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141  cuff style bracelets in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 10, 2010 12:06:34 AM
my second attempt at a cuff style bracelet.
 the finished cuff....

this was a prior attempt (i've included this as i felt other artists might find the it interesting to see the progression of a piece).....i liked the colour combination but i wasnt entirely happy with it so i removed  the cane slices and made another blank this time a skinner blend (which i felt would add more interest to the piece). it then occurred to me that all the bracelet seem to have all the colour and interesting stuff on the outside i wanted this bracelet to be a little different.
i recut  and repositioned the cane slices so when worn the complex interior is only glimpsed briefly creating a sense of intrigue.

comment or advice more than welcome Smiley

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142  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: July 25, 2010 11:55:05 PM
the unicorn is beautiful. i've never had the nerve to attempt sculpture Embarrassed

this is my first attempt at a cuff style bangle. Smiley
i found this technique a lot quicker than the one i used for other bangles, it also involved far less sanding Grin
the manky white marks on the inside of the cuff are residue from sanding these will disappear after the final sand and buffing

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143  snowdrop platter in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: June 25, 2010 09:45:57 PM
the design is painted on pre made bisque using cromartie underglaze before being dip glazed and fired.
i was in to minds about weather or not to use colour in this piece but now its done im glad i didnt. i like the simplicity of it Smiley

a close up of the detail

the whole platter

comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
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144  my fist polymer clay broaches (and more bangles) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: May 20, 2010 09:37:34 PM
these were made with cane slices, cut, shaped, sanded and buffed. they all measure just over an inch in length.

'Ammonite' (i think this one is my favourite)

unnamed black and white pin (though my o/h calls it the 'duck's foot broach Roll Eyes )

unnamed black and white pin

'Feathers' pin

as before the bangles are made from an armature of scrap clay, covered, sanded and buffed.
this one is for my friends birthday next week. she loves bright colours hence the black white and pink colour scheme

i made another version of my 'Galaxy' bangle this time in green (as well as another of 'orginal' version.... i just love this one wayyy too much...)

here they are all together

as always any comments or advice are more than welcome : )

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145  Re: polymer clay bangles in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: May 02, 2010 10:16:22 AM
Hey, they're really good! You've deffinatly perfected your bangle technique I'd say.   The finish is amazing.  My fave is probably the galaxy one - mainly 'cos of the name  Grin

That ammonites one is amazing though.  How on earth did you do it? Is it black clay behind the white and you remove the top layer to show the black? maybe?  

Very good though...  Make hundreds and give us all one  Grin

close....the method is similar to sgraffito, a technique commonly used in ceramics with a bit of carving and back filling thrown in. this was more of an experimental piece so i will probably keep playing around with it.
 i didn't get time to post a tute earlier so here we go (i also neglected to take many photos during making of this so if something is unclear please dont hesitate to ask me )

take one premade bangle. because you wont be able to do much in the way of sanding after you have finished the bangle (pendant etc..) should be sanded to a high finished (dont bother buffing and definitely no polish)

in this case i carved a basic out line into the bangle with a scribing tool (you could also use a thick needle or even the back edge of a craft knife but the scribing tool is easier particularly for somthing like this with a curved surface)

once you have carved your design take some well condition and softened clay (in this case i used black) using the back of a craft knife push the clay into the grooves and lines of the carving (think grouting tiles)
remove excess clay.

(here you can see the carved and filled outline of the ammonite and the section i have started to 'fill in'...i'l get to that in a moment)

next take a little more of the softened clay and working in the direction you will be scraping (ie if for example you are recreating hair you would want to scrape following the lines of the hair.) begin to scrape the clay over the surface of the bangle...kinda like buttering bread

(here i have spread the clay over the lower part of the design)

now take you craft knife and (gently!) begin to remove the colour you have just applied

once you have finished the design the bangle can be baked and sanded just sand any marks for example black finger prints..do NOT sand the design.
on items that receive more wear and tear for example bangles you may want to  coat the area of the design in a thin layer of translucent or liquid clay for durability, items such as a pendant can simply be given a coat of varnish. Smiley

sorta tutorial for bangle blanks...

