Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day of the Dead Diorama: Witch Hazel

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In this Day of the Dead diorama, witch Hazel is in her cottage, busy preparing her magical mystery brew for Halloween.  I can't tell you exactly what's in it, (it IS a mystery brew), but some large bones are visible and she might have added some of the ingredients from her cupboard.  She has stocked up on snails, ghost blood, eye of newt, frog tails, hair of dog, (actual dog hair in there, my dachshunds, Belle and Sebastian graciously donated some of theirs).  Oh, and rat tails!  Her black cat, Inky, has another fresh tail in his mouth!

All of this is brewing in her big cast iron kettle over some hot polymer clay flames.  Behind Hazel is hung a photo of her great Aunt Handrel, famous for playing the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in the classic film, "The Wizard of Oz".

 The figures are sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylics.  Her cupboard is a wooden dollhouse prop.  On top of the cupboard are a polymer clay jack-o-lantern, shrunken head, and a skull.  On the floor is a lantern which glows in the dark.