Fantastic Fantasy Creations from CreativeCritters

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If you’re at all familiar with my work you’ll know that I really enjoy creating fun fantasy characters.  The world of fantasy fits my creative style perfectly- I can make up the rules as I go 😉  I can create cool characters like Warrior Brega here, who was inspired in part by Terry Brooks’ Shannara series.

Warrior Brega Wielding a Warhammer Fantasy Polymer Clay OOAK sculpture

I can get lost in all those fun little details, like the embossing on his armor and War Hammer, and imagine the story that goes with him.  Brega is a brave warrior, honest and fearless in battle, always willing to right the wrongs of evil-doers.

And then there are the multitude of fantasy creatures just waiting to be sculpted!  This is the only griffin I’ve sculpted (so far), done in Dinko Tilov’s whimsical style. There really are no limits when it comes to fantasy!

Handmade Polymer Clay Mythological Fantasy Griffin Sculpture

This cute yet fearsome (in his mind at least) griffin even has glow in the dark eyes and claws.  Glow in the dark clay is an awesome addition to most fantasy creations.

OOAK Polymer Clay Glow in the Dark Lion Fish Mermaid sculpture

My LionFish Mermaid sculpture makes good use of glow in the dark clay, and she looks so cool at night!

Fantasy finds it’s way into the jewelry I make as well.  This is probably one of my favorite dragon necklaces.  I call it Mei’s Flowers and I created it for the May Flowers polymer clay challenge several years ago.

OOAK Purple Dragon and Iris Flower Necklace with Swarovski Crystals

Fantasy has also found it’s way into my knitting as well.  I’ve made several knit unicorns, all different, of course.  This purple unicorn is the only one I have left in my shop at the moment.  Another of my favorites, since not only is she a unicorn, but she’s purple!

Handmade Knit Pastel Pink Purple and Blue Unicorn Fantasy Stuffed Toy

And this is just a small sample of the fantasy creations you can find at CreativeCritters!  I do custom orders as well, so if there’s a fantasy creature you’d like me to create just let me know 🙂

Each of these pictures is linked to the product’s listing in my shop, so you can click on the picture to learn more about any of these items.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a little trip through my fantasy world!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Making a Glow in the Dark Mushroom House with Gnomes and Bunny

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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.  wip mushroom gnome house

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.

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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).

wip mushroom gnome house calcifer

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

 

My Latest World of Warcraft Wedding Cake Topper

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I recently finished sculpting another custom World of Warcraft wedding cake topper and wanted to share some pics with my readers.  This one has an Elf as the bride and a Tauren as the groom.

WoW cake topper This piece took a LONG time to complete, but then again, these highly detailed wedding cake toppers usually do.  It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the bride’s dress has areas that have been stamped and brushed with shimmering iridescent Pearl Ex powders, and there are several layers to the dress.  I think the dress took as long to make as the entire elf!WoW cake topper 6 I really spent a lot of time on the tiny details like the white flowers that are twining up the bride’s legs.  That bouquet is pretty special too.  I found a vintage earring in my jewelry stash that had (faux)  pearls, diamonds, and gold accents and I added white polymer clay roses to create a truly unique bouquet.

My customer also requested that a banner with the Horde logo was included.

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That logo’s not painted on either- I cut that out of red clay and appliqued it to the black banner.  Not easy, but I think it looks better than it would have if I’d painted it.

The Tauren groom was a lot of fun to make as well.  I do believe he’s the first Tauren I’ve sculpted that didn’t have a beard.  He did have a big toothy smile though 🙂  My customer sent me lots of really good screen shots so I was able to create just what she was looking for.  When it comes to making these cake toppers good pictures of the characters are a must.

I really like the way the pose came out too.  The groom has one arm lovingly around the bride’s waist and is gently holding her other other hand- very romantic! ❤  And the pretty elf bride gazes up at her new husband with love in her eyes.  Yeah, I’m a romantic all right!  Plus I finished this shortly after I got engaged myself, so I was really feeling the love 😉

So far I’ve only had orders for World of Warcraft wedding cake toppers, but I’m quite willing to create any characters, for any occasion.   If you’re interested in having me create a cake topper for you (wedding, birthday, anniversary, or other occasion) you can place a deposit at this link or contact me at macreativecritters@gmail.com for more information.

And now onto the next project!   Stay tuned to see how my mushroom gnome house sculpture turns out- so far it’s pretty awesome!

Happy crafting my friends!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Meet Vedis, the Green and Gold Pot Climber Dragon

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This is Vedis, a beautiful green and gold dragon who  loves quietly climbing among the foliage of potted plants.

This gentle little dragon was sculpted by hand in Premo polymer clay and is a one of a kind creation.  He belongs to a clan of dragons known as Pot Climbers, dragons who are able to hang on the edge of pots or similar objects.  Being very much in tune with nature Vedis is a peace loving dragon who gets along with everyone.  When he’s not patrolling the plants sometimes Vedis can be found curled up napping with Calcifer.

cal-dragon (2) (1024x886)To learn more about Vedis, or purchase him simply click on his picture below.

Green and Gold Whimsical Miniature Dragon Pot Climber Sculpture
If you’re interested in the rest of the Pot Climber Dragon clan (or their other draconian relatives), be sure to check out all I have to offer in my DRAGONS category.

Thanks for stopping by!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters

Meet Kennocha the Pot Climber Dragon

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Blue Silver and Green Dragon Pot Climber for Potted Plants and more

This is Kennocha, my first Pot Climber Dragon, and she’s available for sale at CreativeCritters.  Just click on the picture to be directed to her listing.  Kennocha is a lovely little dragon in metallic shades of purple and blue.  She’s very fond of my violets, but never nibbles a petal.  She just likes to hang on the rim of the pot and admire the pretty flowers.  She’s a peaceful little dragon that was created with much love.  She may have been sculpted from polymer clay, but she’s got a heart of gold 😉

Blue Silver and Green Dragon Pot Climber for Potted Plants and more

There’s a whole clan of Pot Climber Dragons which can be found in my DRAGONS category.  Each of these dragons is a unique, one of a kind creation.  They are all sculpted by hand in Premo polymer clay and their individual personalities develop as I’m sculpting them.  These fun creatures can add a touch of whimsy to potted plants or anywhere else you want to hang them.  Kennocha frequently hangs on my laptop screen and keeps me company while I’m online 😉  She’s such a friendly little dragon!  Stop by CreativeCritters and check out the rest of the clan!

Thanks for visiting!

~Michelle of CreativeCritters