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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Family Genealogy Tree Papercut on: September 12, 2016 09:55:31 AM
what a wonderful piece.
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / LIMBO / Re: Chicken Hoop on: September 12, 2016 09:53:37 AM
awesome piece!  Shocked
love the bobbly texture (im not sure which stitch you used), fantastic way to recreate the folds of skin around the eyes and the crest. its very effective.

i like the almost straw bale hoop like look of the hoop.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay christmas decorations on: September 08, 2016 07:47:10 AM
i know its a little early for some   Wink
i had to put away my large or breakable glass ornaments and my tree is going to look bare without them so i have been making some clay ones.

a few years ago i received some fab bottle trees from Cackle in a swap and they were the inspiration for these (you can see those here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436989.40 ) . i kept the square shape and loosely stuck to a red, green and gold theme.
these are hollow and measure about 11/4 inches square so they wont bend the branches of even our tiny tree. i made a base from scrap clay and covered them with a variety of cane slices.

here is the original holly cane. once reduced i positioned slices on a cream sheet of clay. the berries are a second cane and the stems are made from thin rolled snakes of scrap green clay. once i was happy i rolled the sheet smooth and covered the scrap clay box armature

the pudding  Grin

i added a cascade of holly leaves made from thick slices from the holly cane. i used a ripple blade to get rid of the translucent clay around the leaf. the berry is a glass bead.

the second wren decoration has a foil crown made from the upside down foil cap from a broken bauble. it refers to the celtic legend of how the wren beats the eagle to become the king of the birds.

it breaks away from the red,green,gold theme but it wouldn't be MY tree with out my favorite birds  Grin

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Inspired by Polymer Clay - Felted Necklace on: April 23, 2016 05:46:55 AM
gorgeous! the beads have  all got such fascinating textures
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Deer Fawn on: March 14, 2016 10:16:40 AM
hes adorable Smiley and such fab detail in such a tiny sculpt!
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Barn Owl Art Doll on: March 14, 2016 08:01:10 AM
gotta be one of the bst barbie makeovers! beautifully sculpted too, i love how the feathers on her neck look like an extravagant necklace while looking softly featherlike as well
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Carved Dodo Shelf on: February 20, 2016 10:11:09 PM
 Shocked Shocked Shocked
im am envying your swap partner right now. holy cats this is amazing!
its so detailed, that background. i can see why it took you so long but the result was worth it.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: A Miniature (Actual) Bakery on: February 19, 2016 07:45:43 AM
fabulous details! those cakes look so good
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber paintings - they're just so much fun. on: February 18, 2016 10:44:27 PM
the portrait hoop is incredible!  Shocked i hope you do finish your off to an amazing start
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: celtic maze canes on: February 16, 2016 11:00:58 PM
thank you  Smiley

I always wonder...
How do you prevent distortion of the slices of clay when you turn several/lots of them into one smooth surface?
(I know I can Google this, but I'd rather hear it from an expert.)

try to get each cane slice the same thickness. you can buy a slicer but i put them all in a row and slice against a thick metal ruler to take of any excess, this way when you cover it with deli paper and rub to smooth the surface it should minimize any distortion. depending on the design, usually i rub in a circular motion but if the design has lines running in one direction i go will the lines. you can also gently pull the finished sheet in the direction of the lines to help stretch out any kinks. i hope this makes sense.
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