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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Crass Unicorn - first completed embroidery! on: February 19, 2015 08:40:19 PM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

Oh wow, this is too cool!  Thanks!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Crass Unicorn - first completed embroidery! on: February 16, 2015 07:25:28 AM
This is amazing! Your *first* embroidery, and you tackle bullion knot AND metallic floss!? You are a rock star.

The knot was easy after the first couple, but the metallic floss  - OMG - I hope I never get it in my head to do something sparkly again.  What a pain in the butt. 

Thank you for the encouragement!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Crass Unicorn - first completed embroidery! on: February 15, 2015 03:55:28 PM
Great stitching - is that Bullion Knot for the mane?

Yes it is!  It took a super long time.  Here is a side shot to show the height on the stitches. I was trying really hard to make them lay down in a way that looked like the mane was flowing.

Thanks to all for the compliments!  I just got done putting fabric on a new hoop for my next one. I'm pumped!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Crass Unicorn - first completed embroidery! on: February 15, 2015 02:34:26 PM

I usually hang out over in the polymer clay community, but I am so excited that I finished my first embroidery project that I had to stick my nose in here a minute Smiley  I have started a few embroidery projects in the past but always gave up within a few hours.  I used to do a lot of needlepoint 20+ years ago, so I just tried to remember how to do stitches as I went along.  The image is something I saw a while ago on reddit that I was able to google, and ended up finding it had been made into a t-shirt.

I'm not sure what to do with it now that it is complete... get a nice wood hoop I guess to stick it on my wall?

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Kato clay cracking on: February 27, 2014 04:02:37 PM
I have been using premo for ages to make my stuff, and have just started trying to learn to make faces in the hopes of making humanoid art dolls.

I tried several different doll-specific brands of clay (Cernit, fimo puppen), and all of them were too soft for the way I work.  Kato clay is perfect for me.   However, the first head I completed has cracks running all through it. 

It was a small head (maybe 1 1/2 inches tall).  No clay is thicker than 1-2 centimeters and it had a foil core.  The cracks are all over the back of the head, and where I added clay on for the cheeks.

Any tips or thoughts on Kato cracking?  I think I have only had my premo crack on me 1-2 times and I have made hundreds of projects.

Thanks in advance for any input!
6  California / California: North / Bay Area Art Doll Workshops/Classes/Seminars ??? on: April 07, 2012 11:46:46 AM
I'm really wanting to try my hand at making art dolls from mixed media, mainly polymer clay (which is what I already work in) but I don't know where to start.  Does anyone know of any classes or seminars or groups in the Bay Area?  I recently bought the Wendy Froud DVD on how to make a faerie doll, but it hasn't arrived yet.  It may be enough to get me started, but I find I learn much better from hands-on in-person situations.

Any insights would be great!

The types of things I would be interested in creating are dolls like the works of
Victoria Minenko : http://artnow.ru/en/gallery/204/6403/picture/0/517874.html
Michele Lynch : http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelelynchart/6814300301/in/photostream
Scott radke : http://www.scottradke.com/21swamp.html

Of course, I could link about 100 artists here, but just giving an idea of what I am after Smiley
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: i've got a theory....it could be bunnies on: February 19, 2012 06:00:17 AM
Madam, now that song is stuck in my head ... Wink

This is so funny.  Your work is so meticulous. I'm always so jealous because I don't have the patience for this sort of stuff.  Good job!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: "Blinky" from The Simpsons on: February 15, 2012 08:23:27 AM
oooh he's great!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A bundle of pendants on: February 13, 2012 10:57:30 AM
I wish I knew about these paints you were talking about, are they specifically made for clay? Or something that can be used on a variety of surfaces like canvas and walls or paper?

None of them are made specifically for polymer clay - polymer is just so manipulatable (I made up a word, hooray!) you can use practically ANYTHING on it once it is baked (and in the case of alcohol ink, unbaked too!).

You can get almost everything I mentioned from Micheal's or other big craft store.  Alcohol inks and chalk inks are in the stamping section, as is the pigment powder.  Rub n Buff can be found in the gold leafing section (but not in all the available colors - I went to http://www.dickblick.com/ for a few colors I knew I wanted and Micheal's did not carry).  Acrylics are just in the paint section.

Gilders Paste was a little harder to find, I had to get it online - I got it from Lima Beads (http://www.limabeads.com), but there are loads of places online to get it.    Normally, it is used to color metals I think.  Also  Tongue at you for making me look that up - I forgot how many colors I DIDN'T get 'cos I wanted to try it out first, and now that I have I am hooked and now I have to wait 'til payday so I can get more.  hehe
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Two-Headed Cats on: February 13, 2012 08:36:02 AM
These are great!

What kind of clay did you use?  I love the step by step you provided.  I am wanting to try to do some art dolls (I usually just do jewelry pieces) and seeing different ways of doing armature is really helpful!
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