Saturday, June 23, 2012

WIP: Baby Bunny Steps

I now have a head, covered in paper clay
and this is where I make a confession.
Until today I've never thought of
 drying my paper clay in the oven

I know!

How could I have been that stupid, for so long?

Don't answer that.

It means I can get from this rough-hewn stage

to smooth and paint-ready, much quicker.
And I feel like an idiot for not doing this sooner.
Why didn't someone  tell me?

I have decided on a colour scheme.
Although the Rabbit is named Miss White
(White Rabbit, geddit?)
she's going to be a black and white Dutch.

Cute, huh?

I've taken to wearing these
 fancy yellow earrings with a black t shirt,
so I've decided to dress Miss R White in a 
crisp, yellow gingham dress, with black bows.
The Alice doll will be wearing blue, 
(because Alices do)

Of course, all of this assumes that things go to plan...

Fancy yellow Fimo Earrings. $5 off Ebay.

 I'm not the only one who thinks
Dutch rabbits look good with yellow.

If you know where I found this Easter Card,
 please let me know so I can provide a link.

The oven drying tip?
I went to check it was safe 
(just in case I'd contaminated the area and 
a HAZMAT team was needed)
Apparently there's full instruction on the 

30 mins+ at 250deg F

So now we know.

There's more, here. With pictures.


  1. Ok Rhissanna... In all the times that I have worked with paper clay It NEVER occurred to ME to use the oven for drying... duh! I know.. Well, now we know.. Oh this is going to be fantastic! You are really moving along here.. It looks great!!!!!
    Enjoy your weekend.

    1. I'd read about people building a kind of warmer, with 100 watt light bulbs for gentle heat, but that seemed like a lot of work(not to mention a fire hazard). I've only been doing this for today, so this is a short and steep learning curve. The oven isn't on. I just on the grill(the broiler?) for 5 minutes with the oven door closed. Then I turn it off, wait another five minutes and put the figure in while the oven cools. So far, it works like a charm.

  2. your rabbit is going to be awesome. your are sooooooooooo good at this! paperclay+oven+who knew,but so cool!!
    i covet those earrings!!!
    enjoy your weekend!!!!

    1. Thank you, Ann, that's very sweet of you.So far it's been exciting.Tomorrow should be sewing the body. plenty to go wring there (and I really hate clipping curves)

      The earrings are fab, aren't they? I found them while looking for tiny paintbrushes on ebay and treated myself. I never thought I'd wear them, but they do pretty up a plain black t-shirt.


Thank you all for the wonderful and supportive things you say! I'm thrilled to read them and I reply to each one.