Polyclay tripod

More fun with polyclay! First, a very crude first attempt at a bronze tripod. With offering bowl. With stone slab for the Pythia to sit on. I wonder, since the tripod was made to hold offerings, was the Oracle the offerer, or the offering? Might have to make a Pythia doll for it. The bowl has a bulge in the center because they actually did! It was space for a thumb to brace to make it easier to hold one-handed, and about the same size and shape as the punt in the bottom of a wine bottle. It is, as I said, a crude first attempt. But that's ok, that's what first attempts are for. I used copper wire to give it the basic shape, and had trouble keeping that consistent. I think for the next try I may need bits of dowel or matchsticks or something, and wooden or metal rings for the top and handles. I mixed Super Bronze luster dust in with the glaze to get the copper effect. And a new phallos, with considerably more detail than previous. It's a nice dark espresso brown -- I actually thought it was true black until I started working it -- with a bronze shimmer over the top. Sorry that second one's a bit crap, but you can sort of see the details of the wing feathers and pubic hair. First time I've been so thorough with either....

More Phabulous Phlying Phalloi

At some point, I'm going to put up a shop somewhere, and then I won't put so many of them here. But I am REALLY PROUD of these. I think I'm really improving. First, my Little Blue Daimon, more directly fan art for Ursula Vernon. No horns, light shimmery blue, kind of shy, just that tail to warn you he might be up to something. Cute, isn't he? Next is his buddy the Angel, who looks like he might be on the way to a Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence show. Most of his glitter doesn't show. Aww. Here's a rather more devilish fellow, made as a birthday present for a friend. He then made me explain it to his daughter. And now the one I'm most proud of! The Starry Bull himself! I'm soooo happy with this fella. The horns and ears and wings line up right. His little hoofy-woofies are so cute. He has the Hyades (the stars of Taurus' head) on his face and horns, and the Corona Borealis as a cutie mark on his rump. And the trio of daimon, angel and bull. I feel like I'm progressing a lot with this, and am very happy with this batch....

NSFW Phlying Phalloi

The Greeks and Romans used winged phalloi amulets to ward off evil. They'd even make windchimes out of them. Ursula Vernon, a favorite artist and author of mine, started drawing really adorable ones some while ago, and fires a few more off from time to time. I've been wanting for a while now to make ridiculous cute brightly colored polyclay phalloi, half as amulets and half as fan work for Ms. Vernon. I finally got 'round to it. Presenting the Phabulous Phlying Phalloi: That's the first batch of 'em. The green and yellow were prototypes, basically, and they came out pretty well, so then I made the other two, and got a little fancier. The orange one has bronze wings and looks like he's off on one of Hermes' missions, while the pink putti-style one has a light pink/blue shimmer on his little head (and he's less beige and more cute-pink). They're about 2-2.5" long, with as much as a 2.75" wingspan. I will be selling these, for $25 + $5 shipping. The first sale or two pays for more materials, so I can pick up more colors and some glaze and make more. Eventually, I need a better camera and a macro lens....