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« on: June 09, 2012 02:06:37 PM »

Baba Yaga is a Russian witch goddess that is very popular in Russian fairy tales. Her house stands in the forest on chicken legs amidst a garden fenced with the bones of her victims. She was known to eat people who came to close to her house and was especially fond of children. The house would even chase them through the forest.
A variant of the stories is that Baba Yaga also had a flying cauldron that she rode in instead of flying on a broom.
There are many aspects and representations of her in Russian culture. I grew up reading about her (I'm not Russian, but was widely read as a child) and have used her as inspiration for my houses with feet.
When my partner (Wulf) in the the Wicked Forest Matchbox swap listed Baba Yaga as a possible choice for his matchbox, I knew I had to do her strange house.

The chicken legs I made from polymer clay, the house is paper and sits on a matchbox that is 1inch by 1 1/2 inches.


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Pull the matchbox open and you can get a peek of the picked clean remains of her victims.

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2012 02:09:32 PM »

Shut the front door! That's amazing!  Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2012 02:10:41 PM »

The window is teensy and the chicken feet look so real.  This is just favorite.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2012 02:32:45 PM »

This is just perfection incarnate. You did such a wonderful job on it. However did you bring yourself to mail it away? Did a little tear crawl down your face when you handed it over to the postie?
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2012 03:25:13 PM »

Love! The feet are my most favourite part Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012 03:39:08 PM »

So super cool - even more amazing when imagining the scale!  This rocks.   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2012 04:06:22 PM »

I agree with Racky - how on earth did you bring yourself to mail this away?!  I love the story of Baba Yaga and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition has a movement dedicated to Baba Yaga which I loved playing!  This house is just so amazing!  Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2012 04:15:07 PM »

This is just perfection incarnate. You did such a wonderful job on it. However did you bring yourself to mail it away? Did a little tear crawl down your face when you handed it over to the postie?

There was much sighing when I wrapped it up.  Cheesy
Thanks for all the kind and encouraging words, ladies. You are very inspiring to me!
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2012 04:26:42 PM »

Chicken feet??? Holy crap - that is just too fan- freaking-tabulous!! Love it!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2012 04:32:22 PM »

oh wow, cackle!  You did an amazing job on those chicken legs, too!  Awesome!!
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