What is a Trollfling, you ask? It's a wee, miniature being who is part troll and part elfling that comes to life via the vivid imagination and hands of Amber Matthies.
Amber 's continuing adventure with these whimsical characters first began in 2004 when her husband and son bought some clay to make toys with but they lost interest and were going to toss the clay out. Amber picked it up and started playing around with it. She made her first Troll who she named Zach (after her little brother....her first troll but not her first Trollfling). Then she tried to make a walking cat but it morphed into some sort of creature....a troll type mouse with long ears and feet and a tail....so she called it a Trollfling (hence, part troll, part elfling=Trollfling).
Her first Trollfling's name was Tweek, and she put it on Ebay to sell it and was pleasantly surprised when it sold. At that time, Amber was eight months pregnant and doing in-home nursing care, so it was nice to be able to stay home with her children plus help support her family with her little dolls. She was hooked on making her tiny Art Dolls which she hoped everyone would love. It just took off from there.
Thousands of Trollflings later...
Amber primarily uses super sculpey but blends it with a secret mix of different clays. The bigger Trollflings take her anywhere from 4-8 hours. The smaller ones take around 2 hours depending on the hair, accessories etc. She only uses synthetic hair, faux and viscose. She makes all the wings. They come as small as three-quarters inch high to the largest at seven inches.
I love Amber, and I love, love, love her cats! Here's a sampling of those cuties...
Too see more of my friend Amber's whimsical Trollflings go to her website: http://trollflings.com/ or her blog: http://www.trollflings.blogspot.com
or, take a stroll through her shops and adopt your very own Trollfling: http://trollgirl.cdhm.org and http://ww.trollflings.etsy.com