Thursday, January 01, 2009

Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand...

I just finished this little recycled doll project I've been working on.
Here are a few pictures of her.

This is just before I made her dress:

I call her, Tiny Dancer.

She is made of Polymer clay, a wine cork for her body and her dress is leftover wrapping paper that was sprayed and molded into a skirt and hat.

"Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand..."


Mauro said...

Hold me closer tiny dancer... Count the headlights on the highway... Lay me down in sheets of linen ... you had a busy day today...

Sir Paul said...

Hello Em,
My wife is a former ballerina, and I have been toying with the idea of polymer-clay ballerinas lately. I had the idea of using cellophane candy wrappers from english chocolates as tutus but I was not sure what to use as the body of the dancer. I wonder if you would allow me to use your idea of a wine cork. It is a brilliant idea and we do seem to have quite a few around the house for some un-known reason ......
I am very new with polymer clay, so I don't think you will have to worry about me out performing you in the art/presentation dept.
Thanks in advance.

Michelle Auer said...

I don't see why not! I had the same issue with having a bunch around the house and wanting to make use of them. They seem like the perfect base for a small doll body. One thing I learned though, to keep in mind, is that they expand when they get hot. So if you are working with clay, it is best to heat your cork first to pre-expand it, then attach the clay and cook it again. (I cook them for a 15 minutes at around 175) After cracking a few art dolls, I realized what was happening!
Good luck to you!

Sir Paul said...

Dear Em,
Thank you very much. I will follow your advice, and I hope I do justice to your idea.


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