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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alaska themed earrings on: January 28, 2014 11:49:05 AM
All my earrings are hand sculpted from polymer clay without the use of molds.

Earrings based on the berries that grow on the tundra in my part of Alaska.

Salmonberries (the big orange raspberries like berries)
Blueberries
Cranberries
Raspberries
Blackberries (not same as black raspberry type berries, these are round like blueberries)

Fireweed flowers which are common throughout Alaska

The orange triangle things are salmon dryfish, which in the summer is another common sight in western Alaska. Dryfish is sort of like fish jerkey. The salmon is filleted with the skin and tail attached (so that it is able to be hung to dry), then it is salted then hung to dry for a few days before it is smoked, it's pretty tasty.




Fireweed flowers


Blueberries


I wasn't able to get close up pictures of all my earrings, since my mom commandeered a bunch of them to show to her coworkers, and has yet to return them Tongue
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Horse and unicorn ornaments on: January 28, 2014 10:52:38 AM
These are a lot of fun to make  Cheesy

Sometimes I get bored or frustrated when working on my larger sculptures, so its nice to work on these quick projects and then get paint them wild colors Grin, since I usually paint my larger sculptures with more realistic horse colors.

they are about 2-3 in tall or wide








These are just some of my older pieces, I have a bunch more and some newer ones I haven't finished painting yet.
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Forgotten Familiar on: January 14, 2014 05:59:41 PM
You might want to try a product called Testors Dullcote if you are having trouble getting the matte finish you want.

Strangely I've had a heck of a time trying to find this. Can't seem to find it in Ottawa. Though I suppose maybe miniatures online stores may have it. But I'm still trying to find it.


I have heard that it can be hard to find. Hobby shops like the ones that sell model kits would probably have it. I looked for it in big craft stores and didnt find it, but ended up finding some by chance at my local grocery store.
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Getting back into it! on: January 14, 2014 05:28:56 PM
I prefer sculpting with Kato. It is much firmer than any of the Sculpey clays, and is not brittle like Sculpey after baking. I find translucent Kato easiest to work with followed by beige, the other more colored Kato clays seem to have a slightly different texture. I usually mix my clays with other brands, depending on how soft or firm I want them, sometimes I mix Kato with Super Sculpey to make it softer or with Sculpey Moldmaker to make it really soft.
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Perler bead fish home on: October 14, 2013 09:07:15 AM
It is really cute, but it is going to get nasty pretty quickly and its going to be hard if not impossible to clean. All of the little holes in the perler beads and the gaps between them are going to fill up with algae and bacteria. Also I would worry about his fins snagging or getting scratched on any rough edges.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Black Moor Goldfish on: May 19, 2013 02:25:48 PM
Nice!
How big is the fish? Do the fins break easily?

Thanks

The fish is about 3 in long from head to tail and about 2 1/2 in from dorsal to pelvic fins. The fins don't break at all since they are made from liquid clay, they are quite rubbery.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Forgotten Familiar on: May 19, 2013 12:46:47 AM
You might want to try a product called Testors Dullcote if you are having trouble getting the matte finish you want.

I had read so many great reviews about Testors Dullcote, and then finally found a can of it and tested it. It leaves the best matte finish out of all the matte finishes I have tried, zero shine, no gritty texture, and no stickiness. The only problem I have had with it so far is that I applied it too thick on one of my test pieces and it made the ink run. To avoid that problem next time I will probably try sealing my inked pieces with Krylon Crystal Clear first, then once it is dry hit it with a layer of Testors Dullcote.
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Black Moor Goldfish on: May 18, 2013 09:56:56 PM
This little guy has been done for some time now I finally got around to taking pics of him. He is sculpted from polymer clay and the fins are made from liquid polymer clay.





19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Harry :) on: February 01, 2013 01:23:32 PM
It's been a while since I have posted any of my sculptures here, so I thought that I would share some pics of my latest unicorn. I just put some of the finishing touches on the base yesterday. The unicorn has been finished since August last year.

He is completely hand sculpted from polymer clay and epoxy over a wire and foil armature, and hand painted with acrylic paint. No molds were made or used in the making of this sculpture. All of the plants except the flowers were hand made from polymer clay. The hair is Tibetan lamb's wool.

The unicorn is 12 in long and around 6 1/2 in tall without the base. The base is 9x7 in wooden oval.
 
There is a brass peg in his base, which fits into a hollow brass tube in his leg, that allows him to stand on one leg.











Close up of the snail, if you didn't see him. He is about 1 cm long. I sculpted him too (but not the shell, it is real), he even has eye stalks and feelers or what ever they are called.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Chickadee Ornament on: November 23, 2012 03:44:14 AM
This is awesome!




My mom loves chickadees Cheesy

I think that I am going to hang a bunch of these on the Christmas tree after she goes to bed on Christmas Eve, and see if she notices. Grin
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