|Octo Girl - work in progress 4 © Eve Lynch|
I had intended to cut the suction cups out of green stained glass but after gluing a few down I realized that they were going to look too flat for my tastes.
When I started working with mosaic I was frustrated by my inability to get the dimensional look that I had dancing around in my head. I tried using a mixture of stained glass and some chunky ceramic shards but even that didn't satisfy me. I needed a material that was much more flexible.
That's where polymer clay came in.
After deciding against stained glass for the suction cups, I grabbed some polymer clay and a long paintbrush and I started modeling my own.
I rolled out some clay in short, snake-like sections and pushed the end of the paintbrush into the centers forming the suction cups for the tentacles. It was a lot of extra work but I know it will pay off in the end.
|Octo Girl - work in progress 5 © Eve Lynch|
I guess it looks a bit shocking right now, evidenced by the fact that my husband's reaction to her was, "Do you think anyone is going to know that those are suction cups? They're kinda big."
Yeah. The suckers are stealing the show right now. They are a bit large but I want them to have an organic look, almost like some sort of sea pod or coral. I'm not going for realism here. Obviously.
Things will start making more sense once I get some glass around them and paint them with several more coats of acrylic.
She's still a work in progress.