When last we chatted, i had consulted with Ann while topping up the butter tart supply. She suggested looking at the integration zone, yes he is a bit skinny and needs to have a stronger transition blending the join between boy and shark.
I have made a stronger integration zone between shark and human by lengthening the abdominals into the under shark and brought the shark flanks up into the lats. i also added a dorsal line in the lumbar spine and the cervical spine. yes that looks better!
then it was time to add hands.
1-3 Floral wire from Dallerama unlabeled but probably 22 gauge
After adding the fingers. I tried one of Sara’s tools for the first time, I had been using my mettle ruler and one of my weaving stick-shuttles successfully but this gives a lot of length options in one tool. I could do a similar thing with coroplast (a type of plastic cardboard) but I was interested in trying this out.
4 finger making tool, Stick shuttle and ruler
I used the floral wire from Dollerama (I think its 22 gauge since its unlabeled). I used an extra section of wire to reinforce the wrist. Rapping tiny fingers was a bit fiddly but went reasonably well. I switched to finer needles and started to work on the thenar and hypothenar eminences (those two bumps of at the base of the palm). I spent a long time poking both hands to get the shape to a place I was happy.
5-7 I was very pleased with the expressiveness the hands gave. You can also see more of the transition zone from shark to boy.
Yes, that took a week and it was a time to top up the butter tart inspiration!
8-10 “those hands look creepy”
Success! Except I understand the hands look creepy. That might improve in the next step, On to Colour!!
By the way, it’s still raining.
I started laying in the base mid-tone grey on the hammerhead body then started playing with skin tones in the boy parts. (sorry I got distracted with adding the colour layer and forgot to go grab the camera)
11-13 base layer, then adding wisps of colour
Just a sec, Ann just messaged me a tornado warning, got to go move hanging plants, drying wool and the 3 umbrellas!
Well, we made it through with odd-coloured sky and layers of clouds moving in different directions then a huge downpour.
The next morning I was a bit hesitant to check out how the side yard was doing. The studio, plants and wool survived so back to work!
14 Here is the wool that keeps getting extra rinses, this is just the first part of one of the two large rams fleeces I bought a couple of weeks ago. There is still a lot of VM including burrs to clean-out. Now back to Shark-boy!
15-18 wool and hanging baskets survived adding detail at the intersection and along the spine.
19 This summer Mrs. Crow and her family supervised me, as I have worked on the Mer family. Today they all dropped by for a visit.
I started to lay in more thin wisps of colour over the base layers. I started with the human skin tones and the integration of the abdominal/underbelly. I also added a bit of the detailing along the colour change.
20-22 Adding more definition between belly and sides of sharks
I think he is enjoying how it is going and took a quick swim around the table.
Once I can catch him, I will continue adding colour to his hand and the rest of his body.
Have fun Felting!! Maybe it will stop raining at some point so i can get back to washing and drying the last of the fleeces.