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1  mokume gane broochs and foil experiment in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: July 26, 2014 12:00:19 AM
i came across this tutorial: http://www.sculpey.com/project/premo-magnificent-mokume-gane-pendant/ a while ago and wanted to try it out. finally got round to it! though i turned them into brooches and made a template from thick card of a heart shape instead  (when cutting the shape out the blade rips up the cardboard edge so its okay for one or two uses but becomes pretty much unusable after that) i baked the heart shapes on a large ceramic round bauble to give them a bit of a curve. it took me a while to work out how curved i could make them while still being able to attach the brooch finding (i also filled in the back with a little scrap clay befor covering it with dark blue to make it a little flatter)



ive seen a lot of gorgeous pieces done with foil and inks so i wanted to have a go.i smoothed a sheet of gold foil over a sheet of black clay then ran it through the pasta machine to crack the foil a little then added acrylic inks (i used a turquoise, dark blue and purple). i covered it with a thin sheet of translucent clay to protect the inks and stop the foil from tarnishing. i should have used varnish because i can never get the translucent as clear as i would like some parts are cloudy and i over sanded at one point taking off the ink and foil Sad and had to patch it with a little guilders paste Embarrassed still love the colours, i might try covering it with a layer of liquid clay next time Undecided





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2  first fused coasters in Glass Crafts: Completed Projects by maxxev on: July 25, 2014 08:57:57 AM
was treated to a fused glass workshop for my birthday this year. i wanted to make a set of coasters to match those i was lucky enough to recieve in a swap last year but the studio didnt have the same glass so i had to improvise. i had great fun melting the strings of glass in the candle flame





i also had a go with the paper technique. he was ment to be a penguin, his feet are too small but i think hes probably my favourite despite the fact there is more than a hint of 'friendly ghost' about him  Cheesy





 if only i had the space for a kiln of my own Sad
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3  D.I.Y extruder disc with shrink plastic in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: June 04, 2014 06:45:58 AM
obviously its not going to be robust as the metal disc but good for custom shapes or one that you will only want to use once or twice.

 i used 'shrinkles' brand shrink plastic (this stuff: www.wizardtoys.com/ )



i drew a circle 3.9cm in diameter (my gun is a cheap and basic with discs that are 1.5cm in diameter) with a simple scale shape in the center and cut it out.

(other brands may shrink by a differant % or if your gun is larger you may have to experiment to find the size you need)

bake according to the manufacturs instrcutions.

you can sand shrink plastic too so if it dosnt fit exactly or if your shape is a little rough grap some wet/dry sand paper (i used 400 grit) and sand away!

the shrinkles disc is thicker than the metal discs but still fits securely.

however shrink plastic dosnt react well with unbaked polymer clay even after 24 hours it started to go stringy and change consistancy (see photo. bottom right) so you will want to clean the disc thoroughly with wet wipes etc to remove any clay after each use.
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4  baby hand imprints and outprint tutorial with air dry clay and plaster of paris in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: March 05, 2014 07:53:03 AM
just the thing to melt the hearts of grandparents for mothers/fathers day  Wink



you will need:
*air drying clay
*plaster of paris (+an old plastic tub and lollipop stick or similar for stiring)
*rolling pin
*sharp kitchen knife
*newspaper
*old gift box larger than your childs hand
*scissors
*very fine wet/dry sand paper (i used 1200 grit)

step one:
use fresh clay for this as you need it soft. i found my airdry clay to be too firm to get a good deep print so i added a few table spoons of water to the bag, resealed it and left it over night then gave it a good knead. you might want to experiment.
roll out your clay on newspaper/scrap paper to about 1.5 -2 cm thick. i used marzipan spacers to get an even thickness but its not essential.
press the hand or foot in firmly you want a nice deep print





Step two:
cut a hole in the bottom of your gift box. dosnt need to be perfect Smiley



step three:
position the box over the print and push down firmly (otherwise the plaster will leak. if it does quickly push a few strips around the edge)



step four:
mix the plaster and pour it over the print. tap the sides to get rid of air bubbles and allow to dry.



step five:
gently pull the cardboard from the clay (if you are carefull not to damage the print you can get multiple castings)



the plaster has formed a ridge but this can easily be sanded off

step six:
gently (otherwise you can leave marks) sand down the plaster using the wet dry sandpaper and water. do NOT sand the print itself, just around it or you will sand away detail.
you can see the differance between the unsanded print on the left and the sanded one on the right.



here the imprint and outprint together (i trimmed the clay imprint to the same size using the gift box as a guide) think im gonna frame them like this Smiley you can off course paint the prints i would recomend sealing the airdry clay with a varnish too

if you have any questions please ask Smiley

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5  birch tree sgraffito mug in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: January 09, 2014 12:52:48 AM
i made this mug for a craft swap.
i admired cinnamon teal's sgraffito goldfish bowls and wanted to play around with the technique as its not one i have really used much. i layered white then blue then black glazes then scraped the design using a sgraffito tool and a craft knife





close up of the coaster showing the blue glaze



really pleased with how this turned out Smiley
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6  game of thrones and the one eyed dog in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 30, 2013 10:29:34 PM
a couple of pieces i did for christmas this year

a game of thrones pen pot for my O/H  Smiley


house Lannister and Greyjoy


house Stark and Arryn

this coaster was a pressie for my dad. he got into cider making this year so i came up with a logo (not that hes selling it commercially, the grand family tasting is new years eve.. he might yet be making cider vinegar) based on his one eyed Husky dog 'Wolf'
unfortunatly i had run out of carbon paper so i used typewriter paper to transfer the design onto the pottery, assuming it would burn away in the kiln...it did but it caused a wax resist like effect...repairable but it caused some of the detail to spread and kink particularly on the dogs ruff and the circle. my dad was thrilled anyhow so im happy Smiley

