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this is my FAVORITE gumpaste figures to create.
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Celshapes (Fairies
Two sheets of arms, legs bodies
and faces for making small 
(3"high approx) fairies & sporting figures 
(See Little People" booklet 
(1993) for instructions,
templates etc. now out of print). 
Now avail: 'The CelShapes
People' revised instructions
& templates (BV21) right
#CM08 $19.95
Others like this
The CelShapes People Booklet
The CelShapes People Booklet is a compilation of methods to make a number of the figures originally created by Margaret Ford in 1993, They featured in 'The Little People' booklet. 
Unfortunately , this title is now out of print.  This new booklet revises the information from that publication, 
to assist you with the making and dressing of the figures produced with the CelShapes Fairies mould (CM08).

#BV21 $8.50

Fairy Heads
1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 3/4"
HPM07 $15.50

Elf & Fairy Face Mold
by Holly Products
cheeky elf and fairy head. 
Use with limb mold (HPM20)
#HPM23 $18.00

Fairy Wing Cutter and double 
flexible Silicone Veiner Set
1-3/4 inch #HPFWCV $21.65 

Fairy Wings Cutter & Veiner
HPFWCV2 $21.65

Angel Wing Cutter
& Double Veiner
Based on the same concept as
the fairy veiner, but this veiner
gives the effect of tiny
overlapping feathers. The
scalloped stainless steel 
double-edged cutter creates
perfect left or right wings every
time. #HPAWCV 

cover your fondant/gumpaste cut-outs until 
ready to form to help keep soft and pliable 
Available here

Fairy Limbs
Arms and legs
1 3/4 to 2" right/left
2 mold set HPM20 $26.95

Instructions - Fairies
Tiny shoes
Inst. and Ideas pictures
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Forest Features Set of 3
toadstool, stump, grass
other impression markers 
here and here and here

Fairies and Butterflies 
Edible Theme Prints
Making Fairies!
Press fondant dough into mold and pop it out.
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Fairy w/wand/umbrella 
3" #FM-009 $20.50

#FR114 $11.00

#FR115 $11.00

#FR116 $13.00

#FR117 $15.00

#FR119 $29.00

#FR120 $24.00

#FR121 $22.00

Fairy with Heather
2 1/4 inch #FM-015 $18.00

Fairy w/wand/umbrella 
3" #FM-009 $20.50 

Girl Fairy Set 
4.5x5.5cms, 2 x 1 1/2 x 1/8"
FR111 $25.00 IDEA

Project No 8 
Magic & Imagination
May be ordered here
Fairy chocolate molds
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Fairy Folks and Little People, By June Twelves
This book by June Twelves gives a simple approach to
modelling babies, fairies and miniature people, clothing 
and more. A step-by-step guide complete with color
photos and patterns. 52 pages full color.
Shows many ways to construct figures. 
Explains several ways of making and clothing 
the figures in very simple clothing. Colored photos, 
patterns & instructions. Even shows how to add hair! 
Softback,52 pages $15.95

Sugar Fairies 20 to make Booklet 
by Frances McNaughton
Frances McNaughton's simple fairies are made using
sugarpaste, candy sticks and fudge with themes such as
blossoms, stars, dancing, Christmas and fairy cakes.
Using only sugar paste and a few simple tools and
techniques, this exploration offers hints on crafting 
charming and dainty sugar fairies. Starting with sound 
advice on tools and materials, this discussion moves 
on to creating the figures themselves, outlining 
traditional types such as the Rose, Blossom, Daisy, 
and Daffodil fairies as well as the Tooth Fairy and Fairy
Godmother. Lesser-known folk are also highlighted, 
including the Dancing Fairy, Bathing Fairy, and the 
amply proportioned Cuddly Fairy, covering the essential 
parts of each figurine before each finished product is
fully illustrated. Presenting specific suggestions for 
various occasions—such as the Baby Fairy for births 
and christenings, the Chocolate Fudge Fairy for 
chocoholics, or the Fairy Bride for weddings—this
handbook’s characters provide unique gifts for loved 
ones as well as adornments for sundry celebrations.
Published May 2010 48 pages 
#FSB4 $8.50

