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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / More parrot ornaments on: December 10, 2013 11:09:52 AM
For the longest time I've been artsy, but hadn't found what worked best for me - I think I've finally gotten there, and I'm so pleased!
I think I'm really starting to find my groove now, and it's taking less time to produce a finished piece.

Anyway, here are my latest sculpts :]
They're all about 3"x3", and about 1/2" in thickness.
C&C welcome!


This parrot is a Blue Front Amazon with a couple of pretty Cattleya Dowiana Orchids.
The Blue Front is native to South America; more specifically in the region shared by Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina.
Blue Front Amazons are the most commonly kept companion birds of the Amazon species of parrots.


Here is a Congo African Grey. They are native to - you guessed it - the Congo Jungle region of West and Central Africa.
The flower is an Impala Lily, an African flower.
CAGs have an incredible ability to mimic speech, making them very entertaining companion birds.
(They're all pretty entertaining, really!)


This is a smaller sized parrot - a Green Cheek Conure with a pineapple mutation.
The flower here is a Mourning Lily. Sadly, the GCC this ornament was modeled after had passed away recently.
Green Cheeks typically have a mostly dark green color (hence their name) and a black beak, but the pineapple mutation gives them a yellow chest, bright red belly, and a horn colored beak.


And, finally, we have a Red Belly Parrot.  Very mysterious looking.
The flower alongside it is an Iris Munzii.
Red Bellies are native to the savannahs of Eastern Africa.
The males are distinguished by their orangey-red bellies, while the females have a green belly.

Alrighty, enough with the parrot lesson, lol.

Thanks for looking!
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Dream Catcher Swap, anyone? on: October 28, 2013 02:51:21 PM

I'm starting to get an itch to make a dream catcher, and I thought, hey, this could be a fun swap!
So, dear reader, are you interested? You must be a little bit, since you're reading this ;]

This swap won't be limited to traditional dream catchers though - any medium is welcome!

Anyone have any input on making it a point based swap?

The only thing is: I've never organized a swap before, so if anyone's willing to organize that would be absolutely wonderful!

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Blue Front Amazon ornament on: September 20, 2013 02:36:11 PM
Another parrot ornament from me. This time, made for a friend - though I'm tempted to make one like it for my personal collection!



Unpainted

And somewhat of a WIP stage. On the flowers you can see how I draw in the design before I start sculpting.


Thanks for looking!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Conure Ornaments on: July 22, 2013 04:09:02 PM


This ornament is actually number two in the series I'm planning on doing - a Fancy Yellowside Green Cheek Conure. He's set next to a qantuta bloom, which is the national flower of Bolivia, where Green Cheeks are known to make their native habitat (which includes areas of surrounding countries in South America as well).

I'm really getting into conure ornaments lately, and it all started when a family friend took my own Sun Conure, Lenore, outside, on the 4th of July of all days - without my husband's or my permission. With all of the explosions going off, even just being around midday, she spooked and flew away. Big surprise, huh? Dumb friend + beer = lack of judgment. Anyway, long story short, we got her back after five days of false leads from the posters put up when a neighbor two streets away told us they saw and heard her in their neighbor's garage. The day before, when I thought I'd never see my pretty little ball of personality ever again, I had been in the mourning process, and channeled it into this memorial sculpt of my beloved Lenore. Now it's just a pretty thing to hang on the wall XD

The whole process inspired me to continue with a series of conure ornaments.

Here's the first ornament I made - the tribute to Lenore.
A Sun Conure with a couple of plumeria blooms, both of which can be found native in Brazil.



I'm tempted to remake the Sun Conure ornament with more feather detail, like the Green Cheek has. The Sun will always be the most special to me, though. Smiley
Both were sculpted with a mix of sulper sculpey firm, and super sculpey original in a 4:1 ratio, and then painted with acrylics. The Sun was sealed with a satin finish varnish, giving it a bit of a shine, and the Green Cheek was sealed with a clear, matte varnish, which I prefer over the satin finish. The shininess makes the poor sun look like it's been slicked in baby oil! Both have a high gloss finish over the eyes for some extra life-likeness.
The Sun ornament measures 2 3/4"h x 2 1/2"w x 1/4"thick
The Green Cheek ornament measures 2 1/2"h x 2 3/4"w x 1/4"thick

Here are a couple shots of the ornaments pre-paint.





