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131  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: October 01, 2010 11:09:38 PM
thank you Smiley

i do like those mini pumpkins...i didnt realise exactly how small they were until i realised those were the keyboard keys behind them! Shocked

i did a day course in sugar paste flowers last weekend. yesterday i managed my first polymerclay flower. i used the 'pinch and pull' method, frilling the petals with a cocktail stick (polymer clay is a lot more sticky than sugar paste and you will need a lot more cornflower  to stop it sticking though mine did tear on one petal)
for the stamens i used part of a scrap skinner blend. i partially leached it on parchment paper so it was quite firm then on a edge i used a tissue blade to slice of the thinnest strands (a bit like making chocolate curls...but on an edge so they are very thin and fine)
you cant push these in like wire...they will simply break. i make holes with a cocktail stick first in the centre of the flower then pushed them in with the aid of a par of tweezers.

im not to displeased with my first attempt though i feel there a lot of room for improvement Smiley
(i didnt bake the flower like this...i grabbed a lump of scrap and stood it upright to bake)
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132  constellation brooch in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 30, 2010 10:05:06 PM
constellation (lepus) brooch
polymerclay and gold tone brooch back.
the brooch measures approx 1 by 3 inches.

been experimenting with metallic polymerclay and glitters. i drilled and back filled the larger stars that make the constellation. i made this for a craftathon in aid of a rabbit rescue centre (hence the constellation Lepus, the hare)

experimental 'galaxy bangles' (this is why im playing with glitter Grin) the brooch was made from a scrap piece the skinner blend i had used for the bangles (with (even) more glitter)

comments and advice are always welcome  Smiley
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133  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: September 29, 2010 10:57:18 PM
i've been trying to recreate a more realistic 'nightsky' bangle.

Galaxy blend experiment.

unfortunately the effect is limited to the slimmest layer of clay on the surface of this blend making it unsuitable for a curved bangle where a lot of sanding is required.
the blend is white to metallic sapphire (fimo) to black and silver glitter.

i love the blend but no matter how much glitter i added the effect wasnt as strong as i wanted Undecided
i've tried adding glitter to liquid polymer clay and brushing it on but even after letting it sit for an hour or so leval before baking its still quite sharp and lumpy. though it did allow me to build up a good density of glitter exactly where i wanted it
(im not convinced applying it to a curved surface such as this with work terribly well, i suspect it will flow to either side resulting in even more lumps Sad )

i guess i need to buy more glitter.
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134  sugar paste flowers in Dessert by maxxev on: September 26, 2010 11:46:05 PM
i hope this is the right place for them Undecided
i recantly took a day course in basic sugarcraft flowers and i thought i would share the results with you Smiley
i had never done anything with sugarpaste before let alone flowers! (actualy the closest i've got was making marzipan fruits for my nan as a kid Embarrassed )

i actual quite enjoyed this. our teacher talked us thorough the tools and terminology first and then showed us how to make 'pinch and pull' flowers and basic frilling. these were made without cutters, just a cocktail stick and a small sharp pair of scissors (plus wire of course)


these were made with a cutter and veining tool (sorta like a mold that you sandwiched the cut paste between) very simple but highly effective. i found the hardest part was making the caylex (the green bit)

she then explain the principles of veining and cupping (rolling over the edges with a ball stylus to add movement) on a leaf and showed us how to make wired leaves.

she also demonstrated how to make a carnation (a combination of cutters and frilling)
im proud of mine though i made a lot of mistakes and we ran out of time at the end which ment we had literally 2 minutes  Shocked to paint and dust our flowers.

i really wish we had had more time, so much was packed into the course that if you were struggling with one technique and fell behind the rest of the class it was difficult to catch up and i ended up rushing most of my flowers. nonetheless i felt i learnt a lot from this course (if you have never been i recommend it, good fun and the techniques could be transferred to other medias such as ceramics or polymerclay )

comments and advice welcome  Smiley
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135  Re: king Proteus wedding plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 15, 2010 10:29:34 PM

i didnt use dry brushing
where you get slight ridges on the plates surface (see below pic), though not obvious when the plate is glazed for the purpose of painting i think you would end up with high lights where you didnt want them (unless you were dry brushing over and already painted area) with that technique.

in this case i watered the glazes and use them more like water colour
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136  Re: Off-cuts and Scraps in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: September 13, 2010 11:48:33 PM
this was one of my most recant pieces i made with scraps. the odd cane slice for the petals and a few off cuts of skinner blends for the swirly bits add a brooch back and your done Smiley

this was also made from random offcuts and a brooch back

this...this i dont know......it just sits in my experiment box 'inspiring' i kinda like it . it reminds me of a fossil rock full of ammonites or shells. i will probably just end up sanding it, adding a hole and have it as a pendant

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137  polymer clay covered hair slide in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 06, 2010 06:27:44 AM
this was my first attempt at a hair slide.
im really pleased with the flowers though the covered slide wasnt as even as i wanted  Undecided
(i have now discovered that its far easy (and neater) to measure the width of the slide and cut the clay to fit rather than covering the slide and trying to trim of the excess )

this was one of my experimental designs for the flowers on the clip, i liked the colour contrast between the stripped orange cane and the charcoal greys of the flower though the flowers extravagant centre made it too delicate and impractical for what i wanted, so for the final piece i decided to remove the centres altogether leaving the focus on the geometric design instead.

another of the above

comments and advice are always welcome Smiley

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138  king Proteus wedding plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 18, 2010 03:14:09 AM
this was a commission that i and my colleague did (she added the leaves and the writing, i did the flower) i found it quite hard to do as the paints change colour after firing and as the colours we had were limited so i had to mix the paints and guess what colour i would have when it came out of the kiln. Roll Eyes
i didnt find this an easy flower to draw either  (l i find trying to recreate anything with a resonable degree of realism quite hard with this sort of paint Undecided).

some of it came out better than other bits Undecided
the clients seemed thrilled though Smiley

(the plate is premade bisque and measures 35 cm in diameter.  the 'paints' were gare underglaze this photo was taken after a first firing (to set the glazes prior to a dip clear glaze) )

comments  and advice are more than welcome Smiley
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139  polymerclay 'peg dolls' in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 13, 2010 11:23:43 PM
penguin pals for your washing line!

had fun making these. first thing i've made with polymerclay that was neither a bangle, bead, broach or button! Grin
(no action shoots im afraid, its spent the last week pouring with rain Roll Eyes ) i used seed beads for the penguins eyes. i pleased with how the 'sea' came out as i' hadn't tried making 'torn' clay sheets before.

comments or advice more than welcome Smiley
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140  Re: cuff style bracelets in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 12, 2010 05:01:11 AM
what 's the difference between 'bangle' and 'cuff' style??

to me this is a bangle.....

this is a cuff...

im not sure how right my thinking is though.....

**edit** i have just googled this and according to 'lovetoknow' the differance between and cuff and a bangle is ...'A cuff bracelet is an oval shaped rigid or semi rigid bracelet with an opening that allows it to slide onto the side of the wrist instead of over the hand. Some cuff bracelets are completely closed but have a hinged, or other type of closure, that opens so the bracelet can be slid onto the side of the wrist. The shaping of the cuff bracelet allows it to sit snuggly against the wrist. A bangle bracelet is rigid and is put on by sliding it over the hand'....

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