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Works in Progress

I've been neglecting my update duty here on my website, as I've become a little lazy, and have allowed Facebook to one again become my focus... So, let me quickly share some progress on a few things, as well as some insight as to why I've been so slow at producing new completed works.

Not only did yesterday mark the one year anniversary of my Sister's passing, I also just recently lost my beloved Father. The magnitude of these losses are unlike anything I've ever experienced before in my life; two people that were quite literally, everything to me. I also said good-bye to my Grandmother shortly after losing my Sister, and so in just a year's time, my life has been significantly changed, forever.

This, of course, has greatly impacted my creative mojo and I'm slowly going through the healing process and praying daily for the strength and courage to face the world without these amazing people in my life anymore.

With all that being said, I've been focusing on enhancing my eye making skills, something I've been doing now for literally years, and creating new projects that are both helping me to get through this time, but also keep my focus on more constructive and positive things.

As many of you already know, I created a very in-depth tutorial on how to make small-scale realistic looking eyes which is available on A for Artistic and OOAK Artist Emporium websites. There is also a bonus Facebook group that comes with the purchase of the tutorial, so that any updates, new discoveries, products, or other "eye making" related information is shared.

My Etsy Shoppe has been closed for awhile due to the amount of stress I've had over the past year, but I will be re-opening it as soon as possible with my new and improved eyes, several new sculptures, and even some cool faerie-style houses that I'm also making into clocks. I sure hope you enjoy, and please support me by liking my Facebook page and even a share or two! Pinterest posts, and other social media support is always greatly appreciated. So, without further ado... here are a few things you can look forward seeing from me in the near future!

5mm Total Size, 2.5mm Iris

These eyes are new and improved because of the method I'm currently using. The lenses are made with a heat stable polymer material, and then sealed with a heat resistant protective top coat. The "whites" of the eyes are glass. To find out more about my eyes, please consider purchasing my tutorial, "How to Make Incredible Small-scale Eyes". While nothing, unless solid glass, can take extreme heat (as in the temperatures used to cure polymer clay) there are ways to do this with very minimal side-effects, and long term quality results.

This "head" was baked at 265F for 45 minutes. The eyes are post-baked, without any gloss or glaze, showing that they are heat stable. Once the figure is complete, final touches will include a final gloss finish to bring back any lost shine. Eyes can also be cleaned with rubbing alcohol prior to final gloss, any cloudiness will disappear.


5mm Total Size, 2.5mm Iris. My method allows for absolutely gorgeous multi color/hue effects in the tiniest of scale.

Nothing handmade is "perfect", but there is a certain quality and mystique that cannot be compared to "manufactured" or "machined". There will never be an exact matching pair, but that is the beauty of this art, because although I can get VERY close to perfect, I'm also creating something 100% one of a kind and unique every single time. Each pair can take upwards of 1.5 hours to create. A lot of time, painstaking attention to detail, and a TON of patience goes into each one.

5mm Total Size,2.5mm Iris
(Good for sculptures between 8-10 inches tall depending on personal preference)

Here is a current head I'm working on, she of course is just a "head" at the moment, but that will change soon! I really love this color of viscose hair, it's got gorgeous copper highlights in it and I think it will compliment her skin tone and eyes very nicely!

The lighting is not the greatest at the moment in my studio lol, and I have a giant crack over my camera lens on my phone....so... bare with me please LOL!
Really love the color of this hair!
She will be approx 9 inches tall when complete!

I'm also starting a line of Faerie and Fantasy Miniature House Clocks! In honor of my Father, a Watchmaker and Jeweler for over 60 years, I have decided to do something special in his honor and memory! No... I'm not a "Watchmaker" or "Clockmaker" like he was, BUT I can install clocks into these small whimsical fantasy houses which are not only adorable decorative pieces, but also functional, as they will tell you when it's Tea Time!

Still SO much more work to go! All the edges and seams must be sealed and painted, more paint/highlights, windows, awnings, porch and base, plus the clock install and internal lights! Lot of Work!
Lighting was not good up in the studio for pictures, so had to resort to a few quick shots here in the kitchen lol. These are just Work in Progress photos, so it's all good 🙂

I'm also completing my Pangur Ban and Aisling piece which I posted about nearly a year ago... but they have been waiting patiently for me to come back to them to finish. I'm also creating another girl sculpture to go with my Celtic style, Labyrinth inspired owl piece. I've also got a new mermaid, and several Alice inspired pieces in the works as well. Please stay tuned, I will likely be posting completed works soon, and will be re-opening my Etsy Shoppe with these and more exciting pieces shortly.

So thank you SO much for your interest in my work, and your support! it's very appreciated, and highly VALUED!

Stay Unusual,

-K

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Pangur Ban & Aisling Update

Pangur Ban by Kendra M Gilbert, Virgo's Alchemy Studio

I started this piece what seems ages ago...but I'm finally back in the studio. I decided I didn't like the original Aisling I sculpted because her ears were too pointy...yes I could have chopped them off and just re-sculpted the ears, but no, I felt the project needed a fresh new start - so I'm totally redoing her.

