I have worked with Sculpey for lots of years, but have never tried doing that sliced-pattern thing. I do lots of different figures from around the world - china man, Eskimo, Aladdin, Vikings, Huns, Romans, knights in armor, cowboys and Indians. So this year, I got the idea of a Scotsman... in plaid. Right. What was I thinking?
So I spent hours researching tartans, and two hours coming up with a plaid that was a dismal failure. I have a new appreciation of people who can create designs in sculpey that they can slice. I had no idea how thick I was making stuff as I layered it up. And I ended up with way too much white.
Pretty colors. But it was unusable for what I was doing. There goes most of my afternoon down the tubes. Ugh.
I was going to give up entirely, and try painting on the design after I finished the ornament, but in playing around with my ruined tartan, I discovered that even with a simpler design, I got the "feel" for tartan, even if it wasn't technically what I wanted. Which is fine. I liked it better than anything I could paint.
I'm running into several issues. The gillies look alright, but the dude's legs and ankles look like they belong to an elephant! And he's got a paunch belly, which makes me laugh. I think I need to move that weight up into his shoulders! And the bandaid on my left thunb is wreaking havoc on his face and shirt - its leaving these odd pockmarks if I'm not careful. And the tartan is brown, not the bright red and green I had been envisioning. On top of it all, I am out of red, and I really don't want to have to run out and get some more right now. Finally, in looking at this photo, I realize I should have rolled my plaid a whole lot smaller before I started slicing. <sigh>
But at least I have something to show at the end of the day for all my work.
At this point, I'm fervently praying I can finish him tomorrow. Usually the most time consuing thing in my ornamets is the research before I start making them, or the small detail work. I'm having trouble just getting clothes on this guy!