Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Damn, Goodbye Polymer Clay

Okay, the time has come for me to move away from the polymer clay medium, it has created some health problems for me which I had noticed over the last two years and was visiting doctors to find out "what I had" when in fact what was happening was a reaction to the phthalate esters found in the clay that I use. Apparently phthalate esters are used in the clay to keep it pliable and soft, but they are toxic and in some people (like Pedro Ramirez) they can cause reactions when they come in contact with the skin. I am aware that many polymer clay companies are phasing these toxins out of their clays and using "less toxic" plasticizers but I buy my clay in bulk, I buy super sculpey in HUGE bulk packs saving $$$ and usually it lasts for years and I have a TON left, so I could either use latex gloves when sculpting or just buy all new clay. I have just decided to not use the material at all as my hands are always in it. So as of tomorrow, I will be returning to ceramic clay which has totally different working properties and also has to be fired at much higher temperatures. If I really miss the working properties of polymer clay, I can whip up a batch of cold porcelain which is just glue and corn starch.

Oh and for those who may be interested, the reaction occurs mostly on the index fingers and forms little raised bumps, which sort of look like warts, but they are smooth, they can last for days, weeks, or months and at some point they go from being just a plain bump to having little white dot in the center which is very painful, over time (it can be any amount of time) this white spot turns dark and the pain goes away, then the entire bump seems to dry up and after some time the skin peels off completely and a scar is left behind... eventually even the scar goes away leaving no evidence of the existence of the unsightly and painful things in the first place. I have been to several doctors, at first they thought I had a rheumatic condition, then an autoimmune disease, but finally after much research and unnecessary blood tests, it ended up being the clay which was the last thing I would have thought about!

So bye bye polymer, Its been a fun seven years! I will not bash Sculpey, Fimo, Kayto or any of them for I have nothing against them; I will still be fascinated by all those creating with it and good luck to all!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We have a huge selection of polymer clay wigs, Judith was experimenting with lots of styles and getting her porfolio images ready when the eight twenty two girl tried to steal the spotlight. They are a trip together.

Juidth taught me something about wires

Judith showed me that I dont have to make wire armatures for small figures, I can just push the wire into the already made figure to make the limb stand on its own... its way easier than clay slipping off of wire or aluminum making everything bumpy.

Judith is a female as far as I know, perhaps she will have breasts later, and then maybe not, its up to her really. I like the androgyny. When she was first being formed earlier today, I saw her face first and thought she was a handsome guy :-p

playing with love again, eh?

Monday, August 22, 2011

eight twenty-two girl

Howdy. Been sort of wanting to "make something" lately and this is what came up! I took the clay and just started shaping! She was first created as a seated woman without hands or feet, or even developed legs but after finishing her hair, I realized she deserved a little more effort, so I totally changed her, smoothing out her breasts completely, making hands, and feet, and giving her some clothes... she ended up being a wonderful work of art that I really do like, I am not sure if I will keep her or not, but I do enjoy the final result which might outwardly appear to be a vulnerable woman (she is not).

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

They dont call me the King of Kitsch for nothing

Kitsch has such a negative connotation to it, I prefer to be considered a 3-d miniature modern rococo guy :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gitana de Guadalupe

Hi, today I created the gitana de Guadalupe, so named because the finished product reminded me of a living saint, a tattered present-day rouge with a beautiful face.  She was a delight to dress, I made her a few ago, along with the other two girls of similar body/face.  Check out some photos below showing her progression as she came along and as she was completed, as usual, a photoshoot will follow with slightly more professional photos.

Below check out a youtube video of me blah blahing for six minutes about her, lol.

Two days off

Two days off so you know what that means!
Yup, SOMETHING is going to be made, im not sure what, but I have a feeling that a gypsy is going to be born out of one of the three girls I recently made... stay tuned!