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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who lawn gnome on: April 05, 2014 11:21:32 PM
im not a fan of gnomes but this is just too awesome! Grin
great repaint Smiley
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Yet more creations - I'm sorry! on: March 20, 2014 09:21:54 AM
love the bunny pendants Smiley and those wriggly cotton tails are just awesome
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Water color resin pendants on: March 17, 2014 09:37:01 AM
gorgeous! they have such a beautiful shimmer to them Smiley
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: baby hand imprints and outprint tutorial with air dry clay and plaster of paris on: March 07, 2014 12:42:05 AM
thank you Smiley

For Halloween I'm thinking of adult sized and perhaps monster-ized hands and feet looking like they are pushing through walls and the like.  Maybe find a way to do the side of a face.  I go pretty far out with my Halloween!

for large scale projects you might find wholesale clay for ceramics (rather than airdry clay) cheaper. builders yards also sell plaster of paris very cheaply in bulk  Smiley
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: baby hand imprints and outprint tutorial with air dry clay and plaster of paris on: March 05, 2014 08:53:09 AM
Great project and a great tutorial!  I do have a question: So, you did not let the air-dry clay dry before casting?

I don't have kids, but I might consider doing paw prints. However, the real reason I clicked through was this looked like a project with LOTS of Halloween decoration potential. Mwahahahaaaaaaa!

thank you Smiley
nope, pour on the plaster while the clay is wet.  admittedly i havnt tried letting it dry first  Undecided but i dont think it would peel off as easily Undecided  plus this way you can reuse the clay..depending how quick to get back to it once the plaster is dry.

animals with hairy paws dont work (i tried one of my house rabbits...all you get is a hairy mark and claw prints) dogs, cats, rats anything with hairless pads or paws works though Smiley
oh yes!...dolls would work rather well for halloween Grin
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / baby hand imprints and outprint tutorial with air dry clay and plaster of paris 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
*old gift box larger than your childs hand
*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

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Blue Fire - Blue Morpho Butterfly with that grungy touch on: February 24, 2014 08:31:36 PM
love it!
such a beautiful piece! we used to paint 'butterfies' as children by squidging paint on one half of the paper then folding it when still wet. this reminds me a little of that...but better Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Star Sphere on: February 13, 2014 11:21:45 PM
wow. beautiful piece! would make for some goegous xmas tree baubles ( not that mos of us want to think about that time of year in feb..) and dont listen to Thor (what a handsome bun btw) all rabbits are dissaproving  Wink
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Newly quilled jewelry ... on: February 12, 2014 11:26:29 AM
wonderful design! i just love the bracelet, such pretty colours Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My first thread painting - Blanda Rose on: February 12, 2014 09:36:27 AM
beautiful piece. the stitching looks so tiny, so intricate im not surprised it was time intensive. the result was worth it though. i look forward to seeing what you turn this technique to next Smiley
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