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?
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! I 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. The 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.
After 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.
When 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.
Whoa. 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.
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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