Posted By Natasha Red October on March 8, 2009
March 8, 2009
Continued from Part 3: http://morezmore.com/myblog/2008/08/26/rusalka-3/
After a few months I am ready to pick up clay again.
I have this incomplete sculpt – Rusalka and that is what I am going to do – finish Rusalka.
What I have right now is the concept and the base. What I need to make – Rusalka herself.
The old sculpt did not make it, I decided to redo her from scratch.
So, to recap – here is the concept:
Rusalka (plural rusalki) – are Russian water fairies. Sometimes “rusalka” is translated as “mermaid” but it is not quite the same thing. Russian rusalki don’t have a fish tail like mermaid, but two lovely legs and feet, just like humans.
They are spirits of unbaptized girls, unwed mothers and young women who committed suicide or were murdered near the water or were not given proper funeral rites.
They appear as young girls and young women – lovely, pale, lithe, with gorgeous bodies and flashing eyes. They have long green hair, worn loose. The hair is always moist. They have pleasing voices and musical laughs. They wear water lilies in the hair. They mostly appear in the nude or decorated with wet water weeds or wearing a long white cotton shirt – wet and clinging to the body.
They live in rivers, streams and brooks and surrounding woods. On clear warm summer nights, they come to the surface and frolic around in the water, splashing, laughing and playing joyously or sitting on the shore in the moonlight combing their beautiful long wet hair. Sometimes during those long summer nights rusalki run through the meadows and fields. Where they step, blue flowers grow and where they dance in the field, the grain grows better.
No man is able to resist the smiles of rusalki. But if he dares to come close to a rusalki gathering near the water and attempts to peep at those gorgeous bodies through the grass, he is in mortal danger as he risks to be discovered, pulled into the circle, undressed and tickled to death or drawned.
The base – you can see how it was made in the previous parts of this work in progress:
The armature is one of my 8″ Morezmore Modular Brickhouse Armatures, so that part is done. For the detailed information what it is – please see here: Morezmore Brickhouse Armature
Day 2 (March 9, 2009)
Good morning! Here is the armature covered with magic sculpt going into the oven for 10 minutes to expedite the curing of magic sculpt. It will cure at room temp within 12 hours, but by heating it to about 200 degrees F will cure it within minutes.
In order to make the clay of the head sit securily on the head module – to prevent it from sliding to and fro – here is something that I like to do – wire, then magic sculpt “knob”.
And here is the beginning of the face. It usually takes me several attempts to make a face I can live with, this is the first attempt, maybe I can do it without folding it down again and again.
I am out of time, will continue tomorrow – thank you for watching!
March 10, 2009
Still making the head – making and folding down, making and folding down – but that is normal for me. Meanwhile, nothing to show, other than that I am still sculpting Need to start my working day – better luck tomorrow.
March 11, 2009
Morezmore Ebay Seller won over Morezmore Artist this morning. Yesterday was pretty much all packing and shipping as everybody decided to check out at once and I want to stand by my secret commitment to ship within 24 hours, so 40 packages need to be put together.
Also the glass eyes arrived from Germany, need to be sorted/matched and listed, silk gauze arrived from China, need to be packaged and listed, 4 more colors of Tibetan Lamb is on its way. Too anxious to sit down and relax in sculpting. Too much nervous energy – I need to switch my daily Glenn Harrold’s hypnotherapy sessions from Think Positive one to Inner Peace and Calm. I love those sessions – first of all, it is an excuse to just lay down for 30 minutes and rest! But more than anything, they do such a beautiful job on my head. Like a nice warm bubble bath for my poor harried mind.
thank you for watching, talk to you later!
Part 1 http://morezmore.com/myblog/2008/07/24/rusalka-1/
Part 2 http://morezmore.com/myblog/2008/07/24/rusalka-2/
Part 3 http://morezmore.com/myblog/2008/08/26/rusalka-3/
Part 4 http://morezmore.com/myblog/2009/03/08/rusalka-4/
This post first appeared on Ebay Blogs. As Ebay is not supporting blogs anymore, I am moving all archives here, including all the comments – Thank you!
WOW!! I love this site! I was looking at your Egyptian Goddess (don’t ask me to spell her name please…lol) and was very interested in her throne. I would love to see a WIP on how you made it. I love all the detail you got in it as well as all the detail you have in all your dolls. They are very inspiring! I can’t wait to try my first sculpt. I hope I can one day be this good!!!
Sure, Daphne – I have some WIP pics on the chair. It is here:
It was made out of wire frame + wooden sticks, then covered with clay and baked, then painted – it was one of my early sculpts, I would have done it differently today, but it worked!
I am so trilled that you are sculpting again! I do check in often to see if you have anything new. I find you very inspirational and so easy to follow and your wonderful ideas are priceless. will check in again soon. I am so happy the store is doing so well.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO TAKE (YOU) TIME…. AND BREATH!
Have a wonderful day!
Hi my name is Jeff Nobles. I have been a professional artist for almost 30 years. I have worked in paint (all mediums), bronze and wood carving. Recently I have started on a project dealing in small 4″ sculptures. Part way through my first batch I came across apoxie sculpt. I believe it is the basicly the same stuff as your epoxy clay. I stumbled across your store and tutorials this morning on e-bay. Thank you for the great info it will save countless hours of trial and error. I will be making an order real as soon as I can figure out the needed materials to round out my arsenal. Thanks again, Jeff
I just wanted to say that you have inspired me so much! I have been coming to your web store to read a bit each day. I love your work and I am excited to see her finished. I hope all is well with you!