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7  Re: Jewel thief christmas tree decoration in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 12, 2013 10:45:31 PM
thank you Smiley

Love this design!   Smiley  I would also like more details about how this was made, it is so crisp and clean.

thank you Smiley i didnt take WIP pics for this particular cane but i did take some for an earlier one which i hope will be helpfull.
i generally start with a rough pencil line drawing which i transfer to tracing paper.
 the rows of dots you can see are where i place the paper on a stack of clay and punch through with a pin to give me a guide line of where to cut.











i then pack the image with translucent clay to make it a regular shape which makes it easier to reduce (there is a good artical here on how to pack and reduce a cane: http://polymerclaycentral.com/cane_wrap.html  )
 the penguin cane suffered some distortion around the bottom as you can see



the magpie and the diamond canes were made using the same method. i simply cut away the translucent clay after reducing then baked and sanded the cane slices.

Totally rad. I don't understand anything You said but the finished product is amazing!

sorry. i guess i havnt made it very clear Undecided i hope this reply will help explain my methods Smiley if you have any questions just ask and i will see if i can help Smiley
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8  Jewel thief christmas tree decoration in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 12, 2013 06:16:37 AM


Polymer clay Magpie (well what other bird is going to match a black, white a blue themed tree? Wink.. )
id had the urge to make a magpie cane for a while, finally got there!
im really pleased with how well this reduced though the tail isnt as long as it could be and i missed the feet partly because i wanted to create a 'generic' bird foot cane i could then use to construct a number of other bird canes and because i wanted to try to limet the size of the cane. im still not comfortable reducing larger canes though im becoming more confident  Undecided
the diamond may be a little on the large side but i was reluctant to make it too small as i needed to drill a hole for the gold jump ring  Undecided the oramernt is roughly 7cm/7cm  so the diamond was a fiddle to attatch anyway lol


if anyone is curious about the diamond cane i used this tute: tranchedecane.canal blog.com/archives/2010/04/14/17573249....


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9  Re: MINI 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2013 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by maxxev on: December 05, 2013 03:06:52 AM
my package from Glasskicker arrived!! Grin



is there some sort of penalty impossed if we fail in the face of temptation......? i mean look at it! i want to open it now.... Sad

DAY 1
a beautiful glass heron pendant straight from my pinterest board!


Day 2
how Epic? a stamped spoon bookmark! Grin i love it Grin  even my O/H thought this was cool (and hes a hard man to impress)




Day 3
a girl can never have too many bags Kiss especially in such cute fabric


LOVE this blue


Day 4
 a stamped pendant.


day 5
 glass light bulb salt and pepper set straight from my pinterest. LOVE it Grin i cant wait to show these off to my family at the christmas dinner


and as if that wasnt awesomeness enough : a mini sewing kit and polymer clay (im sure i  can find a use for that.... Wink)


day 6
a soap making kit|! ive been wanting to try this for ages and finally did a few weeks ago so i cant wait to play with with this. look at everything Glasskicker packed in! molds, frangrance and soap bases!


day 7
id been meaning to make a few more coasters as i can never find one when i need one so i was thrilled to get these in one of my favourite colour combos. they are already in use Grin


day 8
OMG! Glasskicker, can you hear the excited sqeals from there? seriously. you have never seen a grown woman react so much like a toddler at christmas.
Funkins!! i have carvable artifical pumpkins of my very own! Grin

and as if that wasnt enough, an awesome Halloween table runner to show them off on.

day 9
this gorgeous bag straight from my pinterest. i cant believe she managed to match the fabric and the design.




day 10
oh my DAYS!
i cant get over this Grin a star trek baby blanket!!!


even the quilting is in a stars and rocket pattern.

Genius! the colours even match her pram. cant wait to show this off Grin

day 11
an awesome baby play mat. i love the different textured squares




day 12
a beautiful narwhale light, a book and a cuddly toy for my little girl Smiley




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10  Granny Weatherwax pumkin (+sort of tute- marker method) in Halloween Decor and Parties by maxxev on: October 30, 2013 11:09:44 PM


i came across some amazing pumpkins done using a similar method and wanted to have a go myself. learnt a lot from this.
remove the skin of the pumpkin (try not to take off too much of the flesh when you do this)
you need to hollow out the pumpkin much thinner than for a usual carved pumpkin so the design will show through. i made the shell of mine about 1cm. i then left mine to dry out for 24 hours (depending on your pens you may not have to do this but i found a slightly drier surface helped)
draw the design with an oil based marker pen (sharpie do one...try ebay) if you dont have one (i didnt.. Undecided ) use cd or permenent markers and keep scribbling on paper to keep the ink flowing. alternate pens frequently, even with frenzied scribbling its hard to keep the ink going. i went between about 6 pens.
a dry eraze white board marker works well but has a tendancy to spread so use sparingly on anything detailed. works wonders to cover large areas Grin (i only had one in green as you can see...but the colour wont show when lit)
i used a knitting needle to carve into the pumpkin to bring out a few highlights. because the skin is so thin you dont need to carve deeply with a knife or similar, a dried out biro works just as well Smiley



my second traditionaly carved pumpkin...lego wolverine! Wink
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