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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Special Sale for Christmas!

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As a special Christmas THANK YOU I’ve just put all of my classes by mail, which includes my spun cotton ornament class, on sale through December 31st, 2014.  Click here.

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The 2014 Christmas issue of Early American Life, which includes their Holiday Directory of Traditional American Craftsmen, is currently on newsstands.  I’m honored to have been juried into the directory again this year!!!  I also have an article in the this issue 🙂

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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         Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Here are my two latest works!  I finished them yesterday afternoon.  Surprisingly enough they are not left over projects that I didn’t get done before Christmas, they are actually brand new creations for Christmas 2014!!!   🙂   The bizarre calendar of magazine deadlines strikes again!

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A.    This is a 24 – Inch tall Father Christmas figure.  I sculpted the head of this figure from polymer clay, then primed the clay with multiple coats of gesso and painted it with artist oils.  His hair, beard and eyebrows are made from individually hand applied strands of kid mohair.  A wood armature supports the sculpted head and shoulders of the figure and forms the core of the torso and legs.  The arms and hands have wire armatures, with individual wires for each finger and thumb, which allows the hands to firmly hold objects. The boots are hand sculpted. His coat is made from antique red velvet that was originally a curtain (which had been damaged beyond repair), it has antique metal buttons and a hood lined in wool that I hand dyed to match the velvet.  He wears pleated trousers made from the same hand dyed wool that lines his hood.  In one arm, Father Christmas carries and hand-made spun cotton girl, with a lithographed face, dressed in crepe paper, two hand – made paper dolls that are based on mid-nineteenth century originals, and three tiny feather trees, topped with candles.  In his other hand he holds the paw of a tiny hand-made mohair teddy bear, with working joints, glass eyes, a newspaper hat and a miniature American flag made of silk. I made the spun cotton girl, the paper dolls, and the teddy bear.  The feather trees and silk flag are purchased commercially made reproduction components.

Father Christmas by Paula Walton www.spuncottonornaments.com

Hand sculpted Father Christmas by Paula Walton www.spuncottonornaments.com

Father Christmas by Paula Walton www.spuncottonornaments.com

This is a 17 inch tall candy container made of spun cotton and papier-mache.

This is a 17 inch tall candy container made of spun cotton and papier-mache.

A.    This young lady is a 17- Inch tall candy container doll.  The papier-mâché head of this candy container was cast in a mold that I made directly from an antique doll head that I restored prior to making the mold. The head is painted with artist oils.  The body of the candy container is made from two graduated cardboard cylinders.  Her arms and legs are spun cotton with wire armatures.  The darker top layers of her skirt are vintage crepe-paper, with newer crepe-paper petticoats underneath.  Her jacket and hat are made from cotton batting with hand-made spun cotton snowball accents.  She holds a mica dusted spun cotton snowball in one hand.  This candy container is not an exact reproduction.  I deviated from the original on which it is based by using papier-mâché to cast the head rather than bisque, to make the head lighter weight.  I used a slightly different antique doll head from the original to make my mold.  I changed the size of the candy container to keep the doll in proportion to the head I used.  I used a wood base, rather than cardboard, for more stability and I added mica around the edge of the base and to the large snowball she holds in her hand.

Spun cotton and papier-mache candy container by Paula Walton www.spuncottonornaments.com

spun cotton and papier-mache candy container by Paula Walton ww.spuncottonornaments.com

Spun Cotton candy container by Paula Walton www.spuncottonornaments.com

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cotton covered tree www.spuncottonornaments.comYou may remember my poor naked little Christmas tree that I saved from last year.  The one that has been patiently waiting for me to swaddle all of it’s branches in cotton “snow”.

www.spuncottonornaments.comWell, I’ve finally had time to begin working on it.  It was a busy few months leading up to Christmas, and all the while I was working on other projects, the little tree was never far from my thoughts.  Finally on Christmas Eve, as I was putting the last few stitches in a quilt I made for my youngest son and his wife, I stopped and spent just a few minutes spinning cotton around two tiny branches of my tree.  It wasn’t much, but it made me feel good to at least get some of the cotton on before Christmas!www.spuncottonornaments.com

Now that Christmas is past I’ve been able to work on the tree a bit more.  I still have a long way to go, but the tree is taking on the look of snow covered branches… at least here and there!

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