Say goodbye to this purple Moogle tie! By the time I write this, it should be arriving at its destination very soon. I was worried that bright purple would be a little too bold of a color, but then I remembered that all of these neckties I paint feature crazy characters anyways…so that’s probably the least of someone’s concern. I’d like to paint some more Final Fantasy-themed neckties soon. I just have to figure out what!
With the new year here, I’m starting to gear up for “wedding season”! I have a lot of new cake topper ideas in the works, including some cats and foxes!
As usual, I’m all over the place and plans may change. (I’m also working on something super top secret!) But as of right now, cake toppers – that’s my focus! Well…and maybe shoes…and maybe neckties. Gah! I need more hands. As always, I still take custom requests, so even if I don’t have what you’re looking for listed, chances are I can make it for you.
Halloween is a little over a month away, which means it’s time to start decorating…or at least start THINKING about starting to decorate. Actually, it’s almost Christmas according to all the stores. Where’s your Christmas tree? Did you stock up on that adorable snowflake wrapping paper? What do you mean you haven’t put up your Christmas lights yet? Aackk!!
Anywho, I have some new Halloween Plini figurines available in the shop now! It’s not often I can get the holiday themed figures out in time. I just always forget to plan ahead. These guys are the only ones I’ll have available through Halloween. And I do take custom orders if you’re looking for a different facial expression or color, but they won’t be ready before Halloween.
Other exciting news…all of these Halloween Plini figures, plus more that I have planned to list very soon are all made of resin (a hard plastic material) that I hand-cast instead of polymer clay. They’re a lot more durable and less likely to crack or shatter if dropped. I swear these little guys are like slippery bars of soap sometimes. Then I sand each one to get them nice & smooth and free of any imperfections, and finally hand-paint and seal them with many layers of a glossy topcoat. I’ll still be making the clay versions here and there, but for now I’m having fun with this new material. If you buy (or already own) one of my clay versions, you can tell the difference between those and a resin version by a little blue heart on the bottom of the resin figurines. Honestly, other than that you can’t even tell! It’s pretty cool.
Here’s a few more kitties I’m finishing up. Since taking these photos, they’ve all been glazed and are now nice and shiny. I get a little obsessive sometimes. If it takes 5 coats to get that glossy coat, then 5 coats it is!
I’m really excited for the “strawberry kitties” too. Just combining two of my favorite loves…food and cats! Before I added the seeds, they kind of resembled tomatoes. My gears are turning now!
This here’s a little teeny tiny robin upside down. Soon to be made into earrings! I hand-sculpt & paint each one until I go cross-eyed and need a snack break. I also have some cardinals along with various other colors. I realized I haven’t had earrings in my shop in a while. That needs to change!
Here’s a peek at a fresh batch of some figurines I’m working on for ShanaLogic. Baby narhwals are still baking! A few fox necklaces, foxes, dragon ornaments and various kitties. I need some minions to help me paint everything!
These are my “samples” that I use for size and design reference. That’s a big obstacle with hand-sculpted figurines. Unlike the ease of having a mold, if you’re making a design in bulk, it’s challenging to get the same size everytime. You can also see the size difference between the dragon ornament and the regular dragon figurine. I can’t decide which size I like better!
People have asked me in the past what type of clay I use. I stick with only Super Sculpey in the tan color. I’ve found that it’s more durable and easy to sculpt and hold its shape. It also seems to react the least with the types of paints and gloss I use. Some of the other poly clays I’ve tried in the past have stayed kind of tacky after applying the gloss. I don’t get it. So I just avoid it. Problem solved!
I’ve been sitting on a new design for a little while now. It was somewhat difficult to get it just how I wanted it to look. Teacup & saucers are harder than they look! But now that it’s all finished, I’m having trouble parting with it. That’s the problem with new designs. They’re my babies! I can’t bear to see them go!
I would love to make more with other types of kitties and teacups with different colors and patterns. I think that would be adorable. This guy is only about two inches high, but I would like to make even bigger ones too.
For now, I’ll keep staring at this one I have trying to decide if I should part with it, or at least give me the motivation/pressure to make more soon!
Like every new project I want to tackle, it takes me a million years to even get started. I’ve been researching mold-making as an alternative to hand-sculpting each and every figurine I make. For the designs I recreate over and over, I wanted a better way to reproduce the base figure so I could be sure I was making batches in as uniform a size as I could. Plus, casting the figurines in resin instead of clay would produce some very durable figures. I’m pretty excited about that. Not to mention it would cut down on my sculpting time, leaving me open to work on new designs as well!
Waiting 6+ hours for the silicone rubber mold to set really tested my patience. It was like waiting for a cake to rise. I kept poking the tops. “Is it done yet? Is it done yet?? How bout now???”
And TA-DA! It worked! The silicone rubber molds came out great and I quickly mixed up a batch of plastic liquid concoction to pour into the molds. Less than 20 minutes later and I have some new friends. The plastic recreated versions are on the left of each. I decided to make a mold of my pocket kitty, a raindrop and a larger regular kitty. The larger kitty size is rarely available in my shop, except for custom wedding cake topper orders, where they wanted something slightly larger for their cake. I’m excited to begin offering these in the shop soon and more often!
My army is growing!