A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley

A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley
In which a couple tries to thrive creatively and intellectually on and offline

Monday, April 19, 2010

Day of the Dead Figures


My sister got married last October with a Day of the Dead theme for her wedding. As a Christmas gift, I created these skeleton figures! They ended up going on the cake table at the wedding, and looked fantastic!

To make these figures I used the following tools:
hot glue gun
hand saw
wire clippers
needle nose pliers
scissors
paint brush
conventional oven

The supplies used were:
wire (for the inner framework)
Baking Polymer clay
Acrylic Paint
Fabric
buttons
mini ribbon roses
wooden dowels
hot glue
Wood for bases and coffin cases (coffin cases not pictured)

These figures were created in two weeks. I began by building a frame off of the wooden dowels by wrapping and shaping some thin, malleable wire. The arms and legs were created with thicker wire that looped into holes sculpted at the wrists/ankles of the hands/feet.

The heads, hands and feet were created using a bakeable polymer clay, which can be baked in a conventional oven. To prevent the heads from being too heavy, I formed them around balls of aluminum foil.

The clothes were created entirely with fabric and a hot glue gun. No sewing! Hence why these figures were finished so quickly!

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