"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."













Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Victorian Santa

*WHEW*! HOT summer days make for extra time cooling off in the art studio! With Christmas music playing in the background and the air-conditioner blasting on "High", I was inspired to make this nine inch tall Victorian Santa Claus.



His face is sculpted from paper clay, and white wool roving was needle-felted into a beard. Old tiny mercury glass Christmas ornaments decorate his hat.



His pack is made from vintage fabric and filled with old miniatures.



His clothes are made from 100% wool and lined with REAL seal fur.



Santa holds a metal staff in his hand and carries a package under his arm.



It's a challenge making Santa able to stand on his own, rather than permanently gluing him to a base.



Combining old with new, clay with fabric, metal with wool - the results are always so rewarding!



But the results aren't always what's most important, it's the process!

More to come!

5 comments:

  1. OK Jill you made this?! OMG! He is amazing and I am so super impressed!!! Did you make my spool santa too and I missed that you did? You are awesome!!!! ~Shelley O.

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  2. Jill, he is delightful! How long does it take you to make a Santa like this one?
    Hope you had a great weekend!
    Amanda

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  3. Good for you, focused and productive! That's one way to stay cool. Very cool:)

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  4. The good Lord gifted you. I love the quality of your work and the care and detail. It makes me smile to think of you creating Santa in the middle of July. I suppose that really is a Christmas in July moment for you. Hugs and happy holidays...tee hee!

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  5. Thanks for your thoughts!

    Shelley and Amanda, I emailed you with answers.

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