Thursday, August 29, 2019

Patience grasshopper.

Compatriot Michael Tieman
Finished all the basic forms. Now to continue the detail work on the fabric and weapons. A lot of work time left.

I found some "firmer" clay, not as good as the foundry clay, still a bit soft with the outside temp. in the 90's. A/c and fans can only do so much. But foundry clay (the tan clay you see) is not available yet.

I will hit some of the clay with frozen air in a can to harden small areas to get some of the finer detail, but not practical on a full life size figure.

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.