May 17, 2008

Searching For A Starry Night - mini Petey!



For fun, I was playing with the Model Magic air-dry clay and wanted to see if an idea I had would work. Sometimes, as crafters know, what looks good in your head, doesn't always quite turn out as you envisioned it.

Granted my first examples had a kind of "little piggie" look to the face, with too long of snouts. But hey, not all the dogs in the litter are always picture-perfect! Still, I kind of like this little guy!



After several tries, I ended up with a couple small versions of "Petey," the nosy Dachshund from SEARCHING FOR A STARRY NIGHT that I liked. The dogs are about 1 3/4" long (nose to tail) and the same dimensions from the top of his head to the floor.

After the clay dried, I painted them with Folk Art acrylic paint in Nutmeg and sprinkled on light brown velvet flocking. I found on my second try that the flocking seems to stick better on the wet paint instead of adding glue, though it still leaves only a thin layer. I used a 11/0 Czech glass bead for the nose and 1 mm no hole beads for the eyes.

Yes, there are quite a few I've made and have to finish. I was thinking of trying the little dogs for a kid's class at the library, with them only painting and not flocking an already-assembled dog to make it easier. What do you think?

I'm pretty happy with the results. I'd love to hear your comments!

5 comments:

  1. I love your nosey canine. I think he is great.

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  2. Ohhhh, they are cute!! No hole beads~ I can only imangine trying to get them in the right spot!

    I think the kids would love this project. It's fun teaching kids....They have so many interesting ideas!!

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  3. Love the dog! Reminds me of my miniature pinscher somehow, although mine is black and tan. :D

    I was wondering about air-dry clay...does it get brittle when it dries, or is it like baked polymer clay?

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  4. Hi Smehreen,
    Model Magic doesn't dry as hard as polymer. It's not brittle, nor soft... hard to explain. Maybe like a very stale marshmallow? ha!

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  5. Very cute - and I know exactly what you mean... sometimes something looks better in your head than it does in real life, but such projects lead can lead to different or better ideas too...

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