The Art of Darkness

Miniature Dead Things

March 13th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Dead Leprechaun

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, look at this cute li’l guy.

This mummified leprechaun, complete with remnants of ginger hair and clutching a gold coin, is one of several miniature gaffs made by Lynne of Footsteps in the Wind. She’s also got miniature skeletal mermaids and demons.

These guys are kindred spirits to my mummified fairy, and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this idea. You could put together a whole collection of mummified supernatural fauna.

The mermaid rather puts me in mind of a fossil, and an interesting display idea might be to present it as such: Glue it to a flat piece of shale (available in the outdoor department of many hardware stores), blend the edges into the stone with polymer clay or papier-mache, and spray-paint to make it look like it’s been carefully chipped out of the matrix.

You could use tattered miniature clothing and accessories to create mummified gnomes, imps, tooth fairies, pixies, and many others. Display individual specimens in shadowboxes or bell jars, or fill a curio cabinet with a whole collection. If you’re feeling particularly macabre, you could display them as though they were live specimens who had died of neglect–a mermaid in an empty goldfish bowl, or a gnome in a jar with the scrawled note, “Air holes….”

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