Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sweet Dreams

This little boy has been half-dressed on Mom's worktable for weeks. Every time she'd try to work on him, something would happen which would pull her away. But she finally finished him over the weekend.

We debated what he should be holding a lot. After raiding our extra miniatures looking for stuffed animals, nothing seemed quite right. A great rabbit toy was too tiny, and a sweet teddy bear that was otherwise perfect just wouldn't hang realistically.
After trying a few more animals, it was pretty clear that we didn't have anything that would work. So I thought I'd try making one out of flocked clay. A few months ago, I found little containers of flocking in the craft store dollar bin. They were being sold in packs of four, so each container only cost $0.25. I bought a bunch, including a tan which worked perfectly for the bear!
However, if you don't happen to have the perfect shade of flocking on hand, you can mix the color yourself. You may already know this, but I had no idea for the longest time. Ladybug clued me in. Just dump a few colors in a plastic container, seal the lid tightly, and shake until it's mixed!
 I'm planning to post step by step photos for sculpting and flocking a similar bear, but it will definitely take me a few days.


  1. Hello Eliza,
    The 2 of you are such an incredible creative force. The little boy is wonderful and the bear is perfect. It is a delight to follow your blog.
    Big hug,

  2. Wow...wat een schatje.Complimenten aan je moeder.

    Groeten Xandra

  3. The little boy is perfect and so cute; the bear is adorable.
    Bye Faby

  4. What a wonderful boy! The bear is perfect I agree! -ara

  5. It must be so wonderful to work with your mother. What a beautiful relationship the two of you have. This is a true blessing. Both the doll and bear are perfect. I'm looking forward to your tutorial. What sort of colour is it that you mix together? I don't understand what you mean. Is it coloured water? I'm really in the dark here.

  6. Lucille,
    Sorry, that was a confusing explantion! What I meant was that, if you need green flocking, but only have blue and yellow colored flocking on hand, you can just dump the yellow and blue flocking in to one container, shake it up, and it will make green flocking.
    Of course, the individual fibers don't change color this way, but they are so tiny that the mixed shades of flocking read as all one color. Hope this helped!

  7. What a sweet pair! Good idea to sculpt the little bear, you did a wonderful job on him!

  8. Hi Eliza, the boy and his bear are so adorable! Both of you did a great job, my compliments!
    The bear looks very realistic!
    Hugs, Ilona