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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bowing Unicorn on: January 20, 2015 03:34:58 AM
I finally sculpted a bowing unicorn! Cheesy I had tried so many times to sculpt a unicorn in this pose, but I could never quite get them to look right.

Hand sculpted from polymer clay over a wire and foil armature, no molds were used in the making of this sculpture nor were any made. Hand painted with acrylic paint. The mane is made from Tibetan lambs wool and the tail and feathers (hair near the hooves) are mohair.

He is 4 1/2 in tall at the highest point and about 9 in long.

12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Appaloosa Unicorn on: January 04, 2015 03:22:34 AM

Hand sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint. The hairs on the coat were meticulously painted one by one, they even follow natural hair growth patterns and swirls. No molds were used in the making of this sculpture nor were any made. The mane and tail are made from mohair.
She is 7 1/2 in tall at the highest point and about 6 1/2 in long.
I don't remember when I started painting her, but I have been working on painting her since before I finished the black unicorn foal I made in 2012, not to mention the time it took to sculpt her. To have worked on her for so long she was a real labor of love to create. I think that she is my favorite unicorn that I have sculpted so far. Cheesy

Lol she looks like a hair model in this photo  Grin

Her foal and another unicorn I sculpted

I am hoping that the frost sticks around until tomorrow, so that I can get some glittery, wintery pics of her outside.
13  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.
14  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
15  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.
16  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.
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Galaxy Horse Necklaces on: September 23, 2014 09:18:31 PM
I molded a few of the polymer clay horse heads I sculpted, cast them in resin and made them into necklaces  Cheesy

Here is one of the original sculptures I made one of the molds from
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Unicorn ACEOs on: September 20, 2014 01:12:46 PM
Two more unicorns  Cheesy

They are both painted with acrylic paint on card stock

I used glitter and iridescent stars again on this one, they are hard photograph...

it's not quite finished
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Steel Salmon on: September 20, 2014 09:13:31 AM

Every year the art guild has a number of steel salmon and ravens that are decorated by local artists, and then auctioned. The proceeds will help fund stuff like a summer art camp for kids, and art scholarships.

The theme I chose for the salmon I decorated was preservation. Since this year on the Kuskokwim and throughout most of Alaska there were many restrictions on salmon fishing, due do declining numbers.

I don't have any pictures of the salmon before I covered it in fabric. The steel was covered in rust, I had to scrub it with wire brush, sand it, wash and dry it, then spray paint it with black Rust-oleum, before I could decorate it.

I sewed the detail on the fins and head with a machine, and because I  had to sew it around a steel frame, I sewed most of the salmon by hand. I used a clear glass pebble for the eye,  painted it with black and gold acrylic paint, and used green polymer clay around the back and edges so that I could sew the eye into place. I didnt realize how sheer the red sequin fabric was going to be. I should have lined it, so the seam allowance would not be visible against the batting. I forgot to take pictures of the back, it is covered in black batik looking fabric. I sewed a rectangular hole where the is a long hex nut welded on to the back of the steel, there is a metal rod attached to the stand that slides into the hex nut to hold the salmon in place.

At first, I hadnt planned on doing anything for the base, since they dont give you the stand when you get a steel salmon or raven to decorate. But I felt that it needed something more and that rocks and eggs would be apropos since the salmon was in spawning colors.

There are 30 rocks. I hand sewed fabric and fleece scraps to make the rocks, and painted most of them with acrylic paint to give them more color and texture. They are sewn onto black felt band with a Velcro closure.
I used ball ended sewing pins as salmon eggs. I painted the pins orange and covered them with red tinted resin to seal them and give them a little more depth.

Since I didn't have the stand as I was making this, I didn't know how big should to be. It ended up being a few inches short and didn't cover the full circumference of the stand. Fortunately I had sewn the rocks onto felt, and was able to stretch it to fit.

20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Unicorn ACEO on: August 23, 2014 08:16:16 PM

I painted the unicorn, the moon and the waves with pearlescent acrylic paint, so that they shimmer, and I used confetti and glitter so that the stars would shine.

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