Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Girl With The Wild Red Hair

You might remember that a couple of posts ago I showed you this photo.
This is the skeleton which was made from aluminium foil, masking tape and half a plastic bottle!

Hmm does this head suit her?!

Her body is completely wrapped in masking tape and she sports a tam o'shanter.

Here she is with a skin of paper clay and her wellies on. She has a toadstool to sit on.

First step of the painting....stripey tights and red boots.

New head and hair and a petticoat.Which to choose a bobble hat or tam O'shanter? Nikki doggy has joined in as well.

All finished and sitting comfortably on her toadstool seat, the tam o'shanter won!

                          Side View
Little feather in the tam o'shanter which is held with a little blue bead.
                      Back view with her flowing locks.

Closer view. She has little beads along the bottom of her linen skirt,her jacket is made from paper clay. You may recognise the little dog, she has been wrestled off Mavis!
The flower was made from aluminium and masking tape and then dipped a few times in acrylic paint until it was the right colour.
She now sits on my daughters mantelpiece who was the original inspiration behind 'The Girl With The Wild Red Hair', as, when she was younger, she permed her very long red hair.

This was a fun project to make and I'm pleased with how she has turned out, now it's given me a bit of a taste to do some more modeling with clay.

Also on the crafty front these two little plants were made. No watering needed, and can be put in the sun or shade and it will never fade or die or attract the greenfly!
The hand embroidered sayings are 'be strong,grow,bloom,flower' and 'how does your garden grow?' Planted in a little milk jug and a baked bean tin, they have 'earth' to finish the effect off.

A most unusual chicken in the hen house!

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  1. She's lovely - and I love those flowers too! The dog made me laugh! Our chickens used to help themselves to the rabbit hutch (and the rabbit food too) but the rabbit moved out to my daughter's house.

  2. She is SO adorable. I just love her curly red hair. What a mischievous doggy !!! xx

  3. omg that chicken in the hen house made me giggle! Saying hi from Handmade Monday! I love your little doll with the red hair she looks so feisty. I'm a pet portrait artist and crotchety crochetholic so come say hi

  4. Hehe oh she is fantastic! As always your humour and attention to detail makes all the difference. I'm sure she is quite the talking point at your daughter's house! :)

  5. It's lovely to see all the different stages of your girl - she looks stunning (as she always does) and I love her Tam o'shanter.

  6. She looks lovely, you must be so pleased. And I love you dog!! :)

  7. She is lovely, and it is very interesting seeing the stages she has gone through. I do like her little skirt and stripey tights.

  8. That's a very unusual chicken you have there! Love your young Lady too, her curls are amazing

  9. She is beautiful - so much detail. The unusual chicken made me smile! Happy new year, Jo x

  10. crazy how you made that from a bottle tinfoil and masking tape... great job thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party.

  11. Really enjoyed seeing all the stages. I'm trying to think of how to recycle the dolce gusto coffee pods so might try something with paper clay (though not sure what it is)!

  12. Thanks Andrea, Unfortunately I can't comment on your blog as I'm not with google+. Paper clay is air dried clay so no need to fire it. You can smooth it with water and it dries rock hard so it can be sanded easily. HTH

  13. Love your project and the added bonus of the dog ;) it made my night.