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heart of ice close up by Sleetwealth heart of ice close up by Sleetwealth
close up showing her face and crown
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aramismarron Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you really gave her the "mystical frosty look"
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That was dificult,not quite how I wanted.
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:iconaramismarron:
aramismarron Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah it's really frustrating sometimes that you cant turn your ideas into realities..like for my mermaid on her fins..
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Fins are difficult to make look jsut right ,but you can make realistic ones with practice and the right material.
have you tried the fantasy film and fine wires?
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aramismarron Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no not yet..the materials here(philippines) are really limited..we dont even have hair for the dolls..
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish I lived in the philipines! heh heh one my childhood friends mom made the best food! Plus I dream of the tropics.

I live in a small town that has nothing so, I have to buy online.Here you can get irridecent films.
[link]
here's a tutorial for using it to make wings which can be adapted for fins.

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mohair supplier. her mair is the best quality, long and beautiful![link]
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aramismarron Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thnx a lot for the link!!!i decided to use mostly clays on my mermaid project..i want to minimize the "fantasy" on it..and dont want mymermaid to look like the rest of mermaid dolls on the net..that really is a challenge..i have another problem..recently i added some patch of clay on already baked clay and it turned out looking different..i mean the color..and it really ruined the part..tragically it's on her torso..is there anything i can do??
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
The clay gets darker and yellower each time you cure it. best thing to do is under cure it the first time. Not cure it as hot or as long and add your second bit of clay. Then when your finished, do the final full cure time.
Also it helps when baking to cover parts with foil to keep them from darkening as much. If you do this you have to be careful of course.
if you have a light patch you can use a heat gun and a mask/stencil to apply heat only to the whiter clay. Or you can disguise it with paint.
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Yovanka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Artist
Incredible work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you
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TheOrangeHorror Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Ah! It's beautiful! Love her face and hair especially!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you:)
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Artemisia52 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Superb............!
The colours, expression, pose......all perfect.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. There was certianly more I could have done,but after a bit you have to stop and let that be final.
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Artemisia52 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Knowing when to stop is very important - so many artists just keep going and going (in accordance with some kind of 'more is better' philosophy, I think) As a result the impact of the piece can be totally lost in blingy accretions - dollmakers in particular can be very guilty of this. Those that rise above the pack - like you - never seem to succumb to this - understated can be way more powerful than over-the -top!

Can't wait to see what you come up with next :D
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well dont get me wrong I am into heavy victorian ornamentation,but only where it has meaning for the whole peice. The expression and body language is more the focus than what is put on it. In her case being a queen I wanted more beaded ice fringe, but I ran out so that decided for me. Im not fond of alot of craft store bling though. I want my sculpting to be the atraction not whats stuck on it.
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Artemisia52 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
My point exactly! You have an innate sense of what is right/enough/appropriate for a piece - lots of dollmakers seem to lack this sense, but it really is only a personal preference thing - I just don't go for all that stuck on meaningless bling: I suppose there are plenty of people who do, however. To each his own......................:boogie:
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much. I value your opinion!
Alot of it is to taste. Some artists can handle alot of ornamentation gracefuly. I think its more in if they are truely thinking or simply add willy nilly out of like you said a sence of more is more or just want to cover up poor sculpting.
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Artemisia52 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Spot on!
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Rikudeux Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Look at her snowballs...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah corsets do wonders for the figure!
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Yayap111 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
How long does it take for you to make these AMAZING sculptures?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I dont clock myself. It took all of July,but much of that was ordering supplies and waiting for them to arrive.
Id say about 2 weeks maybe 2 and a half including weekends. I had 2 days of sanding to get her smooth up to 1,000 grit,because it was so hot my clay would melt.

The fabric I ordered was the wrong stuff. delay on the clothing. I spent most of that time finishing up the throne. About 8 hours beading the hem. her crown I made twice. I hated the first one. Im also working on a fairy along side her. half done right now.
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Yayap111 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Damn, talk about time consuming.
Though, still quicker than me
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually Ive been meaning to streamline production a bit. I just recently settled on a the size I like ..which helps.
I can sculpt a head in an hour ,but Im so particular I fiddle with it for a long time to get it just so.
The steps are wire armature, bulk out armature and cure, condition and custom mix clay color, make eyes,add on clay ,smooth, multiple cure, sand, paint , cure paint, make wings, props,find base and sew clothing if any, glue hair in layers add eyelashes and brows last. part of the time is also figure out what you want to do as far as pose and concept etc.
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Yayap111 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
That's alot of steps.
Always nice to know hoe others go about with their art making process
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional
Wonderful details
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, yes the details glad you like! ^^;
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Watch out Kay! leathal and cool in mood as well as physically.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The crown icicles are stiff like cactus spines too.. yeoch!
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I wondered about that... I can just picture kay from the original Snow Queen tale slumped on the floor at her side, too, byt the way!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well actauly this isnt the snow queen of the fairy tale.
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no- I knew that, this is quite deffinitely your own. No....it just evokes that feeling of lethal, cold beauty that she had in that tale.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
ok I get what you mean:)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
Regal, contemplative and otherworldly; the details in the clothes, crown, and jewelry are fantastic, her expression is astonishing, and the muscles in her neck make me groan out loud...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey thanks. I tried to convey that she was reserved,distant possibly a bit cruel,but her hand to her temple sugests that she wearies of that role.. I thought that very thin face and structure would look icelike and frail. I had a littel trouble with that neck. It kept sliding down the armature and Id have a long graceful neck and it would slowly strink to a stumpy one!
Thanks for faving:)
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thehotmageaeris Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! D:
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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thehotmageaeris Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome. :)
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Heterodyning Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
OOOOOOOOOH!!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
haha. you have a way with words:)
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:iconheterodyning:
Heterodyning Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Ha ha ha! I use up all my eloquence on the descriptions of MY pieces.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
oh well..heehee Sometimes I just wanna say just buy it already Im too tired to describe it eloquently!
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