Ice Maiden – Faux metal sculpture

Hi everyone

It has been so long since I posted on this blog.   I have been quite busy lately.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  As some of you who follow my card blog know, I rewarded myself with a couple of “escape” days playing in the craft room.  Nothing particular.  Just fun crafting.

This is one of the project made.

I have called her the ice maiden due to the colours used.


 I had thought about putting her on a canvas but I wanted the background to be light to give the effect that the head was just floating in the air.

Really easy project to make.
Once the clay was dry, which took 24 hours she was completed in about an hour with the aid of a heat tool to dry the paint layers.

I rolled out some clay and stamped the image into it.
Crafty Individuals Giovanna Zara “Lovely Day” stamp CI419
I then cut the clay around the face part with scissors and tore the clay off on the side of the hair and just turned up the edges a little.
I then left the clay to dry for 24 hours. When dry, I painted the piece with a coat of gesso and to coats of white paint.
I painted the back of the piece with black paint.
I put a thin coat of black paint on the front, brushed it into the stamped lines and immediately took off the excess with a piece of kitchen roll.
I then rubbed the whole of the surface some marine coloured and patina wax to give a metalic effect.
I painted the piece with Mod Podge and left it to dry completely.
I then painted on some black paint, working it into the lines and again wiped the excess off with a piece of kitchen paper towel.  This just redefined the lines. The mod podge seals and prevents the surface from becoming to muddy when apply the black paint.  In my humble opinion It makes it easier to wipe off doing it this way.
I rubbed in some bronse relief paste along the outside edge.

I cut a piece of wire mesh to size and cut out some of the squares.
I painted this with black paint.
I painted a wooden skewer black.
I painted a cut off piece of lollipop stick black.

I sandwiched the ladies head the mesh and the piece of black lollipop stick and using epoxi between layers, glued the pieces together.
I then attached the painted cocktail stick to the reverse side onto the lollipop stick piece.

Thank you for looking

Take care,

Florence x


  1. thecobweboriumemporium

    Beauiful work, Flo. She looks so serene. I love the way you’ve cut around her face, but torn around her hair, and because you’ve added a copper/gold colour to the edges, it really highlights the piece and brings her image ‘off’ the sculpture. It gives it a professional sculpturers touch.

    Inspired thinking in backing it with the wire. A little like ‘beauty’ in an ‘industrial landscape’.

    A very artful piece and absolutely fabulous. I love it.
    ~ Cobs. x


    1. Florence

      Thank you Cobs. You know I was thinking this morning of an idea of something like this on a larger scale out of metal sheet, wood and and metal mesh. I think an industrial theme would work great with what I had in mind. Maybe with some copper pipes soldered together would work as the background! 🙂 Oh, wouldn’t it be lovely to have the time. Maybe in the near future.
      Flo x

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  2. gio

    It’s amazing Flo, wow! Looks so darn metallic and unusual and unique. Definitely you must try this technique on a larger piece. And thank you for using my stamp and write all the hows to. Thank you! Going to pin.

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  3. Corinne

    Hi Flo,
    Just pinned this stunning piece too.. Wow, great trial with your clay and using this gorgeous face stamp by Gio!! I must try your way one day.
    Your how-to with all your steps and tips is fantastic dear Florence. Thank you so much.
    And sorry to be a little bit away blogs and social networking at the moment, but as you say, life sometimes gets its way and family and some close friends just take precedence..
    Sending you hugs, hope you are well. xxx

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