Hey guys! I am back with some more polymer clay work of mine.
I always love coming back to Craftster. Back when I started working with polymer clay about 5 or 6 years ago, this was the spot to be! I learned so much on this site.
What I wanted to show you today was MechOwlie No.48, named Atticus. I thought it sounded like a rather smart name. You see, Atticus really likes to read, and he may not have any babies... but his nest holds his most treasured items - his books.
His nest has been built with many many many scraps of wire, and there is a large central gear and many little gears weaved into the wire. The books are old and worn - well loved, it seems!
The MechOwlie is sculpted from polymer clay, as are the books. They've all been finished off with a black and dark brown patina with satin glaze. Little findings were added, as well, and I made his glasses out of aluminum wire.
I love Craftster, but it doesn't seem to be as crazy busy as it used to be! I come back every so often, though, to see what everyone is up to. I've been coming here for years - pretty much every since I first got internet way back in highschool. There are so many awesome and creative people here.
I thought I would show you something new I have been working on. Mechanical Owls. Or MechOwlies as I call them.
All of them are handsculpted from polymer clay. No molds. The only tools I use are razor blades and pokey sticks (what is the right name for those things, anyways? Haha!) Then I add a few metal findings, components, and watch parts. The colouring is usually a mix of metallic polymer clay and mica powder, and then it's finished with a black patina and glazed.
This is Bubo - he was my second MechOwlie. He was based off of Bubo from Clash of the Titans in my own style.
Then, there is Higgs... Aesop... and Morpheus.
I made this slightly dangerous looking guy, too. His name is Mendeleev, named after the father of the periodic table.
I've been posting on Craftster since I was a teenager, and I like to come back every so often to check it out... the community doesn't seem as "busy" as it used to be, but I am hoping that with the whole crafty homemade DIY movement that has slowly become more popular, maybe people will come back!
I want to show you something I made for a friend of mine for Christmas. It took a long time to make, especially all those bead charms with the swirly wire!
I made the Liquorice Allsorts from polymer clay, and the Allsorts with the pink and blue sprinkles on them were also made from polymer clay with the addition of microbeads... or holeless beads. Whatever they are called. >_<
Then I made lots of bead charms using wire, which I made into a swirly with a pair of pliers, added the bead, and made a little eyelet hole at the top. I used pink, yellow, black, white, and striped acrylic beads as well as some tiny black seed beads.
I like how it turned out. I made one years ago for the same person, but it was one of the first things I ever made from polymer clay and looks kinda crap-tacular compared to this.
...Next time I will make the Allsorts less shiny, though. I used three coats of glaze, but I should have used Satin instead of Gloss. Aw well.
I thought I would share one of my latest Industrial Hearts since I know a lot of folks into geekery around this community, hehe. It's very much so inspired by the Companion Cube we all know and love, from Portal.
Made from polymer clay! It's my 112th heart, so far...
Anyone else waiting to get their mitts on Portal 2 this April? Heeeeeelll yeah.
I try to make Sugar Skulls every year - I think that those who celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) definitely have the right idea. It's a lot more of a positive way to look at death than the North American way of looking at it. Next year I want to make Pan De Muertos! It sounds like a delicious bread.
Anyways... my skulls are made from polymer clay, but there isn't much emphasis on that part. Most of the emphasis is on the painting. I'll show you all the lil' skulls I made this year. I managed to make six of them. I noticed that the more I practiced, the better they seem to come out each time. It had been awhile since I had done any painting like this. So I was a little rough around the edges to start...
They took awhile to paint. Trying to keep a steady hand the entire time, as they are pretty small - maybe 1 1/2 inches or 2 tall. My favourite is the last one, but I love that colour combo. I want to make more with lots and lots of handsculpted polymer clay flowers and such, next time. Marigolds and roses and bright green leaves... maybe some tuille or something to make a veil.
It's been a little while since I last posted, and I wanted to show you what I have been up to lately! I've been working on quite a variety of stuff, actually. All polymer clay, but all of them are sort of different from eachother.
I got inspired by this big bowl of gum I saw at the candy store, and then started thinking of the gum I used to eat as a kid. I remember buying 10 cent gum packs with five colourful gumballs (called Rain-Blo) and those pink Bazooka Joe gums that you could get for 5 cents. I had never seen a "Bubblegum Cake" before, so I sought out to make it!
It's got bubblegum pink cake layers, bubblegum blue frosting, lots of Rain-Blo gumballs, a dollop of whipped cream, and it is topped off with a piece of Bazooka Joe gum. I have to admit - the colour I used for the pink bubblegum was really fun to work with. It's various pinks and white with translucent. I honestly just wanted to eat it...
I've been making anatomical hearts for awhile now, but wanted to play with some texture. Coal has become one of my new favourite textures - it's really fun! So I created a realistic anatomical heart with the look of coal.
I've read Alice in Wonderland and saw the movies, so I wanted to make one of the white roses in which the cards were painting red. To give it that painted look, I started with a white rose with a few red petals and added some splatter to look like it had been painted quickly.
These peppermints (or Strawberry Campinos as some people are calling them!) were created using that lentil bead technique, except I tinkered with the technique and the placement of the colours to get an accurate peppermint candy swirl. It was a lot of experimenting at first, but now that I got it down, I think I can do it now.
Those are bobbypins, but I made stud earrings, cufflinks, and a ring too!
Last but not least - naked waffles. This is a work in progress, actually. For awhile I have been trying to get as realistic of waffle as possible. I think I may be close. The colour is definitely the hardest thing to get down - because of the green background, it almost gives the waffles a green tinge (they really dont). But I think the colour is getting there... you know how when you get those premade frozen waffles and they have that gradient look in there? I used cinnamon mixed into the clay to get that gradient look. All those dots. The colour mixture itself is a mix of translucent, white, cadmium yellow, ecru, and raw sienna. I have no idea of the proportions - I just eyeballed it until it looked right.
Then I added a little golden brown to give them a toasted look. Any criticism on them? I'll gladly take some. I'm just trying to get them right!
thats a lot of hearts! i have always admired your work and remain utterly enamoured by your mechanical birds in particular.
I just made a new mechanical birdie, actually, a month or so ago, and the person I gave it (Sarah, of Beat Black) to named him/her Nutmeg. Hehe. It's a baby birdie as opposed to full-size like a lot of my other birds.
I've been posting here for years, but haven't lately, and I thought it would be appropriate to come back! It would be nice to hear from some of you guys, again!
I hit a personal milestone! I created my 100th Industrial Heart design (there are 99 other ones before this one).
This one is a figurine, not a pendant like most of my other ones. It's about double the size of my other ones, actually. So it wouldn't be very comfortable wearing as a necklace, haha.
I've been making these hearts for over a few years now, I do believe. I remember working with polymer clay and not seeing anyone else in the claying world that was making things look Industrial - using gears, mixed media findings, springs, watch parts, LED's, resistors, transistors, etc... but now, things have totally changed, and I am seeing all sorts of folks using polymer clay in this way.
It makes me happy to think that I was probably an intricate part of that, although I do get a little disheartened sometimes when people outright copy my style or concepts and don't even bother to mention who they were *inspired* from meanwhile it's blatantly obvious... but I guess it's all part of being part of the polymer clay world. And I bet there are people all over the place that have to deal with this too. Even big companies rip off independant artists all the time! /rant
Let me know what you think! And I hope your Christmas or holidays went well!