Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Little Butterfly Bunny





I just finished this little bunny. She's a commission piece. She ended up being quite a bit different from my previous butterfly bunny. It seems that I can't do the same thing twice. I played around with trying to make the outside of the wings look different from the inside the way real butterfly wings look.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Squirrels!

The undyed wool roving

The squirrel before the dyed roving has been applied

Onion skins & tumeric

The finished dyed wool

Using my DollarTree find to dry the wool

The finished Squirrel

The two together

My Bavarian Brown Squirrel

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Annie Mae in her Easter Bonnet




This little girl was inspired by an old victorian Easter card that I had once seen. She's probably my last Easter inspired piece for the season as Easter is only a little over a week away! She stands at 5 1/2 inches tall, bonnet included. And her little bonnet is removable.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Durer's Little Owl

Durer is again the inspiration for this piece. It's of his drawing entitled "Little Owl". It has been a favorite piece ever since I first saw it as child in a book. I had some fun trying to find the species of owl in the drawing. I finally decided that it was most likely a tawny owl. Although, I would hardly think of them as little. The only little dark eyed owl that I could think of was the Flammulated owl. But it has ear tufts and is from North America, not Europe. And the European species known as the Little Owl has yellow eyes. This little guy stands at 6 1/2 inches tall and has German glass eyes. I did something a bit different with his feet. I wanted them to feel a bit fleshy. So, I mixed my Sculpey molding media with some Premo. They both bake at the same temperature and time. Then, I flocked them with finely chopped alpaca wool. I like how they turned out. But because they're so rubbery, he has a hard time standing. I think next time, I would use a thicker gauge of wire. He does stand on his own but it would be best if he had something to lean on. I hope you all like him. It seems I'm kind of on a Durer kick and am thinking of felting his squirrel pair. Although, I'd change the eye size a bit as they seem a bit too small.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Albrecht, a Spring Hare






I just finished this guy tonight. His name is Albrecht after Albrecht Durer. His drawing of a young hare was the inspiration for this guy. Little Albrecht is 7 3/4 inches long and 6 inches tall to his ears. This one is a bit different for me as he has no wire frame. He's needle felted densely and has a bit of heft. He has gently combable llama fur that was hand rooted in. He is adorned with a removable sheer lavendar and white polka-dot ribbon that has a hand cut felt flower permanently attached.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Butterfly Bunny







This little bunny is just 4 inches tall. He comes complete with his little spring flower base.  I tried something new  for his little wings. They were first drawn on to velum paper. I next glued floral wire to the wings so that I could affix them to his wire frame.  After they were dry, a coat of liquid polymer was applied to the painted surface. After they were completely baked, I fipped them over and applied a coat to the un painted side and sprinkled some glitter before baking. They were a lot simpler than my old method and I like how they turned out better.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Gilding the Lily





I just finished this little Lily this afternoon. She's only 2 1/2 inches tall ears included and her egg diorama is 4 inches tall. I created the egg out of paper mache. After it had dried I sanded it and painted it with a glittery blue paint. I then affixed german glass glitter over that. It has a flower shaped button glued to the bottom to help it stand. I hope you all like it.