Announcement Hello and Welcome to Bonjour Poupette! Every item listed in my shop is ready-to-ship and will be sent within 1-3 business days. If you are looking for something that is sold out, let me know - I may be listing another one soon, as I'm always creating new pieces for the shop. Contact me if you are interested in a customized sculpture.
Hello and Welcome to Bonjour Poupette! Every item listed in my shop is ready-to-ship and will be sent within 1-3 business days. If you are looking for something that is sold out, let me know - I may be listing another one soon, as I'm always creating new pieces for the shop. Contact me if you are interested in a customized sculpture.
Tania Culotta on Feb 23, 2017
AS ALWAYS, Sofie delivers perfect, precious figurines down to the tiniest detail! I LOVE her sculptures and I especially LOVE giving them as gifts!! this was a memorial for my friend's sweet, loving cat, Boo. She was so happy to receive this very special tribute. Thank you Sofie!!
Welcome to the Menagerie of Inscrutable Magic
"Bonjour Poupette" is what your French fairy godmother says every time she greets you, with a smile on her face.
"Bonjour Poupette" could be translated as "Hello Little One" but to me it means that you are recognized and loved, right now, for all that you are.
And yes, "Bonjour Poupette" is a menagerie of enchanting little animal people - 'Habitants délicats des forêts de nous-memes. (Sensitive inhabitants of the forests of ourselves.)' - Jules Supervielle
My Poupettes are spirited renditions of animal people and other magical creatures. Every figurine has a unique personality that emerges as I work, which truly makes them one-of-a-kind. Indeed, they have evolved over time and will certainly continue to do so. This is why I take the time to photograph each figurine, list them individually and only make items to order by request. I list new figurines regularly and make a limited number of custom orders each month.
Each figurine is made one at a time, by hand. I sculpt them with a premium, non-toxic, heat-cured, polymer-based modeling compound. I custom blend the polymer with pigment, mica, and metallic leaf to create unique colors and textures. Although polymer can be painted, I prefer the challenge of creating color variations through meticulous layering and blending of the material itself and rarely use paint. Properly cured polymer is an exquisite archival material and you can expect your Poupette to endure for generations.
Bonjour Poupette was a Featured Shop on the Etsy Blog: https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/featured-shop-bonjour-poupette/
I've been honored to have photos of my figurines published in Mollie Makes Woodland Friends, and Polymer Clay: Global Perspectives.
My wedding cake toppers have been featured in The Vintage and Handmade Bride Magazine and The Etsy Blog: https://blog.etsy.com/en/2015/meaningful-wedding-details-made-just-for-you
You can subscribe to my seasonal newsletter here: https://tinyletter.com/BonjourPoupette
All artwork, text and images Copyright © 2010-2016 Sofie Skein-Hall
Owner, Sculptor, Shopkeeper
Bonjour Poupette is my full-time occupation. I am personally responsible for every facet of this shop: sculpting all the Poupettes from start to finish, photography, all communications, and shipping. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
Frequently asked questions
Do you accept custom and personalized orders?
Yes, I accept a limited number of custom orders every month. I require payment to schedule the shipping date and I send photos when it is completed. Please contact me for more information.
Do you accept payment plans?
Yes, I am happy to offer a payment plan by request. Let me know what kind of payment arrangement will work best for you and we can discuss the details.
Can I place the figurine on a cake without a base?
Yes, my figurines are made of non-toxic polymer and are not painted or varnished, as the pigment is permanently suspended in the polymer. Therefore, they can stand directly on a cake and won't be damaged by (or damage) your cake. They are waterproof, and can be carefully hand-washed with a gentle soap as needed.
My item is a gift, can it be packaged accordingly?
Yes, all of my figurines arrive in a handsome gift box with a descriptive card, ready for giving or receiving! I'm happy to include a gift tag or your message to the recipient by request.
How long will it take for my order to be ready-to-ship?
I ship all orders (with the exception of custom orders) within 1-2 business days of purchase. If you are on a tight deadline - let me know and I'll get it out ASAP. I ship Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the exception of USPS holidays.
Can you tell me about shipping to U.S. addresses?
Shipping to U.S. addresses takes from 2-5 days, depending on the shipping mode selected at checkout and your location. All of my shipments include a USPS Tracking Number which is automatically sent via e-mail as soon as the package has shipped. Priority Mail packages are automatically insured up to $100. Signature Confirmation is required for purchases over $50 and shipping to apartment buildings to prevent theft. Priority Mail Express Shipping is available at checkout and takes 1-2 business days.
Do you include paper invoices in your packages?
You will receive a digital invoice/receipt for your order through Etsy. For packages shipped within the U.S., I do not include a paper invoice, but if you would like one, just let me know and I'll be happy to include one. I am required by law to include 1-3 paper invoices with the purchase price in my packages for all international orders.
Do you ship internationally? How long does it take?
Yes, I regularly ship to countries all over the world. Delivery to addresses outside of the U.S. usually takes between 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of shipping selected at checkout. Be advised that actual transit times vary by destination and are not guaranteed. I highly recommend all international buyers be aware of how your local Customs and Postal Service operates before making a purchase. In my experience, parcels shipped to countries in Central America, South America and Africa can take up to four months to arrive. For these countries, I highly recommend purchasing Express Mail shipping at checkout, which will expedite shipping. That said, in my experience, the global Postal Service does an excellent job.
Can you mark my item as 'Gift' or alter the cost on the customs form?
No, I cannot mark international items as "gifts" or alter the cost of goods. All customs forms are accurately labeled 'Merchandise' with the actual cost of the item in compliance with international law. I cannot predict nor can I be responsible for delays in customs or any additional fees or taxes that may be charged by your local jurisdiction.
In the event of damage, what do I do?
For minor repairs, I recommend using a cyanoacrylate (super glue) gel for minor repairs (I prefer Loctite Gel). If a figurine arrives damaged from shipping, I will repair or replace the figurine depending on the amount of damage. Simply let me know and ship it back to me, preferably in its original packaging.