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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Big Scarf - pinterest inspired on: February 06, 2016 10:24:08 PM
awesome piece  Grin  you did such a good job replicating the patterns on the scarf too
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: golden eagle cane with wip shots on: December 21, 2015 06:23:22 AM
thank you  Smiley
Stunning. How do you reduce it without distortion? Do you use a wire or a very sharp knife?
as you can see i put sheets of glass on the end (which is dangerous if it breaks so dont do this, please use thick perspex or acrylic sheets instead) most canes either collapse inwards or bulge outwards (less likely esp with large or flat canes) and this is one of causes of image distortion as you can lose a lot of the outsides of the image which the center remains the same size. putting perspex on the ends prevents this.
twisting tends to cause distortion too. if you look at the photo of the cane on the glass you will notice at each corner a piece of pink clay, these allow be to keep track of the corners while im working the cane and avoid excessive twisting.
saying that ive never had a cane that didnt suffer a some distortion from reduction Undecided larger canes tend to be harder to reduce and control than smaller ones. i also struggle with irregular shapes so i pack mine with scrap clay so they are square because thats the shape i find easiest to reduce.
hope this helps a little Smiley
i use a tissue blade to cut it. which is a very thin and sharp blade so it dosnt smear or crush the cane while slicing.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / golden eagle cane with wip shots on: December 19, 2015 11:59:24 PM
completely forgot to post this one

the finished brooches, because the cane was large and complex i didnt want to reduce it too small and lose the detail so these pieces measure 7.5cm and 5.5cm in length

oval pendant on memory wire necklace.

its not a tutorial as such but it gives an idea of how i created the cane.
i start with the eyes, even the pupils arnt solid black but a mix of dark greys

 i originally tried slicing into the cane and inserting thin strips of black (you can still see these closest to the yellow part of the beak) but it proved impossible to get the 'hairs' fine enough so i went for a mosaic of solid strings of different coloured clays which gives a good effect recreating the harsh ratel hairs around the eyes and beak.

each of the feathers on the chest is a separate cane

finished cne ready for reduction, i placed glass plates on the ends to prevent it collapsing inwards and contributing to image distortion.

successful reduction, some distortion but im pretty pleased with how this went
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: result of a watercolour/pen and ink class...village on: December 04, 2015 10:58:52 PM
i never mastered watercolour. i never left enough white or pale colours they always ended up too dark. this look lovely, those golden hills and sun lit clouds are beautiful.
15  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: wee free men pumpkin (rude gesture) on: November 15, 2015 11:13:00 PM
thank you. peace sign is palm outwards, the same gesture with your palm facing you is not a gesture to be used in polite society, at least in England.
16  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: wee free men pumpkin (rude gesture) on: November 01, 2015 12:02:35 AM
thank you  Smiley

AWESOME pumpkin.  I love anything Pratchett/Discworld related, and this is a great pumpkin.  Though his expression is far more peacefully cheerful than I would generally expect from a Nac mac Feegle Smiley

Love the details in his braid and hair too - how long did this take you?

i too love anything pratchett Grin, about 5 hours? more? im not sure as i did it over three days
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / local landmarks. ink and pastel on: October 31, 2015 12:19:09 AM
an old friend requested these of a local landmark the Worthing dome. i hadnt done oil pastel for ages so i really struggled to get to grips with it again. it measures 6 by 4 inches i think it might have been easier at a larger size Undecided

i felt the ink came out better. since these may be printed at a smaller size i didnt go crazy on the detailing

i like the roof tiles in particular Smiley

18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Quilled Paper Mosaic - Selfie of Sarah on: October 30, 2015 11:59:20 PM
amazing! at first glance i thought this was a painting. im in love with the textures of this particularly, her jumper, her hat and that fabulous background!
19  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / wee free men pumpkin (rude gesture) on: October 30, 2015 11:24:25 PM
im a huge Terry Pratchett fan so i just had to do a Nac mac Feegle themed pumpkin his year.

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yes, he is making a rude gesture Wink but what else could you expect from a feegle?
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i prick the design first wih a nedle though you could draw it on with a marker.
carving to different depths creates different shades of colour i used a craft knife to remove he skin or cut around the design and a few dentist tools that my hubby uses for sculpting for scraping and hollowing the lightest areas Smiley
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20  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymer clay rings on: October 12, 2015 10:37:18 PM

Hello, Just love your opal rings, Could you please tell me how did you make them,? or at least how did you get the beautiful blue aqua pops of color in the rings, random?? is it clay or embossing powder??  thanks Smiley
thank you
the blue is translucent clay mixed with mica powder.
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