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1  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?

2  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!
3  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
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A bundle of pendants on: February 12, 2012 09:47:33 PM
I played with some techniques these past couple of weekends and wanted to share with you craftsters some fun stuff to try.

I made the pendants a few weekends ago - I just wanted to play with making textures, using molds I made and bought, stamps, and objects I had laying close at hand.  For the most part I formed the heart first, then pressed the heart into a mold or object, pulled away and reshaped as necessary, then I added on smaller bits I had molded or hand shaped.  Finally, on any "blank" spots I added more texture.  I also tried different colors of clay to start with.  Some were white, 2 were light green, 1 a moss green, and then a red and a blue.

I spent yesterday sitting down and just playing with finishes on the pendants.  I just took out all my products that I have bought over the past couple of years - some of which I never got around to trying out! - and went to town. I started with alcohol inks, and chalk inks in different dilutions.  Then on some I used gilders paste, and on others acrylic paint.  I finished off with some Rub n Buff.  I think I may have used some pigment powders as well (I am unsure because at the same time I have been working on a foot long jellyfish out of polymer that I will be posting as soon as she is done!)

Anyway, the result:

There are some close up shots of a few of them if you care to look on my flickr gallery (link is in my sig)

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / my first go at Air Dry Clay - the SSB on: February 05, 2012 08:18:46 PM
I usually work in polymer clay. This is my first time using air dry clay, and my first time painting a sculpture instead of just working with it pre-colored.  I call it SSB or the Scary Swamp beast.  I made it to be able to go in my hair, but chances are it will just stay hanging up in my room where it currently is.

There is a lot I would change about it in retrospect, but for a first time, I think it is OK.  C&C welcome.  I want to improve!

Before mounting it on the barrette base:



Face close-up.  he is saying GRRRR  Angry and being very aggressive.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Octopi - they are still my obsession ;) on: February 01, 2012 09:25:46 AM
It has been a LONG time since I last posted!  I am still making octopi, and my technique is improving with each one I do.  I recently branched out and started making them into bangles and hair clips.  I have lots more pics on my flickr gallery if you want to see more (see my sig)

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Are you sick of my octopi yet? on: August 04, 2010 06:53:54 PM
I have a family wedding to go to this weekend, so of course had to take the opportunity to make myself another octopus for my hair! 

And while I was at it, I went ahead and did bangles and a jellyfish pendant necklace to stay in a sea theme.

jellyfish closeup. I love the concept of this and really like how it came out. I plan on refining it quite a bit more though!

Bangle inspired by bubbles - but in the colors of my dress

These bangles were made as part of my Craft-Along Tutorial project (link is in my signature if you are interested).  The grey one followed the tut pretty much to a T.  The other 3 were more experimental.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Reddit Whimsy Bracelet on: July 22, 2010 03:04:44 PM
I made this Whimsy bracelet in what basically amounted to a swap with a girl who uses Reddit.  I know the symbolism of the items on the bracelet won't mean anything to you if you don't regularly visit the site Reddit, but hopefully that doesn't take away from the basic idea of a big, bulky, but cute (in my humble opinion LOL) bracelet.

The items are: a narwhal, bacon, the Reddit alien, and an upvote. In the center of the bracelet I stamped a bead with her username.  I made myself one at the same time and so I made a bead with my username for my bracelet.


and a closeup of the user name bead:

The receiver was super excited and posted some pictures of the bracelet on which you can see here:
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Kato Clay for trade (and a few sculpey 3 & Fimo) on: April 10, 2010 11:12:02 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, let me know if not  Tongue

I have 17 37 unopened blocks of Kato polyclay that I want nothing to do with anymore.  I just threw them all in the trash, and then dug them back out when I realized perhaps one of you may want it.  I have given Kato an honest try for the last 5 months, and it is just not for me.

Ideally, I would like to do a trade: unopened Premo blocks?  unbaked canes?  finished beads?  I'm open to suggestions!  Or, if nothing like that pans out, I can just send these off to you USPS and perhaps you could reimburse for shipping (or if you live near San Francisco, we can meet up for tea and I'll hand 'em over) I just want it out of my space sooner rather than later.

The colors are:
2 orange
2 red
1 yellow
2 gold
3 black
4 translucent
3 white
4 silver
5 pearl
1 blue
2 beige
1 magenta
1 green
1 turquise
2 brown
2 violet
1 yellow

Sculpey III unopened blocks are:
1 yellow
1 leaf green
1 black
1 red
1 tomato red
1 chocolate
1 purple
1 hazelnut
... plus a few opened blocks

1 soft pacific blue
1 soft emerald
1 effect metallic gold
1 classic black

thanks!  I'll keep them for one week, and after that, they are going to the trashcan.

edited: I just found 20 more blocks grrrrrr, plus some Sculpey III and Fimo I will never use
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / More Octopi on: April 04, 2010 08:01:55 PM
Hi everybody!

It has been ages since I posted.  I think the last thing I posted was my Octopus Necklace.  That post had such amazing and positive comments, that it never really left my mind.  Since posting last, I have been making lots of stuff and participated in a craft faire.

Anyway, I finally figured out what to do with my octopi!  Stick barrettes!  Observe:

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