There was Sprout, of course, she had a little magical sprout or vine. She had the ability to make things grow, I guess. Then there was Spud, he was the dad. A rather serious little hamster with the traditional *dad* items like a necktie and a pipe (which blew bubbles). Then there were the baby hams. Pippo was very friendly and very well groomed. You could hold him in your hand and he would tuck all in and be a perfect smooth little pillow shaped mound. His anime item was a little hair comb. Gary was a mean little guy, and lightening fast. We had to watch him, he would run like crazy! His item is little running shoes. Then there was Ash. He was a fat little hamster, the biggest of the bunch, although he got skinny st one point, I don't know why. Anyway, his item is a spoon.
oops, well this wasn't so much a tutorial on how I made this ornament tile, was it? Honestly, that part is pretty boring. I like to hear about inspirations most, so thats what I wrote today. But here are some details in case you like the technical stuff. The plaster mold above was made from a handcarved original (carved in porcelain) To make the ornament, red stoneware was pressed into the plaster, dried a bit, popped out, wire loops inserted into the wet clay, and left to dry. It was bisque fired, then washed with an iron wash, glazed with green details, and fired to about 2300*. It was then beaded and wired up with fancy beads and a ribbon woven chain to hang. There you go! If you want to read a more detailed tutorial about the actual moldmaking and pressing, check out Chuck's tutorial on Concept.org...its pretty much the technique we both learned...but I am too lazy to wrote my own tutorial, and his is excellent!