August 11, 2014

Queen's Guard soldier - 3D quilling

As you may know, I lived in Canada for a year, and this certainly influenced my creations. In Canada, you can see guard soldiers wearing a ceremonial red coat — a historic British military uniform, and a bearskin — a tall fur cap. That is because Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy at the same time, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Traditionally, the bearskin was the headgear of grenadiers, and is still worn by grenadier and guards regiments in various armies. The outfit is really hard to miss, and I was inspired by Queen's Guard soldiers when I made this three-dimensional quilled miniature wearing a bearskin.

At first, the soldier was designed as a Christmas ornament, like the one created by Christa, but then I thought he would make a beautiful couple with my quilled princess and let him be a standalone figurine. Making the soldier was easy except for the cap. How would you make it look furry? I think I've successfully overcome the challenge by using the old good fringed flowers technique.

The doll is almost 9 cm (3.5 in) tall. I used regular 3 and 9 mm wide (1/8 and 3/8 in) quilled strips for this project, and employed various 3D quilling techniques.

12 comments:

Zoe Brener said...

Constitutional monarchies rule, as does your quilling!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Wow ! Fantastic Quilling !

a paper {life} said...

thanks so much for sharing Inna. I have it on to do my list to make one of these for my sister who lives in Victoria, BC (I am from Vancouver) which are both in Canada so I was thrilled to see yours. I will let you know if I come up with another idea for the cap but yours is perfect.

Cheryl

Paper Zen said...

The furry hat is priceless Inna! I also love his chin strap - great use of many methods :D

Eliza Art said...

Beautiful

Eliza Art said...

Beautiful

Anuradha Prem said...

is so cute..

Anuradha Prem said...

is so cute

Lisa Topps said...

I'm a Canadian, and I LOVE it! It is instantaneously recognizable. My favourite part is the hat! You did such a great job.

Vidya Ravi said...

Love it... Such an neat and awesome work

Nati said...

Very cute, Inna!!

Shylaa Shree said...

very impressive inna