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09 March 2009 @ 08:43 pm
Ceramic Action Figure Bases  
Hey I'm new to this community, so hello. Here's a few different bases I made in my ceramics class.

When I first began making these pieces I intended them as expressive wall pieces of artwork but I came to the idea yesterday that they could have a dual function as bases for my toys. These pictures show a base that's been painted with two coats of acrylic paint with a few turtles posed on top. I may add more coats and seal it with fixative later on to give it a more finished look.

This next one was my first attempt at replicating wood-grain using clay & I'm really happy with how it turned out. Painted with 3 coats of Liquitex cadmium yellow acrylic & water mixed with a dollop of Liquitex Gloss Gel medium, followed by brown paint rubbed in the grooves to bring out shadows. This also was my first try at incorporating gloss gel into the paint, it gives the perfect plastic quality to the piece along with a bit of luster. Here's some out-of-focus pics and one with a Dronkey baby for fun. The base is about 10 inches long by half an inch high.

Sculpted and painted a brick wall base as well.

only1genevieve on March 10th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Nice! School can be used for doing something productive.

I think the coloring looks great on all of them, but I especially love the brick wall. How long did that take you?

Geeze, now I'm fighting the urge to run to the store and by myself some sculpting clay. You know, I bet you could make it so there were feet imprints that would help figures stand up as well. That would be especially handy for something like my JLU figures, which have very small feet and constantly fall down as a result.
david2draw: toysdavid2draw on March 11th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Nice!
That'd be a good idea. The thing is the wet clay shrinks up once its fired in the kiln so those feet impressions may become a bit small and unusable in the final piece. You could compensate for the size loss beforehand though. I did make a lot of valleys and edges on the first, grey base though and that helps a lot with posing since it allows me to lean the calves of the figures against a wall of sorts.
paulignacio on March 10th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Great job!
Hi david2draw. Welcome to the community!

Great job on the sculptures. They're very well done and extremely fun. I also have a TMNT collection, though it's still in progress. They're mostly all boxed right now since I haven't figured out how I'm going to display them yet. I love the work on the brick wall. It matches the style of the turtles well. What are you going to do with the wood plank? Another toy display?
david2draw: comicsdavid2draw on March 11th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Great job!
Yeah I was rebuilding my TMNT collection thanks to the re-issue of the original 1988 sculpts this year. I think I could use the wood plank for a bar scene or something like that. I haven't really thought of it yet. The brick wall took about 3 hours (one class period) to sculpt, same deal with the wooden floorboards. I'm glad you guys liked them.