My Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild on ArtFire has inspired me to create yet another challenging sculpture. The theme for this particular challenge was "Trees", which meshed quite nicely with previous ideas I'd had for a lighted tree house. I've created a few lighted miniature houses, which are available in my studio, and all of them are quite detailed. These are the kind of sculptures I can really get lost in as I'm creating them. These lighted houses are also a good way to recycle glass jars and bottles. For the Oak tree, I wrapped clay around a glass bottle to make the trunk of the tree, then cut out windows with my oak leaf shaped clay cutter. I used a battery powered pumpkin light, which looks very pretty shining through the windows. The oak leaves are various shades of green, and they took a long time to cut and place. I just love the effect of all those individual leaves though. About halfway through the sculpting process I came up with the idea of adding the pixies, and sculpting them from glow in the dark clay. This tree is their home, and they like to frolick in the branches, and take care of the mushrooms and flowers around their home. The entire sculpture is 9 inches tall and 5 inches wide, with the tiny pixies measuring a petite 1 1/2 inches tall. This one of a kind fantasy sculpture was a lot of fun to create, and I thank the Smooshers for sparking my creativity yet again.
This is what it looks like in the dark, with the light in the tree turned on. The pixies glow quite brightly, and add a truly magical touch. Thanks for checking out my creative adventures in polymer clay!
-Michelle of CreativeCritters