Pangur Ban is an awesome little kitty from The Secret of Kells children's movie.

He is enchanted by Aisling, the forest spirit, to help Brendan escape from his bedroom...

Pangur Ban will remain the completed sidekick for this piece. He was one of the most challenging things I've ever done, and I do honestly mean this. He is a little over 2 inches high, and the amount of detail I had to squeeze into such a small figure was insane lol. I have him pictured here, along with the inspiration for him from one of my favorite movies, The Secret of Kells.

Pangur Ban by Kendra M Gilbert, Virgo's Alchemy Studio

The hardest thing about this was learning how to do flocking, and doing it in such small areas!

I had a very hard time finding the right material to use for the flocking too... I hate the cheap feel and look of "craft fur", so I went to Hobby Lobby and found a faux fur rug that worked really nicely. So, I just made my own flocking out of that by chopping the fibers into tiny little pieces so that I could cover the main portions of Pangur Ban's body. I then made his tail and other longer hair from shorter cut pieces of the same fibers from the rug. His eyes are also handmade, one blue, the other green.


Pangur Ban by Kendra M Gilbert, Virgo's Alchemy Studio

For just being a little over 2 inches, he has a LOT of character! I really enjoyed making him, and he will be the first of many fur babies I will be making in the future.

Thanks for stopping by! Please be sure to check back for updates, or visit me on Facebook!

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Hellooooo!

Hi there! I've been a little MIA for awhile, and although I'm more active on social media, I know that I should be updating my website on a more regular basis. It's just been hard keeping up. Anyway, I thought you might like to see what I've been up to.

5mm total size, 2.5 mm iris, computer generated

Making my own eyes has been a passion for a very long time. I LOVE experimenting with new techniques and products. So, needless to say, it will more than likely be an everlasting obsession.

5mm total size, 2.5mm iris. Hand painted.

I'm not a huge fan of computer generated irises, but, you got to admit, they look pretty darn awesome. With that being said, I still enjoy hand painting my own irises.

As you may or may not know, I have a tutorial that shows how I make my eyes, and then for those who purchase my tutorial, I have a special closed Facebook group called "Let's Make Eyes!" where I continue to share all my research findings, product reviews and other things related to making handmade eyes for Figurative Sculptures.

One of the biggest things is finding products that we can use to create the life-like glassy dome lenses of our tiny masterpieces. Many issues can arise like shrinkage, yellowing, mutating and all sorts of delightful things... lol

So, that is why I find it so rewarding when I find a product that works, or works well enough - but I will always be searching for new and improved products and methods to create one of the most important aspects of my work - the eyes!

I hope you have enjoyed this update! More coming soon! And if you are interested in learning more about my tutorial, please see this post here where I tell you where you can find it! My Etsy shop is currently closed while I get myself back into the swing of things, but you can find my tutorial on AforArtistic.com and Ooakartistemporium.com! Thanks for stopping by!

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Healing the Pains of Loss through Art...

My Sister, My Angel, My Light

My Sister, My Angel, My Light

For you Sis, I Love You, Always





For those who know me personally, and are close to me on social media, know that I just lost two very special women in my life. My one and only Sister due to metastatic breast cancer, and my Grandmother, who although was already struggling with declining health, I feel passed when she no longer felt my Sister's presence here on this earthly plane - they were very close. Feeling the magnitude of these losses so closely together made the entire world feel as if it had started to crumble beneath my feet. I'm still processing these losses, and thankfully I have a very good support system with a loving husband, beautiful children, and other family and friends who have been there for me. As an introvert, processing this type of pain is even more difficult for me. I have had to really fight not wanting to simply withdrawal myself and literally disappear. It's a pain that runs deep, and anyone who has experienced the loss of loved ones knows exactly what I mean. The roller coaster of emotions; going from happy memories, to regret, then delving into deep sadness, and even anger. It's been a very challenging few weeks, and I will always consider the year 2018 as the year I lost a major part of my heart and soul.

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The Secret of Kells inspired Aisling Pangur Ban

I have been working steadily for months on several different projects, and although I have previously officially decided NOT to post WIP's (work in progress) photos, I figured I would post a few of one of my current projects - just so you all know I'm still working at my craft!

This will be Aisling and Pangur Ban, my own vision of them, inspired by The Secret of Kells...

(Pause site music by clicking the || in the upper right hand corner before playing video)


Aisling inspired by The Secret of Kells Work in Progress... Aisling will be approx 10 inches tall and be standing next to Pangur Ban on this One of a Kind base which I have sculpted out of 2 part epoxy over wire armature, and painted with a wash of select colors such as raw umber and yellow ocher. The colors and patterns are all inspired by this fantastical Irish folklore theme, giving it an enchanting forest appearance.

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High Quality, Handmade Art Doll Eyes

One of a Kind Handmade Eyes in small scale, 3mm and 4mm, for figurative art doll sculptures! Now available on Etsy, these tiny works of art have been tested to withstand temperatures exceeding 300 degrees, with little, if any at all, loss of clarity.

