Swollen Deathray Toys
Since there are so many very cool artists in this scene that are not household names yet...I'd like to introduce you to Ivey. He creates all of his toys by hand using wire and clay. If you are interested in his work, he is planning on launching a website and also has one of his handmade toys up on ebay.
It took me a while to figure out why it is I like making my toys and I think the answer is in the mechanics. The form comes secondary to function in my mind. The biggest challenge in making these toys is trying to make a fully poseable action figure out of clay and wire. I didn't want to make a static object I wanted an "action" figure. I
borrowed a lot of tricks from stop motion animation artists when it came to making the armatures. Most importantly, I wanted to make them sturdy. It's taken me 6 months of work to perfect the frame and is the most time intensive aspect of the whole process when it comes to making a single toy. Aesthetically there are so many great artists out there I cant think of one single person that influences me. The best thing about the custom toy scene right now is the vast amount of
people involved. I think everyone has something to add, and without their support I wouldn't be writing this article.