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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / MORE Anatomically Correct Industrial/Steampunk Style Hearts! on: January 15, 2009 12:41:58 AM
I just wanted to show you guys Heart #3 and #4 of my Industrial/Steampunk inspired heart collection! Hehe.

This is #3, and I called it "Look Through The Window"



It's got one of those ship hull windows that has been riveted in. I used glaze to give a glass effect. After a few days, the blue hue you see in glaze went away and it turned bright and clear. Hehe.




This one is #4, and it is called "Old Versus New Technology"



It uses a mixture of old style gears and a worn antique look with new pieces of technology like circuit boards, diodes, and capacitors. I really like how it turned out! It's also got a bit of colour to it and it offsets the brass look of the heart.



What do you think? I am making another one tomorrow! Whhhhhheeeee!

22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Happy Happy Toast! on: January 12, 2009 11:25:51 AM
I made this for Retro_Rose and she wanted something that would give her a bit of a spark in the mornings.

These are lil' happy toasts springing out of their old fashioned style stainless steel toasters. Yes, if you are going to get mad at me and say "HEY! Those toasters only have one slot", well, I did it on purpose. I wanted to give them a bit of direct emphasis, and two slots would have been distracting, I think.

The bread has been pseudo-toasted, heh, and has a real bread-like texture.

Hehe!

So yes. I like their little expressions. Their so happy. A little too happy, I would say, especially since they are now dehydrated and browned pieces of bread. Perhaps they are hiding a little amusing secret from us...

I hope you like! They are made from polymer clay, and are about 1 1/2" high and will be made to dangle from her ears on french hook earrings. Hoorah!

23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Tin Mans Heart on: January 08, 2009 12:54:45 PM
Tin Mans Heart

This is the second piece to my Industrial Heart collection. It is called Tin Mans Heart. A lot of people mentioned when I created my first heart that it looked like something from the Tin Man. So I saught out to make this.

It's antiqued brass coloured. It's completely anatomically correct in every sense, and on the front is a large panel missing. This gap is rather deep and is filled to the brim with gears, and has a lot of depth. In the top corner of this gap is a tiny red heart. This heart is symbolic of the fact that the Tin Man had a real heart all along, beneath the cold hard steel. The reason you see a glare in this gap in the picture is because the entire gap is going to be filled in with Glaze to give it that "heart under glass" look. It's going to look like it is covered with a glass pane. It is a lovely effect! I took the picture, also, when the glaze was still a tiny bit wet. Yes. I am impatient, sometimes.



To the side, on the back, is another gap with a few more gears. This gap is shallow, not as deep as the one in the front. Around the entire heart is a worn silver metal strap with large metal rivets.





It is made from polymer clay, and is a pendant for a necklace. I made it for Fabricated Dreams, I hope she likes it... Cheesy

24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My Heart Doesn't Beat - It Tics. (Lotsa Pictures!) on: January 04, 2009 02:38:26 PM


Yeay! I finally got to upload one of my favourite designs!

I am truly excited about this piece, and it certainly won't be my last piece of Industrial work. It was very much so inspired by my partner, who lives in breathes industrial in many ways. He loves his Industrial music, he has a face full of metal (piercings, that is), and works in an Industrial field of work. Heh. It's also inspired by my love of Industrial art and music, as well. Favourites being Throbbing Gristle and Skinny Puppy. Cheesy

This is an Industrial anatomically correct human heart pendant. It is complete with everything that makes the heart beat, except this heart does not bleed, for it does not have veins and arteries. It has been replaced with an intricate interior of gears and watch parts.

It is silver polymer clay dusted in silver powder in some spots to give it the look of worn silver. It is complete with grooves and rivets to make it look like it is a series of panels all connected together.

There are three sections in which the panels have been removed: a small piece on the back, exposing some gears, a large piece on the front exposing even more pieces and gears, and a small piece on the side exposing some cylindrical metal pieces and a coil I made from mechanics wire. On the right side, there is a few watch knobs to complete the effect.

On top is the large series of valves that have been dusted with silver and gold to give the look of worn brass and silver, as well. All grooves have been rubbed with black "oil" to give that greased and used look, and to give it a lot more depth.

As you can see on the back view, there is a metal wire loop that will be attatched to a split jump ring and it can be threaded onto a necklace! It truly is much more beautiful up close, and does identify with this whole steampunk movement that has come so popular lately. It took a lot of patience to create! A lot of *fiddling around* and fumbling and detail. Haha!

What do ya think?!





25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Black Black Heart! Your Heart Is As Black As Coal... on: December 15, 2008 03:24:26 PM




Perhaps you're cold, mean, or harsh, and if so... perhaps you lost your heart, as well. Well here it is. Your soul is black, as is the thump-thump-thump that beats in your chest.

This is a take on my anatomically correct human heart that got so many demands. I made this for those of us who don't have the bright red insides and the glowing, beaming and radiance a real heart holds.

This heart is the blackest of blacks, complete with every single component that makes up the truly anatomically correct human heart. Except it is cold. It is dark. And lacks all the vivid colour and brightness inside most of us.

