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Wax models for Marie-Antoinette and Hopscotch shoes.


I have my own little superstitions when it comes to metal projects: I don’t like to show pictures of any wax models until I have my first successful cast. That way I know I have tangible results before I disclose it, but I also have this irrational belief that if I show progress shots before the end result, it might somehow jinx everything. This refers almost exclusively to metal projects though. I know it’s silly, but I don’t like to deviate from that.

Below is the inspiration for the Hopscotch shoes.


This beautiful illustration was my very first exposure to Sulamith Wulfing’s work in 2001. It reminds me of a Siberian Winter landscape so much. I think that the contrast of her uncharacteristically light outfit and particularly her little shoes against the coldness of the setting made a really strong impression on me. “Why is she wearing those summer shoes in the snow?”- I kept thinking as I held the book in my hands: ” That’s not an appropriate outfit at all. She’ll die of exposure!” There is probably an evil stepmother involved in this business somehow.

It actually reminds me of one particular Russian fairy tale “The Twelve Months”, where a stepdaughter gets sent to the forest in the dead of winter to pick some flowers and instructed not to return without any. In the middle of this suicide mission she meets human representations of each of the 12 months of the year and they save her, setting up further event in the story.

Anyway. Every time I look at this picture, it makes me want to drink hot chocolate and wear warm socks.

16 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Wow, that wax is so thin. I have no inkling how you do that! Amazing.

  2. Carrie says:

    Isn’t it wonderful how art inspires more art?

  3. Crystal says:

    I’ve had friends when I was young that wore shoes like that in the snow and they were healthier then any of the “appropriately dressed” kids. But I see what you mean, the picture makes me cold just looking at it. Very lovely picture, very lovely shoes!

  4. Tatie says:

    oh i love this story i have the animated movie the old one on my Russian dvd ^^
    the molds are thin and the shoes are awesome i hope they will be for sale soon^^

  5. Suok69 says:

    Marina, that was one of my favourite New Year movies when i was a child. They always showed this movie before or right after the New Year. The picture that you’ve posted fits perfectly to the plot of the story.

  6. The 12 months is one of my favorite fairytales, I too was shown the animated movie when I was very little and I remember it so vividly. Another was Konyek Garbounyok which I managed to find on DVD much much later :D
    These shoes look unbelievably lovely.

  7. Eiko says:

    The wax models look lovely. It’s interesting to see all the little details.

    Is there any news on the resin line yet?

  8. Jon Songserm says:

    I love this illustrate of Sulamith Wulfing too. I can feel hope and warm In this picture even the snow fleck surrounding the little girl

  9. I think Sulamath was perhaps utilizing a bit of “artistic license” that we artists love. It’s the aesthetics of the picture / costume sometimes that takes precedence over historical steadfast representation.

    Although the girl does look a fair bit tattered, she may well have been walking since summer!

    They looks so thin and fragile in the wax….

  10. Stunningly sublime they almost look like jelly candies.

  11. Jongred says:

    Those healed shoes are so dainty! Well done, Marina!

  12. Good morning Marina

    You’ve found the email I sent you? I’m awaiting your answer, because I want to put on my blog the photos and interview. Thank you for your attention and congratulations for the job!

    Balaio Variado

  13. Orangey says:

    Often the preparation or raw work is just as beautiful as the final product, isn’t it? Those wax shoes look amazing, wonderful work!~

  14. annina says:

    somehow i always like your wax models even more than the actual accessories you make, if it was feasible i would even love to have the wax model instead of the real thin because it looks so beautiful, but of course that wouldn’t work out for many reasons.

    i don’t think that’s silly, personally i don’t even like to talk about a project until i have some kind of in-between-result, something so i know it will really work out.

    that illustration is so beautiful, i had not seen this one before, i love love love the colour and her special unique technique, a little like magic!

    this comment was brought to you by my mom’s weird computer in switzerland, sending warm wishes,

  15. Terri says:

    These are truly amazing Marina. Do you hand model them or do you work from molds. So much detail in such a small space.

    Will there be a doll inspired by this beautiful winter girl?

  16. Vivague says:

    Thank you for sharing with us your imaginary world! I like the fairy tales and their illustrations. Your interpretations are always very poetical and interesting. Your lovely dolls are like these nesting dolls whose drawings tell us a story but it’s your own story.

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