Sorry for the delay in posting, but I haven't had time to do any minis lately, but I was able to pop out something I have been excited about for a long time. Finally, I have a crystal ball for our Madam Aspen. If you remember the story, she is away for the night and there are some magical happenings going on while she is gone. I thought a glowing crystal ball on her table would be a perfect addition.
I have had a big marble I found for a long time but wasn't sure how I was going to light it up so it had an eerie glow. Well, it suddenly fell into my head that I would have to make a stand from polymer clay and that is just what I did. Sorry I don't have any "in the making" photos, but it was actually pretty easy.
I thought I would create a base that looked kinda woodsy and earthy. I put some Sculpey into my clay gun and pushed out some spaghetti thin strands and started wrapping and forming them into a woodsy shape. The hard part was keeping it deep enough to hide the bulb but still small enough to look natural and not too large for the table it would be displayed on. Once i was happy with the look, off it went to the oven for baking. 15 minutes later I had a nice stand ready for painting.
I applied a base coat of a soft brown and then brushed it with a bronze powder and antiqued with black.
The bulb was wired through a small hole I drilled in the base and through the top of the table. Initially, the light was way too bright so I used some green Gallery Glass paint to tint the bulb and painted small spot on the bottom of the marble. To me, green is just eerie. Nobody looks good in green light except maybe the Wicked Witch of the West. I can't leave it wired for now as I'll have to get the outside of the box finished first, but I couldn't wait to show everyone what it looks like.