Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Saucy Molly and the Poster Girl

I have had a strong urge to make these two pieces for quite a few weeks, but with everything else going on, have only just managed to finish them yesterday. The story goes something like this:

Ever since she was a wee owlet, Molly has always dreamt of becoming a poster girl, those beautiful girls in glamorous shots, with perfectly styled hair, meticulously made up faces, pearly white teeth and slim toned bodies, admired by everyone. But what is a girl to do given life’s circumstances? Molly is, after all, an owl! Well, our Molly didn’t let that deter her. She coloured her feathers, put on her red lipstick, glitzy sun glasses and jewellery, and a flower above her ear, and transformed herself from the owl next door to a glamour queen. She sang, danced and performed, running from auditions to auditions. What she lacked in certain departments, she more than made up for with her talents, attitude, wits and enthusiasm. Today, Molly (affectionately nicknamed “Saucy Molly” by her fans and the tabloid) is not just a poster girl, she is one of the most successful entertainers in the whole owls’ world. To all those aspiring owlets wanting to know the secret of her success, Molly said: “Follow your heart, sweetie, chase your dream, and give it your best shot. Don’t worry about the outcome as long as you’ve done your best, the recognition will come in due course. Be true to yourself, and break free. Remember, you only live once.”

So, here is the poster girl that inspired Molly. The picture is a copy of a vintage Chinese poster which I made into a cabochon with polymer clay, acrylic media and resin (couldn't resist adding a few steampunky bits). Some of the brass stampings were bright golden originally, and I patinaed them with ammonia and a verdigris solution. Added a few vintage buttons. Some of the rounded side pendants were made with a variation of a pattern from the current issue of Beadwork magazine.


The next is a picture of Molly from way back, before her transformation, with her favourite pillow given to her by Aunty Hel.

And this is Molly now, posting for an upcoming concert. (Molly was made with polymer clay coloured with alcohol ink, and decorated with bits and pieces. Some of the side pendants are also from the same pattern from Beadwork.)

15 comments:

  1. Thanks VetaTall. Molly says hi and thanks to you too. :)

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  2. I lub lub lub both pieces and most especially Saucy Molly (I think she must be your alter-ego Caroline buddy!!!) ... I have posted link to this page on facebook so more people can drool over your stupendous talent. You should come join fb sometime ;)

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  3. Superb works, and fantastic colors!

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  4. Thanks for your comments, Hel buddy and Eva Maria.

    Hey Hel, I suspect Molly is just as much my alter-ego as Emily Oot is yours, haha! But you're absolutely right, I think we do put a little of ourself into our pieces, hence the hurt when one faces rejection such as in competitions. Thank you also for linking this to facebook. I really should join one day.

    Eva Maria, I looked at your blog and was blown away! You are an amazing beader! I downloaded some of your free tutes and intend to try them in the near future. Thanks again for your lovely comment.

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  5. I've been meaning to comment on this on the beading forum but thought I'd comment here.

    Your work never ceases to amaze me. The owl is absolutely adorable - he looks so cheeky.

    Both pieces are exquisite... I don't know what else to say other than you are amazing ...WOW!

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  6. I love the owl eyes. U are simply amazing.

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  7. Ah, thanks again J4K. Molly is very pleased that you love her sparkly eyes. :)

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  8. Thanks Molly for sharing the secret of your sucess. You definitely deserve to be in the spotlight being so gorgeous.

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  9. Molly says thank you, Sandy. She's chuffed that you thought she's gorgeous. :)

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  10. Wowza! You are one talented woman! I love your amazing creations!

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  11. Thanks for your lovely comments, Christie. I just visited your blog - your scrapbook creations are absolutely gorgeous! I used to do scrapbooking too until I started making jewelry. Now all I can think of is beading and jewelry, LOL. Thanks again! :)

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