I wanted to share my latest creation with you all today. This fun little project all started with the cork from our New Year’s Eve bottle of champagne 😉 I looked at the cork and thought, “that looks like a mushroom- I should definitely do something with that!”. At first I was just going to make a simple little ornament or something along those lines, but I seem to have a real hard time doing anything simple- LOL.
When I started this I really had no idea where it was going or how it would develop. I covered the cork with clay to create the mushroom, then decided that I wanted the stem to be longer so I added a foil extension, coated in Tacky glue so the clay would stick better. There are two wires inserted through the cork and into the foil to create a secure stem. At this point I had decided I wanted to make a house, because in my fun fantasy world mushrooms make excellent houses.
I expanded the mushroom cap and added a door and several windows around the stem of the mushroom. I used glow in the dark clay for the underside of the cap, the windows (so it looks like they’re lighted from within in the dark), the heart shaped doorknob, and the three hearts on top of the mushroom cap.
Then I needed a base for this creation (mushrooms have to grow somewhere, after all).
Calcifer likes to supervise these projects, but seems to get the munchies, so I made sure he had a comfortable spot to eat while he watched me work 😉 The way I usually make bases for my projects is to cut out a piece of stiff cardboard in the desired shape, coat it with a thin layer of Tacky glue (to help the clay adhere), let the glue dry, then cover the cardboard in clay.
In this case I used shades of green, blue, yellow, and gold polymer clay for the grass. Now the mushroom has been securely “planted”. But who lives here? Gnomes of course! I like sculpting gnomes because they are fun, happy creatures (at least when I make them). As I delved deeper into this little story that was developing in my mind I decided I wanted to add an animal to the scene (no surprise there!). I thought it would be pretty cool to have Mr. and Mrs. Gnome feeding their friend bunny rabbit.
I made the rabbit realistic and on a much larger scale than the gnomes so it was obvious that the gnomes were of the tiny variety. I also sculpted a bunch of minuscule carrots for the bunny- not an easy task BTW! The gnome is only about 1 1/2 inches tall, so this is pretty detailed for being so tiny.
I put a carrot in each of the gnome’s hands and carefully propped him in an espresso cup for baking. Behind him you can see the tiny red basket filled with carrots that I baked at the same time. Mrs. Gnome was the next to be sculpted, but I had to bake the basket first so that I could wrap her hand around the handle. Once all the characters were baked I positioned them on the unbaked base and added lots of pretty flowers.
It’s so much fun “writing” a story in sculpture! Mrs. Gnome is an avid gardener (much like myself) and loves tending the pretty flowers throughout her yard. Mr. Gnome enjoys his vegetable garden and both love animals and are more than happy to share their bounty with the local critters. Mr. Bunny Rabbit stops by every day for a snack of fresh carrots.
I love how much detail I managed to achieve on such a small scale! It takes a great deal of patience, but I find it so rewarding. I admit, I did have to wear reading glasses this time around to see what I was doing. I wear contacts to see far away, but lately I’ve noticed it’s getting harder to clearly see the tiny details when I’m sculpting on this scale. The reading glasses really helped though and allowed me to get super detailed 🙂
And then there’s the glow in the dark effect!
In the first picture you can see the windows, the underside of the mushroom cap, and some of the flowers glowing. The second picture is the top of the mushroom, to which I also added random sprinkles of glow in the dark powder- pretty trippy! 😉
Here’s a few pictures with measurements so you can see exactly how big the entire sculpture is.
I have this piece listed for sale on CreativeCritters, so if anyone is interested in purchasing it (or just seeing more pictures) you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the full listing. This was a lot of fun to make, and I’m glad I took the time to just create something fun and fanciful. This sort of thing just makes me happy 🙂 Hopefully it will make you happy as well!
Stay tuned to see what else I’m creating!