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If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.

Take care!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sculpting a Miniature Black Bear

Well, the title says "black bear", but it's currently an off-white bear.  I made it because one of the moss jars (made yesterday) has a little cave area, perfect for a bear, I thought.

I am not a sculptor.  The last time I tried to sculpt, I made a mini baby doll that resembled an alien corpse.  I was into bread dough the year I was 21 and made several Christmas decorations, and other items, but that's it.
Polymer clay bear...my first try.
I took the above photo, and then realized it doesn't show scale, so I added a penny.
A penny to show scale...it's a tiny bear.

After I bake it, I want to paint it black.  Here he is in the oven:
Baking bear.
He looks lonely in there, and sort of polar bearish...on dirty snow, lol.
Hopefully I won't burn him.  Wish me luck.

Later that same day ;-0

Black bear, wet paint.

Here he is; yay!  I'm so glad that I didn't burn him.  I mixed blue and brown to get a nice blue-black colour, so he won't be flat black (I hope). 

I don't know how other bloggers manage to have such pretty photos of their works in progress.  I'm so messy, lol.  They have their ingredients in little woven baskets; they have pretty table cloths and everything is perfect.  I have bits of ripped paper towel sitting on the crumpled brown paper that came in my last parcel...I knew it would come in handy one day, lol.  I used a Becel lid to mix the paint.

While I wait for the paint to dry, I snapped some photos of the Bear's habitat (along with other moss jars).
Bear habitat.
I'm hoping he'll fit nicely on the "shore", with part of him in the "cave".  I had fun making this moss jar; it's my favorite one so far.

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