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Updates on Deanna’s art and gift items – from Victorian to Rockabilly

Chanterelle! Making Miniature Polymer Clay Mushroom Sculptures

The End of a Brief Hiatus

 

I’m a fan of the woods.

After a break since November, I have begun to delve back into the world of sculpture. Now that the holidays are over, focus can switch back from personal pieces to pieces for our shop.

I make almost all of our holiday gifts by hand, so it can be very time consuming. It is fun, but I am quite ready to get back to the world of polymer clay.


Mushroom Inspiration

This piece was a gift to my mother on her birthday early in January. I enjoyed it, and think I’ll be making more to offer for sale at our shop. It sparked my interest in going back into botanical works.

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An earthworm hides among the moss.
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Mushrooms atop a slate roofing tile, makes a pretty picture!
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Details are 360º, giving the viewer something to see from any angle.
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The final piece, under glass protects it from dust or accidents.

Mushrooms are certainly a subject enchanting to many. Personally, I find the stories of fairy rings to be wonderful, and the mysticism that lies in the lore of the woods in general, is always fascinating. To be honest with you, I don’t find it to be so much “lore”…

Mom is also into nature, and preserved things, dried things, found things, as am I. So, when I was thinking up what would be neat to make for her, this is what came to mind.

A mushroom collection, not quite so fragile as the real deal, however, a real dried mushroom sample is what I used as reference in this piece. This, was to be, a quaint collective of mushrooms with little insects that might be missed upon first glance, but found upon closer inspection!

An illustrator at heart, I enjoy adding things to any piece, no matter the medium, for the viewer to find. It’s fun, and you get to make up the story. Where is this mushroom? Have you found it hiking? Or are you a fairy resting on its cap? Are you a curious child roaming the woodland, plucking the precious fungi from its earthen home?


Making of (Tutorial)


Enough with all that, here is a video of the piece, and I will surely be making more. It’s not a true tutorial, but a bit of behind the scenes.

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Beach Theme Gift Ideas! Mermaid Wall Art.

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Cheeky mermaid has a fun lil smirk.
Recently I had the awesome opportunity to create a polymer clay mermaid sculpture. This commision was to be a gift for a lover of all things beach related — especially flip-flops! So how do you make that work?

Mermaids Don’t have Feet…
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Mermaid Sculpture holding the half shell presenting the flip-flops!

I incorporated flip-flops with a mermaid by illustrating the idea that the mermaid, who has no feet, might have found those flip-flops in the sand and seaweed, washed up on some rocks perhaps, and is returning them to their owner. A fanciful thing to imagine.

The way this was done was by utilizing both clay and natural items in combination. Her little teeny tiny clay fingers are covered in sand, as are the shoes. She carries the shoes and presents them to her owner on a half shell, surrounded by sand and “seaweed.”

Her seashell is removeable and she can hold other items in her hands, if desired. This opens up the opportunity to change things up once in a while!

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Sandy hands!

So, How’d Ya Make It?

Below are a few photos of the process. The entire sculpture was only eleven inches high. This was definitely time consuming, and tricky at times, but super fun to make.
My video tutorial (which isn’t really a how-to, rather, a basic rundown of the process) shows a lot of the early parts of the creation, from creating the wire armature, to making those tiny little ‘flops! Enjoy!

One of the things mentioned in the video is that, yes, I do have MS (Multiple Sclerosis.) I don’t mention it often, but here I think it may be inspiring for others with illness.

 

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Peacock Feather Jewelry Box

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This line of keepsake / memory / jewelry box items are a combination of skills by father daughter team Dean and Deanna. Shabby Chic style, they are either refurbished vintage, or embellished new to look antique/retro. Deanna does the painting and embellishments and box interiors. Dean and Deanna do the the pin-striping. This is one of a kind, hand painted art – no stencil! Each item is unique.

Lightweight wooden box hand painted and aged.

•Exterior hand painted with peacock feather design
•Royal blue felted interior
•Interior of lid has a round mirror and papered background
•Metallic rainbow effect on lid changes with lighting
•Gold tone latch and hinges
•Felted bottom for non-scratch

Measures:
9.5″ W
3.25″ H
6″ D

A medium size, intricate box for storing your most precious items, jewelry or keepsake memories!
— A wonderful gift idea, this goes perfectly with our PEACOCK NECKLACE (sold separately here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/268372570/ )

Definitely a conversation starter and complete one of a kind!

Ships Priority in US, Everywhere else, USPS First Class Mail International
Orders with Multiple items we combine shipping for you post checkout (See FAQ)

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• Greeting Cards
• Jewelry
• Home Decor
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Rose Tattoo Art – Vintage Leaded Glass Jewelry Box

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A medium size, intricate trinket box for storing your most precious possessions, jewelry or keepsake memories! Makes a lovely gift for wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother’s Day, valentine, etc.
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•Lid hand painted
•Leaded glass
•Frosted glass sides
•Mirrored interior
•The last two photos show the box with white paper inside, to see the art without the reflection. Does not come with paper.

Measures:
7″ W
2″ H
5″ D

Definitely a conversation starter and complete one of a kind!⤷ WELCOME! COME ON IN AND BROWSE OUR SHOP.
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Art Nouveau Ornaments

New to the collection of leaded glass ornaments are these stunning Art Nouveau style pieces (we snuck in a few Old Hollywood style, too!) Each is unique, and never replicated!
Made using antique leaded glass, these little beauties look lovely all year round and make a wonderful gift item!

Find them in our Art Glass section of our store, or, click the image to go to the listing.

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Retro Valentine Cards!

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We have some rockin’ new Valentine greeting cards up in our shop! Be sure to check out these and all our other retro themed cards. All cards are designed in-house!
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New Christmas Ornaments!

Hand-crafted by our artist Deanna, here are some new Christmas ornaments with a vintage feel.
Retro ads are placed upon antique leaded glass.
These are beautiful enough to hang all year ’round!
Each is one-of-a-kind!

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Cthulhu / Kraken Window Art Glass

New Cthulhu / Kraken themed steampunk / HP Lovecraft inspired piece on antique leaded glass.
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Rockabilly Swallows – Glass Window Decor

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“Swallows with Ribbon”

EACH IS ONE OF A KIND

Whimsical and exquisitely detailed. Meticulously hand painted. This art glass decor gives an heir of stained glass and looks lovely in a window or hanging on a wall.

Painted on antique leaded glass.
Size excluding hanger:

•5″ H
•4.5″ W

•Hand painted glass ornament with ribbon hanger. Ribbon is approximately 10″. Easily removed if you wish to hang with something else.

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Tiki Bar Coasters

Decorative tile, hand painted with a rockabilly, TIKI theme. Old school tattoo art style.

This item is an ORIGINAL set of art. Any future listings with these designs will be prints of this original art.
The art is drawn on the tile and then clear coated for protection.
See them here at the shop!

Check out our shop for loads more art, home decor, purses, and pin-striped & retro items!

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