Now it's finally time to complete the crane's face and add a few final embellishments.
This is my favorite part of sculpting, because now the bird's individual personality starts to reveal itself. Continue reading to learn more.
This is the point where I stop trying to approximate reality. After all, I'm making an artistic interpretation, not an exact duplicate.
Now I can release control of the process, and operate on pure instinct. It's almost as if the bird is telling me what to do.
If this is your first visit to my blog series about making cranes, you might want to start at the beginning.
I became so absorbed that I forgot to photograph the steps. So I'll just describe them here.
1. I strung small silk flowers onto each crown filament, and glued them to the scalp to disguise the bare clay.
2. I glued white and red-painted lace motifs to the sides of the head to approximate a crowned crane's natural markings.
3. I sewed on blue buttons for the eyes, and glued on black rhinestones for the pupils.
4. I glued false eyelashes around the eyes.
5. I made a wattle by sewing a piece of red-painted lace to the chin.
6. Just for fun, I glued beads to the ends of the crown filaments.
7. And then there's that black powder-puff thing on the forehead. I made it from a couple of store-bought pompoms and some bits of black silk flowers, which I sewed to the top of the beak.
8. And then I glued on some platinum rhinestones in the loopy places of the lace.
9. And added a beaded bracelet to one ankle.
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I'm a textile artist in Camarillo, California, USA, specializing in three-dimensional fabric sculpture. I use this blog page to record my journey and to share some of my successes and failures, in hopes that it might help you with your own creative endeavors.