So a friend of mine who loves my Labyrinth door knocker earrings asked if I could do a life sized version of them. Why not I thought to myself! I always enjoy a challenge. 15 hours later and about $50 in supplies...
My husband kept saying he was sorry to see them go but I promised him I would make a set for our home for Halloween decorations and now that I've tackled it once, I am positive that I can do it a second time even better.
A little tidbit on how I made them. I got wooden plaques from the craft store to sculpt onto. I used an aluminum foil armature as a large starter and covered in a thick layer of polymer. Then I slowly started to add the details in- the cheeks first, the noses, the mouths and eyes, the ears and horns and then all the swirly detailed parts around the edge. I dusted it all with gold pearlized powder and since I used black clay, it gave it the start to a wonderful metallic base. I followed up with a dry brushing mix of gold paint and copper toned paint all over. I had originally wanted a thicker wire or something for the knocking part but it didn't work out. Next time around I plan on using some pex tubing and heating it to make it flexible and shaping it clamping it for a few hours to cool completely so that it can be used instead of wire. On these, I couldn't do much of a heavier weight wire because it would be difficult to shape without metal working tools which I don't have. And the donut looking piece at the bottom of the wire was a sort of quick thing as I didn't have time to do a very detailed bit and after 15 hours, I was kind of at the end lol. But it turned out well in my opinion. I used 4- 8 oz blocks of premo black polymer clay for this! Next time I think I will make them a bit bigger if I can find bigger plaques and will probably use one or two more 8 oz blocks. Feel free to comment, critique or ask questions.
I made a pair of leggings for my daughter today with some black ponte. I wanted to create a galaxy effect on them so after some research I got out my bleach and spray bottle and mixed one part water to two parts bleach (everything I have seen shows to mix with water). I sprayed them a few times and again, everything I have seen says to give it 5-15 minutes for the bleach to do its magic. Well I sprayed them over 30 minutes ago and checked after 10 minutes and absolutely nothing. I sprayed again, more liberally and still no lightening at all. I bought my bleach at the dollar store so maybe it is weak but I don't want to use straight bleach and ruin the fibers of my leggings. The ponte is a fairly thick breed and rather sturdy. I wanted that specifically because I knew the bleach would weaken the fabric some anyway and I wanted warm leggings for her for the fall and winter. But for the life of me, I cannot figure out why I am seeing no difference in the color of my fabric. Should I spray straight bleach? It is already giving me a headache from the smell so I don't want to overdo it if I don't have to.
So I am working on these horror heels that I have planned on doing for some time. They will be pretty creepy by the time it is all said and done. I am working with a 2 part epoxy clay right now. When it cures it is rock hard, will stick to whatever it is sculpted onto sturdily and is waterproof. Most of the surface of the shoes will be covered in it but there will be some random places where wounds will be where there will be exposed parts of the original shoe. My plan is to paint these parts to look gory but I am not sure what I should be using to paint a smooth surface.
This is only to give an idea of the smoothness of the shoes. They are far from being done!
So I don't often do just one project at a time but when the kids went down for their naps today, I thought about a belt buckle I wanted to make. Lo and behold, I finished it with just enough time to take pics before they awoke. It was my first time doing a galaxy/nebula painting and I really love how it turned out. There will definitely be some different themes going on with future ones...
I still need to put a top coat on it for protective reasons but otherwise, it is done.
I was going to post in polymer clay but a couple of these don't contain polymer clay so jewelry seemed most fitting. Hope you all like what you see!
Game of Thrones inspired Dragons Eggs. I actually did a lot of these in all sorts of colors- purple, pink, and more. Eventually I am going to do some with little tiny dragon heads cracking out of them or a tiny dragon wrapped around bits of broken shell but haven't had time yet for them.
You might be able to click on the photo to get a bit more up close to see the details. The scales were horribly time consuming but the end product was exactly what I had hoped for.
I have been on a Doctor Who inspired kick lately so lots of that...
These are so beautiful in person. I wish my photog skills were better but they have been washed with a water down bronzing medium so that they slightly glitter and give off an other-worldly shimmer.
I made tiny tiny little "braided" tassles even for these.
