Monday, August 19, 2019

Bloodied by the Frog.

Journal Entry - Aug 19, 2019 
Compatriot Michael Tieman

Day Fourteen

Today I thought I would work on the weapons and the Frog. The frog is that leather piece that holds the tomahawk and the bayonet and is connected to the leather strap that goes over the shoulders. You can see it on the side view photo below.

Concentrating on the Frog, and getting the shape and weapons looking right, but not on my clay knife and my fingers. Yep, knife slips one of my fingers is in the way ... blood all over.

Time out for Nancy to become the nurse.

Bandaged up and back to work. I have used that knife for decades without a mishap. Age slows the reflexes and the little gray cells I guess.

Oh well, it is true, an artist puts their blood and soul into their work.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

New Clay Arrived

Just arrived. The new clay is here. A bit warm since it was in a hot UPS truck all day. It has been sitting in cooler room and is firming up. Have it sit in air conditioning for a day or two. Hope it works.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


So, no new foundry clay yet. I had to go to plan B.

I bought clay from a supplier in CO. Here is the cost breakdown.

The CO. clay is $1.50./lb  more than foundry clay including shipping if I buy 30# or more. But it is $2.50/lb. less than if I buy retail. I will use more than 130lbs. of clay per sculpture times 3 sculptures.

Fingers crossed I can buy my foundry clay soon, until then 30# at a time from CO. Thing is I have never used clay from this supplier before.

Exploring new possibilities is what artists do. Otherwise life would be boring.

My first shipment arrives tomorrow.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

A Good Days Work

Journal Entry - Aug 1, 2019 
Compatriot Michael Tieman

Day Eleven

Finished the face/head and working on the folds.

Called the foundry to order more clay but they have halted production because the price of the vegetable oil tripled. They have been reformulating it for 6 mos. to get a new batch that works and keeps the same retail price.

They say they might have it, just need to test it. Could be 30 days before shipping. I have 5lbs left. Won't last that long.

May have to take a vacation.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


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Journal Entry - July 30, 2019

Day Ten

Today I started to add some personality and a bit of attitude.

Monday, July 29, 2019

I Came Back To A Sagging Old Man!!

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Journal Entry - July 29, 2019

Day Nine

So, remember I talked about the clay melting if it got too warm in the room.

Yep, it happened. Today I went into the studio after not being in it for a few days and the hat had melted and fell into his arms. And it had slumped a bit, he gained a few inches around the waist and it was lower. In other words, he got old.

So today I turned on the air conditioner, pushed his gut back,  replaced and rebuilt the hat. Drove a few screws into the hat and into the foam of the head.

Once I did that, I added clay to the musket to cover the wood base.

Then, I started to add the harder foundry clay covering the base clay.

My hands were screaming so I had to stop for the day. I put the fan on for the night on the clay and put my compression gloves on me for the night.

Tomorrow I call the foundry to order some clay as I am on my last ingot.

Friday, July 26, 2019

One Fold At a Time ...

Journal Entry - July 26, 2019

Compatriot Michael Tieman
Day Eight

And now that the base is in, I begin on building the body up and adding the clothes. One fold at a time. Here I need patience and a lot of clay.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hands to the Musket

Compatriot Michael Tieman
Journal Entry - July 24, 2019

Day Seven

The end of work yesterday.

I added more foam to bring out the arms to where they need to be. Added the musket form, I traced my musket onto a 1x8x6' piece of Hemlock to get the correct shape and size. This will be the form I add the clay to.

The arms and hands are now in final position.

Took today off and went to the beach with family. Back to work tomorrow.