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Woohoo! 40,000 hits. Never woulda thunk you guys would like my sculps so much!
Nothing special to commemorate except I have my new sculpt  "Lambsy" up.
I started an Etsy account where I will try to sell more affordable(under $100) small simple sculpts. My random studies,busts,unfinishes works or maybe a bead or two. Will have to see how well it goes.
Its not set up for selling yet,but Ill be sure to put links here when I have anything available.
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Nenufar-Blanco Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Nita, I wish you good luck with your Etsy Shop.
Oh! I love Undine!! She reminds me to the Rackham's illustrations. I love your unique style!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I hope I can get some more things up there! I looked at Rackhams illustrations of Undine in a book I have. He is great! So many of his illustrations inspire me.
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've been here for almost four years now and haven't had that kind of support or response... you exceeded the activity on my DA site in less than a year! I'm both jealous of and happy for you!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Its weird huh? before I came here I feel as though I was nearly invisible except to some OOAK artists on ebay. Im not even a link on most dollmakers sites. I think it helps that I post alot of nude females ya know;)
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, if there's one thing that seems to thrive on DA it's the female nude category. I think my works utter lack of any kind of darkness or sexual theme engenders little or no interest for most folks here on DA, but there's the quality of your work to be considered in no small way as well!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Defiantly. Darkness I dont think you need though goth is pretty en vouge. My most faved peices Dryad Lianna and Lady blue are more classical and not sexual or dark. Maybe the realism is more popular. I dont know.
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Perhaps so...I never know how to respond though to the classification of "realism" when one is also speaking of the fantastic. But then we live in an age of hyper-production value and highly polished CG fantasy images and the like and I think my more "whimsical" vision is seen as unappealing, rough, and unreal and thus is not taken as seriously. I do what I do I guess...:shrug: it either has an audience or it doesn't. It wouldn't be the first time that I would be seen as out of step with the rest of the world and what is popular.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I think alot of people want what cant physicly exist to appear as belivable as possible.. An illusion that fools the eye..not all of them... theres plenty of people who love whymsical. Realism is impressive..whymsical is charming and imaginative.

My work is rough and Ive been told looks unfinished or rushed.. defiantly niether. That has probably been a handicapp. I may be admired here in clicks ,but that doesnt add up to great sales.
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Magicduck Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beads??? That could make me very happy indeed...
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh you like beads? These are more like pendant types,but they could be hung hanging down or sideways. I have some that are just color and without figures sculpted on top. I love to make faux jade and other faux materials.
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Magicduck Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love beads, and pendants especially. I make a lot of my own jewellery, and I am always looking for fantastic things to incorporate... So if you start posting some for sale, I am definately interested!
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VanEssies Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
O o o o Well...i adore you to Nita and Millie.
I can make automata and strange dolls but the two of you can sculpt like the best.
O my i'm still blushing hahahaha
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
hi there Essie,
I like Automata and I like strange always:) I think with dollmakeing theres always more to learn! Everybody has things they have strenths in and other things that are harder for them. I still cant smooth my sculpture very well.
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
I look forward to seeing stuff in your Etsy shop! I went there to "heart" you, but I can't for some reason... I guess because you have nothing for sale yet. Anyway, I was delighted to see that you're already "hearting" me! :love: Thanks!

Also, Lambsy is full of awesome. =D
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I havent filled out the full seller status yet. Im waiting for money to get in my credit card!

I have a few of my old beads left I might put up there soon. Also I used to make small dragon head netsukes that I can make again if people will like them. I already have a little scarcrow girl started she might end up there.
Your welcome:) I dont have much disposable income ,but I would like to see your eyecandy when its up.

Thanks about Lambsy. I was realy surprised that wanted to be born. everyonce in a while I do something cute.
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EirewolfCreations Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
I think people will be all over them!

"I was realy surprised that wanted to be born. everyonce in a while I do something cute."

Yes, well, we must obey the Muse. One of these days mine will make me sculpt a horrible flesh-eating monster. =D
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MockingMyths Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Artist
Hey, N! cute...and a little creepy. love it!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I am..Lambsy is too huh? :D
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MockingMyths Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Artist
Awesome response...no wonder I like you so much. Need to send out your fabric, etc. package, been procrastinating, so sorry.....-V.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
heehee. Really you dont want to tease me a few more months like I did for you? Wheres the fun in not procrastinating? One day youre not expecting anything and there it is a package out of the blue:D
Actauly youre timing is great. I think I got youre other package right on a nasty day where I fealt like shit. So instead I ended up feeling like weeee!
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Yayap111 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Lambsy is certainely different.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Uhuh. I really hadnt planed it. The face sat on my work area all year.. An Alice that never got made. For some reason I kept thinking lamb when I saw her. She had birds wings on her head and that gemstone area on her forehead. I was going to make a winged lamb ,but decided to keep her simpler. Sometimes I do that make one element add another..no clue what Im doing till it all comes together.
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Yayap111 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Well it's nice to be surprised
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KmyeChan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh what is the link to your Etsy account? I'd definitely like to have a look! ^o^

By the way, I've tried doing a polymer clay doll of my own.... and now that I know how awfully DIFFICULT it is to do, I appreciate your work even more ! :D
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
There is nothing to see just yet. I need to make a bannor too.