DVD Creating the Foxglove Fairy Bride 
by Frances McNaughton 
Creating the Foxglove Bride Fairy DVD. Frances takes you step-by-step through each stage to create a beautiful Fairy Bride. Her clear, concise instructions are given with enthusiasm for the art. 
This DVD follows on the success of her book 
"Modeling Fairies in Sugar". 1 Hr. 37 min.
This DVD will take you step by step through each stage 
in order to create a beautiful Fairy Bride with a wonderful
flowing dress of Foxglove flowers. 
Available in PAL and NTSC format. 
#FSA2 $17.95 

Modelling Fairies in Sugar
Revised Edition by Frances McNaughton 
From Frances:
"In writing this book, my intention has been to introduce 
each fairy to you in the same way I would teach it in 
a class. Keeping the materials as simple as possible 
by using commercially bought Flowerpaste and Mexican
Paste, and by using paste and powder colours as the 
original colour, should help those of you who may be 
a bit nervous about mixing. The book consists of 8 
different fairies, each with a set of step by step
pictures and instructions to help you create your 
own masterpiece!. I have set it out in such a way
that the fairies can be adapted to your own 
design using different heads or dressing in different 
petals to the ones shown. For those of you who wish 
to, the instructions can also be utilised with other 
modelling pastes (e.g. Cold Porcelaine, or 
Polymer Clay)." _Frances McNaughton" 
Product Description
Includes Sleeping Baby Fairy; Sleeping Rose Fairy; 
Sweet Pea Fairy; Holly Elf; Narcissus Fairy; Primrose Fairy,
Daffodil Fairy; and Autumn Fairy. 
#FSB5 $19.95 

Instructions show Fairy holding daffodil Push Mold by Sunflower, above

Fairies cake instruction

Use these tiny molds to make this cake. Sorry I have no written instructions. Everything is edible and the decorations are made of gumpaste. This substance
dries very hard though fragile.

DVD photo from 
Frances McNaughton

Reference file
We may not have all of these above but we can order them for you. They are imported so please allow 4-6 weeks BEFORE you place your order.

Left Picture shows a selection of heads, limbs and wings made from some of Holly Products moulds as follows (left to right):

Line 1: (HPM13) Miniature Clown Head  also shown painted & (HPM09) Miniature Man & Woman

Line 2: (HPM11) Adult Lower Limbs

 Line 3: (HPM10) Child Lower Limbs & (HPM08) Babe, Girl & Boy Head

Line 4: (HPM07) Fairy Head and Wings made with (HPFWC) Fairy Wing Cutter and (HPFWV) Fairy wing Veiner

 Line 5: (HPM14) Miniature female Head & Breastplate, (HPM20) Fairy  Limbs & 

(HPM21) Special Edition Young Adult Head & Breast Plate

Hawthon Elf (left) use

(HPM07)Fairy head mould,  (HPM20) Fairy limb mould

Brownies (right) use

(HPM08) Miniature Babe, Boy, Girl,  (HPM20) Fairy limb mould

this picture was taken from June Twelves  book 'Fairy Folk and Little people'

Sorry, no inst., just ideas
All silicone molds are thoroughly inspected before shipping and will not be replaced if damaged in use.

CHECK OUT THIS FAIRY PAGE. IT IS SIMPLY FANTASTIC! Great ideas if you are making fairies.

