Yes, you're right, she was fragile on the base. I had a little metal peg in her foot down into the tree trunk, and it helped. I cast her with that peg, so it keys into the trunk on the final and I epoxied the feet down to the base....That's strong stuff, she she's holding well! The one that was hard was the Nurse version.
Yes, those fake candles are something I was thinking about! Thanks for the recommendation. I think once I make something large enough to conceal the packs, I'll be applying those kinds of things to some sculptures. I know it can be done fairly small, as toy companies pull it off, so I just need to do some research. I like the large LED packs they make with circuit boards that have timer functions so you can leave it on and have it come on every night....Pretty fun... I still may try to do a version of my Maynard bust with lighting effects, because it almost worked.