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1  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

2  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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3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay rings on: July 28, 2015 11:48:50 AM
been making rings lately. i was trying to create a boulder opal effect. its not quite as realistic as i wanted but i really like the effect.

despite the chunky look they are surprisingly comfy and the oval shape mean they can be worn two ways

this ring was made by mixing embossing powder with translucent clay. a cane forms the faux ammonite. i think the black rock is too dark a background  Undecided  i think it would work much better with a paler faux rock.

bit of a break from faux rock effects. its too chunky to be comfortable when worn on any but the index or little fingers, but it was fun to play around with shapes.
translucent clay mixed with a little oil paint and ultra fine glitter.

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / fun with face canes on: July 23, 2015 11:01:47 PM
i made a lip cane for a particular project and had loads left over and since id never got round to making a full face cane i gave it a go. not as complex as my usual canes but good fun Smiley
i cut slices from the face cane then made a neck from a sheet of flesh coloured clay. the hair is made from a sheet of clay made of colours stacked on top of each other. i cut very thin slices from this and positioned it, and the rolled it smooth until there was no visible joins or lumps. doing each piece as you lay it rather than  placing all the hair then rolling results in less distortion. the lace cane for the mask i cut a little thicker to make it easier to position then carefully sliced off a tiny bit as a time until it was thin enough to roll smooth.
i made these into pendants

i made a lace cane

the original cane:

 eye and lip canes

i had to reduce the face cane but the ends made me laugh

and those eyebrows were too good to waste! unfortunately it plaqued badly around the neck (seems to be a problem for fimo flesh all of the pieces have one or two of those little pale moon shapes but this was really bad Sad was my favourite piece too Undecided  )

lip beads made with some of the left over lip canes

i decreased the amount of deep red in this cane, i was trying to make it quicker to make and simpler.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / barn owl brooch on: February 20, 2015 10:41:41 PM

i made this for the fibre /mixed media swap. i havnt really done much needle work so i was really pleased how this came out. i started with a felt base. i made the beak a largish cone, though you only see the tip to give the face a 3d aspect. you can sort of see the construction in the pkoto below. unfortunatly i forgot to take any more wip pics.  the feathers are lace with buttons for the eyes.

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Lepocampus (or Merhare) sculpt on: December 15, 2014 02:13:45 AM
this was based on one of my swap partner's pins. im still learning how to sculpt and i find it hard to think it 3d Undecided but im really peased with how this came out. she sits about 5 inches high and is sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paints and a hint of mica powder then finished with satin varnish. i wanted a mottled paint effect so i used my finger, rubbing the paint until it was almost dry and dabbing it over the clay. i used a wash of dark brown to get into the details and then went over again, dabbing with the paint to highlight it. the eyes were given a coat of gloss varnish over black paint to bring them to life

i forgot to take any wip pic until i had almost finished the sculpting Undecided i used scrap clay covered with a thin layer of white mixed with translucent clay for the body, i had used dark scrap clay for sculpting before and it can be hard to cover even with good quality acrylics hence the thin layer of white, it makes the painting easier Wink
the tali i simply used dark blue scrap clay since the colour was close to what i wanted to paint it.
i proped up the head and ears with cotton wool pads during baking to prevent them drooping.

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ancient history swap on: September 17, 2014 04:55:19 AM
 interested in ancient Egyptian art? got a passion for medieval cooking or fashion? could cover a really broad range of subjects and interests with one.
would anyone be up for something like this?
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / hand carved rubber stamp and printed Dodo fabric on: September 16, 2014 11:28:36 PM

i wanted some Dodo fabric for a swap project but i couldnt find any in U.K and the shipping/import tax/other random fees just made it too expensive to get it anywhere else so  when i found some large rubbers in my local store i knew just what to do!
ive never  tried stamp carving before so i went for simple design.
i tried out a few patterns on some scrap fabric first just using my stamp pad to work out the spacing before i started the actual fabric using fabric paint. i drew the grid using dressmarkers pencil (thats what the blue lines are) which washes out

heres my finished cozy Smiley

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / rooster cane and ornament (loads of W.I.P pics) on: September 16, 2014 11:01:28 PM
i made this wall art for the 3d bird swap. my partner iisted chickens as one of her favourite birds so i decided to try and make a a rooster cane. im thrilled it came out so well, i ended up mading a faux wood frame as well as the subtle mix of colours worked much better than a single colour frame.
unfortunatly it was really hard to photograph the frame as it has a large amount of mica powers and guilders paste mixed into the clay which gives it a high shine Undecided
 there were a lot of textures i had never tried to replicate in clay before so i really felt i learnt a lot from this cane Smiley

the back: i embedded large jump rings to secure the  string/wire used to hang the piece

this is how i start my complex canes, its not a step by step tutorial as such but i hope it will give you some idea of my process Smiley if anything is unclear or if you have any questions, just ask Smiley
a rough line drawing with a few notes on colour any fiddly areas such as the beak i often draw a second larger sketch so i can see the detail.

the eye cane, basicly a log of black clay which i indented with a knitting needle and a small log of white wrapped in a skinner blend of yellow to orange. the whole cane was then wrapped in a thin sheet of very dark grey.

begining to build the skin around the eye using a few sheets of maroon and a skinner blend of pale to dark rose

i used this same method to create most of the wattle and the comb, except i used a blend of rose to maroon instead of the blend of light grey to white you see here.

all still made using a rolled skinner blend. here i cut pieces of both sides of the roll as well as cut it in half and squashed the shapes a bit.

the beak cane: i made and stack a skinner blend of very pale to medium to dark grey.

the whole beak is made from one stack, the right hand side is made with a slice from the middle of the stack (ie cutting off the palest and darkest grey) cut to an 'L' shape and filled with a slice from the bottom (just the darkest to middle greys)

hes begining to look a lot more chicken like at this point Smiley

starting to create the feathers:

lets add some more:

starting on the comb:
this skinner blend will form the basis along with  a few logs of solid colour

the comb from above: yep, its just stacked logs Smiley

the finished cane ready for reduction. its about 7 by 5 inches and about 1.5 inches in depth (flater canes are harder to reduce, which is something i didnt remember until i went to reduce it so try to make your canes at least 2in deep...it makes life easier.)  ive packed it out with white and scrap clay around the edges. i find that the edges of my cane tend to warp more than the center, especially with largge canes like this so this helps me reduce my waste

i also made a few brooches with the cane

these i made  with the scrap ends, i didnt want to make another scrap clay cane with them as they were warped but not useless Undecided i thought the contrast in textures would be an interesting focal point
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / octopus coasters on: August 26, 2014 10:13:02 PM
my partner asked for some fun coasters. she loves octopus so i made these coasters for a swap.
i covered the pottery with first a layer of white glaze then a layer of black. when it was dry i scratched of areas of black glaze to create the design. the coasters were then coat in clear glaze.
the technique leaves a slight textured 3d effect (depending how big and deep your scratching is) which i like but unfortunatly dosnt photo well Sad

the whole set, my favourites are the 2 on the right Smiley

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