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1  celtic maze canes in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: February 15, 2016 10:46:43 PM
 this geometric design was a little different from my usual bird or face canes. i had a lot of fun combining the basic cane tiles to create a variety of patterns. the challenge was working out not only where the pattern repeated but the easiest place to join the cane slices.

these are 3 bracelet tiles showing the different patterns. the two bottom tiles are my favourites.

the fished bracelet and a pendant.

bangles. i put the cane slices end to end to create a long strip, then joined it to cover the bangle core stretching the outer edge as i did so. this is easier than trying to reduce the cane to two particular sizes and shapes to fit the changing circumference of the bangle while still aligning the pattern

here, the cane
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2  golden eagle cane with wip shots in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 19, 2015 11:59:24 PM
completely forgot to post this one

the finished brooches, because the cane was large and complex i didnt want to reduce it too small and lose the detail so these pieces measure 7.5cm and 5.5cm in length

oval pendant on memory wire necklace.

its not a tutorial as such but it gives an idea of how i created the cane.
i start with the eyes, even the pupils arnt solid black but a mix of dark greys

 i originally tried slicing into the cane and inserting thin strips of black (you can still see these closest to the yellow part of the beak) but it proved impossible to get the 'hairs' fine enough so i went for a mosaic of solid strings of different coloured clays which gives a good effect recreating the harsh ratel hairs around the eyes and beak.

each of the feathers on the chest is a separate cane

finished cne ready for reduction, i placed glass plates on the ends to prevent it collapsing inwards and contributing to image distortion.

successful reduction, some distortion but im pretty pleased with how this went
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3  local landmarks. ink and pastel in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by maxxev on: October 31, 2015 12:19:09 AM
an old friend requested these of a local landmark the Worthing dome. i hadnt done oil pastel for ages so i really struggled to get to grips with it again. it measures 6 by 4 inches i think it might have been easier at a larger size Undecided

i felt the ink came out better. since these may be printed at a smaller size i didnt go crazy on the detailing

i like the roof tiles in particular Smiley

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4  wee free men pumpkin (rude gesture) in Halloween Decor and Parties by maxxev on: October 30, 2015 11:24:25 PM
im a huge Terry Pratchett fan so i just had to do a Nac mac Feegle themed pumpkin his year.

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yes, he is making a rude gesture Wink but what else could you expect from a feegle?
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i prick the design first wih a nedle though you could draw it on with a marker.
carving to different depths creates different shades of colour i used a craft knife to remove he skin or cut around the design and a few dentist tools that my hubby uses for sculpting for scraping and hollowing the lightest areas Smiley
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5  polymer clay rings in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: July 28, 2015 11:48:50 AM
been making rings lately. i was trying to create a boulder opal effect. its not quite as realistic as i wanted but i really like the effect.

despite the chunky look they are surprisingly comfy and the oval shape mean they can be worn two ways

this ring was made by mixing embossing powder with translucent clay. a cane forms the faux ammonite. i think the black rock is too dark a background  Undecided  i think it would work much better with a paler faux rock.

bit of a break from faux rock effects. its too chunky to be comfortable when worn on any but the index or little fingers, but it was fun to play around with shapes.
translucent clay mixed with a little oil paint and ultra fine glitter.

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6  fun with face canes in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: July 23, 2015 11:01:47 PM
i made a lip cane for a particular project and had loads left over and since id never got round to making a full face cane i gave it a go. not as complex as my usual canes but good fun Smiley
i cut slices from the face cane then made a neck from a sheet of flesh coloured clay. the hair is made from a sheet of clay made of colours stacked on top of each other. i cut very thin slices from this and positioned it, and the rolled it smooth until there was no visible joins or lumps. doing each piece as you lay it rather than  placing all the hair then rolling results in less distortion. the lace cane for the mask i cut a little thicker to make it easier to position then carefully sliced off a tiny bit as a time until it was thin enough to roll smooth.
i made these into pendants

i made a lace cane

the original cane:

 eye and lip canes

i had to reduce the face cane but the ends made me laugh

and those eyebrows were too good to waste! unfortunately it plaqued badly around the neck (seems to be a problem for fimo flesh all of the pieces have one or two of those little pale moon shapes but this was really bad Sad was my favourite piece too Undecided  )

lip beads made with some of the left over lip canes

i decreased the amount of deep red in this cane, i was trying to make it quicker to make and simpler.

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7  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by maxxev on: March 09, 2015 09:44:43 AM
i received from artsycandice today. i actually gasped when i opened it. its absolutely gorgeous!

a close up of the details on the wing and face. check out those tiny stitches and seed beads Shocked

thank you so much Smiley she will be framed and hung in the living room...at least until the baby stops grabbing and yanking at jewellery as i would be heart broken if she broke this piece!
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8  barn owl brooch in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by maxxev on: February 20, 2015 10:41:41 PM

i made this for the fibre /mixed media swap. i havnt really done much needle work so i was really pleased how this came out. i started with a felt base. i made the beak a largish cone, though you only see the tip to give the face a 3d aspect. you can sort of see the construction in the pkoto below. unfortunatly i forgot to take any more wip pics.  the feathers are lace with buttons for the eyes.

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9  Re: Fiber/Mixed Media Jewelry Swap, SU by 1/14, SO by 2/28 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by maxxev on: January 08, 2015 03:33:28 AM
im new to fiber arts, i havnt done much mixed media either come to think of it so ive been playing around adding unusual materials to my usual media of choice; polymer clay  Embarrassed
a hollow mixed media art bead. it measures just over and inch and a half in length. i mixed acrylic wool (chop it up, i cut most of it very small with a few fluffed and separated strands) with translucent clay until i had a stiff felt like sheet in several colours (seriously stiff stuff! my tissue blade couldnt make a dent, i had to cut it with scissors Shocked) i tore and cut off chunks and stuck them back down in a randomised pattern with a few bits of translucent clay mixed with guilders paste then applied it to the bead before baking and sanding

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10  Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by maxxev on: December 20, 2014 07:29:46 AM
my package from cackle arrived today!

she made me 3 gorgeous bottlebrush trees Grin i had been looking at tutorials for these online as we couldnt fit a proper tree in this year (you must be a mind reader) these are perfect. thank you so much cackle Smiley

the bases are so pretty, they all have different golden insects

just love the crown top to this tree
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