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« on: December 06, 2013 07:51:02 PM »

When I signed up for the Vinatge Christmas Swap I had no idea I'd be paired with the impressive rackycoo! How exciting! She mentioned having a fondness for Santa and I set out to craft the elfin guy using paper clay. This was a new experience for me, not ever having used the stuff. It began with DAS paper clay pressed over two styrofoam balls and dowels for legs. The base was drilled with two holes for the legs and I glued them in. The nose, cheeks, and pointy shoes were built up with paperclay and I set it aside to dry. Forever. Because that stuff takes an eternity to dry. After that, I coated him in gesso, then dry, dry, dry, and then acrylic paint, then dry, dry, dry, and finally a good scrub with antiquing fluid. I painted the toy sack with a mixture of paint and glue to make it a bit stiff, and stuffed it with "antique" toys. rackycoo had already sent me my delightful peg dolls and with them came a bit of red and white baker's twine, which was exactly what I needed to finish off the toy bag. (psst...I used the rest of that twine in a goofy deer hoop so it made the rounds!) Anyway, here's the finished project:

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Paper clay is messy but it is delightful.


« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2013 08:14:28 PM »

How delightfully cute! I have wanted to try that paper clay stuff. I like your idea, and a very good job you did. In place of gesso next time? Perhaps a sealant. Then the acrylic toppings. It looks like the paper clay stuff is absorbing in nature. Don't know for sure, because I have never tried it. But I do paper mache', and this stuff looks similar to that in absorbing paints, etc. You did a very wonderful job with this. And I love the antique style finish you used on his flesh tones. Very vintage. Grin


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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013 03:59:48 AM »

He's delightful!  Lucky Rackcoo!

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013 04:52:08 AM »

Heck yeah, lucky me! I just love this guy! He makes me so happy.

I didn't know you used some of the baker's twine I wrapped your package in, pottersmouth. You are so resourceful! Thanks so much for sending me Christmas cheer.  I loved swapping with you!  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2013 07:33:44 AM »

pottersmouth - the Santa you made is truly delightful! Job well done!

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2013 07:53:00 AM »

That is adorable. I love him. Rackycoo is very lucky!

« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2013 03:07:51 PM »

Adorable !

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