With summer right around the corner, I’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway! I envisioned a miniature tiki bar in Hawaii, surrounded by lush greenery and an oasis, and I got to work. I built the entire tiki bar from scratch, and since building furniture and structures isn’t normally my strong suit, I’m absolutely thrilled with the end result!
To complete the look, I wanted the tiki bar’s surroundings to be lush, green and tropical, so I landscaped a rock formation (complete with little waterfalls) with palm trees, bamboo and other green vegetation. For my first time landscaping in miniature, I’m very happy with how it turned out!
These adorable like tiki guys are ceramic beads I found at The Crafty Bead on Etsy!
I just love this type of “directional” beach sign, so I created it in bright, tropical colors with fun sayings. The pineapple on top is a button, but it worked perfectly to give the sign a finishing touch.
This tiny little hula girl and the toucan perched on the sign below are also ceramic beads. Aren’t they cute?
And here it is after dark! I love how the colored lights look at night!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this mini tropical getaway! For your very own tiki-themed products, ranging from signs to tea towels to cocktails, make sure you visit the Summer section of my shop!
I am beyond thrilled and honored to be featured in the October 2017 issue of American Miniaturist magazine! I can’t tell you how excited I am to see my work featured in its glossy pages!
Don’t miss my full interview and creations, as well as all the other beautiful creations in this issue!
I didn’t really intend to start working on another character so soon, but that’s what my creative muse wanted me to do! Meet Lady Esmeralda, the fortune teller! This sweet gypsy lady is my second (ever) polymer clay sculpted character, and I think she’s a lot of fun. She’s got everything from tarot cards to a palm reading chart to a crystal ball, so step on up and find out your future!
One of my favorite things about being an artist is that you never stop learning. There are always new techniques to learn, materials to try and creative boundaries to push. This week, I really pushed myself and attempted to sculpt something I’ve never done before – a person! Meet Serena, my witch!
Serena is entirely sculpted from polymer clay. She is created on a wire armature, so she is somewhat posable. Her hair is made from natural Border Leicester locks, and her outfit is a fiber art bundle for the skirt (she has gray bloomers and polymer clay boots underneath), and her top is a wrap made of black cheesecloth. She also has silver hoop earrings and a moon pendant necklace. Even her broom is handmade!
Considering she is my first attempt at this type of project, I’m beyond thrilled with how she turned out! I hope you like her!