To create the flames I used red, orange, yellow, and glow in the dark clay, thinned and twisted to resemble flickering flames. The rocks were sculpted from swirled multi-colored clay. I sprinkled the base with green and copper embossing powder before I baked it.
Next I used a bottle and shaped wire to create an armature for the witch. I wrapped the top of the bottle (her torso) and the head and arm wires with floral tape to help the clay adhere to the bottle and the wire.
Then I added a layer of clay over the whole armature and began sculpting her face and hands. I mixed equal amounts of flesh colored and glow in the dark clay to create a flesh tone that glows brightly in the dark.
As you can see, she still glows just as brightly as she would if I had only used glow in the dark clay. This is the first time I tried mixing it with another color. In the future I'll have to try mixing GITD clay with other light colors and see what happens.
Here I've added some ragged looking robes to the witch and secured her to the base with liquid polymer clay. Her make up is chalk, which I rubbed on paper then applied to the face with a small brush. I also filled the star cut outs on the cauldron with a mix of glaze and glow in the dark powder.
Of course a witch has to have her Familiar. This is the beginning of the armature for her black cat. The wires have been secured in the foil core with glue.
I wrapped the armature with floral tape to further secure the wires in the clay and provide a good surface for the clay. I made sure the cat would fit properly next to the witch. I posed him so that he would appear to be up on his hind legs, looking into the cauldron.
And this is how they looked right before going into the oven for the final bake. The cat has his front paws on the rim of the cauldron and I added liquid polymer clay to the bottom of his feet and tail to secure him to the base and the cauldron. I textured his fur and used glow in the dark clay for his eyes.
I used a fuzzy type of yarn for the witch's hair, and added felt to the bottom of the base. Now this spooky sculpture is complete and listed in CreativeCritters! I included a vanilla scented votive candle as well.
And this is what it looks like in the dark. Pretty cool, huh?
It almost looks like the flames are actually flickering, and I love how brightly that glow in the dark powder makes the stars glow! This took a few weeks to complete, and is certainly a one of a kind creation. I tried some new things with this sculpture, and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Thanks for joining me on another creative journey! =)
-Michelle of CreativeCritters
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