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51  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 on: December 06, 2014 08:45:15 PM
I am a slow knitter, so I love how quick and easy this pattern was. Cheesy

The hat I made is a child sized. I plan on making more of these in various sizes for donation.

Here is the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snappy-hat
52  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Galaxy Horse Necklaces on: November 16, 2014 01:07:28 AM
I love the way the mane is still white/clear even though the bodies are so beautifully bright.


The manes are actually painted silver
53  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Galaxy Horse Necklaces on: November 16, 2014 12:33:44 AM
These are molded from my original polymer clay horse head sculptures, and cast in jewelry resin.

I am experimenting with different techniques for marbling resin.
54  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny Golfish on: November 11, 2014 02:38:40 AM
Sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint, the fins are made from tissue paper. He is 1.5 cm long.

I plan on using this little guy in another project, so you may see him again soon  Wink
55  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Appaloosa Wall Hanging on: October 12, 2014 03:19:03 AM
That looks great - what are you going to do with the other horse head casts?

I have painted a few of the casts, but I am still deciding on what else to do with them. I might do a few more attached to wood like this, but decorated a little differently or with different themes. Ideally though I would like to come up with new ideas for them.

These type of casts are called medallions by model horse collectors, and some questions that are often asked is what besides painting do you do with them? and how do you display them?

Besides this, I have made some of my polymer clay originals into ornaments http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431123.0 and attached some to real horseshoes http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433681 so these projects are sort of my answer to those questions.
56  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Appaloosa Wall Hanging on: October 08, 2014 11:20:59 PM

I had a little 3" X 3 5/8" block of plywood leftover after I built a couple of freestanding shelves, I felt that I had to do something with it, so here is what I came up with.

I stained the wood with watered down acrylic paint to make it look a little more weathered. I painted little black and white confetti horses to look like appaloosas then glued them on to the block. I coated it with clear resin so that the little confetti horses would not come off and to attach the horse head.

Before I coated the block in resin wood burned "appaloosa" on both sides.

I nailed rusty horseshoe nails to the the top of the block to attach twine. I dyed the twine with Rit dye to match the wood. The beads strung on the twine, I made from recycled plastic bottles (more on how they were made http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285491.0;all , I was so happy to finally have a use for these, for years I didn't quite know what to do with them  Grin ). Then I drilled holes in the bottom, so that I could glue in glass bead strands.

These are unpainted casts I made from horse heads I sculpted from polymer clay, molded with silicone and cast in white resin.
57  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attaching Metal to Plastic????? on: October 04, 2014 06:07:31 PM
Maybe try silicone, it is usually used to adhere stuff to smooth surfaces like glass and metal. If you do try silicone make sure that it is the clear kind and does not have any chemical additives like fungicides.

Also you could sand or scratch up the plastic and metal on the spots where you will be gluing them, so that the adhesive something more to hold on to.
58  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: rooster cane and ornament (loads of W.I.P pics) on: October 04, 2014 04:03:06 AM
Impressive as always! Cheesy It's so detailed that it looks like a painting!

59  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fake Candy Halloween (link to tutorial) on: October 04, 2014 03:58:32 AM
Wow they look just like the real thing  Shocked
60  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Pumpkins! on: October 04, 2014 03:57:00 AM
I have been having so much fun making these!  Grin

I have to make more pumpkins, gourds, and squashes! Cheesy

The largest pumpkin is two inches tall and the smallest is half an inch.

They are sculpted from polymer clay. I painted some of them with acrylic paint to give them more detail. The white ones have been dusted with mica powder to make them shimmery.
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