Wishing You a Joyous Eastertide

Creating with inspiration and respect for the past has always been my passion.

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I cut down and resized our Octavia Paperpoly Spanish Colonial Torso.

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Set a pair of Antique German Glass Eyes and an old watch glass into the paperpoly using Apoxie Sculpt.

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Painted an undercoat of warm brown to show through the Kroma Crackle that would eventually be layered on top.

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Mixed inexpensive acrylic paints in varying shades of peach, yellow and ivory to create a soft glowing skin tone, then painted lips and faint eyebrows to bring her to life.

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The crackle adds depth, mystery and instant history.

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This antique silk embroidered ribbon I’ve had for probably 20 years and never had the “right”piece to put it on until now.

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A variety of “proportion appropriate” Victorian scraps create the dress trim. The bright gold Dresden trim was painted with Verday Patina paint to add an aged look.

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Tacky glue is just the right consistency to hold the trims in place with the help of a little bit of painters tape until it dries.

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If there was one product I couldn’t live with out other than our R&A craft blanks its Aves Apoxie Sculpt! There are many new clays on the market but none have the permanence and performance it has. Rolled out a layer, draped her head and sculpted some upswept and curled locks for her.

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I felt she was a Nordic strawberry blonde.

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The trick to creating a great piece is proportion, size does matter! I searched to find something in my stash that would create the right size braids for her elaborate hairdo. Some antique fringe tightly braided worked beautifully.

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You can see I made long braids and adhered them to form her hairdo.

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Then painted highlights of antique gold and arranged more trims to create a befitting headdress.

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A close up shot to show the layers of intricate trims.

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I’m still looking for the perfect little cross to adorn her necklace.

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I pretty happy with the finished piece, I think she has a solemn look about her.

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The last step was to give her light and place a small box of keepsakes in her with a positive message for whomever comes across this piece in the centuries to come. “This Life was a Beauty To Me.” S.E. 2019

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My inspiration, the Antique female saints Reliquary busts of Old World Europe.

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Generally made of wood, they had small “doors” in the head and chest to hold and keep the relics safe.

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I’m kind of addicted now and she will be the first of a series! I hope you enjoyed this post, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. Wishing you and yours a Joyful, Joyfilled, Peaceful Eastertide!