I carved a little mermaid about 70mm high with the wildest hair that
also doubles as a bail and popped a pearl in her hand. Once cast,
she was so cute I hated the thought of her being shut up in a box
when not being worn, so… she needs a cave or something to live in,
one you can see into.
There’s a really nice company down the road who make all sorts of
things in Perspex. They’re making up an archway from 6mm transparent
pale blue Perspex with a base and a thinner, clear plastic back. I’m
designing a suitably watery, seaweedy pattern into the inside of the
arch, base and back. Once it’s all carved, they’ll fuse all the parts
together, and my little mermaid will sit inside, with the tip of her
tail in a hole in the ‘sand’ at the bottom of the cave. So the
mermaid can be worn… and admired as an objet d’art when she’s not!
It’s going to take ages to carve with the tools I have, and I don’t
think I will be able to bear to part with her. By the way, if anyone
has some good suggestions for tools to carve into Perspex with, I’ll
be grateful - at the moment, I haven’t come up with anything better
than burrs of all shapes and sizes.