Don't let this happen to your fairies!
Always make holes in the lids of your jars when catching fairies, fireflies or anything living!
Quite some time ago I had seen some really cool looking "dead fairies" online. I decided then that I wanted one of my very own.
I am not sure where to find fairies around where I live, and even if I did, I would never want to sacrifice it for a conversation piece.
So I made one.
After two Halloween's of searching, I finally found these little skeletons. Six to a package. They don't move except for at their hip. Each leg swings freely.
The fairies I had found online were all standing up in their jars, leaning against the glass. I had it in my head that I wanted mine sitting on a mushroom, looking thoughtful.
Things rarely turn out the way we plan them though. And my first problem was that I had no idea how to shape this little skeleton. My husband told me that a heat gun would probably do the trick, and he would do it for me since I was a little afraid of burning myself. So I gathered up a few skeletons and brought them to his shop and modelled how I wanted her sitting. My husband was able to get her pretty close to what I wanted. I wanted her chin resting on her hand but that just wasn't meant to be and she wanted to be resting her forehead in her hand. In retrospect, I like this much better.
Originally I was going to try to "age" her wings since they had been in the jar as long as the fairy, but I really loved the look of the glittery wings against the rest of the dull, dreary items in the jar.
I had a lot of fun making this. It was nice to spend some time in my husband's shop doing something other than giving him a hand too!
Thanks for looking!