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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: August 30, 2014 11:01:36 PM
that flying ballon is just genius Grin.
love that yarn bowl and moster tote too .  what a gorgeous macaroon purse!! this gallery just gets better and better Grin
2  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Pretty Bird 3D Swap (SU CLOSED; SO BY 9/10) on: August 30, 2014 10:39:33 PM
small, medium, i know its going to be awesome Ludi!

nearly done on my last piece. i worked out yesterday how to 'finish' it. i hadnt used this technique before so i spent a good while yesterday experimenting with various ------ trying to get the effect i wanted, so i can crack on with that today.
3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Pretty Bird 3D Swap (SU CLOSED; SO BY 9/10) on: August 28, 2014 08:12:41 AM
thanks for the clarification. i was thinking it cant be such a long crafting time for a smallish swap Undecided eek! i better get a move on then!
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Pretty Bird 3D Swap (SU CLOSED; SO BY 9/10) on: August 28, 2014 07:19:11 AM
my 'try a new craft item' was a total bust Sad  i couldnt get it to do what i wanted it to do, i couldnt get the stuff i needed so i ended up completely redesigning it, and making a large part of it from scratch but it is now all done and im really pleased with it. i tried it out on a friends  --- which is the same size, though a differant style so fingers crossed it fits.
still working away on my other.
 i may be having a moment coss i know its common to switch the month and days around across the pond but is the send date the 10 sept or the9 oct?
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: August 28, 2014 06:58:12 AM
Yes, the plant is posable!


*swoon*
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: August 28, 2014 04:02:52 AM
wow! the gallery got a serious hit of awesome overnight! most epic house plant ever? i think so Grin just tell me its posable too Grin

great quilt Shocked (one of my favourite colour combos too, who dosnt love black white and bright? ) im in awe over those stitching skills Shocked
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween pumpkin sculpt with tutorial on: August 27, 2014 08:34:43 AM
Thank you Smiley
I love the way these fellas look. And, I learned something!  I didn't know that you could bake your clay in stages!  (I've been scared of overbaking and messing things up, so the few times I've tried it, I've done it all at once.)  This will make things so much better!   Thanks. Smiley

yeah, most of my clay work goes though several bakings. you can cure most bits as many times as you like (especially scrap clay like this)  as long as its not HOTTER than the recomended temp  but keep an eye on the whites/translucents as they are prone to yellowing.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery on: August 27, 2014 03:19:04 AM
thanks guys Smiley you know id be thrilled for the chance to swap with any of you Smiley

great portraits Gotgrey!
im the same with oil pastles, gets all over the place. my personal quirk was to end up with flecks all over the carpet which if you roll over them, say in a computer chair, are impossible to get out. esp if they are black and the carpet is cream Embarrassed
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / octopus coasters on: August 26, 2014 10:13:02 PM
my partner asked for some fun coasters. she loves octopus so i made these coasters for a swap.
i covered the pottery with first a layer of white glaze then a layer of black. when it was dry i scratched of areas of black glaze to create the design. the coasters were then coat in clear glaze.
the technique leaves a slight textured 3d effect (depending how big and deep your scratching is) which i like but unfortunatly dosnt photo well Sad



the whole set, my favourites are the 2 on the right Smiley






10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Halloween pumpkin sculpt with tutorial on: August 26, 2014 12:33:32 AM
i made this for a swap and half my family wanted one too so i ended up making a patch of them.
i hadnt really done much in the way of sculpting before so this was a sharp learning curve for me but im really happy with how they turned out.



back view



i started with a core of kitchen baking foil. i just screwed up a large sheet and hit it with a wooden rolling pin until it was roughly the right shape then wrapped it in another smaller sheet to  smooth it off a little


you can either mark the segments on the core by indenting with a biro/ large knitting needle etc or do this once you have covered the core in clay.


i rolled a thin sheet of scrap clay and covered the core with it. then bake at the recomended temp and time for the brand of clay you are using. dont roll it too thin like i did here or you end up with foil pokeing trough and have to patch it and bake in again.


time to start the fun part!
making the eye: i just rolled two balls of clay and flattened them slightly


to make the eye lids i rolled out two small sheets of clay and placed them over the eye balls

then cut off the excess as shown.
then smooth, i used as thick wooden knitting needle and my finger to do this

i added cheeks and eye brows in the same way. just building up sheets of clay and smoothing to shape.






when i was happy with the face i made the stalk. i rolled a large thin cone for the main part and several thinner cone and snake shapes. dont try to get them all the same length and width the more uneven the more natural it will look


place the smaller shapes around the large cone


now gently twist


i smoothed the stalk onto the pumpkin then shaped and curled it into the desired shape


once you are happy cure him in the oven again for the recomended time are temp for the brand of clay you are using




i then undercoated the pumpkin in a few coats of white acrylic before painting





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