Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Helping Cats

I spent a couple of hours at The Cat Care Society, meeting all of the residents and grabbing a few photographs of them.  Once thing that struck me was the flow of volunteers who keep the facility clean and who care for and play with the resident kitties.  Running any animal shelter is a challenge, but the Cat Care Society uses a large group of volunteers to keep everything going smoothly.

Here are three of the furry friends I found.  They would love a forever home!

Beautiful and regal

Petite and very friendly

Murtaugh - Friendly Tabby

I am using Murtaugh's tabby pattern as a resource for Cosmos Cat.

Visit the Cat Care Society's website for more furry friends and to find out more about this fabulous non-profit organization!

Friday, January 23, 2015


The fiberglass cat statue arrived with a gessoed surface, but there are a number of rough patches that need to be sanded smooth. After that is accomplished, a fresh coat of gesso will be sprayed over the entire cat surface.

Naked Cat
Goofy Face - Note the rough areas in the crevices. These will be sanded out.
Meanwhile, I'm working out the details of how to attach the space bubble over his head.  Tricky stuff that requires lots of READING about materials compatibility, chemistry, and MATH.

Cosmos Cat will have his head enclosed in a clear plastic globe, similar to the concept sketch below:

There will NOT be any fabric on the cat when it's complete.  Rather, I am working with a moldable Thermoplastic for a secure way to attach the bubble to the cat form.  Stay Tuned!

Edit on 4/26/2015:  This design detail was revised back to using a vinyl cover over the metal brackets.  I created two separate circular pieces that nested together, with a Velcro® closure.  Sewing vinyl with a circle cut certainly tested my sewing machine skills!