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« on: June 30, 2013 11:30:09 AM »

This is one of the shrines that I made for Wulf in the Shrine Swap. I decided to go with an Earth Spirit theme, and I accepted Wulf's challenge to construct a "weatherproof" shrine that he could place outside. My original plan was to make some small shrines out of tins with windows, and I decided I wanted something that could light up for the evenings. So I went to Target looking for some of those $1 garden lights that are solar powered. I also picked up a larger lantern which wound up being the base for my large shrine because I discovered that cannibalizing the solar powered lights required more tools than I was prepared to go buy (soldering iron, etc.). I'm really happy with how things worked out though.

The shrine can be completely inclosed with the glass windows in preparation for all kinds of weather, or the front panel can be taken out for a clearer view of the inside. I sculpted the little earth sprite with a mix of bronze and beige polymer clay, so it is shimmery and fleshy at the same time. His wings are made with maple seeds, and he has twigs for hair. I also sculpted the mushroom with polymer clay. This shrine obviously came out more like a scene then a shrine, but a lot of the things I had planned to use didn't fit inside. The bottom is about 3.5"x3.5"...

The lantern was originally black, but I love copper and patina on copper, so I gave the outside a makeover before starting.

I had a horrible time of trying to get a "lit up" shot (because I was lazy and didn't want to get a tripod out), so here was my best effort from my in-progress shots:

And I forgot to take a picture of the backside when it was done, so here is the back panel when I was taking in-progress shots:

(The stamp is one I made for my wedding stationary last year).

And lastly, here is a shot from before I started:

I had a ton of fun making this, and now I really want to go back and buy another lantern to do another for myself. I need to focus on other things right now though, so it will probably have to wait til next year when they are selling these lanterns again.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2013 01:13:11 PM »

This is incredible!!  Shocked

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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2013 01:57:51 PM »

Wow!  This turned out really well!  Your little sprite is amazing and way to go on the weather-proofing.

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013 03:28:11 PM »

Oh wow, this is amazing! I love all the little details, and the copper and patina looks amazing!

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