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801  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Works-in-progress 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.
802  COOKING / Dessert / Re: sugar paste flowers on: September 27, 2010 03:52:11 AM
Very nice work! I've always wanted to take a class on this but I have no idea how I would ever practice as my family is not cake eaters. lol

thank you Smiley i took the class both to give me some basics in sugar paste and because i thought the techniques could be transferred to polymer clay, which is one of my 'main' crafts.
the teacher was explaining exactly the same techniques are used for cold porcelain (which is airdrying and quite tough) so you could make jewellery items or embellishments for fabric crafts or even hanging christmas decorations instead cake decorations and that the 'pinch and pull' flowers were a technique commonly used in ceramics.

.....by coincidence flowers in cold porcelain and polymerclay is actually the topic of latest update on http://polymerclaydaily.com/
803  COOKING / Dessert / sugar paste flowers 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
804  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Curdle Worms on: September 26, 2010 10:01:51 PM
i love the sleeping one! Kiss
805  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Earth Fairy OOAK on: September 25, 2010 11:18:47 PM

amazing sculpt! beautifully detailed!
806  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Teeny Tiny Cast of Futurama on: September 25, 2010 11:18:11 PM
that would be an awesome charm bracelet! Grin

i just love the brain slug Kiss
807  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Playing with clay is a great stress reducer! on: September 24, 2010 09:56:27 PM
the peas in the pod are definitely my favourite! Kiss

808  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Potion Jars on: September 22, 2010 09:39:39 PM
damn! these are awesome!

i love the dragon jar, though i love the Cheshire grin on the werewolf jar Grin

the hairy warts are brilliant too....i just like all of them! Grin
809  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tatted Jewelry on: September 15, 2010 10:38:01 PM
amazing! i love the earrings!
thank you for the links.
810  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: king Proteus wedding plate 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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