i use a mould to get the shape of the bangle.
to make your mould roll a thick slab of scrap clay. i used a a length of dowelling  to create my mould  but use whatever you have ..copper piping etc.....as long as its round. dust the dowelling/piping etc with a release agent (i used corn flour) and press into your scrap slab (make the slab as long as you can) i stack even wads of paper either side of the slab and use a rolling pin to press the dowelling into the slab so the depth of the mould is even. remove the dowelling and bake the mould.

to make the bangle roll a thick snake of scrap clay. dust the mould with corn flour (or you're preferred release agent) and press the snake firmly into the mould. remove the excess clay by holding a tissue blade level with the flat surface of the mould. remove the 'snake'.
for shaping the bangle i use a bean can...just make sure you can fit you're hand through it.
this is why you want the mould as long as possible. if the trimmed snake is long enough simply shape it around the bean can, smooth the ends together and bake. if the mould is too short you will have to join two or more lengths together before you shape the bangle around the can.
try to get the blank bangle as smooth as you can but dont worry too much as you will be covering it.

hope this helps Smiley

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146  polymer clay bangles plus tutorial post 7 in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: May 01, 2010 10:07:46 PM
i've been trying to prefect my bangle technique.
as before these are a created over scrap clay armature, baked and sanded.


'Galaxy' alternative view.


'Sunspot'. alternative view. sorry bout the fuzziness of this one my camera has a mind of its own some days.

This is NOT an image transfer. no liquid clay, no acrylic paint. just polymer clay.

'Ammonites' alternative view. taken prior to baking and cleaning.

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147  first polymer clay bangle in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: April 06, 2010 11:39:08 AM
i've made beads before but this was my first attempt at a bangle (my first go with my new pasta machine too Grin ...soo much easier than creating graduated colour blends by hand!)

the bangle was created around an armature of scrap clay, baked, sanded and varnished.
i've decided to give this to a friend for her birthday Smiley

a close up.

a scrap clay 'blank' and a second bangle awaiting a sanding session before the 'inner' layer is applied.

comments or advice are more than welcome.
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148  moon and stars hanging decorations in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: April 01, 2010 11:40:28 PM
though these are in fact christmas ( ! i know! ) decorations i decided to omit this from the title to avoid causing distress or alarm Wink
i made a whole lot of bauble for christmas and realised that i didn't have much in a blue and white theme to match them so our tree looked somewhat sparce...next year will be different!

these were cut from a slab of scrap clay with cookie cutters.
the blue stars were painted with a layer of white glaze which was allowed to dry. star shaped stickers were then stuck on and the entire shape was given a few layers of the blue glaze. when touch dry (if you let it dry thoroughly it becomes much harder to peel of the stickers. touch dry is easiest Wink )the stickers were peeled off to reveal white stars.
the largest measures just over 3 inches in length.

a close up of the moon.

comments are more than welcome Smiley

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149  combined method pinch and coil pot in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: March 25, 2010 07:26:32 AM
combined pinch and coil pot.

(i really proud of this one it was my third attempt at a pinch pot and unlike the others it actualy looks like a pot. a proper pot. Grin ...unlike my first attempts which resembled something you would expect from a pre-school play dough session. see? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326833.0 )

i decided to go with a simple white glaze allowing the shape to be the focus of the this pot.

couple of shots pre firing.

comments welcome Smiley

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150  ceramic reusable air freshener (with sortof tutorial) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: March 16, 2010 11:00:45 PM
'Toilet Duck' .......a reusable environmentally friendly version. he wont help to clean your loo but he smells GOOD  Wink

 very simple to make. bisque ware is porous and will  absorb not only water but essential oils (you can also use fragrance oils designed for use in an oil burner for this) so the basic idea is to create your desired  shape (you can do 3d but in this case toilet duck was simply cut from a slab with a cookie cutter and a hole was pierced with a skewer)
 which, once dry is fired to bisque ware and then glazed (make sure you leave an area without paint or glaze or you wont have anywhere to put the oils). in this case i painted the front and left the back mostly bare before handglazing the front and sides and firing.
once out of the kiln simply smear a few drops of your chosen oil or fragrance onto your new air freshener add a matching ribbon or beads and hang.

to renew the sent simply add more oil.

comments welcome : )
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