Wow. That’s about all I can say after reading how Kerri Pajutee creates her miniature animal sculptures.
Burro and Foal
polymer clay, acrylic paint, border leicester wool, alpaca fiber and flocking
Pajutee, who only makes a limited number of sculpts a year to ensure she is able to keep balance in her life, covers aluminum foil armatures with polymer clay, bakes the 1:12 scale miniatures (1″ = 1′) and then gets busy. Very busy.
polymer clay, acrylic paint, processed wool yarn
The artist describes her process:
“When I have finished detailing the sculpt, I will smooth the surface using sandpaper, wipe it down with acetone on cloth, and finish off with a bath of mild soap & water.
After washing, the sculpture is handpainted with acrylics, and a permanent fiber coat is methodically applied (layer by layer) using tweezers and glue.
I prefer using natural fibers of alpaca, wool, mohair, cashmere, cotton, or silk depending on breed type.
Many of the fiber coats will be uniquely blended by hand by mixing strand colors prior to application to achieve a desired shade.
In addition, I make my own ‘flock’ (fiber that has been cut to a powder-fine consistency) using very sharp scissors to snip from the same mixed batch of fibers.”
Great Dane, raw polymer clay
OK. So did I say Wow? Yeah, Wow.
White Stag, detail
“The entire process from inspiration to final scissor clip is tedious, exacting, and requires numerous hours to complete, but, the difference between ‘good’ and ‘great’ lies in the details.”
“Creating true-to-life miniature animals does not lie solely in the application of a fiber coat, but in closely replicating the anatomy & breed characteristics in the base sculpture.”
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