"Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself."

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My snowbaby figurine

Hi y'all! I've had this inspiration pic in my files for many years (it's from Country Living 2001!) & have always wanted to make it. After my recent success w/ my paper mache heads, I worked up the nerve to attempt the project.

click on any picture to enlarge for details

I am soo pleased w/ my result!

I used polymer clay for the head & the only tools I used to sculpt it were my fingers & a vinyl covered baby spoon.

Not bad for a beginner, huh? I painted the face, added an umber glaze & then sanded it some. I draped tatted lace for adornment & then hit it in spots w/ Stickles glitter glue.

The snowball is made out of the paper mache clay recipe I shared w/ you in this post. I added a bit of Tim Holtz's distress crackle paint, an umber glaze & then flecked it in spots, w/ MS's vintage leaf glitter.

Dressing it in crepe paper was probably the hardest part of the project but I'm sure it will get easier w/ practice & experience. Her skirt was a little plain so I tried creating a border on the hem w/ scalloped scissors but of course they wouldn't cut evenly through the crepe. But the "torn" hem was exactly the look it needed, don't ya think?

This is the armature of the doll before I wrapped it in crepe paper. I made a wire body & then glued on cotton batting...shaping it w/ scissors.

You must admit that I am a dang good copycatter...not sure that's something I should be proud of though. LOL


Knitty said...

Wow! Could you now practice on humans? I could use a body makeover and since I like what you've done, I would gladly let you be in charge of mine. Maybe not sanding the face part though. Let me know when you have the time. ;-D

Christine Edwards said...

Wow, that looks fantastic! I think you did a fabulous job. What a great decoration for your fabulous winter collection. I love the top hats you made...so sweet!

Mitzi said...

Wow! I'm impressed! Wish I had your talent for creating. Love it!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Cami, we missed you!!!! You have been a busy girl! We LOVE your piece. What a great idea to sand the face, it gives it an old look that makes a huge difference. Hope you stop by soon!

Rhondi said...

You did an amazing job. I am impressed! Thanks for leaving a comment so I could come and visit you too.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh, Cami, this is just PRECIOUS!!!

Terrific Job!

Angelic Accents

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

So creative!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...


Always nice to discover another Texas blogger, especially one I might very end up meeting at the next Paper Cowgirl retreat! Do you know Jan Thomason? She wants me to attend, and I really think I'm going to do it. Hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Hi there... I don't mind anything you would care to do... I am here to share with others... I just live on a tight budget and love doing it my way... Blessings..

Katy ~ said...

You need to stop whatever else you're doing and just do these. It's BEAUTIFUL!!

Charlene said...

You did a great job on your little snow person! I knew it would look great because at Art Night it was looking super & you hadn't put the finishing touches on it. And I LOVE the Alice Tags! ADORABLE! Also, congratulations on winning Karen's give away. I can't wait to see all the goodies. See you soon. HUGS! Charlene

Sandra at 7th St. Studio said...

Loving this guy! I love snowbabies especially the vintage ones, the one you made is great!! I love the crackle on the snowball!! Glad to see you will be with us at Paper Cowgirl, bet you have a killer outfit and those boots ready!!!! You are just too cute!

cindy said...

She's adorable! I keep meaning to play with pm...maybe you need to teach at the next art group! :D

yapping cat

Debra@Common Ground said...

Hi Cami, I'm catching up on your fabulous posts. The Alice tags and the snowbaby figurine are absolutely amazing. The face on the figure is just wonderful. I could not tell the difference between yours and the magazine image! Just wonderful talent you have!


Cami, so sweet! It was such fun to see your creation in the works at Art Group. And now the final result is fantastic. Love your positive energy and creative spirit. ~ Angela

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Very cute..I found that clay is quite a lot of fun to work with! cherry

The French Bear said...

Fabulous!!! I remember seeing that snowgirl and wishing I could make one too!!! You did an awesome job!
Margaret B

Joanna said...

Hi Cami,

The snow figure came out great! I knew it would... watching you work on it in art group was amazing. It seems as if you're the only one that actually "creates" in group... everyone else is too busy chatting away! :)

I look forward to seeing you on Friday. Remember the green!!


tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

I'd love to sit & exchange techniques with you someday. I would really like to learn how to do this. I was watching in wonderment at art class when you were working on her. Your doll turned out amazing. Love all you do tho. Can't wait until Friday night. I'll bring your tag. Lisa

J Bar said...

Sydney - City and Suburbs

张好的个人博客 said...

may the blessing be always with you!! ........................................

T's Daily Treasures said...

Thanks for stopping by! Your snowbaby figurine turned out so beautifully! Nice work! Hope you are having a fabulous day. Many blessings, tAmmy