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Kokopelli bottle doll, view #1, which sold for $200 as part of the NeoMimbreno competition during the 2016 Silver City Clay Festival
Kokopelli doll, view #2
Kokopelli doll, view #3
Merlinda the Mermaid is an art doll (not for sale) with a hand-sculpted paper clay face, wire armature body, and clothes I designed.
This fairy art doll has a wire armature body, clothes I designed, and hand-sculpted paper clay face. (Not for sale.)
Art dolls "in process." That's the Fairy art doll on the left seen in completed form in the previous photograph.
I created this "art chair" for a local fundraising event.
My niece in Spokane, Washington, asked me to make this unique wedding cake "topper" for her big day. So I did!
Another view of the wedding cake "topper" I made for my niece's 2014 wedding.
A back view of a "bottle" art doll called The Dancer. The base for such dolls is an empty bottle rather than a wire armature. (Sold)
A close-up view of The Dancer's face, head, hair, and hand. (Sold)
Here's a full-length view of The Dancer from the front. The liquor bottle (a pre-mixed mojito) has an unusual shape that gave her an angled base.
A detailed look at the dragonfly held by the Dragonfly Queen Fairy, a bottle doll. (Sold)
Full-length look at the Dragonfly Queen Fairy bottle doll. (Sold)
This is the head and "crown" of the Horned Lizard bottle doll. (Sold)
The face of the Horned Lizard bottle doll. (Sold)
This is the front of the Horned Lizard bottle doll. (Sold)
This face belongs to a bottle doll I call The Peddler. (Sold)
A full-frontal shot of The Peddler doll, showing the many wares and trinkets she is selling, including itty-bitty sewing and cooking materials and gadgets. (Sold)
A close-up shot of the "art chair" I made for a local fundraiser during fall 2012.
Felina art doll (not for sale).
Katrina Calavera is an art doll (not for sale) inspired by a figure seen in a mural by Mexican painter Diego Rivera. I designed the clothes, created a wire armature body, and hand-sculpted the paper clay face.
Earrings made from a recycled aluminum can of Beck's beer ($5).
Sock doll made from a single sock, lonely in a drawer ($10).
Very sturdy shopping bag made from fused plastic melted down from various other recycled bags. It includes some polymer plastic buttons ($30).
Top view of the shopping bag in the previous photo.
Set of six polymer plastic buttons with gold leaf ($12).
Set of five polymer plastic buttons ($8).
This sturdy shopping bag ($30) I made by melting and fusing recycled plastic bags into something new, with lots of adornments and a carrying strap.
Here's the opposite side of the recycled shopping bag shown in the preceding picture.
These earrings ($10) are made using the caps of Sam Adams beer bottles.
White sock doll ($10).
My first soft sculpture art doll, painted to look like me and with an iron-on transfer of my face. (Not for sale)
I made these earrings out of recycled aluminum cans. I used paper punches and free-formed the wire "hand" designs. Many of my earrings are for sale ($5 a pair) by mail-order or at the Javalina Coffeehouse on Market St. in downtown Silver City.
I created these citrus-themed fingernails for a client at my beauty shop, Judy's Nails 'N' Stuff, 105 S. Bullard St. If you live in or near Silver City, contact me about doing custom nails for you. Or a manicure. Or a haircut.
I occasionally teach classes in how to make polymer buttons and other craft items. If you live in or near Silver City, contact me about my upcoming hands-on classes and workshops. Click on the Contact page to send me an e-mail message.
This is one of my mermaid dolls, completed in September 2013 as requested by a client. Obviously, she is not for sale.
This purple knit shawl has been sold. I can custom-make one for you if you wish.
This is a green crocodile-stitch knit shawl. It has been sold, but I am happy to make custom shawls to your specifications.
Here's a close-up of the Shamrock fairy doll's face. This Irish-themed doll has been sold.
I made the clothes and wings for the Shamrock fairy doll. (Sold)
A close view of the Shamrock fairy doll's shoes, which I designed and custom-made for her.
This green and brown knit purse is available ($35). You can purchase it and other items through my Store page. A custom purse is available to your exact specifications on request.
This is a dog-themed hot cup cozy (sold).
This red-and-black cup cozy has been sold.
I call this the "sick girl" cup cozy. It sold, too.
This is my another mermaid-theme art doll, shown seated on her sand pedestal.
A seahorse clings to a strand of seaweed next to the mermaid.
This paper collage cactus flower I created using pieces of fibrous paper as well as tissue paper. It is available for purchase.
One of several raincoats I've made entirely from fused plastic bags. I melted the bags together, then cut and sewed them as if the material was cloth fabric.
I made this and other tote bags out of fused plastic bags. It's amazing how you can recycle everyday plastic throwaway materials.
I made these dolls out of socks. This is a good use of the "single" socks we all wind up with and would otherwise throw away.
A "brown poodle dog" sock doll, made for my friend, Margo.
This is my Calabasa (Pumpkin) fairy-style art doll, out enjoying the October 31 sunshine. (Not for sale.)
Cutting hair and doing custom nails are others among my art forms, carried out at my shop in Silver City: Judy's Nail 'n' Stuff, located in the former lobby of the historic Bullard Hotel at 105 South Bullard Street in Silver City, New Mexico.
Solar-powered Day of the Dead mini-doll.
This miniature Day of the Dead doll was made for my niece, Rhiannon.
A side view of Rhiannon's doll.
A Day of the Dead mini-doll looking sporty in a mustache, glasses, and sandals.
My art dolls aren't much to look at when the process begins.
I am a New Mexico writer, photographer, and multi-media artist — who also happens to operate a beauty shop.
My one-of-a-kind polymer clay and soft-sculpture or bottle-based art dolls (and other items) may be seen and purchased through Silver City's Marketplace consignment shop, my Judy's Nails 'N Stuff beauty salon at Silver City's old Bullard Hotel, and the nearby Javalina Coffeehouse. Please check out my Facebook page at Judys Handmade Art, my storefront at Etsy.com, and my Pinterest posts (click the logos above to access these directly).
I also create fanciful earrings, shopping totes, stuffed animals, cup cozies, paper mosaic collages, note cards, buttons, raincoats, and other gift items out of recycled materials. My favorites include aluminum cans, scrap fabric, plastic bags, fibrous paper, and disposable coffee cups. Please, let's keep the landfills less full. Recycle! Upcycle!
I am a 30-year Silver City resident and live downtown with my dog, Gizelle.