Will you be Bob’s Valentine? Creative Paperclay Modeling Material Blog Hop

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Will you be Bob’s Valentine? Creative Paperclay Modeling Material Blog Hop

Meet Bob. He’s a friendly little alien that landed in Roswell during the late 40’s. Bob is a sweet and harmless little guy that learned everything he knows from TV shows of the 50s. He’s unable to communicate with words or gestures (no arms!), so he makes do with changing the shapes on his antenna and color of his skin. Bob is decked out this Valentine’s day and has only one question for you: Will you be his Valentine?SpaceAlienValentine

The Making of Bob

A few weeks back, I asked you all to vote for a wood shape you’d like to see this project made from. You all didn’t disappoint! I swear, each time a vote would come in, I’d have a million ideas of what to do with that shape. In the end, the shaker pegs were first with the egg shape a close second. You egg people were so passionate, I decided to mix and match the two shapes! SpaceAlienValentine2I had three really fun ideas for these shapes. I ended up choosing Bob because he most resembled the shapes he was made from. I think with either of the other two, I’d have to tell you were the pieces were. It seemed against the spirit of the challenge to completely cover the shapes and Bob highlights them nicely. I did have to make one major change. The shaker pegs were way too big, completely out of scale with the egg. I sawed off the peg portion and used them for Bob’s legs. SpaceAlienThe shaker peg pieces are hot glued to the egg. Hot glue does a nice job of holding them together, but I really wanted to be able handle Bob. I knew I would need to squish, push, and pull the clay to get it fairly close to the wood shapes. To strengthen him up, I gave him a “skim coat” of clay and let it dry for two days before moving on to the next layer.

SpaceAlien1After he was good and dry, I went back and added clay all around the egg. I put in guide lines for the eye and eyeball as well as giving him a big old set of cheeks to sort of make up for him not having arms.  I also made him a pair of heart toppers for his antenna and a pair of feet. I pressed him into his feet, pressed his heart toppers on his antenna tops and then let each part dry separately.

SpaceAlien02When they were all nice and dry, I hit them with the glue gun to stabilize the pieces  then filled in the areas between the feet and body as well as the areas between the antenna caps and antenna with clay. Back to drying! Once he was solid again, I gave him a pink primer coat.

SpaceAlienWhoa. Hold tight. Those of you that know me, know pink is not my signature color. As a matter of fact, I only have two shades of pink in my entire paint collection. A funny thing has happened over the last two months or so – pink is growing on me. Yeah – I’m calling it, pink is back in! I decided to run with challenging myself and take some cues from the limited color palette of the Futurama quilt I’m working. I only used the two pinks I had on hand, some white, some black, and some pink Perl-ex powder.

In every project I ever do, there is a moment where I question every decision I made. Sometimes I talk myself into new decisions, sometimes I scrap it and run away, sometimes I force my way through it to see where it will go. This is the spot with Bob that I just about sanded him down and started the paint job over.

SpaceAlien I just wasn’t feeling ALL that pink! I decided to see it through – after all, I could sand it down after it was all the way painted just as well as I could do it right then. Turns out, that was a good call! Once the white of eye went in with a few more details and some perl-ex, I was back in amour!

So, what do you think? Will you be Bob’s valentine?

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    • Thank you!! :)

      I so wish I had the time to do everything I thought of. There was a time that I was worried that my next idea would be my last. I’m pretty sure – I have enough right now to last me until I’m 90. :)

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  1. Oooooo…Bob is fantastic and he is not afraid of pink!! I would love to be his valentine :)

    -Soma

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    • He loves you too! :) Thank you!!

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  2. I am so egg-cited to see the results of the vote! What a cute piece! You never disappoint!

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    • Thanks Lorna! I’ve been asked to make something for somebody for a wedding. I seriously hope I dont disappoint her! Pressure is on girl!

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  3. Well, Bob is just the cutest alien Valentine ever. I love his Hobbit feet!

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    • Yeah, he does kind of have that doesn’t he? My daughter insists he is plankton’s (spongebob) long lost son. ha!

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  4. So Cute, never thought of covering wood with clay! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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    • Covering the wood works perfectly with Creative Paperclay works beautifully! Thanks so much for stopping by and being supportive!

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  5. I Love Bob!! What a hunky chunk of clay modeling!! I just love how you used those shapes, the heart antennas and his little feet are so cute.

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    • Don’t those feet just make you giggle? I had lots of fun with them. You’re looking at the third pair. I loved the “off-ness” of them. :)

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  6. What a cute little critter. I WILL be Bob’s Valentine. :)

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    • Yay!! I’ll be sure and tell him. I’m positive he’ll be very excited! :)

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  7. Soooo adorable! <3

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  8. You have got to be the most multi-talented person in the world!! I am in awe of all that you do. Keep up the good work….and I love Bob! A man secure in his sexuality……8-)

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    • Awww! Thanks Linda! You’re the best!

      Yes he is very secure! I suppose it is because his Halloween colors are a little less “friendly” lol!

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  9. Hi Susan … I love your tutorial and yes, I was one of those egg-lovin people. This turned out soo cute. I am feeling the pink .. not a pink girl, but Bob is working it like a rock star!! LeeAnn

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    • You know, Bob is much less pink when he is decked out for Halloween! I thought about sanding him down and trying different paint jobs for other holidays, then realized I couldn’t so easily change the heart shapes on his antenna. I may give it a whirl anyway. It can be done, just not quickly!

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  10. Yep. I would be delighted to be Bob’s Valentine! I like a guy who’s not afraid of pink!

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    • heh, nope! That’s a LOT of pink! He’s a simple guy, if wants to say “Valentine” he does it all the way. I really find myself with a bit of a pink fetish here lately. So weird…

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  11. Your little “Bob” is darling. What kid wouldn’t love this.Great tips on the scale for the items you used. So cute. Great job!!

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    • Thanks Barbara! I”m pretty sure well be using Bob’s picture for some Valentines this year! I hope to have that post all together next week.

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  12. Fantastic make from those shapes! Well done :D

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    • My kid says he looks like Plankton from Spongebob. I’m was really hoping those big of feet would kill the plankton look a little, but not so much. Must be the giant antenna that do it. :)

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    • Thanks! He was a lot of fun to make! I thought about making him a little costume, but just didn’t get that far. Maybe next time.

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  13. Susan… I just LOVE BOB! Cutest Alien ever :)
    Great design you came up with using the pegs and egg.
    Thanks so much for sharing,
    ~Diane

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    • Thanks Diane! I wish I had time to make all three ideas. One day – I won’t need sleep!

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