So it was a productive weekend & I'm in the home-stretch for finishing the Fish. I ran into a few problems, but nothing I couldn't handle. We didn't do anything exciting this weekend cause I'm really trying to finish this fish up, but I think we might try and see the new Harry Potter today or tomorrow. I have to do laundry & some other stuff today (like bank & post office) YUCK!!
I tried to hand steam the fish at first. I thought it would be really easy & great, but it just wasn't getting the job done. I think I learned that for next time I really have to follow the dyeing directions. I didn't exactly apply the dye at exactly 150˚, so I think this kept it really runny. So after about an hour of trying to steam the fish, I went to the big gun!!!
I stuck it in the microwave. I spritzed him with some water and wrapped him in some plastic wrap. I think I 'nuked him for a total of 10 minutes, which was a little too much.
The dye did run a tiny bit, but I fixed the big runs by pulling the wool up & cutting it off. He is mostly set, but still the dark dye runs a little bit cause I got some on my hands when I felted him. He also looks more purpley.
This is what happens when you cook felt & foam in the microwave for a little too long. You get a big melty burn hole. OOOPPs!!!! Oh well, I just filled in the hole & then took some of the dark purple wool I cut off the surface & covered the white. ALL FIXED, can't even tell I totally screwed up!!
This is what fish looks like after an afternoon of felting the surface down. I also sculpted the deep parts back in. The body is done except for adding accent color like black in the shadows & some "scale" highlights.
Took this picture as a test for placement for the "fishing rod" and one tooth. I am going to dye the rod today, then cut it open & put in the electronics, and finally attach it to the body. Then the only big thing left is making the teeth. I think I'll probably wet-felt the spikes & then needle them a little to firm them up & attach them. SHE's going to have alot of teeth!!! GRRRR!!!!
Fun picture of testing my blue LED light. I have to get a couple of parts from RadioShack today, but then he's ready to light up. I think I'm going to hide all the hardware inside the eye socket, then leave the eyeball removable so that you can access the hardware, but it stays completely hidden. Pretty Smart, huh!?!?!?!