Amy’s Art: Kimono Cat Collection – The Making of Tama Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of of how I made my first Kimono Cat called Tama! In the first installment, I left you at the cliffhanger of whether Tama made it out alive after the third time in the oven. Let’s see how she did…

Front view

Our heroine has emerged from the oven unscathed! Pop the champagne, everybody!

Back view

Before I put Tama in the oven, I also made a bow to fit on the back of her obi. I purposefully made it separately because I could tell that it would be easier to paint it first and then stick it onto the obi, rather than sticking it on first and having to awkwardly paint around and behind it. I made the diamond pattern by rolling one of my sculpting tools over it, which had this pattern around the handle.


The bow came out nicely after the oven too. Please excuse me while I high five my other hand.

My next trick is…The Levitating Cat

Now it was time for Tama to get some feet. In order to do this, I needed a stand which would hold her upright and off the ground. So, I cut a hole in another Amazon box and stuck her in. Example two of Kiwi ingenuity right there, guys.

Upside down cat in a mug

Once I finished the bottom of the yukata, her feet and the footwear called geta, it was time to put her in the oven for the fourth and final time. Since I’d only worked on the bottom half of the sculpture, I wanted the bottom half to be closest to the heat in the oven. I figured that putting her upside down in the mug would do the trick nicely and proceeded to bake her for about 40 -50 minutes.

Broken ear emergency

Yeah…it turned out that the whole ‘upside down’ thing wasn’t a very good idea. While the bottom half of her cured, one ear was lost in the battle. A sacrifice had been made.


No worries – I had Apoxie Sculpt as an ally so I fashioned her a nice, brand new ear in no time. I also used the Apoxie to work on some smaller details on the obi, geta and tail.

Hello whiskers!

Now that I’d finished with the oven baking, it was time to insert some whiskers next to her nose. During my research, I’d found out that some people stripped feathers down and used the quills as whiskers for their various creatures. I tried that too but they were too stiff for my liking, so I used nylon thread instead. Ahh yes, much more whiskery.

Milk dunk

After I’d left the Apoxie alone for 24 hours, it was finally time to start prepping the sculpture for painting. This was the first time for me to use Acrylic Gesso and I have to say, I was very pleased with the results. I applied about two coats of Gesso and then went over it with white acrylic paint to get a nice white canvas ready for painting.


Yes, it looks like I dunked her in a bucket of milk…or Twink!


So, did you like Part 2 of The Making of Tama?

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