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Process Photos for “Spring From Death” Sisters!

Muertita Process for Spring 2014
Concept: Spring from Death

This post is for two reasons:
1.) To share my process because I love to see others share theirs. Seeing process is what got me believing I could do this in the first place.
2.) To show that my casting does not mean “mass production”. Each piece is still unique, and unlike any other. Resin casting will make these pieces less fragile, more archival, capture higher detail, and allow me to use materials closer to my concepts of these characters. This is different from sculpting each one individually with clay, though that will still happen from time to time when the concept and materials call for it.

I don’t make a ton of these, and I don’t make the same one twice. If you want to know when new Muertitas are available for purchase, you can sign up for my mailing list here.

Now for the process!

To show you the start of Momma Muertita #2, you can see my hilarious foil, wire, and baked eyeballs as my base! 

Just a few #process #muertita photos. Start: wire, foil, wood. Followed by #supersculpy.

Super-sculpey warms to body temperature to become soft and workable. However, if you have cold hands like me, you are gonna have a hard time. My husband devised this excellent way of keeping my sculpey warm and ready for my chilly, industrious fingers.

#supersculpy should come with the disclaimer: if you have naturally cold hands, you're gonna have a #hard time.

Close-up of some of the detailing I am able to do now that I’m making Momma Muertita #2 out of Super-sculpey. My past ladies were individually crafted out of air-drying clay, which made them very fragile, and not take this kind of detail as well. True, it takes me much longer to make her look like this, but if I can get a good mold going, I might be able to get a few daughters looking mighty spiffy!

Momma #muertita 2 detailing. Practicing texture techniques  from the #sculpting master @mattl21

Making the antlers out of wire, foil, and Super-sculpey! My past attempts broke in their mold AND the antlers…a few times. Also, the molds were a huge failure as well. I hope this new mold holds steady this time with these new, bigger antlers…
Some #process photos of #muertita antlers using wire, foil, and #supersculpy

Setting up the mold for casting my Muertitas with the talented special effect guru, Brian Blair. Check out those “key” holes around my antlers. This better work this time. Please oh please!
#Muertita casting setup with the talented (and patient) special effects guru Brian Blair. So much learning!

Went shopping and stocked up on flowers for my ladies! Just need to finish my mold, cast them successfully, and decorate!
All stocked up on flowers for my ladies! AKA the #muertita #sculptures

Head boards arrived! Just need stain and to mount the heads…once the paint is applied.
The wood boards arrived for my #muertitas! Weekend of sculpting and molds and casting is ahead of me!

Who needs a workout when you can build those arms with a slush mold? I hand tumble a thick layer or two on there, pack in some air at select locations to limit weight, then solid cast the rest.
My workouts these days. Started with a hand tumbled hollow cast, moving onto solid. #muertita #art #process

SUCCESS! The mold works! The joy! I sat cradling this firstborn for a while before I continued my next steps. I have to treasure the wins. So many thanks to Brian Blair for showing me the molding ropes and saving me even more trial and error.

After a few tests, I got to my final goal for these ladies: custom color mixing the resin itself by adding dyes and mixes of iridescent powders. This creates a basecoat that will peek through my acrylic paints and add a dewey iridescence where the paint is thinned.
Someone would like to say hello. She doesn't gave her face on yet, all natural ;) #muertita #casting #process

I LOVE mixing custom colors for my resins! I get such satisfaction from this step. It creates such a great base-coat and adds richness to my paint layers.
More muertita process

Time to dremel and smooth out edges and seams. No good lightning yet in the outdoor shed, but at least the pulverized resin only gets on me out there. Besides, headlamps are cool … ish … Well…PRACTICAL.
More muertita process

Time for hair, makeup, sealant, and mounting on wood.
#Muertita got her hair and make  up did. ;) will be an email soon about shows and available muertitas. Make sure you're on the list

Transport, set-up, hang out and photoshoot with the amazing Chris Rigg.

Ta da!
Spring From Death

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Special thanks goes to Matthew J. Levin (sculpy mastah) and Brian Blair (casting guru) for their patience and time while my noobness spilled out. Oh, and of course, thank you Internet for the vast knowledge shared upon your bandwidth. May your loa be strong.

Also, a big thanks to Miss Monster. She doesn’t know who I am, but her process posts made the craft of sculpting and mold making feel like an adventure I wanted to be on. Plus her creations are faaaaaaaantastic!

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Obligatory cute kitty share. I turn the floor heater on when working into the wee hours of the morning, and the kitties join me. Nocturnal friends FTW.

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How Share Art and not be Naughty

SYNOPSIS: It was brought to my attention by a kind supporter that a facebook page called TerrorArtists uploaded my art and didn’t credit me. I went to their site, and they have been doing this with countless artists!  Note – when you are sharing someone else’s art, make it easy for the artist to contact you. It’s important. Furthermore, do NOT put your brand/site/or logo on their art without their permission. This is illegal, and super, DUPER rude. BustyGirl comics breaks it down nicely. I had no way of contacting the admin other than leaving a comment on my own image. Then I asked my Supporters to “like” my comment to give it a better chance of being noticed by the page admin. Thank you to EVERYONE that liked, shared, and understood this as an important issue. Your actions are all greatly appreciated!

I gave the admins the weekend to parse through likes and comments, however I have heard nothing yet and they keep posting new art without crediting artists. This is my next move and open letter to TerrorArtists:

Dear TerrorArtists,

It is a joy to see the art found by people like you, and see it shared with the world. It shows an appreciation and enjoyment of expression that is much needed in the world. However, it is very important that you credit the artist. It is also rude and illegal to put your own brand/logo/identity on another’s work of art without their consent. This gets a little sticky when you make it difficult for artists to contact you.

I woud rather not report your page. I hope you credit all the artists on your page, and remove your watermark off their image soon. You have a great community there, with people who comment on the images you share and re-share them. You have the power to encourage artists to make more, and to share more freely. Right now you are hurting the thing you seem to enjoy: new art. It is sites like yours that make artists think they HAVE TO WATERMARK every single image they put on their OWN SITE, or that is shared by an approved source.

Please contact me soon so that I won’t be reporting your page at the end of this week. You can comment on this blog post, contact me through my facebook page, or email me at bringontheart (at)




I present the following guide!

The internt is ours. Let’s show each-other we can make it awesome.


And Now, for the how NOT TO SHARE ART
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• Encourage content makers to make more by giving credit

 • Celebrate those who share fairly by following and thanking

• If someone isn’t sharing correctly, please communicate kindly and educate them


(TANGENT DISCLAIMER: Animated gifs, like those attached, are a completely different discussion that I am still learning about because they deal with perceived common knowledge, layers of re-appropriation through sharing and discussion, etc. While this post focuses specifically on finished art, the 1st gif of awesome is Carl Sagan from COSMOS, second is Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie, third is Bob Ross in Painting With Bob Ross PBS)



The issue of my specific image is resolving!

I posted this blog post on the TerrorArtist page as they recently made it possible to post on their wall. They responded quickly and kindly. I will be not be reporting the page on this issue. Here is a screen-cap of our recent conversation: