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    Re: Making deity figures

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    Has anybody ever made their own figures of deities for their altar? I ask because I'm having a REALLY hard time finding representations of the gods that draw me that I like. I have a little Cerridwen that I'm extraordinarily fond of and recently picked up a Bast figure (she doesn't fit into my personal practice, but I have cats, and honoring Bast peripherally seemed right somehow), but I can't find a Brigid that I like and the Horned God is even more difficult.

    Ideas? Brilliant sources for statuary? "I made my own and it worked out well" stories? All would be welcome.

    And while I know some people have success with representative objects that aren't actually figures, I'm a very visual person and would like actual figures.

    (And the ideas don't have to be specifically related to Brigid or the Horned God; I'm still hashing out what this all looks like so any experience would be fine.)


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    Well, here's my first attempt. A little Gwyn ap Nudd looking properly mysterious in his cloak. I drew some trees on his chest and he has a dog on the back of his cloak. I also wrote his name (roughly) in ogam on his cloak edge. We're not going to talk about my very sketchy ogam skills; I'm sure it's all wrong.

    I gave him an offering bowl. I'm going to pop him in the oven; I'll let you all know how he comes out.



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    Re: Making deity figures

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    I'll let you all know how he comes out.
    Ta da!

    Here's his front, looking basically the same if less shiny:



    And his back. I used a ballpoint pen to do the details, which is why he looks like a toddler scribbled on him, but I'm okay with it as a first attempt:






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    Re: Making deity figures

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    Ta da!

    I used a ballpoint pen to do the details, which is why he looks like a toddler scribbled on him, but I'm okay with it as a first attempt:
    I like him!

    If you don't want ink on future statues, you can use a toothpick for details. I have a metal dental pick (I bought for a buck at a fleamarket that had a whole stall of dental tools) I use for inscribing things. Or a wooden skewer (like for use in the kitchen). Or just save an old pen that has no ink left in it!
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    Re: Making deity figures

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    I like him!

    If you don't want ink on future statues, you can use a toothpick for details. I have a metal dental pick (I bought for a buck at a fleamarket that had a whole stall of dental tools) I use for inscribing things. Or a wooden skewer (like for use in the kitchen). Or just save an old pen that has no ink left in it!
    Yeah, I got to the point of doing any inscribing I was going to do, and I didn't have a toothpick. I'll have to get some.


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    Re: Making deity figures

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcha View Post
    Has anybody ever made their own figures of deities for their altar? I ask because I'm having a REALLY hard time finding representations of the gods that draw me that I like. I have a little Cerridwen that I'm extraordinarily fond of and recently picked up a Bast figure (she doesn't fit into my personal practice, but I have cats, and honoring Bast peripherally seemed right somehow), but I can't find a Brigid that I like and the Horned God is even more difficult.

    Ideas? Brilliant sources for statuary? "I made my own and it worked out well" stories? All would be welcome.

    And while I know some people have success with representative objects that aren't actually figures, I'm a very visual person and would like actual figures.

    (And the ideas don't have to be specifically related to Brigid or the Horned God; I'm still hashing out what this all looks like so any experience would be fine.)


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    Polymer clay is a wonderful medium for creating statues how you like. I too had the same problem with finding statues that were personal to me. I make custom ones using polymer clay and can paint and embellish to my liking. Polymer clay is very forgiving.

    You could also make tiny paintings and frame them to see on your altar or shelf. My son has tiny water color ones that a friend made on his altar.

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    Re: Making deity figures

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    Has anybody ever made their own figures of deities for their altar? I ask because I'm having a REALLY hard time finding representations of the gods that draw me that I like.
    This is one of the reasons I got a doll (ceramic-probably-porcelain head, hands, and feet, cloth body) from Goodwill that I'm working on cleaning up and making proper clothing for. The clothing that doll came with is an exceedingly floral dress and matching pretty floral bonnet. As one might imagine, that clothing doesn't seem to suit Athena! I've got materials for a peplos and a himation, and a Janet Stephens the Hairdresser Archaeologist video that will hopefully work for styling the doll's hair. I haven't figured out what I'm doing about her feet yet--un-detailed and unpainted, they look like she's wearing boots, and the little socks and booties that she came with are visibly not even imitation of period--but most likely I'll come up with some sort of sandal.

    The Hestia doll on my altar was crocheted by the person behind Home, Hearth, and Heart Tumblr. This isn't the same thing as having made that figure myself, of course, but if I ever get the bright idea to spend weeks on a crochet project, I know crochet deity figures have been done and therefore can be done.

    I am fascinated by the polymer clay stuff y'all are showing off and wish to try that myself. Not right now, though! XD

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    Re: Making deity figures

    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcha View Post
    Has anybody ever made their own figures of deities for their altar? I ask because I'm having a REALLY hard time finding representations of the gods that draw me that I like. I have a little Cerridwen that I'm extraordinarily fond of and recently picked up a Bast figure (she doesn't fit into my personal practice, but I have cats, and honoring Bast peripherally seemed right somehow), but I can't find a Brigid that I like and the Horned God is even more difficult.

    Ideas? Brilliant sources for statuary? "I made my own and it worked out well" stories? All would be welcome.

    And while I know some people have success with representative objects that aren't actually figures, I'm a very visual person and would like actual figures.

    (And the ideas don't have to be specifically related to Brigid or the Horned God; I'm still hashing out what this all looks like so any experience would be fine.)


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    Oh gosh, I apologize for the broken picture. It didn't post right from my phone. Here's hoping it works now.

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    Re: Making deity figures

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    Oh gosh, I apologize for the broken picture. It didn't post right from my phone. Here's hoping it works now.

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    Re: Making deity figures

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    Ideas? Brilliant sources for statuary? "I made my own and it worked out well" stories? All would be welcome.

    And while I know some people have success with representative objects that aren't actually figures, I'm a very visual person and would like actual figures.

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    If you're looking for ideas, this company is mostly statuary of various deities: http://www.sacredsource.com/. While I haven't made any myself, as I am what one might call "craft challenged." It seems like molds would be something to look into as well, if you didn't want to use free form and clay.

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    Re: Making deity figures

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    Oh gosh, I apologize for the broken picture. It didn't post right from my phone. Here's hoping it works now.
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