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Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Judge

The Judge is approximately 8" tall.

The idea came from: I came up with the idea because I am currently watching the series John Adams on Amazon Prime video, and I find the wigs fascinating.  So I thought it would be fun to do a character with one of those wigs with the rolls they wore in the day.

Construction: I started with the head.  I made a flat sided ball from aluminum foil, placed the face (made from a mold I made) on the flat side and covering the rest with Original Sculpey.  The Head was mounted on a 1/4" dowel for handling and shaping.  I cured this, and then added the wig with texturing.  When cured, I formed the body shape again with aluminum foil wrapped around the dowel and covered again with Original Sculpey, textured and added belt, collar, etc.  Cured and then colored with chalk and alcohol inks, acrylic paints, gold and silver pastes.

In Progress: Scarey!! The "antiquing" is done in bright magenta.  I thought what have I done? A pink judge!

Next I started layering in color with alcohol and chalk inks.  Feeling a little better about the magenta. In fact I am happy with it, because it added a warm feel to all the colors. 

Notice I avoided the face ... I always avoid the face! 

More views of the finished piece:

Thank you for stopping by and visiting me and the Judge.


  1. The Judge looks so authoritative, yet approachable. Nicely done! ;)

  2. I love the magenta antiquing. Brilliant idea. And I avoid the face too. I so need so much practice and always I avoid it.

    1. Thank you so much Line! I just wasn't sure what to do with this face, it just kinda happened. Gold cheeks and all!

  3. I really love the painterly feel of your recent pieces Betsy, and the Judge is no exception to that! I'm especially loving his golden cheeks and lips... not a color I would have thought to use for those areas, but it works so well!

    1. Thank so much Beth. I can feel my paintings starting to emerge in my pieces and it is so much fun. I often used off-beat colors in my paintings.