Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"Shaelin's New Nest" - OOAK Faery

 Warning: photos really don't do this sculpture justice. Honestly, her face, clothing and the bird look much better in person. That being said...

Yay! I was actually able to complete a concept I had locked in my otherwise scatterbrained head for over a month now. I started with the concept of a faery trying to hoist a bird out of the nest, much to the bird's annoyance. That was followed a few weeks later by a trip to the art store to buy the nest. I mean, have you actually sat down and tried to make a bird's nest for yourself? No really. Have you? Not. Fun. Aside the nest, the rest of this art doll sculpture is completely hand made. As usual - no molds.

I started with the bird's armature and then completed the bird before moving onto Shaelin's armature. In my original thought, I had pictured a much smaller faery, but realized her arm span would have to be grotesquely ... lengthy. lol So there you have it. Shaelin was created to be about 7 inches tall if she were standing upright. Her face is about the size of an American nickel.

Penny is actually touching her hair - it's not in the foreground.

I think she's related to Tara from "Tara and the Toad", as she's rather impish and loves causing mischief for small critters.

Her wings are hand made just like all my other faeries. This time, I added brass filigree (hard to see in the photos, sorry) and brown jewels. I decided to go wild with some swirls at the "ribbing" and I think they turned out awesome.
Gotta love faery wings!

On another note, if you're in the Southern NH area, google map 29 Howard Street in Wilton NH and make a large red permanent marker note on your calender to be there between 10am to 4pm on Mother's Day weekend!! It's the Riverview Artists' Mill's open studios. Lampworking, bead supplies, pottery, silver and gold smithing, water color painters, energy workers, soap makers, dresses.... oh... and my sculptures! Will all be there. ^_^

Lastly, I'd like to thank Lori Ferguson  for featuring me in her awesome art blog, Madd Dogg of Tomorrow. Be sure to check out, comment and subscribe! Later in the week, I'll be featuring her work here on my blog (been meaning to do that with a lot of my favorite artists, jewelers, and otherwise totally cool people).


  1. Well, I personally am looking forward to seeing Shaelin in person, if these pictures "dont do the sculpture justice". The photos are beautiful. I love the idea of the pearl and cloth on top of her head. The concept is quite inspiring as well... I wish I had half of your creative insight. I also love the twist on the ends of the wings... makes them delicate looking.... and let's not forget the bird... i. want. that. bird!!!! fantastic job!!!

  2. Thanks Kayla. ^_^ <3 The pearl and the organza swatch on her head was a sort of take on a fascinator.

  3. just Awesome work! she is so adorable i can't even stand it! the hair, and wings and facial expression is absolutely wonderful. I would not be the least bit surprised if she was related to Tara. I'm sure the birdie would tell you! ;p Great piece and as always i look forward to your other great works

  4. I love this - i love how cute she looks and I think you have captured the expression of both her and the disgruntled bird really well! You amaze me with your talent :) I challange you to make a poly version of me!! Ha ha! :) With ruby red lips and victory roles. Oh - and a Union jack! ha ha :)

    Seriously though - awesomeness of workings!!

  5. YOU ARE ON! XD But after the open studios coming up.

  6. Wonderful work, and I think the contrast of the twig nest looks great. Don't you hate it when you can't get the photo to capture the essence of your work? I think you did pretty well and I adore (really, adore) her wings! :)

  7. Hey Melanie!

    You know how much we love this new piece, especially the little bird! The amount of detail is incredible when seen in person