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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fairy in a Bottle House

Fairy in a Bottle House is made of polymer clay over a sake bottle.  It is about 10" tall and is purely for fun.  It has no function but to make you smile.  Yet another piece of my work inspired by Lisa Renner's class in the Polymer Clay Adventure.

One word: WHEW!

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to participate in this month's PCAGOE challenge "Fairy Houses". And it was for a good reason.  We adopted this wonderful seven year old cat and made the choice to pack up my studio area in the guest room to make it her safe room, to keep her separated from our lovey home cat Gemma who is six.  But Heidi is worth the disruption, don't you think?

Her owner passed away and she ended up at the local shelter, which BTW, is a fabulous, caring, no-kill shelter.  Now, happily, she is ours.  She turned out to be such a well behaved young lady that I was able to unpack enough to make this entry. 

Oh, but I digress, this is about my fairy house. Well, I am going to digress a little more.  We love sushi and we love sake with our sushi.  One brand of sake we buy comes in these wonderful little slightly twisted three-sided bottles.  This photo shows one bottle uncovered, and the same kind of bottle covered with the beginnings of my fairy house.  The mesh wire is the form for the roof.

After completing the fairy house in clay and curing, I applied a rich blue acrylic paint as the "antiquing" layer.  Next, ready for color ... my favorite part.  Away go the slicing blades and carving tools and out come the alcohol inks and chalk inks!

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Would love to hear any comments on my very first Fairy House!


  1. Fabulous work Betsy! I love the funky bottles that your sake come in and it was a great choice for your fairy house base! The colors are wonderful and really remind me of an impressionistic painting... lovely! Oh, and Heidi is just darling too! :)

    1. Thank you so very much, Beth. I am loving painting again almost as much as Heidi!

  2. Betsy, this is outstanding! I love your fairy house. I could see it as a treasure found in an underground cave where water drips all day and jewels were buried there by pirates. This fairy would be the keeper of the treasure. I love that you used blue to antique it to start. Great work.

    1. Thank you so very much Line. And wow! what a fabulous description, I love it.

  3. Your true "creativity" is shining through. This piece is such a work of art and sculpture, and I love it!