Archive | July 2010

Wellington Manor. This House was hard!


I finally squeezed out some more energy and patience to finish another polymer clay village house. This one was real tedious. The stone was not easy. Ohhh and whew, lots of windows on this one. Those window panes sure gave me pains. HA!

It is a brown stone house with blue shutters. Those little additions are also tricky. The addition on this one is on the front of the house.

After antiquing I seal it with spray. When that is dry, I then put some sculpey glaze in the windows. It gives the windows a real nice glass-like appearance.

The part I have most fun with on these houses, is when its time to landscape! It’s like gardening and you can design it however you like.

My collection is growing. You can visit FlickR Photos to see all the houses I have completed thus far. I am undecided if I will sell any of them. I have to think about that for awhile. There is so much work that goes into them and I am getting attached to them. I do have some more ideas and themes for additional houses that will most likely end up in my Etsy Shop at some point.

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Another Village House

This is my fourth house. I think I must take a short break for awhile. They are tedious and I must admit I am getting a little drained. So I will rest for a few days and work on something else. I am anxious to finish the set and will eventually get back to them.

Once again, this is all polymer clay in 3d design. It is not painted except for small touch up and the end to brighten up the flowers. I also antique the houses to give them more depth.

Here’s all of them thus far. It is starting to look like a little village.

My 3rd Polymer Clay Village House


Darn, these are just too fun! I was not going to do a fourth but I think I will. They are still calling me. I want to learn a few more methods for them because come holiday time I want to try to make some pretty holiday cottages.

This one is called Lambert’s House. It was the hardest one Ive done so far due to the extra little side door area and also the walk. The roof also took some time.

Each of these takes about two days, however, keep in mind they are done in stages and have to let clay cool, paint dry, sealant dry, etc.

The leaves and flowers are also a bit time consuming as well. However, once you are at that stage, it’s the final touches and your elated to have the house almost done.

See the full flickr set to see more views of this house.


Tiny Polymer Clay Village Houses


I have been slightly distracted from my doll art. I was in the library getting a book to read and I happen to find this great book on Creating Polymer Clay villages by Gail Ritchey.

It intrigued me, so I checked it out of the library and went home. Well, let me tell you, it sat on my art table for a few days before I did anything. I just loved the little houses in the book, but it kept screaming out to me “ohhh my goodness … sooo much work, SIGH…. so tedious, too complicated”. Because that is how these houses looked; really detailed, tiny little houses with lots of colored clay.

Well, the type of person I am, I felt challenged. I loved the houses so much I was determined to try one. I mean really …. how complex can it be?? I assemble dolls on armatures, sculpt detailed little tiny faces and paint their eyes, do costuming, wings, and hair! So let’s get started!!

My first one did take quite awhile. I went slow, read the instructions thoroughly. I really wanted it to turn out just like the photos in the book. Well, everything went perfectly step by step. The book had great instructions and the author did a really fabulous job. You will create what you see in this book!

After the first one, I was hooked! It was so much fun and quite surprisingly it was not as hard as I thought. Just tedious and time consuming. Which I am used to anyway. After the first one was finished, I just had to do another one.

Here are my two little village houses. They are made entirely of polymer clay. Only a small tiny amount of paint is added at the every end for antiquing and maybe brightening up some of the flowers a hint. But overall, all the color is the clay color and color mixing.

You can view more photos showing the entire house (sides and back) in the Flickr Photo Set Here

I am starting my third one because I just can’t help myself. its just too much fun right now!

I learned some great things with constructing 3d objects in polymer clay. This was totally out of my realm but I managed to finish two and they really excite me. I am now thinking of holiday and Christmas shops, ohhhhh how much fun!

I decided to buy the book since its so fabulous and it can be useful for applying other methods within my sculpting. I always learn something when I venture out of my norm. Something different and refreshing in order to renew my creativity!

My first two, complete with felted bottoms for displaying on a nice shelf or table. So much fun!

Flower Cup Fairy “Daisy”


Meet Daisy, #3 in my set of Flower Cup Fairies. There were to be a total of 3 Flower Cup Fairies, however I am getting urge to do a few more. They are fun!

View her complete FlickR slide show here

View Her Etsy Listing

She sits on a pedestal which was a great find for altered art. It is nice thick metal flower and then I altered it for her pedestal base. Up from middle of flower is sculpted clay stem accented with hand sculpted clay flowers and delicate paper flowers towards the base.

Her wings are a beautiful yellow with many accent colors and dash of glitter. They are so delicate.

Her hair is Tibetan Lambs wool in brown. She has a beautiful yellow and purple silk headpiece.

Her sweet little dainty fairy shoes are dusted with purple glitters and tied off with pale yellow ribbon.

She will be added to my Etsy Shop this weekend. Check back for her listing.

Flower Cup Fairy “Alexa”


Meet Alexa, #2 in my set of Flower Cup Fairies. There will be a total of 3 Flower Cup Fairies in this Set.

View her complete FlickR slide show here

View Her Etsy Listing

She sits on a pedestal which was a great find for altered art. It is nice thick metal flower and then I altered it for her pedestal base. Up from middle of flower is sculpted clay stem accented with hand sculpted clay flowers and delicate paper flowers.

Her wings are so delicate and very colorful. They are made using my own technique.

Her hair is Tibetan Lambs wool in black. I rarely use black hair on my dolls and when I do I just love the contrast it offers. It’s very striking and against her baby blue and purple outfit.

Again, this one has marvelous dainty fairy shoes with sterling silver glitter, tiny blue ribbon and a crystal.

She will be added to my Etsy Shop this weekend and is available along with my first Flower Cup Fairy “Fiona”.