Next to the keyboard was a blob of polymer clay. Cat hair was sticking to it and I'm sure there was a seed bead or two stuck in the surface. I had a few leftover chunks laying around from my last Inspired by Reading creation and some molds that I had carved. And there was temptation. I had hours of work still to do, but there were these pieces of clay looking at me... begging me to pick them up.
I had no plan. I just picked one of them up and started conditioning it while I worked on some emails. And then... the Hatchling was born. It wasn't as quick as all that, but I kept adding to it and adding to it.
Here is the front and back of the Hatchling. It's constructed from polymer clay with a wire armature and a few screws and some vintage glass pearls for the eyes.
Here are the side views of the Hatchling. I looked at pictures of baby birds of prey and reptiles. In all of the pictures, the feet always seemed impossibly big and the eyes incredibly round. The wide foot stance definitely helps distribute the weight and for a piece that's composed of polymer clay.