Dan Baines

Fairy Rings and Monstrous Things

3 Day Mummified Fairy Workshop

Nine years ago I did something that would change my life completely….

April 1st 2014 marks the 9th anniversary of the Derbyshire Mummified Fairy Hoax. Dubbed one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, the iconic images of a tiny fairy corpse in a forensics lab captured the imagination of the world and is still going viral to this day.

dead fairy

The original mummified fairy inspired a multitude of similar creations, some good, some bad and the internet is awash with tutorials and speculation on how the original was made. These range from a dead spider monkey to full blown conspiracy theories that the fairy was actually real and I was forced by the government to reveal it as a hoax.

It’s time to lay those theories to rest and reveal how the iconic fairy was really made.

I will be hosting a small workshop for up to 12 people and personally take your through all aspects of the fairy build as well as give you all a private lecture, discussion on the mummified fairy hoax and a tour of his 'exhibits'.

The workshop will be held at Hotel zum Zauberkabinett nestled in the beautiful Bavarian hills and only 40 minutes from Munich.

The workshop is aimed at all ages and all abilities. The inspiration for the project ignited when my 13 year old son told me about a friend who wished he knew how to create the mummified fairy.

The workshop would be an ideal entry level OOAK (One Of A Kind) project as well as an interesting challenge for the experienced modeller.

I will reveal the processes in step-by-step detail covering the following topics and more -

  • Making an Armature

  • Sculpting the Figure

  • Dynamic Posing

  • Fabricating the Body

  • Applying Hair

  • Making Wings

  • Creating Eyes

  • Building the Armature

  • Placing Accessories and Wings

  • Adding Surface Details

  • Sculpting Hands

  • Sculpting Feet

  • Incorporating Natural Materials such as Insect Parts

  • Sculpting Polymer Clay Heads

All materials and tools are provided and you'll be able to take your fairy away at the end of the weekend.

Workshop Programme

  • Friday Evening – Meet & greet dinner and The Dead Fairy Hoax Lecture
  • Saturday – All day fairy workshop
  • Sunday morning – Complete fairies and finish


Please note that the price is for the workshop only, you will need to book accommodation and food separately through the hotel here

The workshop and lecture will also be in English with no translation so please consider this before booking.

The cost is £125 per person and tickets can be booked here

© Dan Baines 2016