I am nearing completion of the skin for the Trojan Cat. There are only a few more pieces of planking to add along the joint line, and it will be on to varnish, miniature nail heads, and more varnish. Originally I was not going to put any eyes on the cat, choosing to leave the areas where the eyes would go as large blank planks. Questions started to arise as I worked on it and some thought the cat should have eyeballs, so I am evaluating options.
This photo shows eyeballs that are temporarily in place that would be golden yellow with a black vertical pupils in them, a close simulation of a real cat. I haven't painted them yet as I wanted to get used to the idea before I went any further. I just penciled in pupils for now! I have another set that are just two half spheres, stained to match the planks. I have to think like a mouse now and think what he might have chosen to do!
In the photo the top half has yet to be varnished and painted, while the bottom has been done. I think it is time to clear the kitchen counter.
Automata is a creative blend of my life interests , engineering, art and woodworking.