Thursday, August 28, 2014

Plastic Surgery

Early in my polymer clay journey, I was under the impression that bungled sculpts required starting again from scratch.  Repairing mistakes on a polymer clay miniature to be offered for sale was ill-advised.  Though I can't remember exactly where online I read this information, it was taken to heart.  I tried my best to avoid having to begin anew but mistakes were inevitable.  Frustrated at wasting time and effort, I realized that it would be worthwhile to experiment with techniques regarding alteration and repair.  I learned that polymer clay is very forgiving, even in its cured state.  This is true with other materials as well.  Fixing errors or making adjustments is possible in most instances, only not in extremes such as with clay damaged during the curing process.  If the alteration or repair is structurally sound, permanent and undetectable, it is a winning outcome.

The other day, a trusted critic emailed in wonder at how I could let that "totally unrealistic orange tart crust" slip through my sensors!  Such drama ;^)  The original crust was not damaged, but I agreed that reworking it would be an aesthetic improvement.  And it's my belief that an artist is free to alter his/her original art until finally satisfied.  The original crust was replaced with a new, texturized version.

Before, left, and After

The result seems realistic, but such judgement is in the eye of the beholder. Which do you prefer, before or after?

Thanks for reading...wishing all an enjoyable weekend!