Last week, I revealed the results of my first attempts at working with clay. While I technically completed the tasks as required, I think we could all agree that there was room for improvement. I also wanted to add some finishing touches to the charming creations I’d made.
BADGE WORK UPDATE: CERAMICS AND CLAY, ART IN 3-D
Let’s start with a look at how the original creations were finally finished. Those pinch pots, rustic in their baked state, deserved a little flair. A coat of gloss was applied to the exterior, and I finished off the inside of the pots with some acrylic paint. All of a sudden, I kinda liked ’em. I mean, I wouldn’t charge people money for them, but they’re all right!
Next, consider “Self Portrait: Nude Sunbathing.” Seemed to me our gal needed some suntan lotion, so I gave her a gloss finish. Am hoping it will help her weather the Texas sun a little better while she soaks up the rays in the garden.
Remember the coil flowerpot? Yes, it was decidedly lopsided, but it was not without its charm. By adding a finish to the exterior, I’m also hoping it will retain water and keep roots cooler. And flowers make everything look better, don’t they?
Then there was the hybrid pinch/coil bud vase–another tribute to asymmetry. But once again, throw on some paint and gloss, throw in some flowers, and voila!
And guys, those are real azaleas I’ve managed to keep alive and blooming over the winter.
And now, for something completely different…
Finishing these treasures was all well and good, but I needed to try my hand at another project. I pondered what might be the finest use of my new box of white Sculpey. What could I create that would be an actual asset to my little world?
Of course, there was only one answer: a Chia Pet.
Followers of the BSP know that I’m collecting these clay creatures as part of the “Collecting” Hobbies badge. So wouldn’t creating my own Chia Pet be the bestest, grooviest, awesomenessest use of clay possible?
Take a look:
I know what you’re wondering. You’re wondering, is this a sort of satanic goat or something? Nope. Nope, nope, nope. It’s our wonderful dog, Freida:
See those eyebrows on her? When the chia seeds sprout, they’re gonna grow over the eyes! It’ll be great!
So there you have it. I finally feel as though I’ve met these badge tasks in both deed and spirit.
P.S. — For any of you Sculpey users out there… this particular box of white clay was hard as can be when I got it home. I didn’t have any of the manufacturer’s conditioning fluid, but I read online that a couple of drops of baby oil would help condition the clay. It worked well–and it didn’t seem to impact baking at all.