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Recently a woman contacted me through my Etsy shop to ask if I could make an angel for the top of her Christmas tree. She saw my don’t worry dolls and wondered if I could make a bigger one for her. I’d actually never thought of making them larger, so I said I’d give it a try. The first challenge was how to make the base, since it needed to be hollow instead of solid, like the wooden clothespins. I also needed to find something separate for the head that would be durable but not too heavy. Everything else would be make similarly to the don’t worry dolls, just larger.
I found paper maché ball ornaments that worked perfectly for the head. A couple coats of acrylic with eyes, a mouth, and tiny nose added made a fine angel face. Making the body required a trial and error process, eventually ending up as a cone shape with an opening on the top where the head rested. My first set of wings was smaller than the ones I eventually made for Cara’s. The first time around I made three, since making three takes just a little more time than making one. On the first three I also made the clothes almost entirely out of upcycled fabric I had. I was happy with them, especially given they were my first try.
I ended up making a different angel for Cara with a color scheme more suited to her likes. I was equally happy with hers and now it’s on her tree in Florida. Two of the first trio found homes right away and the third one is on our tree. I’m not sure how many I’ll make in the future, but I’m really glad I gave it a try. It’s one of the things I like about Etsy, the interaction between buyers and artists. I greatly appreciate Cara’s suggestion and trust in me as an artist to create something she likes. I love the idea of these angels being a part of other families’ holiday traditions.