|The Mouse Nativity|
First of all, I want to say a huge thank you to Ruth, a lovely lady I recently met on Flickr after being introduced by another lovely lady, Janet, who I met at the Saltaire Makers' Fair in September (don't you just love the internet?!) It turns out that Ruth is a great fan of my wee mice, and after some creative exchanges, I went off and came up with The Mouse Nativity!
I started with Mary Mouse - I knew she had to be white, with that lovely blue cloak which gives a lovely contrast. The tricky part was cutting the right size of blue shape for her cloak. I rolled back the top to create a shawl effect.
|Mary, Joseph and the Baby Chees-us|
Baby Jesus Mouse is very small - all the characters are about 3cm tall, so they're not exactly huge, but to create the right shape for his head was quite challenging! I rolled out a thin sheet of white clay for the swaddling clothes, and his manger was made from a shaped piece of scrap clay coloured with thin slices of a straw-like millefiori cane.
|Sheepishly tending their flock|
|Pass the parcel|
For her wings, I shaped thin gauge wire into two wing shapes, using my index finger as a guide to get the same diameter for each side. I have found this wonderful material called Fantasy Film, which is a thick resin you can dip wire into which then hardens to create a thin film - I used a crystal clear resin for the angel wings, and then left it to dry for 24 hours before I attaching the wings to the body. A small cream bow finishes them off.
I made the harp by cutting thin strips of gold clay, tapering each end and then curling it into a harp shape. On the reverse side, I attached three short strands of thin gauge wire for the harp strings. Then I tuned each harp to make sure that they were all in the key of D. (Just kidding. Or am I?) The harps are 1.5cm by 1cm.
I'm planning to offer The Mouse Nativity on a part-work basis, where you can buy one piece a month so that you have the full collection for next Christmas. More on that story later.
If you would like to buy Wee Angel Mice, please contact me - I am making them up to order. Last order date for posting in time for Christmas is 15 December 2010.