His hair and beard had to be removed and soaked in oxi clean.
Because his legs were so loose and his feet were missing…I decided it would be better to pull him apart and start from scratch.
He needed to be sanded and repainted anyway…so it would be easier if he was disassembled.
I drilled a hole in his hat and inserted wired buttons bursting with whimsey….added poofy red yarn…brass dangles and an old jewelry finding hanging on the side.
8 gold plated buttons adorn his double breasted coat. I painted the center of them red.
Dangling from his fist he carries a pine cone…snowflake…zebra…brass and sequined jewelry findings and bells.
The story of the finding of Wendel and my other Nutcrackers is in my post entitled 158 Crackers Found.
Wendel measures 16 1/2 inches high including the wired buttons and is for sale both in my Etsy store www.earthgatherings.etsy.com and at my shop in downtown Millville.
He retails for $72.00