give a report on how it was to hang out with a bunch of comics artists all day!