Thanks for looking! Smiley

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Garrus Vakarian bust on: June 28, 2013 06:02:27 PM


Garrus Vakarian, circa 2186
A fan favorite squad mate from the video game series Mass Effect, this version of Garrus Vakarian is from the last in the trilogy.




I started this bust back in Feb. 2011, and after about a week working on him I got about this far:

Every now and then when I'd get art supplies out of the drawer I'd see him way in the back and take him out to look him over, and think to myself, I should really work on this, before putting him back into his dungeon to be forgotten about for a few more months. He waited for two years.

After finding some bags of sculpey at a thrift store and playing around with it I finally got the will to bust him out of his cell. From that point he went from crestless, to this:

And finally, after deciding that he would be ME3 Garrus instead of ME2 Garrus, this:


It was a long overdue completion, but I'm very happy with how he's turned out. Now he sits on my desktop, next to my monitor, keeping me company :]

I made him with a 4:1 mixture of Super Sculpey Firm and Super Sculpey Original. He's bulked out with aluminum foil, and his crest is held upright with wire, bulked out with aluminum foil. He's painted with acrylics, and a black wash for dirtiness. His visor I made from a clear, plastic folder, which is super glued into place. It's popped off once since this morning, so I'm wondering if there's something else that'd work better than super glue. Eh well.

Dimensions: 3.5"h x 3.75"w

Mass Effect BioWare.

Thanks for looking!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fingerless Glove - Mass Effect inspired on: August 30, 2012 03:32:50 PM
I made this glove based on the armor of a character from the Mass Effect series. Any fans out there have an idea which character that is? ;]



I'm thinking about making a pair in dark grey that covers the palm and goes slightly further up the forearm in anticipation for my favorite Pac NW season -- autumn.

Made with Aunt Lydia size 10 cotton thread.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / MTG Forest Token/Coin/Paperweight on: August 26, 2012 01:39:14 PM
So, my husband and I play Magic: The Gathering and got my brother and his fiance hooked. We had been talking about the use of tokens and what they might be for and so this idea came about. For little bro's birthday I made him his own Forest token.

The top:


The bottom, celtic design because he loves celtic knotwork:


And the side, plain but had to do something!:


Everything was carved into the plain "coin" that I started with. The designs lay about 1-2mm deep. After baking I painted with acrylics, sealed, and then poured resin over the top of the forest symbol. That's about it!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Asari - Mass Effect on: January 31, 2011 01:45:15 AM
My latest Mass Effect themed sculpt is an asari maiden. I would have liked to make a model after a main asari character in the game but I'm afraid I can't pull off a likeness with something where spot on features make or break it. ...Though, now that I think about it, I probably could have gotten away with painting her as Aria (for those who know what this is all about, lol).

This lady features a speckled crest and shoulders (the latter is almost impossible to distinguish here due to the graininess of the photos -- apologies for that), light facial markings, and simple make up.

The coloration is closest to the facial detail photos on the bottom.

Dimensions: 2 1/4"h x 2 1/8"w
Made with Super Sculpey Firm.
Painted with Citadel Colour acrylics.





Detail:


And the pre-painted bust:

Mass Effect and Asari BioWare.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / "Killing is an art... and I am a master." on: December 04, 2010 11:58:27 PM
Sayeth the drell assassin, Thane Krios.

Sooo, one day a random head, made out of boredom, started to slightly resemble a drell (alien species in the Mass Effect video game universe, for those who don't know). I saw the potential and ran with it. Luckily it turned out well, and I am so pleased considering it's only the third thing I've made out of sculpey. The first was a weird looking head... the second was an attempt to make N7 armor for a Barbie doll. Both didn't really work out... :/

So anyway, I thought I'd share my happiness with the outcome here on my favorite crafting site Smiley

Dimensions: 2 1/8"h x 2 1/4"w
Painted with Citadel Colour acrylics.




And a couple work in progress shots for good measure:




Hello to any of my fellow Mass Effect fans out there! And thanks everyone for taking a look Smiley

Mass Effect and Thane Krios BioWare.
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Insane Clown Posse Shoes on: November 10, 2009 10:57:12 PM
If you've already seen them then you know these are obviously inspired by ConfusableBlonde's sister's Donnie Darko Vans: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260229.0

I settled for cheap WalMart canvas shoes. Maybe next time I'll put more of an effort into finding plain white Vans.

Anyway, on to the shoes!

For those who don't know these guys, here are Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, respectively.



Behind them are lyrics for the song Cotton Candy and Popsicles, with each verse behind it's respective rapper.

And a side view:



I love them muchly. <3
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