I made this for the mini altered tin swap. My partner had lots of circus/sideshow pins on her pinterest so I came up with the idea of making the "Fiji Mermaid":
I used the tiny altoid tin to hold the "mermaid" that I made from a little plastic christmas angel--I cut her in half, made a fish tail out of clay then painted her all brown. I sprinkled coffee grounds on her for texture and some wool for the hair. Some of the "mermaid" images I found had white eyes painted on--I like the creepiness of that so I gave her white eyes (hard to see in this picture):
An altered Barbie is the the creepy circus man enticing you to come inside the tent for more sideshow freaks! I painted her eyes and new eyebrows, yellow teeth, wicked facial hair and dirtied up her cheeks.
I made the hat from card stock and clothes from felt and ribbons. It was the most time-consuming part, making the clothes, but at least I could just glue them on.
I decided to cut her legs short since it was such a small scene with the mini-tin and I glued her to a wood base that I decorated and distressed with scrapbook paper and brown chalk. I decided to glue a poster to the back advertising the show. I thought it might distract from her short little legs!
I thought it was a little extravagant for a "Mini tin" swap but my other ideas were even more grand, so much that I was thinking, "I can't even tell there is a tin in there". But I'm happy that it turned out mostly how I pictured it in my head, a lot of times things don't and I was pretty worried that it would look cheesy in the end, so I am relieved that my partner likes it!