After reading Maureen Carlson‘s Book – Fairies Gnomes and Trolls, I had to try to make a Fairy.
A couple of weeks ago I actually decided to have a go at trying to make the little one described in the book, but we had a bit of an issue with our Gas Supply and it got turned off. It’s a long story, and I am going to tell you about it anyway. We moved into our home in December 2008, the house was brand new and nobody had lived in it previously (we are renting). Anyway I rang up to get the gas connected as you do and signed up for a good deal including both gas and electricity with a guaranteed minimum of 25% green power and got a bonus 2yr subscription to Marie Claire magazine. Very exciting since its a magazine I actually think is worth reading! A few months later the magazine stopped coming and I rang our provider to query it and was told that they tried to connect my gas, but it didn’t work. Our gas was on, there was no problem with it, so I just sort of shrugged it off. At some point our landlord sent us a gas bill that was sent to him, I let him know I had signed up already and he shouldn’t receive any more and we paid that one. Never received another account. At one point we received an electricity account, thought it was a bit exorbitant and checked the metre and they had read our next door neighbours metre and we had our bill adjusted. The gas kept working and we kept not getting billed so I just forgot about it.
2 weeks ago my brother called from home because there was a tradesman at the house disconnecting the gas. He had looked up online and it’s illegal to disconnect gas without notice. I called again and was told by my provider that they tried a couple of times more to connect us but again got rejected, and I should call other providers to find out who has the account. So I called probably the biggest gas provider and low and behold they had an account linked to our metre number, it had not been paid after several notices had been sent and the line was disconnected. I couldn’t find out anything about the account because it was not in my name; I couldn’t connect the gas because this account existed and it was disconnected because that person hadn’t paid the account. So what had actually happened was that when we moved in, our neighbours did too. And they must have rang up to get connected before we did, didn’t quote their metre number just the street address, muts have given our address and got the gas signed up, so every time I and my provider tried to connect it it kept getting rejected because there was already an existing account holder who did not request a disconnection. Then my neighbours moved out and decided to not pay their last few bills, the notices were getting sent to them and our gas got disconnected. This happened on a Thursday I spoke to someone on Thursday they again tried to get my gas connected, because now it was disconnected but again got a rejection, this time the rejection was due to the account not being paid and being with their credit department. So… after the entire weekend without gas and a 2 hour phone call on Monday we finally got our gas reconnected and I had to do it with the provider I didn’t want because they had stuffed it up in the first place and it would have been too difficult to sort it out with my own provider.
Anyway, how is this related to fairies and polymer clay? Well, because the gas was off we had no hot water and no stove top, and well I thought I would need to partial bake the clay while working on the fairy so I couldn’t use the oven and didn’t start it… Days later I found out that our oven is electric anyway, its only the stove top that is gas, so I could have worked on it anyway!?! Doh!Polymer Clay Fairy Waiting for her Wings It took me a couple of weeks to look at the book again and decide to play, so here is my Polymer Clay Fairy. She has been baked and Glazed and is just waiting on her wings. I have decided that instead of getting clay wings I will give her wire beaded wings – totally impractical for flying I know, but I am sure it will look good. Anyway, surely the flying is magic related right? so maybe the wings don’t need to be aerodynamic at all, maybe they just need to be wings?