This month’s theme challenge was set by Lesley, and she decided to do things a little differently than usual. Rather than giving us a topic, we were given the task to repurpose something…. recycling it in to something other than it’s intended use. I have to admit, it threw me a little, but after a good think and a hunt around for something to do, hopefully I’ve done it right!
I started out with some glass petri dishes. Usually used for scientific tests, I thought they’d make perfect containers for tiny little scenes.
I used polymer clay in the base to create rocks and lily pads, and added gravel, weeds, and tiny lotus flowers made from paper. I added a first layer of tinted resin to make the water.
I made a tiny Mandarin duck from polymer clay.
And added him and the lily pads on top of a second layer of resin. Here he is finished.
I was really pleased with how it turned out and put him away to cure completely. Unfortunately, it didn’t survive… I didn’t know, but resin will expand and contract with heat and cold, and having it in the shed during the weird weather we’ve been having cracked the petri dish 🙁 I learned a lesson, but too late as I worked on a second piece just after. This time, a kingfisher waiting to catch his dinner.
The bowl was made from an upturned Christmas ornament, and the wooden base was made from an old fence post.
I’m keeping this one indoors and hopefully it will be ok! I’m a bit disappointed as I thought it was a really good idea, but I’ve bought some plastic petri dishes to try again and hopefully they will work out!
I’ve been really having fun with creating in miniature, so I decided to go for one final piece, this time, with a grassy base in the other half of the petri dish. You may have seen my blog post on making stone fairies a couple of weeks ago.
I decided to have a go at making tiny versions for a little fairy ring. You can see how mini they are from the ladybird.
The base was made from foam and scenery supplies, the ferns from paper and the fairies from polymer clay. They look like they’ve been frozen in stone!
I’ve really enjoyed this months challenge and it’s really pushed me to try something completely different, so big thanks to Lesley for the brilliant inspiration!
Hope you’ll join me for the blog hop to see what everyone else has recycled, reused and repurposed for the challenge. Follow the links below…