Fairy Tree

People have been asking about my Fairy Tree that is pictured on my blogsite. It's made from a different type of clay than I usually use. I generally use polymer clay that is baked to harden. I'll be sharing pieces of this in upcoming weeks. For this I used Apoxie Sculpt that is a clay that air drys. An advantage of Apoxie is that you can make pieces bigger than you would be able to fit into an oven to cure.

Apoxie® products are used around the world by sculptors, restorers, miniaturists, hobbyists, crafters, repair persons, and students. The are used in museums, schools, motion picture studios, aquariums, and theme parks. They self-hardening synthetic clays that combine the features and benefits of clay with those of epoxies.. Work time is about 2-3 hours and 24 hours to cure. The instructor said her husband had used some of hers to fix the fender on his car!

To make the tree I started with a solid wood base that I drilled holes at random. I inserted heavy gauge wire into the holes for the roots of the tree and brought them together for the trunk and then on up for the limbs. I wrapped the armature in foil. This piece above is not mine but shows you the wire armature wrapped in foil.

The Apoxie is two parts that you take equal parts from the tubs and mix together before sculpting. The leaves are cut from flexible wire mesh and attached to the ends of the limbs. After the clay is applied I used actual leaves to press the vein marks into the leaves. The pebbles lining the path are real and the sand/dirt was swept from the street! Apoxie is available in different colors. I used gray and will paint it with acrylic paints.

Here is the tree painted before highlighted and antiquing. I added sea glass I had gotten in Maine (the blue). I made clay flowers for the garden and threaded more sea glass and found tinkets to hang from the tree.

I antiqued it with dark brown and added gold highlights. Can you tell I have fun doing this!!

This is a close up of the door. Yes, pigs fly!

I will definitly make more of these, probably on a smaller scale. If you are interested in one, please don't hesitate to contact me. I love doing custom work. We can even personalize it using found trinkets that fit you or someone dear to you. Gardening tools for the gardener, kitchen tools for the cook, even Scandinavian trinkets for the Swedes! This picture is of the backside. To see the front, scroll to the bottom of my blog!