Friday, May 7, 2010
Time to do the Funky Chicken!!!
About three years I attended a decorative painting conference in Houston, Texas and took classes for a lovely lady named Doxie Keller who taught us how to paint funky chickens on white or cream men's shirts to wear as an overshirt. I gave the shirt to my mother because she fell in love with it when I showed her what we had done in Houston.
It was not long after that conference that I discovered polymer clay and the paints, patterns and brushes went by the wayside. After almost 30 years as a decorative, I was burned out and looking for a new outlet -- which I found in polymer clay.
But back to the funky chickens.... I was going through a drawer looking for something else and ran across one of the pictures of some of the funky chickens that Doxie had given us as a part of the class supplies. I thought - how cool would that be done in polymer clay. But what would I do with them? Poke them in a plant, of course! Every plant needs a friend - right!!!
I cut out a plastic template to use for a pattern for my basic body shape, then went to town covering the body, then adding all sorts of cool things for feathers and wings. The legs were fun too because I wanted them to dangle and have movement. Some have glass beads for a bit of extra sparkle. The eyes are small black glass beads and have a bit of sparkle all on their own. These were a lot of fun to make and make me think of spring!