Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Carnation (in progress)

Used my new heart-shaped cookie cutter for the petals

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sculpey Premo the way to go

Here's a second attempt at a ghostdevil anglerfish, this time using translucent Sculpey Premo instead of Sculpey III. The baked texture is much smoother, and I think the translucence is slightly better.

This little fish is 2 inches from her snout to the base of her tail fin.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Side trip to Sculpey Land

Did you know that there are 35 known genera (and 160 species) of deep sea anglerfishes? They range in size from a few centimeters to a meter in length. Here's an attempt at a female ghostly seadevil, life size (about 2 inches long), in translucent Sculpey with a glow-in-the dark Sculpey esca. Unlike other anglers, which are mostly black, ghostly seadevils are almost completely transparent -- if only I knew how to work in glass! That would really be something. I gave this gal a hot pink core, hoping that it would show a little from beneath the translucent outer layer and suggest her innards. You can see a hint of the pink near her tail. I'm going to try again, this time with Sculpey premo so I can get finer details, especially in her fins and the spines on her jaw.

My source book is "Oceanic Anglerfishes: Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea," by Theodore W. Pietsch.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bowl with black slip decoration

Still wet -- I plan to glaze it with one of our transparent glazes, like Forest Green, Castile Blue, or... clear. Clear might look best.