OH NO! I've run out of ANGELS!!!

Making ANGELS!
(a good place to start a blog!)

My artwork is used for multi different things. It's an income. On holidays it often becomes a gift. It's a teaching tool. It's something that GOD often works through to express HIS current heartbeat. And.... it has become a way for me to share hope in a world that desperately needs hope!

The idea of these little angels actually came from a dream where I was instructed to deliver bread to our community. I was to deliver large loaves of bread to large businesses. And slices of bread to smaller businesses and individuals. When I awoke from the dream, I clearly understood that this was GOD instructing me to share HIM (the Bread of Life) with my community. The question was then 'how do I go about this?'
And that answer would come in a following dream.

To make a long story short.... doors suddenly sprang open to display a large scripture based painting, in a large downtown business. I recognized that as delivering a large loaf of bread to a large business. And these little angels that I hand out everywhere I go now, are the slices of bread that are delivered to smaller businesses and individuals.

What is cool about these little angels is.... they don't get thrown away like a gospel tract often does! And even if the message gets ripped off of it (which I'm sure happens sometimes) the image of the angel is still a reminder that there's more to this life than what meets the natural eye. Angels are among us! They are on assignment from GOD to help get us through this life!

I have had absolutely WONDERFUL responses handing these out. They have often brought tears to the eyes of the receiver, and opened the door for me to pray with others. And they've inspired many to tell me their stories how GOD met their needs through a miracle, or their personal encounter with an angel.

Perhaps it's the generosity of just giving a stranger a gift? Or even the thought that someone cared enough to put a little effort into the message? But these little angels seem to cause the theological barriers to fall, redirecting a focus to GOD and HIS promises found in scripture.
It's a rare moment of unity - one that I just can't get enough of.

All that said.... lets roll out the clay! ;^)

The clay I'm using is Laguna Ovencraft Clay. I roll it out between rulers to keep it as consistant in thickness as possible. The thickness is about 1/4". Then I stamp multiple designs all over the surface.

Then I take a metal cookie cutter, and reshape it into the body of the angel I want to make. And I go on a angel cookie cutting frenzie! I make hundreds of these at a time (smile)

Then I roll little balls, and press them onto the bodies for the heads.
They are ready to dry now!
So I place them between newspapers (top & bottom). Weight them with a book or 2 on top (to keep them from curling in the drying process). And I will flip them every day until dry. That usually takes 3 or 4 days.

Then I sand the edges and the top. I don't worry about the back.
I really like using a sanding block for this to assure a flat even surface.

Then I place them on cookie sheets, and baked them at 350 degrees for an hour.

When cooled, I stain them (sides & top) with a water-based stain.

The particular color I like to use is Rosewood.

Then I brush the raised parts of their designs with acrylic paints - starting from the darkest color and working to lightest color. In the pic here I used metallic green (as the darkest) first. Then a patina metallic bronze. And finished with a metallic champagne gold (the lightest). I find that sponges work great for this!

Now I attach my message. I glue it's edge between the magnet and clay.
And WAL-LA!! I'm ready to put them in my bag, and hit the streets again!
Who knows what will happen today (smile)

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