These are pendants for necklaces. The blue and green bits glow in the dark...
A friend of mine requested I make this for her so I sent her a pair on her birthday.
My Harry Potter inspired goodies. Many more in the idea book.
That was such a pain to make. I originally thought I would just score lines into my clay for the broom hay but no... it looked awful so bazillions of tiny snakes of clay it was. Also, painting the name on the handle was a pain because it is so tiny.
General geekery for all!
Um, I may have made a lot of these lol
Inspired by The Joker of course
I did some necronomicon necklaces too. This one is a bit creepier but I also did one with a goofy creepy smile full of teeth because the second Evil Dead movie is just sooooo goofy to me. I love it but it always makes me laugh in that weird, dark way.
If you are a fan of Ghibli films, you will understand...
I did some with and without their dinners but they are actually fuzzy. I wish I could take better pics to show you that!
So I think that is it on this post for now. As always, I appreciate comments and critiques! Thanks and I hope you enjoyed what you saw!
I know it has been a long while since my last post but here are some of my newest creations. Been working on a lot of food jewelry and some nerdy stuff (I will make that a separate post later) so here are some of the foods I have been working on.
So to begin, I made this adorable little pho bowl ring. Next time, I will do the meat a bit differently but I am thrilled with how it turned out.
Then, I had been on a pastry and cake frenzy so here is some of that...
Sorry for the poor image quality on this shot. It was the only shot I got of all of them together and I used my phone to snap this shot.
I made the donuts in four types- iced with chocolate, white and pink and sugar dipped. I made a set of whole donuts and bitten donuts.
Cake Slice Charms
Muffins. There are blueberry, cranberry, chocolate chip, and double chocolate. Will work on some banana walnut muffins soon but just didn't get them done yet.
Ice Cream Sandwich Charm
Smores charms. These are some of my favorites.
Chocolate Croissants (pain au chocolat)
Ice Cream Earrings
And some candy stuff Licorice. I made earrings to go with the necklace but can't seem to find the shots now.
Gumdrops. Still need to do them in yellow and blue. These are such fun little charms.
Rock candy necklaces. Still need to do yellow.
I decided I wanted some fun looking hand mirrors so I made some! Plans for more are in the works.
My newest Chocolate chip cookie design. These are life sized.
But of course, I wanted some itty bitty cookies as well...
And my ramen noodle bowl
So that is about it on the food round. I will try to upload the geeky stuff and the pinup jewelry I made in a couple different posts later this week. Hope you enjoy! I always appreciate comments and critiques!
I spent the past couple weeks working on some new hats. I still have a dozen or so designs in my head so they will all be made shortly. Got a couple of my gal pals together to model for me!
This one features pockets at the end of the arms. Eventually I will make one like this but with more detail (claws and paw prints I think). The pockets have snap closures so that you can put personal belongings in them, or you can use them to keep your hands warm. Alternatively, the arms can be wrapped around your neck like a scarf. This hat is reversible but I forgot to get a pic of it on the reversed side. Maybe later.
This was a fun hat to make. A local body painter wanted to paint a woman as a buffalo and he asked me if I would be able to make a buffalo hat for her to wear. We should be getting together soon so that he can use it and then I hopefully will get some awesome photos from that collaboration. It is the only hood style hat that is not reversible. The horns are just too bulky to tuck in. All of the hood style hats have a snap closure so you can wrap the hat snuggly under your chin for added warmth.
This is probably my new favorite hat to be honest. It took a lot of time to make this. The coloring is hand painted with fabric safe paint and the painting alone took about 30 minutes. The brain detail is 3 dimensional to a point due to padding and sewing over the brain lines.
Teddy bear hat! Again this one is reversible but I forgot to get the inside out shots Anyway, it has a snap closure under the chin as well.
Some random cat and bunny hats:
These cat style hoods are all reversible and have snaps at the bottom. They can even be snapped on the reverse side too!
Another style of hood hat- a wolf in a pretty mottled purple tone. Reversible and has snap closure
And a dinosaur hat- reversible with snap closure
And here is my new style of octopus hat. It has pose-able tentacles
And that's all for now. As always, I welcome comments and critiques! Thanks for looking and I hop you enjoyed them!