Monday, November 22, 2010

Snowman Cobblin' Magic!

To see how I made the snowman below here are spome photos of the process,...

For the top hat,...I dremmeled apart two different hard black plastic buckets and epoxied them together to get the right height of the top hat,...then I used a large clock rim to make the hat's rim, it has a nice shape, and embellished the underneath part in a vintage hatbox paper,.. plastering the seams together and then sanding, painting, and sealing,..here goes the plaster,..

Here is the hat after construction but before paint and glitter,...

I tried on the hat to get correct proportions even before I carved the snowman lantern head itself. You can see the sketched outline in pencil to follow for the dremmel carving,..

Here I am hoisting the large snowman head around as I worked on it, you can see how truly large he is!

A dusting of German Glass Glitter was the final appropriate frosty touch! I love the gleam in his eye!

Jingle Jingle! Some Wintry Christmas Pieces Are Here!
This Large Snowman floor lamp with top hat was hand sculpted out of rock hard paper mache and plaster mix. His hard top hat was handmade and constructed out of out of cut plastic bucket parts and a large clock rim, and is encrusted in black superfine glitter. He really looks icy with his frosty German Glass Glitter that sparkles on his cheeks and face! The lamp post itself is a working electric lamp that has been painted white and striped with a candy cane pastel pink motif, while the metal detail on the lamp resembles old fashioned candy, also in rosy pink and white.This lamp is over 5 1/2 feet tall, and what a delight it is for children to see!
Would be a very merry addition to any snowman or Christmas collection!

Here is a basket full of various works in progress,..

Some more finished and unfinished pieces,..

And a 12" Tree Topper Star that shines like freshly fallen snow in white with a hint of icy blue undertones and more German Glass Glitter,...

A smaller 6" star ornament,..
A Snowy White Christmas Crescent Moon, 7" tall!

There is beautiful detail in a vintage paper underneath the snowman's hat in pale aqua and grey paisley type pattern that cannot be seen here! Lovely details throughout including carved teeth, and a large hand stitched crepe and tissue collar in aqua and white!
Would be such a jolly display in a store or a special home's entryway.

Snowman's eyes are hand painted on vellum so that they shine when he is lit!

All of the above designs are available for purchase or special order!
Happy Holidays!

9 comments:

Dustin Pearson Harlan said...

You're BACK!!! I's SO EXCITING!

Lisa said...

Oh yes, it is exciting to see you back! thanks for showing the progress, I got a Brandi fix!

yoborobo said...

Hi Brandi! These are amazing! I haven't 'seen' you in awhile - I hope all is well. xox Pam

Brandi McKenna said...

Thank you Dusti, Lisa, and Pam! I was without a computer for three months and after all the shows I goy myself a mac laptop, and I can read blogs and blog myself again wherever I want! I feel rich! Thank you so much for your welcoming comments!

Connie said...

Loved reading about the process...so interesting and a true testament to your creativity. So glad you can post again. I have missed you and loved seeing all your new work.

Pattee said...

OMG OMG Brandi has posted a blog post!!!! LOL

Brandi's work is amazing... and I've gotten to see it in person TWICE!

Not only is Brandi's work fabulous and wonderful but yes Brandi is a sweetheart!

I can't wait till I can come visit you..
Xox Pattee

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Oh thank you so much, Connie. You were such a big part of my artistic upbringing, and I am so inspired by your paintings to start painting again! I can't wait to see you all on Saturday!

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Pat, oh my you are SO sweet with your kind comments and words! I really appreciate your support! It was so fun to meet you and see your artwork as well. My kids are going to adore you and your dolls when you visit us. (Of course Ellie already adores you!) Can't wait for your visit we should plan it soon!
XOXOX to you Pat!
Brandi

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

What a wondeful glimpse into your work process!
:)