In Franken Toy news, I made a Bowie Yoda, riding a Sharktopus.
All arguments are forever rendered invalid.
(No matter what I do, these photos refuse to appear upside-right. Strange.)
See my other Franken Toys at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/frankentoys
Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who went walking alone in an enchanted forest.
She met a frog who could talk for some reason.
She didn’t question it, because she wasn’t very bright. The gene pool of the enchanted royal family was embarrassingly small and the princess’ IQ showed it.
The frog said, “If you kiss me, something amazing and magical will happen!”
The princess kissed the frog and immediately she turned into a chicken.
“That’ll teach you to go kissing strangers in the woods.” he said and he hopped away.
Rejected by her royal family, The Princess now needs a new home. Will you take her home?
THEY’RE HERE! THEY’RE HERE! THEY’RE HERE!
For the first time in years you can shop for more Franken Toys! And just in time for Christmas!
Keep an eye out for the shop to grow! Because I’ve got a million limbs, butts and severed heads in my closet, ready to go!
…wow, that did not come out in a way that does NOT make me sound like a serial killer.
Regardless of how psychotic I may or may not sound, go check out my store!
You can also check out the gallery of sold and gifted toys of yore!
I’m making slugs. Little garden slugs will silly faces who are as collectable as Smurfs and probably a billion times cooler.
I’m going to take a huge leap into the unknown soon by casting molds to try to produce plastic Garden Slug figurines.
So far the look like this:
UFO Sighting (AKA: Mulder)
Baby-Face Nelson (He’s not really a baby. He has a disease.)
Here’s the trick to sculpting well with Sculpey…
First, Super Sculpey is much nicer to carve and sand after its been cooked. It’s got more plasticity to its feel and sculpts nicer. I’ve combined the two for some of these guys. Regular and Super. I had purchased the regular thinking “Super” was just a marketing gimmick, but it really is better. the combination was an attempt at stretching my supply.
Sculpt the way you would sculpt with clay, but instead of letting your clay dry, you’ll have to cook it.
So, begin with basic structure (for a figure bone and muscle, but in my case a squirmy slug body). I took in mind to have a gaping mouth hole for open smiles and sticks in place for the eyes. Cook it and let it cool. Carve away what you need to with a sharp exacto and continue to add clay for detail. I ended up putting these little guys through the oven about 6 times each, if not more when things chip or need extra smoothing.
I think too many people struggle with small sculpture because they try to hold on to soft and squishy material while trying to detail. That’s when it ends up looking like a rolled up Play Dough cinnamon bun.
Carve out wrinkles and details, sand it down with sand paper and then varnish. The varnish should do away with the last little scratches and microscopic lumps that sanding didn’t take care of.
I’m hoping to be able to make a sensible mold and create a series of plastic (resin) slugs using a system like this one:
I haven’t made a mold in a couple of decades, so it’s still a mystery as to how the project will end up in the end. My tiny little guys may need to be cast in three pieces. It’s their wiggly slug bottom that’s throwing my brain for a loop.
But plastic slugs are what I want. Just like smurfs. Only cooler.
Dear World Wide Web,
It’s been far too long since I’ve paid any attention to my website.
It’s been a long time of settling in to new work, new direction, and a new city. I’m still feeling a bit of a creative lull since all of the upheaval of the last chapter, but I’m counting on it being the creative equivalent of a long, REM nap — the kind you wake up from, feeling like Jello and thinking, “Wow, I must have reeeeally needed that.” (And a creative lull for me means that I’m only working on one project at a time, not 7.)
I’ve rented out my cozy Hamilton home and moved to the capital of this great country, Ottawa Ontario, Canada. For the last six months I’ve been an Animation Supervisor for one of the very best kids’ shows on television today (Sure, I’m a little biased, but ratings don’t lie either!)
Wild Kratts is the animated series by Chris and Martin Kratt -“The Kratt Brothers”- who are more widely known for their success in creating, “Zoboomafoo”, “Kratt’s Creatures” and “Be The Creature”. Their in-house presence in the studio really brings a great life to the work place, along with an amazing and wise-beyond-his-years director, Simon Paquette, and so many other open and caring crew members. It’s a creative environment you don’t often come across in the work place — the the sort of personality that SHOULD be present in every art studio. I’ve always said that the personality of leadership trickles down through any organization, and this place happens to be caring, wise, quick to laugh, and slow to anger. That says a lot to me about the individuals.
