|Dia de los Muertos ofrenda table, San Diego. Photo by J. Davies-Reazor|
|last years skulls|
In honor of the holiday – I wanted to share with you the evolution of my polymer Dia of the Dead sugar skulls. Last year, I shared a tutorial – how I do what I do…
I make a batch every October, for friends, and fall shows. I’ll work on them over a few days: sculpt, cure, paint, cure, bead… This year I was teaching a Sugar Skull workshop as well. I was faced with the challenge of streamlining my process down to an hour and a half. I wanted the students to leave wearing their cured/finished pendant. So how to color and embellish the raw clay and do one simple cure at the end of class? My skulls are usually multiple layers of oils and acrylics, Gilders paste, sealed for durability… Hmm.
And I like to add variety to each batch. New tools, new techniques…
Naked skulls – a combination of small decorative rubber stamps and the leather stamps. Flower eyes! Heavens! Its too good! I am in love.
Now I mentioned that whole pesky workshop time constraint. Well – the colorant I like to use on raw clay is Mica powder. I have a few colors, they are easy to apply, and cure into the clay. They would be perfect for a single cure piece as color, and decoration.
|Student work left and center. ( Mine on right) They got theirs done!|