Every Baby is a Miracle and I'd Like One Too

   by Nancy Willson-Strader for Build A Dream (2014)

Baby: Sponge used for body, and peanuts for limbs. Clay molded around both. Head made from clay over plastic egg. Painted with acrylic paints and varnish.
Placenta: Cellophane wrap from box exterior, low temp glue gun used to tuck in around a form made from a blown up balloon. Later painted with acrylic paint and gloss.
Uterus: Form shaped with plaster strips over a blown up balloon. Painted with acrylics and varnish.
Vagina: Tube created from rolled box cardboard and glued with glue gun. Painted with acrylics and varnish. Inserted in hole cut at base of uterus, and glued with glue gun.
Post base to move baby inside uterus: Styrofoam dowel shaved down with Xacto. Wire inserted at top and shaped into a bowl shape to hold baby following inserting it into vagina and uterus.
Fallopian Tubes and Ovaries: Fallopian tubes formed with wire and covered with clay. Ovaries formed over peanuts with clay. Both painted with acrylic paints and varnish.
Umbilical Cord: wire cut, tip inserted into baby's abdomen and glued, then twisted, wrapped in peanuts and painted with acrylics and varnish.

It has been my dream to have a baby of my own, but I was not given that gift from above. I am also pro-life, and if I had it within my power, all babies would not be harmed, but wanted and loved, and not one more abortion would ever be performed. Since the Lord has not given me a baby, I built a pretend model for this competition.

I would have liked to add more to my piece, such as a key held by an angel, but I entered the contest late. Maybe next year. I am very excited that I had the opportunity to participate this year, and hope to enter again next year!