Wanted to show a few photos of the process I use to make my faeries......I hope you enjoy....
These are the basic materials I use to get started.
Once I glue the styrofoam ball onto the wooden dowel...I add a bit of aluminum foil to bulk up the torso...and then I begin to sculpt with the paperclay.
While the torso and head dry (which can take a few days up to about a week) I make the legs, arms and feet.
Once the head and torso are dry I begin adding color.....I use mostly colored pencils with a bit of white acrylic paint.
My workspace tends to get a bit crowded! :) Once the legs dry I paint them with my favorite black and white stripeys.
Once all the paint has dried and I have added all the details I want with the pencils I wire on all of the body parts with copper wire.
I am usually working on more than one faerie at a time so I have a little assembly line going.
I have a paper template (seen bottom right) that I use to make wings. I use various papers and several layers of Mod Podge hard coat to create the wings...once I add the final coat of Mod Podge I sprinkle on the faerie dust.
I make their little skirts from hand dyed ribbons and also add little metal trinkets and a tiny bottle of faerie dust to complete the look.
Before I add the skirts and hair I coat the entire body with the Mod Podge...and sprinkle with faerie dust on the cheeks and dress. The hair is simply strands of acrylic and/or rayon yarn that have been attached with hot glue.