I live in a fantasy world. I love magical adventures and hidden things. Which is why the newest venture in my magical Journey through Fairies gnomes and trolls turns a magical mushroom into a Guardian Mushroom. She will sit on display, innocent but on guard, keeping her eyes on a secret, yet easy-to-access emergency cash fund.
This project is inspired by Theodore Fungy in Maureen’s Carlson’s ‘Fairies Gnomes and Trolls‘ (click to purchase your copy on Amazon)
I debated turning the Guardian Mushroom into an outdoor key guardian but opted against it. However, if you create your mushroom on a larger scale you can simply bury her in a flower pot to safeguard your spare key.
Tools and supplies to follow along:
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- Cylindrical base such as a polymer clay rolling pin.
- Aluminum Foil for the armature
- Super Sculpey or similar polymer clay
- Sculpting tools (read about mine here)
- Polymer clay dedicated oven. (I use the Deni tablet-top convection oven)
- and Maureen’s book of course
The initial challenge was finding something cylindrical as a sculpting base. My goal was something thin enough so the mushroom looks magically realistic, yet wide enough so that the diameter can easily hold a few dollars. I chose my polymer clay rolling pin.
I measured the height of a rolled up dollar bill and added just a bit more foil to cover the pin. I plan to remove the rolling pin prior to baking.
I added bulk for the face the covered with thin layers of scrap clay. I chose to sculpt the Guardian in super sculpey. Since this is a very soft clay it will be easy to manipulate and quite forgiving at my still-learning phase.
I covered the scrap clay with super sculpey, marked the basic facial features, and added half-circle pre-baked eyeballs.
And this is where it got interesting. Lots of pushing and pulling, sculpting and squishing. I feel I still have a long way to go when it comes to sculpting realistic faces. But I’m also proud to say that she’s the most realistic sculpture I’ve done so far.
My recent though fleeting (2) sculpting lessons have taught me to study bone structure and facial curves. The result is a set of more realistic brow-bones and one very scary looking guardian.
I think my next project ought to be individual studies of the mouth and nose. And definitely ears. It’s amazing how we have these ‘things’ attached to our faces, things I see in the mirror on a daily basis, yet I still can’t sculpt em.
One thing at a time
I gave the guardian 2 simple pointed teardrop ears.
I then ripped a very thin sheet of clay into ‘mushroom hair’ , and topped off her look with a magical reddish-brown mushroom cap.
I’m debating if to refine the face a bit more, or leave her be and bake her as is.
What do you think?
[To Be Continued…]