A grinning Tom in your trash
Recently created for my first tutorial for cut out + keep, this is my Trash Cat.
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I start out with discarded plastic ornaments, my attic just so happened to be littered with them when squirrels managed to get in there but I digress. I usually brush on a water and school glue solution and apply small squares of tissue paper, once dry it gives the clay something to hold onto but I chose to skip it for the purposes of the tutorial.
I decided early on that I wanted to make a cat so I drilled two small holes and pushed a pair of Cat style doll eyes, but I have in the past used buttons, marbles, eyes cast in resin. A slightly pricier option would be to buy glass eyes from taxidermy sites but pay close attention to the size often listed in millimeters so its probably a good idea to chose eyes from small species animals since the eyes are the approximate size of the animal in question.
Next is a small amount of air drying clay, I don't generally map out an idea for my projects. I do a quick image search on a search engine and base my ideas loosely on what I see. Here I used terracotta colored clay, no reason but I will say I prefer the white clay because its easier to paint. My local craft store just ran out of the white.
I glued his head to a body made of a small bottle, covered it in the same way I did his head. I glued that into a can and added hands made of old glove fingers, I also added pieces of foil, plastic, foam and other assorted items that would look like trash but not smell. Now he's ready to sit on your shelf.