Sunday, June 24, 2012

WIP: Rabbit Pie

The bunny in the oven is still working well.
I've not had any issues with cracking or flaking
and I'm more confident about building up
 thicker layers of paperclay,  as I don't have to 
wait until Christmas for it to dry.

Progress so far.

So, apart from final smoothing and sanding 
I thought Miss R White was done.
I was so pleased with my progress, 
I re-arranged all my crayons 
to look like the rainbow.

Then I tried some colours on the working drawing.

Now, I'm pretty happy with the colours
and I've decided on giving her human feet 
just so I can make her a pair of
little black leather shoes with a strap and button,
just like Startrite.
She will, however, have bunny paws.
I don't have to make fingers (yay!)
and, as bunnies do not have paw pads,
I won't have to do those, either.

What I did have to change, however, 
was her giraffe neck.
Even with a choker, it was going to be too long.

I built up the shoulders,
as I couldn't face decapitating her and shortening the neck.
And, to make sure her arms hang from the shoulders,
rather than half-way down her ribcage,

I poked eyes
(not actual eyes. Eyes from 
hook and eyes from a picture hanging set)
into the wet clay and I'll attach the arms to those.
Maybe this might have been a happy accident I can use again.
Or, maybe the eyes will just pull loose. 
I don't know how well the shrinking clay will grip them.
Either way, the shoulder plate is stronger for the additional clay.

And yes, rabbits look weird when seen directly from the front.

There's more story (and more weirdness), here.


  1. Oh Rissanna, she is PERFECT! You are really coming along here.. What a sweet face!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope to keep that sweetness when I paint her (The painted doll never looks like the blank one.) I've just found out my white acrylic paint is all dried up, so now I can't do anything until I get more. *Pouts!*

  2. Hi Rhissanna,
    Oh no! out of paint.. Don't you just hate it when you run out at the wrong time.. I am sure you will keep the sweetness of her.. I cannot wait to see your bunny completed... You are doing a fantastic job..

    Thank you so much for wandering over and kind words.
    No, not charcoal, using my derwent soft graphic
    pencils.. I really love them.

    Wishing you all a joyful Sunday

    1. Derwent are the best! And yes, I had a wonderful Sunday! Thank you for your sweetness.

  3. She looks excellent. Can't wait to see her finished:)

    1. I feel that way, too! Which is why I'm a bit pouty about having no white paint. Almost any other colour I would work around, but not on a black and white bunny! What I should do is take this opportunity to sew her body.

  4. OH HOW DARLING IS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When I started to read, I thought for a minute that you were cooking RABBIT!!!!!

    My goodness, your art is fabulous. THANK YOU DEAREST FOR VISITING ME!!! Anita

    1. Heh! It was a wicked title to put, wasn't it? I have been baking her in the oven, so it seemed appropriate, although I felt dreadful every time I had to put her in there to dry out a bit more. I'm so glad you like her.

  5. It's all looking SO good! I love that you arranged your pencils like a rainbow, too :)

    1. I knew I wasn't the only one! We should start a club and petition Crayola to pack their tasty wax crayons that way.

  6. I Love her! I can't wait to see how she looks finished :)

    1. Thank you! It's exciting, posting a bit every day;it's really helped me make progress.

  7. Lovely bunny! Just saw your comment on Mary Ann's blog about my stuffing video. I'm glad you found it helpful and the technique unusual. Keep creating...

    1. Thank you so much, Colleen! I'm so glad you like her and she's being an absolute sweetheart so far. Yes, I love your stuffing technique. I should put up a link to the video.

  8. Simply amazing work on your bunny girl. She does remind me of Wonderland. An Alice bunny doll. Can't wait to see her finished and dressed. Love the sketch you drew of her.
    And you are so very welcome for the doll making goodies! I had such fun picking and choosing the fabrics and lace.
    Maybe I will host a doll making challenge on my blog at some point for those who would wish to do it just for the fun of it...I know it would help me to keep those creative doll making juices flowing~
    Have a very lovely rest of the week~
    Teresa in California

    1. I'm so glad you like her. I'm already looking through the treasure you sent me and the black satin ribbon is a definite and maybe some of the vintage lace on her bloomers.

      A doll making challenge for fun? That would be great! Count me in, Teresa!

  9. That looks awesome! You're really good at animals. I'm sure your peoples are great, too, but I can't remember seeing one at the moment.

    1. Thank you! It helped having had a pet rabbit, so I knew what would 'feel' right and how her face looked close up. I have some of my dolls on the sidebar, a leather headed one and tow different sizes of paperclay.


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