Tom offered his santas to someone who would put them to good use. I contacted Tom and offered to paint them and sell them with 100% of the proceeds to go to a hospice that is being built near to where I live that is scheduled to open in the Fall of this year. Tom was good enough to send me 5 samples of his santas which I received last week.
Yesterday I decided that it was time to bring them to 'life' so I dusted the fabric lint off the brushes and began to paint.
They average about 2 1/2" tall and are carved in the old world or Belsnickle style. The detail on these little gaffers is amazing. Painting them involves 5 steps...sanding, basecoating, detailing, antiquing and finally sealing with a spray varnish. The next photo illustrates the second step, the basecoating or initial application of color.
And below are the finished santas. The second and fifth ones from the left are ornaments, complete with hangers and the first, third and fourth ones are pins with the pin backs already attached.
I am offering these for sale at $10 each including shipping and handling for shipments to the US and Canada. International orders will be $15 including S & H. My best guess is that close to half of the sale price will go towards postage and shipping materials. All proceeds after costs will be donated to the hospice.
These first 5 which are signed and dated, will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Just let me know which one you would like when you leave your comments. I prefer payments be made through Paypal and you can pay with a credit card using Paypal, even if you don't have a Paypal account.
This first group I painted traditional red but if you'd like to have your santa in another color, I'd be happy to comply. More santas are on the way, so "reservations" will be accepted and you'll be contacted when they're done. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.