Unicorn Pt 2

Okay so here we are pt 2... lets start with where I should have finished last time ... in the next pictures you'll see the body stuffed and from the underside I wanted to make known that the splayed legs is normal don't worry about it as the will be pulled in as you add the needle felted wool!


Now for the hooves... grab yourself some polymer clay  ...this is a good way to get rid of some dirty clay if you have any and roll 4 balls as I have in the next pic ...please note I've made sure the bottom of the legs are in view so you can gauge the size!



Next is the sculpting of the hooves...below is a couple of pictures of what we will be doing.
first is the top view and the second is the bottom view...


Okay lets get started... take one ball of clay and place it on a hard surface ...place finger as I have in pic below and push down flattening that side to about half the height it was... next pinch that flattened side as in the 3rd picture ...

 
Now we will start using a tool to work the clay... the tool I'm using is a size 8 knitting needle.
Using that tool place a dent in the back as in this picture...

Again I have to say sorry for the pictures ... I do miss our good camera!
Right now you'll use your knitting needle to slope the clay down to your work surface...as in pictures below...


 
This is an optional step... I like to add a little detail to the under hoof by adding in the wee frog and hollowing it out a bit like the real thing... if you don't want to do this just skip to the next stage of trimming...
Turn the hoof over so you'll be working on the flat under side... now using your knitting needle press a triangle into the clay at the pinched side... then using your thumbs push the clay out away from the triangle leaving the triangle raised... place a small line down the middle of that triangle and that's that done :o))


 
Now you'll lift the hoof of the hard surface and trim off the excess and making a nice round hoof... when you get to this stage with the next hooves take the already trimmed hoof and the one you want to trim and place flat sides together  then simply trim to match the other hoof... remember to use your finger and smooth any rough or hard edges... don't push too hard with your fingers just gently rub!


 Now we'll dig a hole in the top as I have with this pic... this will accommodate the cloth hoof of the body...

almost there now :o))
Okay here's something I don't think I put on the materials list ... Liquid polymer clay... if you don't have any a wee bit of baby oil will do just as well... this will be used to help the polymer clay stick to the cloth... so rub either the liquid clay or the baby oil on the cloth hoof... try not to go too high into the leg... pop the hoofs on and blend the top of the clay to the leg... once you have all the hooves on and have made sure the horse balances then pop the whole thing in the oven and bake the clay to the manufactures specification... when baked and cooled paint black or brown...

 
 
 

Okay next step will be tomorrow if all goes well :o))
In the mean time here's a link to my good friend Sharon NZ blog go over and have a look at her Unicorn she's doing along with me :o))
If you are doing one as well and sharing on your blog I would love to see and pop a like here :o))

1 Comment:

  1. wackywoman said...
    I'm in awe of your talent.

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