I’ve taken a little break from the NINE IDOLS for a special project for my little nephew’s upcoming first birthday.

In Korea a baby’s first birthday is called DOLJANCHI and is celebrated in big fashionable way, because in the old days the mortality rate for newborns were pretty bad.  There are many instances when an infant does not live past 100 days, and for that reason that is also celebrated when he/she does make it to the 100 day mark, and this is called BAEKIL (Korean translation : 100 Days).  Though nowadays it is not so much celebrated because thanks to medical and techonological advancements through the centuries babies are enjoying their lives longer and well into adulthood, but in some parts of the country they still maintain the tradition.

During a DOLJANCHI there is an elaborate setup of the center table that involves several mini towers made of rice cakes, fruits, candies, and nuts.  Nowadays they’re merely plastic replicas since, well, it’s expensive and time consuming to make the towers with the real stuff.  And the health safety issue.

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(Photo copyright from Kim Sae Bom)

As a gift to my little nephew I chose to make a centerpiece to add to the table, in the shape of a rooster.  He was born last year on the Year of the Rooster (by the Chinese Zodiac standards); not just any rooster, but a fire rooster, which is said to appear once every 60 years, and he just happened to be the lucky one to garner that title of FIRE ROOSTER BABY!  So we can only hope the best things for his future (by the way, he’s barely a year old now but he wears clothes fit for a 2 year old!  Talk about a big baby.)

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I bought all the necessary pieces from Joanns: styrofoam blocks, feathers, fabric remnants (one solid, one patterned, thought it’d give more character), and red yarn.  For the tools I would require a hot glue gun, an x-acto blade, heavy gel, and scissors.

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I cut up, shave off, and trim the edges of the shapes I need to make the basic chicken form with the round ball and a cone.  Here I didn’t use any glue, I just nailed the pieces together with toothpicks.  It’s styrofoam after all and the picks worked like a dream.

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The eyes are made up of some lampwork beads and pearls I stuck on a thin wire.  Then comes the fun part of sticking in the plumage.  These were dyed turkey feathers with sturdy tips and I just had to stick em in place without any additional support.  By the way the two extra foam pieces next to the chicken are its wings.  Yep can’t forget the wings.

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Time to dress the chicken.  There is one layer of solid red fabric and then strips of patterned fabrics overlaying the red layer.  For this part I mostly used heavy gel; the hot glue would dry out too fast and leave bumps through the fabric.  I wrapped the foam wings with the pattern fabric and nailed them in place with toothpicks. I got some more feathers to add the crown on the head, trimming away some edges to get the right shapes.

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I once took a stage makeup class back in college and one session involved applying mustache hair to the faces in layers from bottom up, and that really came to use when it was time to cover the neck with the strips of red yarn and using hot glue to stick em in.  Oh and I also covered that beak with the same pattern fabric.

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And here we have it, the Fire Rooster Centerpiece.  It took me roughly two hours in one sitting for this masterpiece.  I can’t wait to see how it looks on the table when the big day comes.

Have good weekend everyone, and oh, Happy Easter!

 

Collection Completed : Mortal Kombat X Puffs

A year ago I started dabbling in clay modeling using polymer clay.  What started out as mere practice turned into an ambition to build up a collection of clay dolls based on the popular video game MORTAL KOMBAT X, the design based on the Kidrobot Dunny vinyl dolls.  I had previously blogged about this back in ’16, and this month I poured out my whole energy and time on completing the collection.  It took a good 20 hours in a span of seven days.  And today I present to you my Mortal Kombat X Puffs in glorious video:

This was also my first time using Cyberlink Powerdirector to create this video.  I’m still trying to get hang of it, but I’ll learn, yes, I’ll learn, for I’ll need it for future video work.  Have fun!

Puff Time: Mortal Kombat Original 9

I’m taking another shot at clay modeling, this time using an air-dry clay. I want to see how it compares to the traditional oven-bake clay. I’m calling my mini figures Puffs because they remind me of the Stay-Puft Narshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters movie.   And as for subject I’m sticking to Mortal Kombat but on the original nine characters that booted the whole franchise to its legendary status.

To make long story short, the air dry clay has its pros and cons-pros being I don’t need to cook it in the oven, and con being the clay starts drying out the minute I grab a bunch out of the wrap, making it difficult to make any delicate detail and fixing any mistakes. It felt sticky and spongy which also adds to the difficulty in forming a neat detailed figure.  I guess not all air dry clay are equal, I’m sure there are better brands of the material, but I think I’m done with air-dry and try experimenting with other kinds of clay. Which I will keep updated on.

Peace and Love to All.

As promised here is the video documenting my sculpey project:

And below is the completed product:


Overall I’m pretty happy with my first attempt at clay modeling. Of course it isn’t perfect, but I’ve learned a few things. Next time I’m gonna try the air dry clay.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

Have a good weekend.

I had often wanted to take a shot at model building with polymer clay, and I was feeling like taking a break from drawing and painting for a bit, so I decided to hop on to the new venture.  Now what would I make with the clay.  Well it just happens lately I was on a nostalgic trip to my past childhood, and came to recall this game called Mortal Kombat.

Now who here hasn’t heard of Mortal Kombat.  Well in its shocking tenth installment it’s hard not to know about the game most notorious for its gore and violence, and the newest one just amped up the gross factor to the nth degree thanks to the ever fast changing technological advancement of computer graphics.  I remembered trying it out at the local arcade in the old days but I sucked, miserably.  (I couldn’t even get past the first round, that’s how bad I was).  It never became my cup of tea, I didn’t find much amusement in ripping out the head and spine after beating the guy into submission (not that I ever got that chance of course, actually it was me getting the death sentence).  However I was intrigued with the backstory and the characters were pretty cool.  One of my favorite was this guy:

That’s right, Raiden, the might God of Thunder and protector of the human realm from the forces of evil.  There was no getting past those fiery lightning strikes and that mighty cone hat.  He is originally based on the actual God of Thunder, Raijin, from the  Japanese mythology.  He has a brother, the God of Wind Fujin, who also makes an appearance in the games.

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I started by scribbling away in my notebook sketching out a concept for the finished product.  I knew I wanted to make it similar to those popular Kidrobot vinyl figures, which I have a pretty sizable collection of (I might have mentioned it here in the past post how I was on a scavenger hunt for these elusive Street Fighter mini figures).  And considering there was no Kidrobot version of MK series I decided to make my own.
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Here was the just about right size and proportion and form for Raiden.  Now I probably won’t make a mirror copy but at least I can get about close to it.

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I bought these little packets at the Joann store (they’d have it at just about any craft stores near you.).  Now they come in all sorts of colors and even in much larger sizes, but I want to start small first, and use just one color so that I can paint it on later.  Note these are baking clays which means you have to pop them in the oven to make them nice and hard.  They do sell the air dry kinds which doesn’t require cooking but I want to try these first.

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The necessary tools needed for building and sculpting the clay.  Luckily for me I had these tools that my sister used for ceramic class long ago, so there was no need to spend extra bucks to buy them separately.  Asi will learn later you can use pretty much anything to work with the clay, as long as you don’t plan on reusing the same tool for cooking. Yes the clays are toxic so never mix them up with your lunch.

I’m going to be recording my actions with clay on camera so you can watch how I go about with my project.  Next time I’ll have the vids up and ready.