Monday, May 18, 2015

The origin of weebeasts

The original weebeasts who were from earth are extinct, there is no known cause but you can find a few drawings of them in my past posts, they are very rare and only a dozen were ever made and were only freebies with orders. Consider your self lucky if you happen to have one!

Extinct Weebeast from earth:

Weebeast from Makemake:

The newly found species of weebeasts are from Makemake. Makemake is a minor planet mostly made of ices that falls in/near the Kuiper Belt (an asteroid belt). It is considered a "Trans Neptunian Object" (object whose orbit lies past Neptune). It takes 310 years to orbit around the Sun, so it is slow moving, moving slower than Pluto! Eris & Sedna are the only minor planets whose orbits are farther than Makemake. After Sedna, you leave our Solar System...Who knows what other species are out there?! Although Makemake is mostly made up of extremely low temperatures and ice, the weebeasts  surive the temperature differences quite well, similar to a Tardigrade or "waterbear" would.

Waterbear: (sourced from discover)



The weebeasts traveled from from Makemake to earth in search of minerals and stones because they need their contact and energy to survive- it's an external heart of sorts and without it they would surely become extinct as well.  After a long period of hibernation they either rode here on asteroids, or slowly floated here in their tiny glasslike pods. I never saw one actually land so how they land safely, I'll never know. They make nests made of quartz crystals, old handkerchiefs  wire, scraps, strings, leaves and what ever other odds and ends they find. This nesting habit brings them much comfort,  but if you don't have the things they like, they will gladly end up nesting inside a pair of your old shoes or teacup as long as you provide them with a little piece of something for comfort.

Makemake: (source wikipedia)


After studying and living with them for some time I also realized that these weebeasts from Makemake have many of the same traits as the original weebeasts. They love to scurry around and hide my art things from me, maybe they are making nests? They are smarter than they look and are often refered to as "stupid-cute". They love stale popcorn just as the earthly weebeasts did so make sure to keep plenty around for them to eat...and hide. They are small and shy but get comfortable living with people much quicker than you think. They do rely heavily on people and their dwellings to survive. I doubt they would survive in the wild for more than a few days at best.




Monday, May 4, 2015

Colurful clay = new adventures!

I'm obsessed over using the clay as colors instead of paint. It is taking over my studio and I love it. I can't believe I waited this long to actually use them, was I scared they'd bit me or something?

First off I don't have to varnish them (yay!). Varnishing the totems is one of the most boring tedious tasks to do, especially with the small details in them, I have to watch and make sure that the varnish doesn't "pool" up and ruin them. Because the totems will not be painted they do not need to be protected by a layer of varnish. The clay is the color! This also makes them COMPLETELY waterproof... not just water resistant. With that thought my imagination is running wild.... 3d sprinkles on the birthday bears? And maybe resin...filled lakes, jars, ,under water terrariums sea globes for them to live in?! ahh I'm excited more than ever to see what the future holds for my sculpting.
I haven't used resin in my art since I first started started back in 2005! Dang 10 years flys by quickly! 

There are some sculptures that will need to be painted and varnished (custom pets) but they are so few and far between it won't be such an ordeal to have to do it every day.

I'm trading my time from varnishing to much more enjoyable task of blending, layering and mixing colors. It's very relaxing... plus I can make the tiny details even tinier details ;)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tools


I use my hands for shaping and sculpting most of the time, but there are some times where other tools come in handy. Here are the tools I use most of the time. 


From left to right:

Hands 
First and foremost, I always use my hands for sculpting the majority of the pieces, the final details and such are done using the following tools. 

- dotting tool 
originally a woodworking tool) good for dotting and picking up tiny clay pieces (eyes, teeth, etc...) my favorite 

- dental tool
Got this from my dentist. I'm sure you can find them online or ask your dentist for one :) good for dotting, lines, fine details

- Wooden tool
(My oldest tool, I can't recall what is was for or where I got it) good for feathery details, and getting in small areas for shaping. 

- Wipe out tool by Kenner tools
My newest tool, made for clay and paint work. It says it's good for blending, and smoothing clay. I've used it for blending small pieces in like ears, which is nice. For smoothing larger pieces my hands are better at it than this tool. I would like it better if the end was more rounded and less pointy. 

I do have a small arsanal of tools that nice collected over the years but these are my staples at the moment. If you have any tools you love to use for polymer clay I'd love to hear.  

Xo - Nichole 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weebeasts love stale popcorn

When I first made the tiny totem animals I would often include a tiny canvas ink drawing of one of my weebeasts. 
They have always been my little studio inhabitants, they scurry and hide things from me, walk on my paint pallettes and leave popcorn crumbs all over.

 They are small and shy but somewhat curious like a cat. I'm pretty sure they have at least 10 lives, as they are quite clumsy. They rely on people and their dwellings to survive- they would never make it in the wild, which is why I think they stick around so much... or is the popcorn? 

Their favorite food is stale popcorn and second up is stale sweets, they don't care what kind as long as they are stale, so I've been leaving little pieces of popcorn around my work desk lately and lo and behold yesterday while I was cleaning out my work area I saw a weebeast sleeping in the drawer with all of my new paint, I couldn't get a photo because I knew the flash would have work him up.

I was so happy to see one though, glad they are still around. I'm going to leave out some more popcorn to see if I can get some more to come out of hiding

Do you like the weebeasts? Have you gotten one from me? What number was it (they were all numbered on the back I believe) I'd love to see pictures of them if you still have them. :)

xo- Nichole


Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Marks of a Maker

All of my sculptures start out the exact same way...as a simple lump of clay. 
Hours are dedicated to each piece. Shaping poking, adding, and subtracting clay as needed until they end up some sort of silly smiling quirky little creature.

I'm sure you will find the "mark of the maker" on each and every one of them. Nope... I'm not talking about my initials that are stamped into the underside of each one of them, I'm talking about the "marks of the maker" that can't be stamped. These marks are a genuine part of the process of making something handmade. Those little nicks, divits, finger prints, lumps, bumps and bruises, are what make them special and I love this about them. So when you hold one of my creations in your hands I hope that you will take a moment to appreciate all that goes into making them...marks and all.