My creation goes along a passion of mine....miniature faerie gardens.
If you follow updates to my Etsy shop, you'll be first to know when I list miniature spooky cemeteries like this one or other faerie garden kits, starting early next year.
In the meantime, here, I will give you idea's on how you can make your own ...
"Cigar Box - Spooky Cemetery" just in time for Halloween!
First you will need some Amazing Mold Putty, a craft mat or wax paper covered surface to work on, things to mold, I used some little tombstones, 2 frozen Charlotte's I picked up at a flea market, and a clay owl I've had since I was a little girl. Mix equal amounts of the white and yellow putty until no swirls of color show. Just a solid mass of yellow. Then press your items into a small ball of putty and leave to set about 10 minutes.
Creative Paper Clay..
The paper clay is extremely easy to work with and fun! Brings back memories of playing with clay in High School at my Ceramics class. Remember those days? :)
To keep the paper clay fresh, only pull out what you plan to use at the moment.
* I recommend to keep a small dish of water near by and a few wet towels. You can use the towels to clean your hands as you work with clay. The water can be used sparingly to re-dehydrate the clay as you work.
The clay is simple to use. For some of the other tombstones, I rolled out bits of clay with a smooth no-ridge pencil. Almost like a miniature rolling pin! Then formed the tombstone shape. For some ridges, I made a coil of clay and with a tooth pick, made some scoring marks onto the tombstone shape, added the coil and and secured the edges in place with a dry emboss tool.
I either hand indented the letter, R.I.P. or used Halloween buttons to make the spooky impressions.
I placed the hand formed clay pieces onto a craft sheet with the clay in molds, to cure for 2 hours.
The I carefully pulled the clay tombstones from the molds and with little scissors, trimmed off any excess, and placed all my clay pieces on a old cookie sheet rack to completely dry over night.
This left the darker color in the grooves and created a old "haunted" look everywhere else.
Don't you love it! :)
The background image is just something I had in my clip art stash box. I trimmed this to size and glued to the inside of the lid.