Hey--remember this guy? A photo of Nut Stash Jar is posted during the leather hard stage in the previous post. Now he's all dressed up in black, green and yellow. The dark palette is a departure from my current body of candy-colored work on white. Because the jars depict the act of looking for previously-buried nuts, I turned to darker colors, representing the underground world.
I was definitely experiencing eye strain while I was working on these, so I have to plug a recent purchase, the Donegan Optivisor
. Yes, it looks weird--even weirder when worn, but works great. The headband magnifier made detailing the little squirrel finials so much easier. My eyes were going crazy before I got that thing! The level of detail I was able to get on the squirrels really improved. changed. my. life.