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801  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: RDJ keeps me in stitches.... *img heavy* on: August 18, 2010 05:50:15 AM
i thought this was a painting from the thumbnail! Shocked

thats awesome! i love it!
802  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / king Proteus wedding plate 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
803  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: first polymer clay things on: August 18, 2010 02:57:57 AM
the cat in particular looks smooth and nicely modeld Smiley

804  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymerclay 'peg dolls' on: August 14, 2010 10:01:51 PM
thank you.

i leeched the blend first on baking paper before 'tearing' it (i like the 'water colour' idea though Grin )

i specifily chose wooden pegs rather than plastic so i could bake them using the liquid clay as an adhesive as i wasnt sure what glue i could use (i now know! )
i did think about baking the penguin around the end of the peg but i thought the glue thing would be easier though if i would probably build the figure around the peg as i think it would make the design much stronger.

my fingers go above the beak (hence they have quite large flat foreheads  Wink ........the addition of the flower was not my best idea as it quite delicate making her a little more fragile Undecided

805  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymerclay 'peg dolls' on: August 14, 2010 10:11:03 AM
These are super cute! Did you bake them on the peg or glue them on after baking?

i made the penguins then i 'glued' them onto the peg with liquid polymerclay.
i wasn't sure which glue would be suitable to use with polymer clay Undecided
806  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymerclay 'peg dolls' 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
807  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Yet another wedding cake for friend on: August 12, 2010 11:52:03 PM
im very impressed by how straight and even the tiers are especially considering the scale!

did you roll the swirls by hand or did you use an extruder?
808  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: It's pumpkin time!!!!!!! on: August 12, 2010 06:59:05 AM
this is awesome! Grin
i really like the highly textured facial features.

thanks for the site suggestion i have seriously underestimated paper mache!
809  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: cuff style bracelets 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'....



810  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: cuff style bracelets on: August 12, 2010 02:09:29 AM
WHOA - that's gorgeous! maybe you can put a few coats of a matte finish on to protect from scratches?

i've only tried the fimo gloss varnish (they may be better brands which dont do this) but i've found that once scratched the varnish looks worse than the polymerclay Undecided
the varnish starts to peel off at the site of the scratch and adding another coat of varnish over the top leaves 'tide' marks unless you varnish the entire thing again Undecided
 small scratches arnt too noticeable but a big gouge or deep scratch is. very. the bangle style bracelets seem more prone to scratches (i guess because they stick out more)  but unless its a big one the scratches them selves dont seem as noticeable on that style of bangle, the cuff bracelets dont seem to get scratched as easily but because the visible surface is much larger the marks seem more noticeable.
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