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1  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

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / celtic maze canes on: February 15, 2016 10:46:43 PM
 this geometric design was a little different from my usual bird or face canes. i had a lot of fun combining the basic cane tiles to create a variety of patterns. the challenge was working out not only where the pattern repeated but the easiest place to join the cane slices.

these are 3 bracelet tiles showing the different patterns. the two bottom tiles are my favourites.

the fished bracelet and a pendant.

bangles. i put the cane slices end to end to create a long strip, then joined it to cover the bangle core stretching the outer edge as i did so. this is easier than trying to reduce the cane to two particular sizes and shapes to fit the changing circumference of the bangle while still aligning the pattern

here, the cane
3  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
4  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

5  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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6  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.

7  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.

8  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.

9  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.

10  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?
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