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Bekku

Bekku

Bekku

My Secret Pumpkin this year is crazy about cats (but not a crazy cat lady). I mulled for months over what to make her. I thought about doing a doll, but I’d never done one, and I knew the learning curve would be steep. Finally, I decided to go for it, even though I’d only sculpted two faces, ever, and had never sculpted a body.

Bits and pieces

Bits and pieces

I decided she would be called Bekku, the word in Kannada for “cat.” She would be a Guardian Demon.

I envisioned an Abyssinian with faceted red crystals for eyes. The biggest stumbling block: the dress. Because man, do I ever not sew. I mulled that for ages, finally realizing I could bead her dress! Yeah, okay, I’ve only dabbled in beading (though I have a whole lot of beads!), but I still thought it would be easier on my nerves than trying to sew.

Abyssinian Face

Abyssinian Face

I had this polyclay mold for a fairy, and thought I’d use that for the body. So, here’s the thing about those cheapo polyclay molds. They only get you a rough shape. I ended up using them to get things approximately the right size, and that’s it. Next time, I won’t even bother.

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

Stuff I learned:

  • Always use an armature. It makes life easier. I admit, I stuffed a wire into some of the pieces after sculpting, because I am a dip.
  • The problem with bi-lateral symmetry is that if you make better ankles on the second leg, you have to go back and make them nicer on the first leg, too.
  • You have to smooth the clay. A lot. Like, for about six hours. Not even kidding.

I’m sure I’ll find better, faster ways to do things in the future. I managed to stretch her staff-holding hand in the process of baking, so I was going to have to deal with that later, but everything else went well.

I had all these beads I was trying for the staff, and nothing made me happy until I found a 50 cent necklace at a garage sale. Behold, a power crystal! I used a Dremel to carve tiny letters into a chopstick (not telling you what they say, that’s for Myra to figure out), filled them with red ink, and put a layer of Rub ‘n’ Buff over the top. The rest of the staff got stained, and I cut down some nice brass jump rings for accents. Much gluing and waiting ensued.

Staff

Staff

Next, it was time to stop avoiding the paint job. Boy, acrylic paint dries instantly on polyclay. I could have added extender, but I was okay with the zero wait time. I surprised myself by not painting over the eyes. Go me!

Painting

Painting

Finally, the dress. I’d been dying to play with my loom, and this was my opportunity. I drew out my pattern. Customizable graph paper helped a ton! I wove the beaded fabric in gold, red, and black delicas. I was seeing a two-piece thing, with the sides completely open.

Starting the skirt

Starting the skirt

Almost done!

Almost done!

I finished the front skirt, and discovered the loom, a Beadalon Jewel Loom, had broken. Alrighty then, new loom it is. Didn’t like the second one much, either. Who puts bendable warp rods on a loom? But that’s fixable, and I made it through the back skirt. Attached some square stitch to make the front and back halters, and good to go.

Front and back, finished

Front and back, finished

Last touches to the costume–a little belt with a cat charm, and earrings.

Finally, the stand. Of course I didn’t have a drill bit that was small enough to fit what I was using as a support rod, which may or may not have been a BBQ skewer, so I put a little washi tape at the bottom of the rod. A light coat of black paint on the stand finished things up. At a guess, I’d say 80 hours work, but a lot of that was my sheer inexperience.

Front and back, nekkid

Front and back, nekkid

Front and back, dressed

Front and back, dressed

I packed her in blocks of foam with cut-outs, and the PO put on a fragile sticker. They still managed to break her arm. DEMON ABUSE. GAH. But she’s gluable.

My favorite part:

Lookit those feeties!

Lookit those feeties!

So now all I want to do is make dolls. I already have an idea for the next one. Stay tuned.

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loot

I received this several days ago, but had my head down in a project. The Spousal Unit had to nag me to eat, much less do anything else, like say OMG WHAT A FANTASTIC PILE OF LOOT! I was giggling with glee as I opened this and looked at everything. I am a hound for this stuff, and believe it or not, I didn’t have any of this already. Not even the paper mache skull, waiting for my artistic ministrations. Oh, and that beautiful velvet and red you see under everything? Red-lined black velvet cape! WOOOO!

Thank you, Pumpkin!

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