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Project #20: a Fimo 44th President

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

When I was a student in Washington DC I went to the 2001 inauguration and found a spot right against the capitol reflecting pool. I stood surrounded by women in fur coats, but I’d never been so cold in my entire life.

I really wish I could have attended the inauguration today, but I was a little relieved to get letters from my congress people saying they didn’t have enough tickets. I can’t imagine enduring another seven or eight hours of cold or dealing with a crowd that size. The crowd was big 8 years ago, but today’s dwarfed it easily by a magnitude of 10.

Instead of dealing with security checkpoints and frozen fingers, I watched the proceedings on TV with my co-workers and waved my American flag, happy to enjoy this occasion with climate control.

To celebrate the day, I made a desk figurine of our new President out of Fimo. This suit is made of sparkle clay; it was the only navy blue that I had. It photographs weirdly, but I like to think it gives the president a little Vegas charm. Also, no tile, of course.

I’d never made a standing figure before and it turned out to be harder than I thought. I thought I would be extra slick and stand President Obama in a glass to keep him upright during baking, but he ended up slumping to the side in the heat. Right after I pulled him out of the oven yanked off his crooked feet while they were still soft. Sorry, Mr. President. I glued them back into position with silicon glue.

It’s not a very accurate likeness, but he’ll be a passable enough stand-in. I plan on giving him to my husband; he’s been extra great lately and might like the company on his desk. Maybe mini-Obama will be able to intervene at tax time.

Project #5 – Polymer Clay Kitty

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Today was one of my best friend’s birthday and I completely forgot until I asked her boyfriend/my coworker what his plans were this evening. And of course, they were to take her out to dinner. So, I had a day to scramble for an appropriate gift. All of hers are thoughtful, purchased months in advance and include a thoughtful note. I can’t compete with that.

So, instead, I summoned my crafty powers to make her a tiny replica of her cat, Oliver. This is a cat that tries to drink out of houseguests’ water glasses and always manages to get his claws stuck in any sweater that enters but house. Still, I must put my feelings aside because my friend really loves her kitty and she might (hopefully!) enjoy a tiny version of his likeness.

I made two of these guys out of Fimo. I tried to color in the eyes of the first and ended up accidentally knocking off its head. I made a second one and left the eyes alone. To salvage my earlier efforts, I glued the kitty’s head back on and added eye lashes. Now mini-Oliver has a girlfriend…um or it’s mini-Oliver in drag. Choose whichever narrative suits you.