August 22, 2011

Try, Try Again

After I got this group finished and headed to Ebay tonight . . .



I decided to take a shot at making some nodders but couldn't decide how to proceed. After thumbing through some of my patterns, I decided to adapt an ornament technique that has a one-piece, needle-sculpted torso/limbs and clothing that is painted on. Then I thought hmmm . . . I better make the arms separate so they can hold an accessory. And hmmm . . . maybe painted on clothing isn't such a good idea because I certainly can't "paint-on" a tutu can I? Okay, so I'll sculpt the torso and add clothing. My first attempt didn't get past the base and armature ~ it toppled over even without the head. So I added some weight to the base and added the torso/leg piece, sculpted it and got this . . .




I liked it ~ but didn't LOVE it. It doesn't look delicate enough. Maybe if I add the head. So I put the head on and get this . . .




Nope. Now I'm convinced. It doesn't look "boney" to me. So I take it apart. I hate doing this, but ya' gotta' do what ya' gotta' do . . .


So after modifying the pattern to include itty bitty rib bones and separate little legs, I reattach the head and get this . . .



Now I LOVE it. She still needs a pair of arms, some paint and of course a tutu.
And with "Skellie Month" coming to a close, this little Ballerina will only have a couple of friends and then onto the Halloween pieces. Yippee!

15 comments:

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

hi, Madalynne~ enjoyed watching the process~ he or she is a cutie!
Love the new crew Good ole boys are so creative!!
Wonderful job~ just love your talent!
smiles
Teresa

Christine said...

That was so insightful! Good of you to share your genius with us!

Have a great week!
Christine

Raggedy Creations said...

Wow Madalynne, don't know how you have the patience to make the tiny rib bones. good job.

:)felicia

WoolenSails said...

Your work amazes me, I wish I could do work like that.
I could try, but don't think I could do what you do, I tend to get lazy and could never have the patience to do the details you do.

Debbie

Moriah said...

Oh my gosh! I love love love it!

michelle said...

so cuteI showed a pic of one of your skellies the other dayto the hubs and he said it was so cool!Have a wonderful week sweetie!Big hugs michelle

Robyn~Primlish said...

THOSE ARE GORGEOUS!

Angela said...

Oh my, you are so talented. I would probably have thrown it aside and give up. Your work is amazing. Thanks for sharing the details with us.

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

You are soooo talented!!
Always Love your creations!!
Tam

The Moonlit Stitch said...

Do you have a magic wand hiding in your boot Madalynne? So amazing how you kick out these intricate creations - love the jug band! Can't wait to see the ballerina ~*~Lisa

TheCrankyCrow said...

By the powers vested in me, I hereby declare and pronounce you to be The Queen of Skellies.....Long Live The Queen!!! You never stop amazing me Miss Madalynne....Your Rag Time Bones Band is incredible!!! Love these guys!! (Actually, they remind me of that Hillbilly family band (the Darlings??) from the Andy Griffith show....'cept there's no gal (Darlene...or what was her name??) Any woo!! Once again, you've outdone even incredible self....And thanks for a "peek" into your process....Arghh...I figured it involved some kind of insane crafting skills - and I was right! Happy Monday Sweetie!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hi Madalynne-I always love your creations - you are such a great artist!

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Miss Madalynne: You are my Skellie idol! I adore these guys...hoping to own one of them someday...
Patti :)

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Madalynne your creations are all so wonderful!!! You are sooooo talented. Bummer that you had to tear that one apart ~ we are our worst critics. Can't wait to see it finished.
Prim Blessings
Robin

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These really are wonderful! WOW! ♥