Tavoos Arts Film Contest Entry – Harriet the Snow Angel by Teresa Schurter

Wow.
What a week I’ve just had.  I finished it off with a new OOAK figurine- a Snow Angel named Harriet!

Harriet Sporting Tavoos Film wings and a Snowflake Harriet & her Snowflake bouquet made from Tavoos Film and vintage Czech Crystals
Harriet Sporting Tavoos Film wings and a Snowflake Harriet & her Snowflake bouquet made from Tavoos Film and vintage Czech Crystals

This is the story of how I arrived at the creation of my first OOAK doll sculpture, and a “shameless plug” asking for your vote for my piece. PLEASE if you could be so kind as to spend a minute?

Just go to http://www.tavoosarts.com/#!contest/c1xg2  and type my name – Teresa Schurter – in the blank, super fast, super simple! And thanks so much.

Snowflake Bouquet of Tavoos Crystals, Vintage Czech Crystals and tiny rhinestone bar mountings.
Snowflake Bouquet of Tavoos Crystals, Vintage Czech Crystals and tiny rhinestone bar mountings.

 

To continue in our saga, Life rolls and races, ‘err sometimes Crashes, along to show that what you plan to do isn’t always as important as just doing something you can be proud of.  Case in point, I now have a Snow Angel, instead of a dragon!  It took a lot of time and help from Marie and Roger and a bit even from Anna to help me change gears and get and entry done in time.  Marie especially stayed up with me into the wee hours; rolling and extruding and conditioning and kibbitzing and encouraging, all to help me so I had the energy to “get’er done!”

Not really Dragon wings here, but aren't the colors cool? Don't you Love how it glows in different colors? I do.
Not really Dragon wings here, but aren’t the colors cool? Don’t you Love how it glows in different colors? I do.

 

In a post by Christi Friesen I learned about a contest featuring some new art material called Tavoos Film. I liked their theme of “Science Transformed into Art.”   Here’s their site   http://www.tavoosarts.com/

 

Since I was planning work on a dragon for my son Isaac, and thought the Tavoos Art Film would make extraordinary fins and wings I looked it up.

Not really Dragon wings here, but aren't the colors cool? Love how it glows in different colors? I do.
Not really Dragon wings here, but aren’t the colors cool? Love how it glows in different colors? I do.

 

 

Plus the contest sounded great! Who wouldn’t want to enter for a great gift certificate to a Hobby Store!

So I ordered my film samples and got busy – Really Busy – making an armature.  I’m talking about my first armature here, the dragon, which you don’t see in these photos.   Why not you may ask.  Well, we had a major melt-down. Quite literally I’m talking a horrific, disastrous, took 6 hours to clean up the mess melting goo,  all over my work-space and tools, meltdown.
You see, I bought a few left-over pounds of polymer clay from our home-school group after we did some work with polymer clay for art class.  My guess is that the other mom mixed up some kind of modeling material in her box of polymer clay, and gave me two blocks of mystery clay with my other blocks.  The group had ten pounds left and we were buying the open boxes to help out.  Live and learn I guess. No ones fault, but take note, “When faced with mystery clay it’s a good idea to take a bit and bake it to see how well it works before spending twenty hours building your sculpture with it.”  Even if it feels and looks just like the other clay you’ve used before.

The Dragon is ready for his body, Just need to reinforce those spindly legs.
The Dragon is ready for his body, Just need to reinforce those spindly legs.

 

Of course I was so excited that he would stand up, on his own, and how well the body turned out that I never took a “before baking” photo.  As the Bible says, “Pride goeth before the fall.” Boy was I proud of that thing.  The muscles looked great, the tail was perfect, all I had to add were the feet, face, wings and fins.  I’d drawn up the shapes I wanted for those parts and was elated to be putting it in the oven three days before the deadline.  Well, my balloon popped with a resounding sound when he came from the oven.  I was too sad to even cry.  Here’s what’s left.  It took all the next day to clean up and condition more clay for another figure.

A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.
A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.

I couldn’t afford the time to thoroughly clean the dragon, so I had to go forward with something else.  Aren’t we supposed to live our lives that way?

A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.
A puddle with over a pound of mystery clay melted into pounds of cornstarch. What a mess.

Trusting and going forward even when we’re feeling like we want to curl up and just cry away the disasters.

It takes some time and help, a lot of love and a belief in the Lord who truly makes the plans for us to do it. But it’s important to always keep going forward.

Shimmering wings and a curly mop of hair, a wonky, funky kind of angel, just my style!
Shimmering wings and a curly mop of hair, a wonky, funky kind of angel, just my style!

 

 

 

When you haven’t got anything left to make a fire with, try making ice.  If you can’t walk I say, Why don’t you fly?

You’re all great for sticking with me through this creative journey, and I Treazur you all!