"Next stop Fantasyland" will be the page where I will show my polymer clay and air-dry clay sculptures. Sewing mink pelts by hand can really make my hands sore and I have discovered that playing with clay helps to exercise my hands which eases the pain so that I can go back and make more mink bears and other mink animals.
A French term from the Italian basso-relievo ("low relief"), is a sculpture technique in which figures and/or other design elements are just barely more prominent than the (overall flat) background.
Hand-sculpted Props for Teddies
My hand-sculpted flowers
I love giving my mink bears and other animals props and sometimes when I have a theme idea I need to make the props myself. These hand-sculpted flowers are good examples:
My hand-sculpted mice:
When I decided that I wanted to give my mink fox a mouse companion I decided to sculpt it myself. So I did my research and surrounded myself with lots of photos of mice and even their skeletal system. I decided to use flexible clay instead of regular polymer clay because I wanted the tail and ears to have some movement. Of course, since I know little about polymer clay I had no idea that flexible clay was rather difficult to work with because it is very soft. And I thought it would be fun to add exterior fur once the mouse was sculpted. Well, it took me 4 mouse sculpts before I created a mouse that I thought would be a good companion for my mink fox.
Hand-sculpted Fortune Cookies:
When I decided to make a series of "Good Fortune Pandas" I knew that I had to hand-sculpt my own fortune cookies:
My Three-Dimensional Doodles:
I was playing with air-dry clay and designed these wonderful snails that I will pair up with a mink animal that I will create ... I just have not decided what animal would be a good companion with a snail. Any suggestions?
These snails would be a great craft project to do with a child, so here is a quick tutorial:
Air Dry Clay Snail Tutorial
I love collecting dragons. Dragons definitely live very vividly in my imagination. I love fairies too but when I start playing with clay, dragons just magically start evolving from the lump of clay in my hands.
My goal is to start offering my dragons on my Etsy page in 2012 (LOL ... well here is an update, it is now 2015 and I'm still looking for the time to make more dragons. Maybe in my next life...)
My miniature dragons
I was inspired to create miniature dragons by the tiny brown bottles that I have collected.
Dragons and fairies live in our gardens but we can't always see them because they can camouflage themselves or they can even become invisible. They are very tiny creatures. The Garden Dragons can only be temporarily captured because they are drawn to the magic crystals that are in the brown elixir bottle. When the little bottles are brought into the garden the baby garden dragons will attach themselves to the bottle and they will magically become visible. You can see that I've managed to capture a few. Their wings can resemble leaves and their scales can look like flower petals.