Making a fairy is a rewarding, yet time-consuming task. Orange Blossom is the first fairy that I have attempted, and despite her birthing pains, I can see more fairies in my future.
Right now she is visiting the Grin Gallery studio in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Bedford is a quaint, historic town that is very arts-friendly. I love how the owner of the studio, Marlaina Pacifico, placed her in this antique lantern. What a great photo backdrop for Orange Blossom!
Making a Fairy
I sculpted her from Premo! Sculpey polymer clay. I used a lot of translucent clay for her body so that she has a soft waxy feel. Wings are gold filigree jewelry findings that I backed with translucent clay. For her house I used a hollow duck egg that my friend and coworker, Mary, was kind enough to share with me. It made a good, sturdy base to hold the wire and foil armature for the mushroom roof. The roof is capped off with a beautiful purple glass bead. Most of the color comes from the polymer itself, but oil paints and alcohol inks give the piece a final hit of color without loosing the waxy glow. Check of the flecks of glitter in her dress and wings!
I originally created Orange Blossom as part of the monthly challenge in my guild, the Polymer Clay Artists Guild Of Etsy. The theme that month was “Fairy Houses.” The challenges are a great way for the member artists to try new things that may be outside of their comfort zone and I can certainly say that participating has done that for me.
“Owls for Every Season” is a set of four seasons brown owl miniatures created from polymer clay representing: winter, spring, summer, fall. I sculpted all of these critters by hand in my rural Pennsylvania studio this month (January) which explains why Mr. Winter Owl looks a little grumpy 🙂 I think Spring is my favorite! Such big eyes, full of wonder at the world.
The set is available for sale in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieYoungCreative
About the Four Seasons Brown Owl Miniatures
Each owl is sculpted around a tiny foil armature, so every one is a unique creation. I used a custom blend of translucent clay, pigmented clay and cinnamon (yes, the kitchen spice!) to achieve the warm brown coloration on the owls. The scarf on Winter and the bikini on Summer where created from a striped millefiori cane–no paint!
I will be entering this set in the “Four Seasons” challenge sponsored by the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. Public voting is open February 1 through 7 and everyone who votes is entered in a prize drawing so head over to http://www.pcagoe.com and choose your favorite three entries.
About the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy: PCAGOE is a global group of polymer artists united through Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade, supplies and vintage. Members create amazing things using polymer clay, including jewelry, supplies, art, sculpture, functional art and home decor.
Valentines Day is just around the corner so I’ve been busy creating this Romantic Gothic Hearts Brooch Collection for my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieYoungCreative
Even the backs are design 🙂
I wasn’t going to make a New Year’s resolution this year, but as I searched through my stash today looking for some earring hooks, inspiration hit. I have TOO many craft supplies. While I’m not to the hoarding level of my mother, my collection of “things that may be useful someday” is piling up. So for my resolution in 2016, I am going to use more of my existing stash. Make no mistake, I’ll still buy new supplies. I’m just going to try to use a few of them 🙂