Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

I'd like to wish all my online friends a Happy Thanksgiving! I've been busy getting ready for my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale at my Etsy shop:

I'm having a 20% off sale and offering free shipping on purchases of artwork ( after discount ) of $100.00.

Between working on my Etsy listings I braved the supermarket for some last minute supplies.

This year instead of a turkey were doing a roasting chicken stuffed with ( of all things ) White Castle hamburgers!

Here's the recipe in case you think I'm ribbing you:

White Castle Holiday Stuffing

10 White Castle hamburgers, no pickles

1 1/2 cups celery, diced

1 1/4 tsp. ground thyme

1 1/2 tsp. ground sage

3/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 cup chicken broth

In a large mixing bowl, tear the burgers into pieces and add diced celery and seasonings.

Toss and add chicken broth. Toss well.

Stuff cavity of turkey just before roasting. Makes about 9 cups ( enough for a 10 - 12 -pound turkey). Note: Allow 1 hamburger for each pound of turkey, which will be the equivalent of 3/4 cup of stuffing per pound.

Let me know if any of you are brave enough to give it a try!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bad Santa

I thought I'd share a few work in progress photos of this nasty little fellow I just listed on Etsy: Clubba The Bad Santa by BlacknickSculpture on Etsy

If you missed my earlier blog post this is the armature I made for the sculpture.

I like to wrap the armature with floral wire to help the clay stay in place.Once the armature was completed I began adding Apoxie sculpt clay.

Here the final pose is taking shape. The legs are done but I can still reposition the arms and head if I choose.

Adding some detail to the face with a needle tool.

Adding the bat to the figure and sculpting the sleeve.

The finished sculpture and base outside being primed.

Beginning painting the face.

Giving the figure a wash to accent the details.

Putting the finishing touches to the gift box my bad Santa will be holding. I named this guy Clubba because, well, what do you name a character holding a Louisville slugger?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Zombie Santa

Shades of the Walking Dead! I felt like making a Zombie Santa ornament yesterday.

I used Apoxie clay to sculpt the zombie and finished it in acrylic paint. It has a cord in the head for hanging it from a Christmas tree.

I also started a couple armatures for sculptures I'm planning.

Here is the finished armature wrapped in floral wire. I find the floral wire helps give the clay a toe hold as I'm applying it. I hope to have more done on this by weeks end!