On another note, we have studio pets:
Meet two of the three lobby Turtles, Tortuga and Tortilla:
I’m still working on getting together my new street performance project, Faunus, which, while becoming more and more realistic looking and coming together as a character, still has a long way to go in functional reverse-stilt construction. I’ve had to pass that job on to a real stilt-maker. While that gets dreamed up better, a fellow Animation Supervisor in the cubical next to mine, artist, Jason Hall, is working on real Warrior Princess armour for Faunus. She is going to be a strong matriarch of wherever it is she comes from.
On the Franken Toy front, I’ve temporarily pulled the plug on them. I have some serious carpal tunnel syndrom and complex tendinitis (also the reason I’ve switched gears in street performance, from chalk art to Faunus). And although the toys have been my best viral works of art to date, I can’t justify the strain they put on me and on my chances of healing.
I may get back into them when I’m not already doing so much with my arms, but until then they’ll just be a lovely bunch of photographs for people to blog about. And maybe the occasional personal gift.
That said, it is official that the Kratt Brothers love Franken Toys:
So much so that Chris (seen above with a gifted Wild Kratts Franken Creature) bought Robo Reggie for one of his sons.
So… I suppose that’s all I’ve got to post for today. I’ve finally gotten another great job, I’ve managed to keep my house and my two cats, and in one month I’ll be moving into a cute, little apartment right in the heart of down town Ottawa where I look forward to being able to paint again. I`ve still got goals and plans, but I refuse to have expectations. Six months ago I did not see myself here. But being here now – it`s a good thing.
PS: I`ve also started taking roller derby lessons with the Capital City Derby Dolls. So don`t mess with me. I`ll crap you up good!
I’ve just added all the sold, gifted and never listed Franken Toys to the “Toys” page on the site. Go check them out! You may have never seen some of them! I want those Frankens to be a gallery, not just a store.
GO! Look now!!
Ok, I celebrate Christmas. Let’s just get that out there. But whatever YOU celebrate, don’t let the occasion go by without seriously considering which Franken Toy you’d like to adopt!
They’re getting all sorts of blog famous, so you should really find your special guy before they all get Christmas’d up! (snatched up. …at Christmas time, I mean.) I’m sorry, I’ve had one sip of wine and I don’t hold my booze very well. Bear with me.)
Remember also that new Franken toys go up to the shop every week or so. If you don’t see the right one for you, keep coming back! It’s virtually a toy factory over here at my house, with adorable limbs, torsos and severed puppy heads everywhere! It’s just a matter of time before your perfect pal shows up, ready to be adopted.
So, get ready for Christmas with Franken Toys for the family!
(They’re lonely here. They cry at night, asking where their Mommies and Daddies are.)
Go check out http://www.etsy.com/shop/frankentoys right away!
I make toys out of other toys. As my Toys page shows, I’ve recently opened up an etsy store. For those of you who don’t know, Etsy.com is a site for hand-crafted or vintage items. You can only sell your own art — nothing that’s been hand-crafted by someone else. There are a lot of unique products and one-of-a-kinds on Etsy. A lot of great things as well as a lot of horribly regrettable things.
As a result of the popularity of Etsy and the audacity of some people who think they can sell horrible junk, there is now also a highly popular blog site (and recent coffee table book) called www.regretsy.com.
The sharp-as-sewing needles author of regretsy who goes by the pseudonym, “Helen Killer” treats the site largely as a failblog of etsy items, etsy descriptions or etsy stores, but also has categories for the weird and wonderful masterpieces who just need to be spotlighted.
WHO do you think just got featured in the “Not Remotely Crap” category??? GUesS!! No, seriously, take a guess! …No, not Matt Damon. No. …try again. No, not Dave Coulier. …Amy Grant?? What?? No, ME, you dingus!!
Yessir, I made my first 8 sales within the first 24 hours of being on regretsy, and I regret NOTHING!!
check it out:
WARNING: The rest of the site contains some adult material and language. It seems a lot of etsy shops sell very adult, genitalia based crafts.
I’m super honored. I would have been honored to even have been mocked.
Good job, Helen Killer. Rock on. And don’t let any of those death threats get to you.
Most recent addition to my shop, the only driving “Wookie Mobile”, complete with wookie.
New on my toy design page is the Franken Toys Etsy shop. Head to the Etsy links and check out the whole collection. New ones are being made every day.