Because I am traveling again this summer FOE Store & Gallery will be handling my handmade resin toys. I shipped a giant box of over a years worth of art work to Jim at FOE. I sent a ton of stuff, like the very popular 5 inch Kaijina the Bug Girl toys in various colorways. Also at FOE are my 5 inch “Big G.E.A.C.” toys named Sgt. Wilbur because everyone needs a big pig with a gun.
I am moving from California back to Maine to work further on my Mythological Maine series called Yupapotamus Pond. FOE has a couple play sets, and one is glow in the dark! Each set has a Yupapotamus, Swamp Bogger, and a Philly Lou Bird that are characters from old logging stories my grandfather used to tell me as a child growing up in Maine. The characters are old Americana from the North East, and many folk of the older generation know the tales of these and other strange critters that go bump in the night. My move to Maine is to work further on my research on these old stories. This project means a lot to me, and is very near and dear to my heart. For some reason it is so important to me to keep these stories alive, and I need to be back in Maine to do it proper justice. Each play set also has a Swamp Bogger necklace and comics!
I’ve been casting my brains out. Getting experimental with casting in different ways. Glow in the dark, swirled colors, opaque/clear combo. I pour one color, then mix and pour another color to create colors that are in the plastic, not surface paint. Lot’s of unpainted pure plasic toys as well as a few with Black Rub finish. Soon a bunch of new Gompers, G.E.A.C.s, and little Weirdo Packs will be bundled together at: jemtoy.bigcartel.com
I made a bunch of bizarre Cryptid Critters and put them together into Weirdo Packs. Each pack has the 5 critters in random colorways with at least one figure Glow In The Dark. Illustrated header card completes the package. Get it on!
Got my first copy of Slithgarn and the Gompers 3D Anaglyph Print I made a while back. Here it is on my wall, and it looks great when wearing my red cyan 3D glasses. The leap from computer monitor to printed paper is always more difficult than it should be. I was worried that the image would not print right, but it came out well. The 3D effect works great. Print is available in two formats:
When I want to make glow in the dark resin toys I use a clear resin from Smooth-On.com called Smooth Cast 325. I order Glow Powder from GlowInc.com – they have several types, but I get the top of the line $250/pound Ultra Green Glow Powder. It’s the brightest glow powder on earth. These resin toys glow for 24 hours after being in sun light. I’ve never seen any toy glow like this. You could use a lot less glow powder, but I like the toys to glow like a light bulb. Check out my How To Make Resin Toys book for step by step details on how to make resin toys.
Many times when I make resin toys I use Super Sculpey Polymer Clay because it is easy to fire at home in the oven. However, I really prefer making the original out of glazed ceramic so that my toy has a slick glassy look and feel. I also find real clay to have a better feel in my hands. It seems to do what I want it to. Sculpey gets soft when it warms up. Sometimes too soft and it’s like working with toothpaste. White talc low fire clay stays firm and I feel like I work better with it. Better results, means better toys. I work small, so all I need is an inexpensive test kiln one can get at DickBlick.com, or any ceramic supply center. White talc low fire clay, low fire gloss glaze and kiln cones 05 and 06. Small test kilns plug into a standard 110 wall socket, no need for 220. If you want the glossy look, but don’t have a kiln, paint your Sclupey with glossy Sculpey Glaze. If you have the space like a garage or other well ventilated room, I still say real clay works way better and is worth the investment.
The weather was sunny enough today to try out our nifty 6 in 1 Solar Kit. The kit is only $6 at AllElectronics.com and you can build several different solar toys using the kit. The kit needs a lot of tweaks to get it to work. A careful hand and an Exacto knife can trim all the plastic parts so they fit together. My favorite build is the little airplane that rotates around. Here’s a video so you can see it work. It was a windy day, so it’s fun to watch the little airplane fight the wind and win! This is a great kit for a parent and child to explore together. It’s not perfect, but a great toy for only $6 bucks.
The Yupapotami are keen to learn how to make resin toys. Check out the new book by J.E.Moores titled: How To Make Resin Toys and learn about Glove Molds, Putty Molds, Block Molds, Silicone Rubber, Urethane Plastic, finishing, painting, containing and displaying hand made resin toys. You can also watch my instructional videos: How To Make Resin Toys to see some of these techniques in action.