The examination of nature, organic structures and living beings determine Gerd Rucker's work. For this project he decided to create a complementary contrast between the starfish and the background. The resulting rainbow colours stand for the diversity of our earth. We simply love it!
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
polymer clay in rainbow colours glass eye object frame machine modelling needle cutter super glue glass
Start with a 5 cm big ball which you press lightly. For the legs you need 5 balls of about 3 cm diameter which you make into cones. Place them in a star shape around the big ball. Deform the cones irregularly so that a lively movement is created. Place the glass eye in the middle of the glass and bake it for one hour.
For the eyelids you need 2 plates of purple and skin coloured polymer clay. Form pieces of the same size and press them 1 mm flat. Place the starfish in front of you so that there are 2 legs below and one above. Place the purple eyelids first, then the skin coloured ones. Remove them carefully from the eye with a needle.
Process the skin coloured clay to 2 mm thick strands and cut them with the cutter to equal portions. Form small balls and place them around the eye.
Mix yellow, orange and red clay and create a gradient of 9 colours. Start with the lightest yellow and cover the body with it. For the legs make small cones of 5 x 5 mm and mount them with the needle. Add 3 rows of cones from yellow - orange. Bake it for half an hour.
5. Cover the legs with 2 mm balls in the colour gradient from light to dark.
For the background start by mixing the green and blue tones. Create a nice gradient with your machine. Form blocks in different sizes so that the lightest are the largest.
Cut the blocks into equal pieces and make cones by splitting the top with the blade.
Take the inner wall out of the object frame and place it on a glass plate. Place the star into the frame and fill the frame with the green and blue cones. Start with the highest and work your way up. When the frame is full, bake the whole piece for 45 min.
Carefully remove the work from the glass plate with small back and forth movements. Coat the back of the frame with super glue and stick the starfish on it.