sanded and stripped down the store-bought nutcracker
sometime between Sep & Oct. (yes... it's a big gap, shaddup)
painted him a solid white and stared at my blank canvas for a while
finally picked out a beautiful Japanese paper for his "clothes"
painted his legs and... mouth knocker-thing. I really should know what that's called
painted his shoes and faux marbled his pedestal
painted his head and gold trim, and cut out a pattern for the paper to put on his arms and torso
gave him blush - doesn't seem like much, but it was a headache to get it to look right. finally went with real blush instead of paint
gave him a clear coat of paint
made his hat from a paper mache box I painted gold and put a little round knob on, and painted his face... which was easier after he was sealed because I re-did his face soo many times! I learned that trick the first time I make a nutcracker
added gold trim and blue pearl-like beads to his waist and added my mom's initials and the year on the bottom... which I know you're asking "why not your name?" but when I lived at home, we had all our nutcrackers out together, and one year decided to start putting our initials on the bottoms to be able to tell them apart (we had too many to remember), so I still do that to hers for nostalgic reasons
made a cape from a table runner, cut out the beard and hair from a rabbit pelt, glued red jewels down the front of his "shirt" and attached his cape, fur, and hat.
at some point I added a scepter in one hand, and then he sat like that for a while until I decided what to put in his other hand.