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February 7, 2010 @ 11:52 am · Filed under Polymer Clay
X Welcome Googler! If you find this page useful, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. You were searching for "frog sculpture". See posts relating to your search » Over Christmas, we watched David Attenborough¶s fantastic Life series, and I¶ve had tiny frogs on the brain ever since« I worked so hard all day yesterday (on the secret project) that I was begging myself to do something relaxing and unrelated to work last night, so I got out the polymer clay and started mixing colours to make a Strawberry Poison-Dart Frog like the one that captured my imagination on Life. While we watched a movie on TV, I played with the FIMO and, 2 hours later, this is what I ended up with:
Strawberry poison-dart frogs (Dendrobates pumilio) are found in several colour morphs, but the most common (the one I made) is called Blue Jeans for its blue legs ± isn¶t that adorable?! I was aiming for a life-sized sculpture ± David Attenborough had said that they are only 1 inch long and I¶d written that down in my µideas¶ notebook along with my sketch ± but I didn¶t quite manage that. My frog¶s body is 1 1/4 long and including the legs sticking out to front and back,
but it¶s finding a way to simplify them but to keep the most important features of whatever I¶m trying to make where this ¶style¶ comes into play. I think my crafting ¶style¶ may be to make things so cleanly that they look like they¶d be really easy to make. but most of that was spent on the legs. although that sounds a bit pretentious so I won¶t do that! But it¶s definitely interesting how my experience in one medium is indirectly improving my skill and confidence in a completely different medium. I¶ve surprised myself ± I didn¶t know I could do this! Yes. it did take me 2 hours. Maybe I should make a matching frog in crochet and compare the two! What do you think? . I see it in my crochet designs too ± I simplify the shapes and colours to make my patterns easy to follow. so it¶s probably smaller than these photos make it look).the finished sculpture is 1 3/4 long (I have small hands. I hadn¶t really considered that I¶d have to make 16 teeny tiny frog toes until I got to them ± not an easy task! I¶m happiest with the shaping of the red clay around the eyes ± it turned out exactly how I¶d hoped. There seems to be a crossover between the different crafts that I do: I don¶t think I could have made this frog without my years of examining the shapes of animals for my crochet patterns. even though they aren¶t. I suppose you could call it an ³artist¶s eye´.