Wednesday, June 27

little spun cotton baby bird...

this week at my art group we are making spun cotton ornaments....
yipee, i have been dying to learn how and our friend Cheryl Burton is going to teach the class.

i have made a few attempts so far but there are so many variables~
what to use for the armature--plain wire, wrapped or coated wire, pipe cleaners
what kind of cotton to use--loose cotton, medical cotton, cotton roving, cotton balls
what to hold it together with--spray starch, liquid starch, watered down glue mixture

barn door pjs with little buttons
it will be very helpful to learn what really works!  this little guy was just made with cotton balls from Walmart if you can believe it.  he is a bit chunky but i am figuring out a few things as i go.

kitten was a bit harder to photograph as her tail sticks out weird making her so i can't lean her up against the paper.  she is made with a cotton roving and has a much smoother finish.

here are a few figures waiting for paint and decoration.  the bunny has some artificial eyes that might work out, don't know yet.  the bear needs some sort of nose, i'll have to add something on...
and the owl/wild things creature has cool feet but is pretty squishy, not enough cotton for
his figure. 

there is a 2 day drying time i think for the figures so i will be posting next week what we made at art group.

if anyone has any suggestions, ideas, or experience making spun cotton figures please email me, i would LOVE to know!

happy wednesday, julie


Marina Collings Whiting said...

very cool.
i knew you would figure something out.
and thats only like 9 variables. make a chart and do them all.

Diane Mars said...

I have never tried but I am very interested in giving it a try~ please do keep us posted. Hugs, Diane

Pollyanna said...

Oh they are great ... glad you have a new medium!! Can't wait to see the chick and cat's compatriots!!

Threads of Inspiration said...

These are so sweet! I hope you don't mind if I share these. Of course I will link you :-)

Trudy said...

Your little critters are gorgeous! Especially adore little baby bird, so sweet.

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