Friday, February 11, 2011
Year of the Rabbit, part I.
This guy was a joint project. I did the bunny-making, and my mom was nice enough to make him a festive kimono and obi. (My sewing skills are basically nonexistant. I have to work on that this year.)
In a lot of Asian folklore, the shadows and shapes created by the moon's craters are seen as a rabbit in the moon, which I love. (I adore bunnies, which is probably why I decided to semi-celebrate Lunar New Year this year, despite my complete lack of any Asian heritage whatsoever.) In Japan, the moon-rabbit is pounding rice into flour to make rice cakes, so I equipped my lunar-bunny with a mortar and pestle for his photoshoot.
this cute bunny pattern (that's a Ravelry link) as a starting point, but I did it in half-size since I like everything small. The head took a few frog-and-restarts before I got it looking bunny-ish instead of too snouty and ratty. The body and arms/feet are all just super-basic cylinder shapes. It's been a while since I've done a semi-scultptural ami like this, and it was a lot of fun. Especially since I managed to get him to sit up steadily with only a few dried pinto beans stuffed into the bottom of his body. (I made his eyes out of polymer clay, and sometimes polymer clay bits can make these things really wobbly and top-heavy and hard to get balanced.)
(Go see other people's awesome projects at Finished Object Friday and Fibers on Friday.)