Highlights for Past Months September and October 2002: Day of the Dead, Kwanzaa, Shady Sadie and animal print review.
New Year for some folks, Happy
Halloween to others, Dias de
los Muertos starts about now and goes for days. What ever you're
celebrating ...safe and sane, ok?
For more examples of Day of the Dead observances check out the examples that have been collected for teaching purposes.
|Here is my mini Day of the Dead 2002 display with the help of a pop up from a special claymate.|
|Day of the Dead can be celebrated with clay.|
|How to make this DOD Skull Cane.|
Indian Corn One
Your Kwanzaa mini display wouldn't be complete without Indian Corn. The mini Day of the Dead Oferenda could use some too. See the 1998 link below for the original Indian Corn experiment. This one tile tute isn't much different. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
From 1998 my first Day of the Dead Altar The first thing I ever made with polymer clay, for myself and not for my children's entertainment was pan de muertos, bread for The Dead, celebrating Dias de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.
It is celebrated around Halloween and has nothing to do with it although Halloween traditions are infiltrating the Mexican pop culture due to exposure to the States.
Days of the Dead is to honor those who have passed on. To place on altars food, marigolds, candles, pictures, toys even a glass of Tequila, is to give loving energy to the dead and "keep the spirits" quiet. It also helps folks deal with grief over time.
To ramp up to Autumnal Equinox Day (9/23-24)WebCam Demo had a claying marathon featuring the Animal Print Review and the Sculpting of Shady Sadie, our good time Lady: A Mature full sized face.
|Mini Food : Banana Split, Pizza, Bread, Sandwich, Pickled Vegetables. Log of the early BonBons.|
|Clay Techniques- 01: Folding clay, Pleated pots, Malachite, Mokume Gane, Basket Weave, Wood Grain, covering tins, and the infamous Chimbo and Flower Swap Hat. Log of review of Natasha Beads.|
|Clay Techniques-02: Sculpting faces big and small, young and old, male and female. Dressing the Kimono Dolls. Mini Clay Jackets, eyes and ears, and a few stray pinch pots.|
|Clay Techniques-03: Tiger, Leopard, Zebra. Stargazer Lily, Tiger Lily, Roses, Orchids, Basket Weave, Leaves, Hanging Hankies, Fan Folds, Three Color Blends.|
|Clay Techniques-04: Putting this all together. Face Molds, Animal print in face molds, adding elements to faces, leaves, flowers, snakes. Examples of Embellished faces. Logs of 9-28 Embellished Faces|
|WebCam Demos for 2002 October: Tiny Shoes, Foods- Watermelon, Grapes, Salad. Glitter Girls TLS and Glitter experiments. Chop beads and color cards.|