Friday, March 2, 2012
Mary Margaret Fitzgerald with her opossum Percival are off to California
Standing just a bit over 11" tall; Mary Margaret's head, shoulders, hands, and shoes are sculpted from Premix clay over a cloth body. Arms can be posed; legs are jointed at hip. Silk velvet overcoat with vintage tatting, trims, and mink. Her untamed, messy upsweep is of hand-dyed mohair.
Ugh...the mohair. I've dyed mohair, wool, and silk velvet before; but I guess I've never used the really BLACK black. I had my latex gloves on through all the messy steps, but had taken them off after the mohair was rinsing clear. I generally then shampoo the locks of mohair in order to replace the vinegar smell with something more fragrant. Anyway, gloves now off, I went about shampooing and rinsing each lock of wavy mohair. You might think that I would have noticed that my hands were turning purple earlier than I did...but no. I think it was 3-4 days before my hands returned to normal color. First day...sort of vivid purple. Third day, health food store cashier thought I had circulatory problems. Live and learn!