Best laid plans

Spent half the morning trying to remake Zanni’s hat in hard Castiline. No good. I mean, it’s close, but I want the hat I’ve got. I’ll have to cast it in hard wax. I don’t dare send such a thin piece of my usual wax to the foundry. Other than the hat all Z needs now is some detail on his legs.

For the severalth time today I’m wearing a shell of dried sweat. Might be time to give our monstrous downstairs aircon a blast, or else move upstairs and put up with running up and down to the kitchen for heating stuff.

16 pushups! Still only knees, but progress nonetheless.



Shitshitshit I’ve lost a filling. It fell off last night. I’ll obviously have to go to the dentist and I’m scared of the dentist. I’m hoping she won’t have to drill, just slap some more filling stuff on, but underneath looks a bit grey, so I dunno.




It’s getting hot. I’d love a bathtub. It wouldn’t need any plumbing, it could just go under the shower and drain out on the bathroom floor.

Black Sails: troubled by strange fancies in which everyone swaps hairdos. Especially Eleanor and Vane. Also, I want Eleanor’s red jacket.

I wanted a large round fishpond to go in the centre of the yard, with the bougainvillea in the urn in the middle of the pond. However, I’ve been unable to find a suitable pond, so if I want a water garden I’ll have to cobble something together with smaller pots.

And I want the solandra to flower, dammit.


Shelf life

I’ve had the Chinese pin cushion box since I was a tot. It’s always been one of my favourite possessions. It’s one of the few ornaments I brought over here. Doctor Bird seems to like it as much as I do. I guess it looks like a nest…

Bird Doctor 2015 abr curious



Blindfold Guy revisit

I decided to try painting the blindfold with hot runny Castilene. I wasn’t actually expecting it to work, but it did. It was easy enough that I want to try it again with a more folded blindfold – something like the right side of this one all the way around. For the second one I think I’ll try hot wax, with cling wrap protecting the model.

Blindfold Guy 09

Blindfold Guy 08


Dark Faun

I really like the dark patina on him. Sans blue tinge he’s extremely dark brown.

Faun dbr_halfleft01


WIP Zanni Bird

New member of the gang. Needs a bit of detail work, and I might remake the hat in Castilene or with foil armature. Sometimes I just want to make the shape I have in mind and make it now, rather than take the time to make it stable.

zanni wip left 2_s

zanni wip left_s


Things and Stuff

The foundry delivered the rest of the new pieces today – excitement! New birds rabbits squashies babies eggs, a minotaur, and four black-brown fauns that promise to be right bastards to photograph.

The other night I had a dream about Adam Ant. He had his own TV show and it was pretty good. Can’t remember the details, though. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching Black Sails and have pirate fashions on the brain? (Music: Prince Charming. If anyone has ever wondered who Gwynn’s ultimate antcestor is, you might have your antswer.)

Speaking of, I reread Fragments from Ashamoil and it’s better than I remember. The plot could use some work, but at least there is plot. I remember I took the easier option at a couple of “what if” spots because I was trying to write quickly, and if I’m going to rewrite I should try the trickier but more exciting options – but it hangs together as it is, which isn’t a bad place to start from.

Making sculpture can be physically hard work. Ok, I’m not carving stone, but even bending thick armature wire and wrangling with hard modelling materials can sometimes be tiring. I think it would help if I were a bit stronger. So – pushups! I’ve been adding one a day, and have made it from… erm, 6 to 12. Knee pushups. And two real ones! Well, we all have to start somewhere…


Open air gym for small woodland creatures

Concerned that the use of running wheels by caged animals was a neurotic behaviour indicative of unhappiness, animal scientists Johanna H. Meijer and Yuri Robbers from the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands placed two running wheels outdoors, one in Professor Meijer’s backyard and one in a sandy dune area.

Turns out the wheels were popular with local small critters, not only mice, but also “a few rats, shrews, frogs, birds, snails and slugs”.

“Some animals seem to use the wheel unintentionally, but mice and some shrews, rats and frogs were seen to leave the wheel and then enter it again within minutes in order to continue wheel running”, the scientists report.

One point I find interesting, from theĀ paper published by the Royal Society (with videos in the figures & data section) is how greatly slugs outnumbered snails in their wheel-slithering. Were there simply more slugs around, or are slugs less sluggish than we thought? Having no shells to hide in, do slugs need a greater fitness edge?