Monday, May 12, 2014

Ezmerelda, A Wicked Witch

The thing I love about creating Halloween characters is that anything goes!  Sometimes, the uglier, the better.  As is the case with Ezmerelda.....

Now, that is one ugly witch!  Green face, great big nose, wonky eyes, dark shadows, and even a few warts!  She is quite wicked, so you better watch out.  She's keeping an eye on you!
I spent a lot of time on her, getting the details just right.  First she was sculpted from polymer clay...purple and orange striped stockings, black boots and the top of her dress (saggy boobs and all), and of course her wicked green face and hands. 
I added a skirt, cloak and hat made from black micro-suede fabric.  The skirt is trimmed with black velvet ribbon and a ribbon flower.  The cloak is lined with deep purple satin.  Two silver brads, orange Swarovski crystals and a bit of chain attach the cloak.  The hat was made from paper and covered with the fabric, then trimmed with flowing purple silk ribbons and a Swarovski crystal.  She has a crepe paper collar, and chenille trim and crystals on her boots.  I used grey wool roving to create her long wild hair.

Ezmerelda is ready to fly off at any moment on her broom.  A glittered foam bat soars from her wrist with wire.  She stands on a golden clay base that is covered with glass glitter.
I just listed this wicked old girl in my etsy shop.  You can find the listing here.  Lots of new spooks will be trickling into the shop in the coming days and weeks, so keep checking back! 
We survived a very ugly storm last evening.  Tornadoes were nearby but thankfully they didn't hit our area.  But there is storm damage from wind and lightening and rain all through the city, and many people are without power.  We were blessed.  Others were not quite so lucky.  It was a doozy!  It's just the beginning of severe storm season here in Eastern Nebraska.  While I love a good thunderstorm, I could do without heading to the basement for tornadoes! 
I hope you all have a safe and happy day! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Black Cat

Black cats are a Halloween staple.  I have made several, but I've never made one that was dressed up. Why?  I don't really know.  I dress up bunnies, why not cats?  It was time to remedy that!

So here she is, my first dressed up black cat, CinderBella.

As you have probably figured out by now, I have a thing for these big, poofy tutu dresses!  They are fun to make, not hard, but time consuming, and they really dress up a doll instantly.  This one is made from glittered orange tulle. 

I love how full and pretty it is from the side view.  (Yes, there is a tail under all that tulle.  You just can't see it very well in the pictures.)

For the bodice of her dress, I decided to just wrap her body with the tulle and tie a big bow on the front.  I'm really happy with how it looks.  I made a hat from paper and wrapped it in more tulle to match.  A few glittered bats soaring on black wire, and CinderBella is complete.  I am really happy with how she turned out, and I'm sure there will be more dressed up cats to come this fall.
I'm off to the studio.  Have a great day!
In other news, my friend Carly of Boggy Bottom Bayou is hosting a giveaway over on her blog.  Some lucky follower will receive this  Spool Ghoul.  Carly is a talented artist working with paper clay.  She has a very unique spin on Halloween art.   Please hop over there and check it out and follow the rules to enter.  She will really appreciate it!