Saturday, October 24, 2015
Each year I set out a copy of Edgar Allen Poe's book of short stories and poems with a quill pen (aka turkey feather) ink well and several Raven/crow decorations.
To make the hand you will need a small block or two of white polymer clay, some non-galvanized wire, some black or dark brown eye shadow and a q-tip.
For the finger tips, make 5 tiny balls of clay. Form the balls into small pyramids, they remind me a bit of candy corn.
Then make 5 tubes, and form them into tiny bones.
Repeat for the next 5 bones and then the last 4 as the thumb only has three main joints. Curve the thumb joint slightly inward towards the palm.
For the palm, we're going to use a little artistic license and simply make a bit of a bean shaped flat section with indents for each of the finger bones.
Next, cut 5 lengths of wire about an inch longer than each finger. Use the wire to push through each bone lengthwise.
Once the bones are stranded, push the wire through the palm.
Study your own hand and how you hold a pencil, bend the fingers to replicate this.
Once you have the hand shaped, bake the polymer according to the package directions.
Once cool, give the hand a bit of antique using the eye shadow and Q-tip.
"Playing the piano"
"Typing on an old typewriter"
"Holding a wine glass"
The paper underneath the writing hand was made by dry brushing a piece of Bristol board with concentrated instant coffee. A "Raven's" footprint was made with brown food coloring. I wrote out excerpts from "The Raven" poem using a calligraphy pen and brown ink.