Saturday, January 17, 2009

The News at 2:00

Our lead story today is a sad one.
I regret to inform you of the passing of Superfreak. Sources say that foul play is NOT suspected, and by all indications, he died of natural causes. The family decided to forgo an autopsy, and chose instead to perform an immediate burial at sea. -Ok, so maybe not literally at sea, in the interest of accurate reporting, lets just say that "water was involved". (Insert your own yellow journalism joke here :-)
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the National Aquarium in D.C.

NO, the next story is not about mob related intimidation tactics.

(for those of you who got the "Godfather" reference, 10 points )

Rather this is an announcement of the completion of a joint project undertaken by myself and my 10 year old daughter, Genevieve. This bust of a horse's head was created as a gift for Genevieve's friend Sarah's 10th birthday. Sarah is known to be quite the "equine enthusiast".

Please keep your computer tuned to this blog for further updates.

Good day, and may the good news be yours.
(got the WKRP reference? + 50 points.)


Doug said...

So what are the point rewards?

Debbie (Emma's mom) said...

My daughter would like to know what material (ex. resin?) you use for your sculptures. We like your work!

Stephen said...

RIP Superfreak. Your existence was too short in this life, but your memory will carry on!

Zan said...

Everyone at my house, human, hound, and feline, would like to express our sympathy for your loss. May Superfreak rest in peace. Swim free little catfish!!!

alex said...

Doug: All points are redeemable at participating retailers,
In leap years when the 29th of Febrauary falls on a Tuesday, and only between the hours of 1:00- 2:00 AM, but only after 2012, (other restrictions may apply).

Stephen- thanks for the condolences.

Debbie (and Emma) thanks for stopping by my blog.
I have used several materials for sculpting. Sculpey or Fimo clay is always a very good choice for minatures. They have a nice texture (neither too soft nor too firm),are easy to work with, are not known to crack during drying, and can be painted after baking.
Of course they are mostly sold in small (2 oz) packages and are not ideal for large sculptures like our horse.
This horse was made with Standard Clay Mines "Boneware", a self hardening/ air drying clay. It is similar to Amaco's Stonex. Unfortunately, the finish is rough and prone to slight "cracks" in the surface after drying, and it tends to be more fragile to work with, (and can take a LONG time to reach it's ultimate hardness.) My solutions have been
1)to use *plenty* of water when sculpting and
2)after it air dries to glaze the piece with Liquid sculpey (Bakeable color medium). This product can also be mixed with artist pigments and used as a colored glaze. After being baked in a home oven (275) for 30 minutes it has a very nice smooth "glaze" finish.
I have found Sargent Sculpt-It clay advertised on-line and will probably try that next. I'll let you know what I think.

IHateToast said...

i wasn't allowed to watch WKRP. or maybe i was, but i had a time limit and had maxed it out. i know i wanted to watch it and soap but never did. hm. perhaps there's a misery memoir in that.

rest in swirling water grave peace, little fish.