To be a rubber duckie designer I needed to be able to create my vision by sculpting rubber duckies. My first effort was created using FIMO, which proved to ill-afford the detail I was after. I made further attempts with self-hardening clay, such as those seen here.
Meanwhile my rubber duckie book was accepted by Running Press–the editor raved over my proposal.
The book became the Rubber Duckie Kit: a pop culture book about rubber duckies packaged with a very generic, readily-available duck. The history of rubber ducks fascinated me, and together with the current rubber duckie collectors and makers served up a rich history and interesting and hilarious text.
The book was condensed into a Rubber Duckie Mini Kit which resides in a display by the check out counter at major booksellers.
Still, no rubber duckie of my design, but with over 100,000 copies sold in the first year, my notion that rubber duckies have tremendous appeal was confirmed. With thirty books to my credit this was my bestseller. Oh yes, there is a market for things rubber duckie!