Its been awhile....... but i bring you good tidings! Hubby is doing well... Sometimes he tries to do too much and pays for it that next day with not feeling well. He went to his first session of cardiac rehab... As much as we both agree this will increase his quality of life... he REALLY hates to exercise.. Hate is really not a strong enough word.... We got there about an half hour early... big mistake... i could just see his mind working .. fighting the urge to just walk out.. I'm so glad he stayed... Who knows maybe they can change his mind.. lol
I was shocked to actually find a 'before' picture of my snake.. So so glad i took one..I found him at an Estate Sale for $4. He had a cracked tail so i thought i paid too much anyway but i saw the possibilities... He is solid wood....
I used found embellishments and ones i created myself from air dry clay... I rolled out some clay and used a broken panel from a fluorescent light to give him that snake skin texture...then wrapped it around the snake... worked like a charm.. Painted him black.. painted everything i used with gesso then black paint.. All those little squares are air dry clay that i used various things to make impressions..
I used everything from tacks to the little flowers off hummingbird feeders , some bits and bobs from the house remodel..
Re-purposed buttons... keys... glass gems.. beads... Most of the time was spent decision making... trying out new configurations before gluing it down..
Gluing things down was difficult.. It was so final... Once i glued something down there was no changing my mind... lol
Some of the pictures i took came out blurry so these are the best of the best...
My initial idea was to make him an 'armored snake'... i think i achieved that somewhat.. but i think he needs more armor.. more of those little squares..
The air dry clay turned out to be a little difficult to work with.. i needed to prebend the clay before it dried so it would lay nice on the snake.. Dried clay is flexible but breaks easy when you bend it too far.. Frustrated i just decided to go with a few pieces..
He is going to hang on the wall... Here's a tip... Figure out how your going to hang something before you embellish it.. Now i'm worried we will damage it while we figure out how to hang it..