New Garden Trolls for Fairy Gardens

I’ve been having fun creating new Chubby Bubby Buddies and a new little character I have named a Garden Troll.  Trying to stick with the Scandinavian mythology so thought a troll would be the next best thing.  I made a few modelled after the Chubby Bubby Buddy but these guys are totally different.  This was my first attempt at using fibre for hair instead of polymer clay.  I had some 100% Peruvian wool.  I think it looks great.

The skin tone on these are made from a blend of Super Sculpey with a small amount of white Premo.  The clothes are made from Sculpey Premo and Katoclay blend.

Feet First

Feet First

Next bake before head and arms

Next bake before head and arms

Hmm just needs hair

Hmm just needs hair

Voila complete with shovel

Voila complete with shovel

His cousin in fall colours

His cousin in fall colours

A troll in my studio

Okay so I have been trying to design a fun little troll to fit in with my tomte collection.  Not easy to make a cute troll.  Many ended up in the studio bin and not on the shelves.  This was my latest attempt.  He has been sitting on my studio table for the past week.  I kept him there so I could use him as a template for my next attempt.

Yesterday my husband popped his head into see what I was working on – tomtes of course- and he saw the troll just sitting looking all sad and lonely.  He loved it.  So here is a photo of the troll that is now down in my husband’s office.  I may have to make a few more.

There he is in amongst my new tomtes

There he is in amongst my new tomtes

A close up

A close up

 

A reason to create

In my spare time I love to work on my family genealogy.  What I thought was going to be a few weeks of digging around and discovering nothing, turned into a massive project still on the go 3 years later.

-I have connected with cousins I did not know about.  Awesome.

- I discovered I am Swedish on my father’s side.  So cool.

- I already knew that I was Welsh on my mother’s side.  Quite the combination isn’t it.  I think that may explain a few things about my quirky personality.  But more about that in later posts.

It was my swedish background that intrigued me so when I started working with polymer clay I was looking for something to tie in with my heritage, hence the swedish tomtes.  Next scandinavian figure is the troll.  Now the question is how to make them cute.  Hm-m-m.

Stay tuned.

It all started with this little guy right here.

It all started with this little guy right here.

 

 

 

 

 

Researching my Swedish Heritage

Well I have been researching my family tree for the past year or so.   We had no idea that our father’s great grandfather was from Sweden.  So I have been looking for inspiration for my sculptures and came across the tradition of the Tomte.  I will go into this a bit more in later posts but for now here is a picture of my first Swedish Tomte made out of polymer clay.

Another is almost ready in the studio and will post this later in the week.

 

My first Swedish Tomte