Non yellowing, scratch resistant, high quality, handmade "glass" eyes which have been constructed from glass, polymer clay, and resin.

Unique, realistic, uncanny close-as-possible perfection in such a small scale!

Now offering different sizes as well as many different colors, as well as custom requests! All on Virgo's Alchemy Etsy Shop.

Get yours

HERE

today!

     
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Absinthe, now curing!

Will be made available shortly, after it is fully cured! Thanks! To hear sound, simply click the sound on in the video!
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Virgo's Alchemy Etsy Now Open!

Hello!  I'd like to invite you to my Etsy Shop, it's now open!  I'm slowly getting things listed... first up are a few soaps, and my latest Mermaid Art Doll.

  Please stop by, "Favorite" me if you like what you see and want to keep seeing all the cool stuff I have in store for you in the coming days, weeks, months, and YEARS ahead!

Thanks so much for you support!! 

Click HERE to visit me on Etsy!

 

Handmade Soaps and One of a Kind Art Available!

 
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Specimen Syreni - Now Available on Etsy!

I'd like to introduce you to Specimen Syreni (Mermaid Specimen). She is approx the equivalent of a 9.5" sculpture, but inside her tomb-like bottle, she is an impressive 16" in height.

She was sculpted purely by imagination and by hand, no molds were used in her making, and no casts have been taken of her. She is, and always will remain, One of a Kind.

Specimen Syreni's story is based on the ancient Renaissance, a time when creatures like this may still have existed, discovered, and taken for study.

Her skin was painted in purple and blue hues to simulate a preserved appearance. She is also covered in a high quality, non-yellowing, "liquid water" resin.

At her feet, a small glass orb represents the magic that was captured within this elusive being. She stands in a bed of black sand with tiny iridescent sparkles throughout, and a tiny tag that reads "Specimen Syreni" is tied to the top of her bottle, for proper identification purposes...of course!

She is not removable from her bottle, but her lid is removable for cleaning purposes only. Her glass bottle makes her fragile and highly collectible; not to be used as a toy or given to small children.

Her hair is a lovely rich burgundy Tibetan Mohair, and she was painted with high quality heat setting paints, and fired multiple times at specific times and temperatures to ensure longevity and quality, as all professional sculptures should be.

She will come with a certificate of authenticity which will be attached to the bottom of her bottle, signed.

Available Now on Etsy!

Click HERE for her listing! Thank you so much for your interest, and please contact me by using my "Send a Raven" page, if you have any questions.

Additional Images of Specimen Syreni

 
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Closer and Closer to goals...

Well, we have been officially here in Colorado for one year, but only true residents since last November...and I must say, we have never been happier. Being partially raised in Arkansas and having such a huge love for wildlife, open space, natural environments - Colorado was truly the best choice we could have ever made. A part of me will always continue to long for Washington State, but, Colorado has already proven itself to be a major contender in my search for "home".

Yes, I'm still a major introvert... I just had to push myself to try to connect with some local community. I'm not an introvert by nature, there is a part of me screaming out for friendships, girl's nights out..etc lol However, my artwork takes up the majority of my time and when I'm not working in the studio, I feel as if I'm wasting the time I've been given.

I'm slow...slower than I would like to be. What takes some people a week or two to accomplish, takes me a month sometimes. With me, it's because I'm never fully satisfied, I keep tweaking and tweaking my projects until I either start over again from the ground up or find myself removing heads off dolls to redo them lol. Yes, probably another Virgo thing...the quest for perfection when I'm lying to myself most of the time...is there really such a thing when it comes to art? Perhaps I just need to change my own perspective of what "perfect" is, and just find peace in knowing that my work is perfectly imperfect, just like me.

Well, I started a couple new projects and I almost have enough to where I can start listing online, or even better, place in local galleries. I love the online community, but I want to engage my local community because I feel that is most important at this time in my life. I want to love people, and I want them to love me. Can you see now why I said my blog was like my therapist...? I can really work some serious shit out here, lol.

Anyway, one of the major reasons I haven't listed anything for sale or applied to any local galleries yet is because I've been having issues with photographing my work lol. I ordered a really nice lightbox kit off of Amazon last week and it's due to be here today!! This will help me get professional quality photos of my sculptures as well as my soaps

In this pic, I just started applying eyelashes. She still needs eyebrows...and well, of course, some hair lol...it's a process 😉

 

I'm no longer doing full-on WIP (Work in Progress) posts anymore, but I will tell you I'm working on a line of Fairy and Elves at the moment (as pictured above). I've been experimenting with different faces and "looks" for a couple weeks. I'm also loving having so many dead aspen trees lying around my property...they make EXCELLENT fantasy display bases! So, I have a lot in the works and just wanted you to know where I'm at as far as progress is concerned and what you can expect from me in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you again for taking the time to read through my rambling posts...I do appreciate it greatly. The support I get from the online community is truly a creative fuel for me. It's hard to create anything without believing in yourself, and that is why I'm so truly grateful to those who have shown me such support and love - you guys mean the world to me!

Yours Unusually,

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