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Layl's Silly Milly Art

Layl McDill Polymer Clay Sculpture Gallery

Bubble Blowing Caterpillar

Bubble Blowing Caterpillar photo

Created Spring 2011

Inspiration-  A few summers ago the reading program at the Libraries here in the Twin Cities was going on the theme of "Book-a-wokie" and our Polymer Clay Guild has a display case in the North Regional Library so I was super excited to create something a long the line of Alice in Wonderland.  There are so many great directions to go but I was very drawn to the fanciful caterpillar.  I started by building the mushroom which by the way has a bug on an built in patio on the back.  Then I made the caterpillar part by part getting more and more ideas and details as I went.  Each section of the caterpillar is like one of those hollow Easter Eggs with a little scene from the story inside. 

Technique- I invented an interesting way to make these hollow shapes by baking scrap clay around tissue paper and scorring a hole which I cut out after it was baked and added on another layer of millefiore designs.  As I put this guy together I realized he was very moveable and would not be happy if I made him stiffly sticking on top of the mushroom so I decided I needed some kind of structure around him.  For a few weeks I just kept thinking "there must be something out there that I can cover with clay and make into this structure".  Luckily it was spring and I was seeing all kinds of things pop up in gardens and then it hit me- a tomato cage turned upside down!  I eventually found a larger form of plant cage which was perfect after I cut out one part of the ring and covered with all kinds of leaves.  Then as I hung this guy in there it became obvious that his arms would have to be movable and on strings too so he's almost like a marrionette!

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Here you can see the section with the White Rabbit inside.

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One section has the Cheshire Cat and the other has an "Eat Me" cookie.

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In this section you can see the Queen of Hearts playing card.

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Here is a close up of his lovely blue face.  He is blowing bubbles which are made of glass.

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There is even a balcony for the bug that lives in the mushroom.

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