Tips and Techniques Cake Idea

Detailing tools can be as simple or complicated, as inexpensive or expensive as you decide. You can even make your own! I use a wide variety, ranging from dental hand tools, gumpaste detailing tools, and many I've made myself. I've even used my own face make up and nail polish for nails. If you intend to do your work on the small scale I do, these are the tools I recommend you have to start with:

    * A good work surface such as Celboard/Celpad. Very durable and cool, it is easy to clean and your clay won't stick to the surface.
    * A good motorized pasta machine. I use mine to condition and blend gumpaste and roll uniform sheets for miniature "cloth".
    * The PME Modeling too 2. This is a flat spatula at one end and a small, flattened knob at the other. My favorite tool, I use it to blend seams and create a smooth surface.
    * Large and small PME Modeling Tools. With the blunt tips you can draw or impress lines in the gumpaste without creating a rough edge. Rolling a Celpin over the surface of the gumpaste will give you a very smooth finish and hide seams. I have very thin spatulas of several sizes to remove gumpaste from crevices or to impress circular patterns into the gumpaste.
    * I like the PME6T Scriber Needle. You can use it to draw very fine lines in the clay. If you lay the needle against the surface and drag it gently, you will be able to draw a smooth fine line, great for fur and feathers.
    * My PME7 Knife with Ribbon Inserion tool is great for cutting tiny gumpaste items. You could use an unserrated knife or razor knife.
    * Tiny wire on a spool (available in craft stores) works great to sturdy tiny fairy arms, legs etc.
    * Their ‘hair’ is royal icing. They were dressed in gum paste clothes. See 'WINGS' below: The fairies’ ‘wings’ are made of plain gelatin on the fine wire frame-shape, tinted with food coloring, let dry, remove wire frame, and fasten to the fairy with a dab of royal icing.
    * WINGS: 1/4 cup cold water and 2 teaspoons plain gelatin, food coloring. Make a wing form using the fine wire from the spool. Dip the wing form in. Lay it down until dry. Then remove the form. I've only done this once. I suppose if you experimented you could even do this with larger wings and things. You may need to use more gelatin and less water for more strength. Just guessing.
    * These instructions are the result of my studies with Angela Priddy of South Africa.
     Angela has a wonderful book showing some really innovative ideas using gum paste and other fine mediums. I'm sorry but it is no longer      available.

Creating Textures:
Giving texture to a figure is one of the greatest challenges in creating a realistic piece. Whether the texture is fur, feathers, folds, or warts, the devil is in the detail. At first, you should experiment with direct etching, using the tools of the trade, perhaps etching fur or feather lines with a needle held so it drags along the surface, rather than gouging. The process can be tedious, but the act of creating these details teaches you a great deal. Once you have mastered the detailing for the piece you are sculpting, and. especially if you intend to reproduce it, the next logical step is to create direct surface application molds that will do the work for you. These molds (or stamps) are reverse images of the repetitive features you find in the subjects you sculpt and can be taken directly from your finished work or etched directly on the mold by hand. Not intended to "stamp out" the entire element of the sculpture, they recreate subtleties in texture. Impressing areas of a sculpture with a press mold made of polymer clay, saves time and effort.

Proportioning the Human Figure:
This section is devoted to the figurative artist. We always struggle to "get the proportions right". The illustrations below will help you translate the human form to fit the scale you are working in. They're from my book Creating Life-Like Figures in Polymer Clay.

For centuries artists have divided and subdivided the human form, each seeking to improve their understanding of the body's particular proportions and to enhance their art. Drawn from several sources, this is a brief compilation of the proportional landmarks used by Da Vinci, Lanteri, Cousin, Richer, and Rimmer which you'll find useful in sculpting the human form. All of the proportional landmarks have variations which are effected by by race, gender, age, and body type; the differences that make each of us unique. For that reason, always keep the individual in mind while you sculpt.

Don't let the number of measurements discourage you. Put them to work and they'll become second nature. Learn to think in terms of head lengths, not inches or centimeters as you apply these landmarks to your polymer clay sculpture to achieve the realistic figure you envision.