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Thank you sweety. You work is kickass and inspiring and I would love to see you become a sculptor as well. It does have a slight learning curve to get used to how the clay reacts to the heat of your hands. It needs more suport than earth clays or paperclays.
Finding a good clay that isnt too soft and armatures are your foundation for work that turns out decent. Once you get addicted to how fun it is you will get good at it quick.
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KmyeChan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahah, thank you, dear. I tried with Fimo Soft clay, actually? I've heard from Virginie Ropars that it isn't really the best to get started with, but it's all I could find... but it came out so soft and bendable that I couldn't make it hold on my wire armature at all, it kept getting ripped off the wire. Also, very soon it started getting all dirty with little bits of material that probably came from my clothes... It was a disaster! :D
But I think I'll try sculpting again, maybe with paperclay though!
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Uh fimo soft:P No, its greasy and too soft. You can try to firm it up with leaching. That is roll it flat and place it between sheets of paper. The paper will pull some oils out.
I use puppen fimo now,but it can be very soft if its fresh. Kato was very firm and strong ,but I heard the formula was changed. if you get crumbly clay thats bad clay. Its either partly cured or so old its dried out. If its dried out you can add some drops or mineral oil,but its work getting it useable again.

Are you wrapping your wire armature? I wrap mine with white floral tape which helps the clay stay in place somewhat.
The dirt and lint is something you have to battle. I wash my hands with dishsoap and then a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alchol each time I work. I cover the clay in plastic when not working on it. You can also sculpt in a dark clay or simply paint or gesso it ,but you will lose the nice translucency.

Wear white or light colors when you work. The light lints wont show. Paper clay is good too though it has its own challanges. You cannot get the same level of tiny detail you can with polymer. It really depends on what kind of style you want. I say give both a shot to see what you have a natural feel for.
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KmyeChan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Thanks for the tips!
I'll probably get into a second try-out someday soon!
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Artemisia52 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well done! I am not surprised! Congrats on 40 000.

Lambsy Divey like the song? My father used to sing it:
"Mairsy doats and doesy doats and liddle lambsy divey,
A kiddle -e- divey too
Wouldn' choo"

This piece is somewhat reminiscent of a piece I saw some years ago - can't remember who made it - called 'Mary as a Little Lamb'. It had a lamb's body with a little girl's torso and head (like a centaur) I'm remembering a bit - it might have been Scott Gray who made it.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
If the words sound queer and funny to your ear a little bit jumbled and jivey.. sing "Mares eat oats and Does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy. Yup thats it:)

I thought it was a little Mark Rydenish,but not what I was thinking of when I made her.
I dont know who Scott Gray is,but it sounds like an interesting peice.
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Artemisia52 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, my Dad had to explain it to me when I was about seven years old. Must be a post-war song, I reckon.
Scott Gray was making dolls in the '90's - not sure if he is still active as I haven't seen anything by him in ages. He did a lot of animal/human combinations. I am not familiar with Mark Ryden.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah defiantly from that time.Id probably like his work since I do alot of fairy tales involving human animal transformation.
Not familiar with Ryden?! Well he's a painter,but often has vintage toylike characters.
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gaffanon Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
Lambsy is great! but watch out for all the scottsmen which reminds me of a few jokes.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:) why do scottsman wear kilts?
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gaffanon Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
because sheep can hear a zipper mile away
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: Thought so.
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gaffanon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
its an old joke.
Do you know what you call a guy in a kilt that doesnt reach his knees?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Dont know that one ,but Im picturing a pup tent.
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gaffanon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
Actually you should call him young man.
What do you call a scottsman in a kilt that comes to his knees?
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wha?:-? me no getting this one.
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
How cool a I am a big fan of you sculpts. And wow maybe I can afford a piece by you , even if its not finished its still a awesome work of art, Plz do post the link. Many hugs and I too like Lambsy. She really does look like a antique toy.
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
A link would be good huh? [link]
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Terry I have some things up now. A range of prices from low to mid. I will work on some new things to add though.
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
thanks so much i love the bead and dolls. i'll have to see what you have on thursday, pay day lol. i just love you creations :)
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You should be able to even if its a bead. I put alot of fine detail in them so even though they arent a full round sculpt theres sculpted detail to appreciate and you can wear them though they are about 2"..kinda big.
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I love the toys that look well loved.Id like to sculpt some like my favorite bear artist Whendi [link]
But of course there'd be a bit of creepy in mine too.
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
oh wow Whendis bears are awesome. I collect teddy bears , when I lived in alaske I went to a shop and bought a tiny bear thats only about 2 inches tall. its so cute. I have tried making mini bears .I made a couple but the supplys are hard to find here.I love antique stuff though, and a lil creepy is ok too lol. When you get your stuff up in your shop plz message me ok so I can go look. have a great weekend
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I the new wrinkley faced dawgs I love and a while back she had a panda bear I wanted. I used to make bears and rabbits when I was a kid. I had a thing for armless teddy bears. They wernt good or anything I was only 8 and they were sewn with felt.
You can buy even the rarest thing you need online . I know there are bear specialty shops. Ebay has an OOAK artsits bear section where alot of artists sell and they can get quite expensive at times.
Ok I will try to remember to message. Im going to see if I can get some low cost old beads I made up in a day or so. I have to dig them out adn photograph or at least make sure they are in as good of condition as when I originaly photographed them.
you too;)
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008
i'll have to look online and try and make some mini bears again, the fabric i need is upolstray fabric like mohair or any with a nap,with a grid like cloth on the back, so i'll try and look around online like you suggested ,thanks so much .
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Sleetwealth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You can use that on minis? on ebay.[link]

I dont know the first thing about making artist bears,but I want to try to sculpt a tiny one. I do know how to needle felt,so maybe that would work too.Im tempted to try to make a panda similar to Whendi for myself.
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008
Theres a book called How to Make enchanting Miniature Teddy Bears , the author ia Debbie Kesling. Its a really good book with alot a helpful stuff. Id love to see your bear when you do one. :)
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