Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Chocolate Lover

She loves chocolate in all of its forms. Especially dark chocolate. Who could blame her for that?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ready for a new year

I have never been one to rush time. Life is much too short to do that. However I am looking forward to a fresh New Year and putting 2014 to rest. This year my mom was in the hospital more than she was out of it and then 2 weeks before Christmas my mother in law passed away unexpectedly.

Too many things beyond my control prevented me from creating as much as I would have liked in 2014. This is one thing that I am determined to get back. In the coming year I will be introducing a new series of snails that I started working on yesterday. I also have plans for more creatures from the forest of ColtPixy to be brought to life.
Along with these I plan to finally put together a dollhouse and create some fairy gardens in my yard. The later will be seen on my Moss Pixie blog once the weather has warmed up.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blue keepsake box

This week I made this box for my husband. His favorite color is blue. The top is polymer clay. The feather has 3 shades of pearl ex powder and one clear glass glob that I painted the underside of with acrylic paints. It was a fun project. Sort of like doodling but with strands and dots of clay instead of a pen.





Friday, November 28, 2014

The butterfly catcher

Pick a hobby they said. It will be fun they said. He chose butterfly collecting and yet he cannot seem to catch any in his net.
There are no paints used here, the flowers are sculpted on with colored clays. Everything seen with the exception of the shell was handmade by me. I use resin to make the eyeballs, artist quality clays to sculpt the snail. The butterfly net is brass tubing and wire. The butterflies are dollhouse scale. I made dozens of them a few months ago to go with dollhouse scale plants I became addicted to making.



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ulitka

улитка (ulitka) is Russian for snail. Ulitka is very loosely based on matryoshka dolls so the name seemed appropriate.



Here is a close up of her belly.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Fortune Teller

Deep in the forest of ColtPixy lives a lady who can see all. If you ask her questions she may give you a riddle or a hint. That is, if she believes you need to know the answer. More likely than not she will tell you that you have asked the wrong question. This is because she thinks people should learn from experiences and not try to avoid them.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Shaylee the fairy princess

Shaylee is a treasure. She may be a princess but you would never know it because she is so sweet and never puts on airs. She tends to lean more towards her fairy side and likes to think of herself as one who can grant wishes. Tomorrow she will be flying away to her new home in Norway. She tells me it is magical there.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Seana the realtor

Seana has listed this lovely little mushroom cottage just perfect for the discriminating fairy. Wish you could see the inside, it is HUGE. Magic works in wonderful ways like that.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fourth Doctor with knitting companion

With a scarf long enough to trample over she has a hard time keeping extras knitted.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Future snails

Shells, clay, armature wire (not shown). This is what snails are made of. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my time doing what I love.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The mad scientist

He glows in the dark. Here he can be seen both during the day and at night.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Captain Jack Sluggow

"The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?"

Friday, August 22, 2014

Knitting Dragon snail

Keeper and protector of the secret yarn stash. Ok, actually she hoards it all for herself. You would not want to mess with her. She can be meaner than she looks especially when it comes to her fiber collection.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rosina the knitting snail

Rosina's hobbies include knitting, crochet and watching sci-fi movies. She will be listed in my etsy shop when it reopens this weekend.

Rosina

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Daryl

This is the snail you want to be with during a zombie slugpocalypse.

Daryl

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Evolution of my snails

No matter what medium I am working in I do my best to constantly strive to do better. To improve my technique and style. Every once in a while I look back at past work to see how it has changed and evolved. Do you ever do that with your own work?

These are some of my first snails made back in 2011.
ColtPixy Snails


They have changed quite a bit over the past few years.
Mimita

the doctors


I am working on more snails now and am curious to see how much farther they can evolve. It is a fun journey.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The cheesy grin

I will admit I was a little nervous about attempting this one. It is my first snail with a full set of teeth. In my mind the vampire fangs I had done previously were a breeze and it would be nothing like putting teeth in a human head sculpture. Especially since snails do not have skulls or lips (other than my Vampira snail). Turned out I was nervous for no reason and I am happy with how it turned out.

Cheesy Grin

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tenth Doctor and Romain the Racer revisited

I have had a lot of family stuff going on and had not made any new snails this year. That is until now. Here is my latest, the 10th Doctor as a snail. He is the 148th snail that I have made since 2011.

Doctor 10


Someone asked me a while back for photos showing more of Romain the racer's face so I took these today.

Romain the racer


Romain side view

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Works In Progress aka playing

work in progress photo
Today I will be finishing these and then start making plants to fill them with. To give you an idea of the size, they are resting atop golf tees.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

How I made my roombox

I wanted a roombox in which to photograph my miniatures. So I made this, sorry there are no step-by-step photos but I will try my best to describe how I made it and what I used.


Roombox Display

My husband had some 3/4 inch plywood left over from one of his projects so I just used that for the "room". It is dollhouse scale so 1 inch = 1 foot. The living room in my house has 10 foot ceilings but I decided to go with 8. So the room is 12 x 12 x 8 inches high.
  I cut 3 pieces of plywood, one is 12 x 12 inches for the floor and 2 walls that are 8 x 12 inches. I sanded the pieces and keeping them square I attached them together with wood glue and finishing nails. After the wood glue had dried I painted primer on the entire thing inside and out.

The wood floor was made with skinny craft sticks I picked up in the craft department at Walmart. They are the perfect width for my floor. If you ever use them always buy more than you think you will need because some in the pack may be warped. You will have to look at them carefully so as not to use the warped ones.
  I cut the pieces to length and glued them down with wood glue. Then I sanded, stained with minwax stain and let dry completely. Sanded again, re-stained and after it had dried completely I put on a coat of polyurethane.

The damask wallpaper I bought at SydneyStyle on etsy. I have also purchased fabrics from this shop. Everything she has is beautiful and perfectly to scale. I love the shop because she has things I have not found anywhere else.

For the baseboards I looked at life size baseboards for actual homes and found one I liked. I scaled it down to dollhouse scale and replicated it using mat board. It sands very easily so I was able to get the curves. Before painting and attaching it I did several sample colors to see which one I would prefer and chose antique white.

The table set is made from a chrysnbon kit that I painted to look like black lacquer.
The bowl and plant pot I made using techniques I learned from 1 inch minis by Kris. It is a wonderful tutorial blog. She usually posts one tutorial a month.

The fruit in the bowl was made by a long time friend of mine, Into The Dawn aka An Enchanted Dawn. I made the palm plant. I use soil made for model train landscapes. I tried the drying out tea leaves and also coffee grounds. It is a little bit humid here and even leaving in the oven turned on 250º overnight did not prevent it from eventually molding. Ick! I can only imagine what happens in a more humid climate. I never made anything using it because of this. The stuff made for model train landscaping is not that expensive when you consider how very little of it is used.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

tiny diorama of Forest of ColtPixy

I have been busy making miniatures, mostly plants and tiny snails. This is a little scene I made with some of them. It measures 2 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches. I am going to add little feet to it and a couple of other things so technically it is still a work in progress.


tiny diorama of Forest of ColtPixy