Landmarks of the Head
    * The cranial box and the bones of the facial skeleton are roughly the same size and volume.
    * The face is 3/4ths the length of the head.
    * The width of the head on a level with the eyes is equal to 2/3rds the length of the head.
    * The width of the mandible (lower jaw) is 3/4ths the width of the head at its widest.
    * The eyes lie on a line midway between the top of the head and the base of the chin.
    * The eyes are equal 1/5th the width of the head, and the space between the eyes is equal to one eye width.
    * The base of the nose lies on a line equidistant between the eyebrows and the chin, 1/2 head width from chin.
    * The width of the nose is equal to the width of the eye.
    * The mouth lies on a line 3/8ths from the tip of the chin, or 1/2 head width from midline, and its width is equal to 1 1/2 eyes.
    * The upper rim of the ear is level with the highest point of the eyebrow and the lobe usually lies on a line level with the nostrils.
    * The ear begins on a line midway between the facial plain and the cranial box.
    * The width of the neck is 1/2 the head and the length from the chin to the pit of the neck varies from 1/4 to 1/3 of a head.

Landmarks of the Torso and Limbs
The length of the figure can vary from 6 1/2 heads to 7 3/4 heads tall. For their gladiators and gods, the Greeks and Romans preferred the dignity expressed by proportionally taller, longer limbed figure, 8 heads tall. The Mannerists often rendered figures 9 heads tall. Many of my sculptures follow the classical dimensions and are 8 heads tall, but most follow the average rule; and are 7 1/2 heads tall. The following are some of the prominent structures of the torso and limbs that serve as landmarks for proportion:

    * The distance from the tip of the chin to the nipples is 1 head length. The shoulder blades lie on that same line.
    * From the nipples to just above the navel is 1 head. The height of the buttocks lies on that same line.
    * The fork in the female and the base of the buttocks in the male lie 1 head length below the navel.
    * The shoulders are 2 heads at their widest in the male. In the female, the shoulders are slightly narrower.
    * The hollow between the collar bones is one head length.
    * In the male, the chest and hips are same width, 1 1/2 heads wide. In the female, the hips are 1 1/2 heads wide and the chest 1 1/4 heads wide.
    * The waist is a little more than one head wide in both.
    * Measure the legs and you'll find the distance from bottom of the foot to the gastrocnemus (inner calf muscle) is one head, and from the inner calf to the articulation of the knee is one head.
    * The distance from the knee to base of gracilis muscle (upper, inner thigh) is 1 head, and from the thigh to the fork is 1 head.
    * The midpoint of the body intersects the trochantor major (hip bone) in the female and lies just below that point in the male.
    * The arms are 3 head lengths, from the tip of the middle finger to the top of the armpit (the midpoint of the deltoid or shoulder muscle).
    * The elbow is 1 head length from armpit.
    * In the male, the distance from the head of ulna (wrist bone) to the tip of the middle finger is 1 head, falling above that line in the female.
    * The wrist (head of the ulna) lies on a line with the midpoint of the body.
    * The width of the arm averages a little less than 1/2 head at it widest.
    * The hand is the same size as the facial plain.
    * The arm of the male is slightly longer than the female's. The tip of the little finger falls on a line 3 heads from the bottom of the foot in the male, and slightly above that in the female.
    * The foot is equal to the twice the length of the face from eyebrows to chin, or 1/6th to 1/7th of the height.

Tip: Remember to proportion your scultures like the masters, always use your head.

Modeling the Animal Figure:
As with the human figure, every animal species has its own unique proportions. To achieve a credible finished work, it is important to study and measure the animal's features from all vantage points to avoid distortion in the sculpture. Your study should be so detailed that you can accurately render the growth patterns of fur or scales on each part of the subject. The devil is in the details. Tip: Keep notes, drawings, and graphs of the subject for reference.

The following sequence is an example of the process I use to sculpt a mouse. Of course there were many views and measurements in between, but I hope it gives you the general idea. The "measurement stage" graphs not only help to determine proportion, but also to estimate the amount of clay for each body part. For this project I used a component technique, modeling and assembling each of the components, and creating surface details before the mouse was baked. With the exception of the prebaked eyeballs, this can be a single-bake project, provided the scale of the figure is as small as this one was (approximately 3 inches tall). Tip: This figure uses armatures in the ears (paper), in the tail (thin wire), and a mounting wire rod at its base.

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