World of Warcraft Undercity Hearthstone

World of Warcraft Undercity Hearthstone

Throwback Thursday seems like a good time to show you one of my Dragon Con accessories from two years back. I really like the hearthstone. For those you that don’t play, it is an item you keep in your virtual bag. You bind it to an inn keeper in a town you want to return to “warp style”.  There’s kind of wistfulness to it, like the Ruby Red slippers from Wizard of Oz. I’ve been known to call it “The No Place Like Home Stone”. I may not be a cos-player, but I do understand the need for detail on even the smallest of accessories. I was going for authentic, but a bit more grown up. I was thinking something I wear to work just as easily as with my favorite Horde Tshirt. All of the accessories and chain are sterling silver. The stone itself hides a silver wire twisted through the center to make sure it is study and not in any danger of falling apart. In the game, the stone magically binds to the inn keeper with no change in appearance. I couldn’t help but think, if it were real life, there would likely be a physical change to the stone when it is bound to different inn keepers thus the dog tags. It was a my first time working with metal and pressing lettering. I bought some low-end metal stamps and a few brass plates for practice. One I was happy with my stamping ability, I stamped NORMAN into one sterling silver tag and UNDERCITY into the other. OK OK, I hear you! Undercity is a...
Amy & Erik Minion Wedding Cake Toppers

Amy & Erik Minion Wedding Cake Toppers

You guys! I was going to wait until next week to show you these, but I seriously just can’t wait anymore! Look what I’ve been up to between all the other crazy… I made these for a friend who called me out on Facebook one afternoon: It looked like a fun project and certainly something I’ve not done before. I can’t lie, I felt a bit of pressure, not from her, but from myself. Trusting me with a detail as important as a cake topper makes me feel good – but makes me put a bit of pressure on myself. I don’t want to fail as something this important! I made sure she had a backup plan, just in case, then went to work. Tutorial coming, Don’t miss it! I’ll be putting together another minion with a full tutorial in late July, be sure to follow me in which way you like, including joining The Horde newsletter. For those of you that are self starter types, here’s a few details. I made these two from Premo and Sculpey III Polymer clay. I chose polymer because the minions will be coming in close contact with food and little hands. I wanted them to be completely washable. Secondly, I didn’t want to paint them. Polymer has some great metallics for the goggles and I didnt want to paint in all of those small spaces. There were several polymer clay colors that I’m almost willing to swear were made for minions! No mixing required. Because weight and curing are considerations, they both have aluminum foil/hot glue cores. The finished minions are roughly...
Marvelous Madelyn and Magnificent Mount at Masquerade

Marvelous Madelyn and Magnificent Mount at Masquerade

Madelyn was a project for a web contest where you had to sculpt something with the letter ‘M’. Not to be outdone, I had to come up with 5 ‘M’s! Meet Madelyn The Flamingo Mount was absolutely the funnest the part of this project. Funny story – when I started the project, I didn’t pay close attention to my flamingo reference and bent his leg backwards! Fortunately, someone noticed and pointed me in the right direction before I went too far and I was able to break it off and put a new one on. I pay much better attention to reference photos now! There’s a lot about Madelyn that I would do differently if I had the chance. Because I was making her for a contest, I had to follow the contest rules, only 10% non-clay items. I think her skirt would be awesome with an actual textile rather than the clay feathers. I also tried a beading technique that wasn’t quite as successful as I wanted. I don’t hate it, I would just do it differently now. Here she is from the back She’s so naked right! Girl needs a little more clothing. 🙂 To get the flamingo’s feathers nice and supported, I used a piece of cardstock paper glued to his armature. Works perfectly, no? Since this point her in life, I’ve worked on her hair quite a bit. It isn’t nearly as crazy now, but could probably still use a few more tweaks. My favorite part – the floor. It has a bit of mica power on it to help make it shiny in just...
Je taime Morticia Addams

Je taime Morticia Addams

So I’ve always had a girl crush on Carolyn Jones, aka as Morticia Addams. She’s just beautiful and her character is a little dark and twisted. Is that right in my wheelhouse or what? I still laugh (yep, in my head it is a 60’s laugh track) at the idea of cutting the buds off of the roses and keeping the stems. Maybe I should do that some day! Any who, a few years back I wanted to try a new sculpture. I thought of Morticia and decided to give it a go. This project is extra special to me because I figured out how to manage hands! You may notice the hand on her hip is a bit messy and man hand-ish. I had tried a technique that just didn’t quite work. Her left hand and Thing and much better and by the time I was finished with Thing, I felt like I really had a solid grasp on hands (HA!). I’m no expert, but I’m not scared any more and that’s always a good start! I really wanted to exaggerate her proportions, so she has near comically small and elongated legs and ankles. Could you imagine trying to take one step in that dress? Here she is from the back:   I think the most fun part of this project was the base. Do you remember the bear rug that was in Addams family manor by the entrance. Anytime anyone stepped on it, it roared. There goes that 60’s laugh track again! Any who, I decided that Tish needed a bear rug of her own and used...
Will you be Bob’s Valentine? Creative Paperclay Modeling Material Blog Hop

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? 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...