It could possibly be Scrooges heart. Maybe Mr. Burns! Who knows. It would make a great gift for someone that... well, let's not get into that. Know somebody who has been bad this year? Skip the coal, give them a BLACK BLACK HEART and let them know what you really think of them - that they are truly truly dead inside.

I know, that was morbid... but I wanted to be somewhat poetic. Har har. Although I really DO feel that it would make a great Anti-Valentines Day present from someone, although I would have to make sure the person I am giving it to feels the same way about Valentines Day as I do, otherwise it may send the wrong message... Heh!

♥ ♥ ♥
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / I'll Have Your Heart in My Hands! on: December 10, 2008 08:48:37 PM
I have finally attempted to create a human heart out of polymer clay. This small muscle sits, beating in the bottom of my palm. It's rather small, perhaps only slightly less than an 1 1/4" high. It is a pendant, and is three dimensional. It is a heart all the way around, not just on the front in which you can see.

It is rather anatomically correct, with the Vena Cava, Atria, Ventricles, Pulmonary Veins & Arteries, and Aorta. A special thanks to a website I found for it's three dimensional and rotatable views of the human heart. Hehe. What do ya think?





27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Delicious Carrot Cake Slices on: December 07, 2008 03:00:25 PM
These cute little carrot cake slices are mixed with real spices to give them a lovely real texture. The cake is slathered with a whipped vanilla cream cheese frosting and are garnished with little marzipan carrots.

And no, it isn't edible. It's polymer clay. Hehe.

28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Decadent German Black Forest Cake Charm on: December 04, 2008 01:14:05 PM
This cake is made up of three layers of decadent dark chocolate cake drizzled with kirsch - a cherry brandy. It is filled with layer upon layer of fresh cherries and whipped cream, and the sides are covered in chocolatey dark sprinkles. It is slathered in cherries and their sticky sweet sauce - half cherries, whole cherries, and their sweet and sour goodness.

Dainty whipped cream borders the sides and dollups on top are topped with whole maraschino cherries with their stems in tact.

Delicious!

I can't tell you how labour intensive it was. It took so long to get all those layers just right, and it required many baking intervals. Haha. I am VERY happy how they turned out!



Okay, so I am not into Starbucks. In fact, I have never stepped foot into a Starbucks. Honestly, I think that it is the most evil corporate coffee corporation that kills small businesses. Here in Toronto, Starbucks has already "bought out" a few good places we all love just because they offered to pay higher rent than what the mom n' pop independent places could afford.



But, putting that aside, I am very happy with how this turned out.

It is an exact replica of the standard Starbucks cup. Down to it's plastic lid and little sippy-hole to the logo on the front. Hehe. I hope my friend likes it.
29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Care to eat my skull??? on: December 02, 2008 06:22:47 PM
A long time back... I made myself some skull cupcakes. They were great and all, but I was never that happy with them. And so a long time later I decided to have another go.

My first attempt was very monochromatic and quite gothic-elegant in a sense. They are black and white skulls with black frosting on their heads and some white candy sprinkles as well as some clear micro sprinkles. There is a bit of sophisticated detailing around the eyes with the dots and the points coming from the eyes.



My second attempt, tonight, proved to be a tad bit more colourful. They are black and white skulls with a deep lavender frosting and some black sprinkles and clear micro sprinkles, as well. Off to the side on the top is a big glob of whipped cream topped with a big juicy maraschino cherry.



He has no nose, I know. But if you were him, would you really WANT a nose? Having to smell that sweet scent of yourself all day... the smell of creamy lavender frosting and candy sprinkles... he would surely go cannibalistic on himself, and so I did him a favour.

If he had a nose, all cupcake skulls would go extinct, and that would surely be a tragedy.

There will probably be a third attempt, but not right away. Of course, we are our own worst critics. There is always SOMETHING that can be corrected. BlaH! Haha.

What do you think? A third attempt at some point, perhaps?
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Cupcake of Simulated Happiness on: November 25, 2008 07:55:01 PM
I was thinking a lot lately about how therapists seem to hand out antidepressants like candy, and thought that in the future that we may be getting our "prescription" pills from the bulk bins of candy stores and grocery stores. Quite a disturbing thought.

So, in response to this, I made THIS:



I am pretty happy with the outcome! It's a black cupcake liner with vanilla cake and vanilla frosting. On top are black sprinkles and two little Prozac capsules. The ultimate Happy Cake, don't you think? I am going to make it into a necklace as soon as I get my leather cord and silver chain. Yeay!

Here are some other cupcakes I made. I was feeling cutesy at the time.



I made them practically melt into the background and I named it "Spot the Cupcake", haha! It's like a little game of hide and seek or something. They have juicy cherries on them too, and they make me hungry.

I was feeling really down because I couldn't take any pictures lately of my stuff. Winter is here and there is dreariness everyday, no sun, so I can't take pictures outside. I had to find another way! So I found a tutorial for making a lightbox and it was AMAZING. So if you guys are ever having trouble taking pictures of your jewellery, make one of these:

Homemade Light Box for Product Photography

So what do you guys think? I took these pictures using the lightbox!



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