Proportion & Scale
Before sculpting, my own scale drawings or photos are used as a reference. Then the subject is sculpted by hand to the intended scale whilst maintaining its realistic appearance throughout.
The sculptures on this website are made from polymer clay as a the base medium. Once the sculptures are cured they are finished using mixed media for the final effect.
Fur Feather & Fiber
Cruelty free wool roving, flock, plant fibers and naturally moulted feathers are adhered to the sculpture to re-create fur coats and feather plumage to a natural likeness. Eyes are made from semi precious polished stone and glass in colours that are a close match to real subject.
Flocking is a traditional technique where fiber is cut to a sawdust - like consistency and sprinkled onto an adhesive surface. Where flocking is used, I build up the fiber particles gradually with a small brush instead of sprinkling the flocking directly onto the sculpture to control the finished effect.
Ground fibers that are finer than flock are used for subtle finishes and in paint effects
Not all of the colours available commercially are suitable for miniature birds, so for these reasons I prefer to mix my own so that the colours are a closer match to the real thing. The slideshow demonstration below shows how a natural white feather can be painted to resemble a real mallard feather.
I have used real size feathers for the demonstration so that the process can be seen more easily.