Saturday, February 13, 2016
Creative heART Challenge: Day 6...
According to the Chinese Zodiac, it's the Year of the Monkey! I was inspired to make a Lucky Monkey Ornament. Here's the original that I sculpted in polymer clay with glass eyes. I tend to add a lot of detail into the masters, because after they've been molded, cleaned up, and painted, some of the detail disappears in the process.
I decided to make this a limited run of twelve resin ornaments! I won't be making anymore after this. Each of the pieces is signed, dated, and numbered.
Here's a close-up of the Lucky Monkey Ornament. After I make the silicone mold, I use ultra hard fast-cast resin to pour the pieces. While the resin is firm, but hasn't set up completely, I trim the pieces with a sharp blade. (If I waited until they were rock hard, they'd be super hard to clean-up with any precision.) Once the pieces have completely cured, I then add layers of paints, pigments, inks, and colored waxes. When all the layers are dried, I seal them and add gloss highlights to the eyes, so they look wet and more like eyes.