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101  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
102  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / cuff style bracelets on: August 10, 2010 12:06:34 AM
my second attempt at a cuff style bracelet.
 the finished cuff....





this was a prior attempt (i've included this as i felt other artists might find the it interesting to see the progression of a piece).....i liked the colour combination but i wasnt entirely happy with it so i removed  the cane slices and made another blank this time a skinner blend (which i felt would add more interest to the piece). it then occurred to me that all the bracelet seem to have all the colour and interesting stuff on the outside i wanted this bracelet to be a little different.
i recut  and repositioned the cane slices so when worn the complex interior is only glimpsed briefly creating a sense of intrigue.




comment or advice more than welcome Smiley






103  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / snowdrop platter on: June 25, 2010 09:45:57 PM
the design is painted on pre made bisque using cromartie underglaze before being dip glazed and fired.
i was in to minds about weather or not to use colour in this piece but now its done im glad i didnt. i like the simplicity of it Smiley

a close up of the detail


the whole platter


comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
104  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / clay yellowing with age on: June 10, 2010 10:44:19 PM
 has anyone else found this a problem? particularly with white polymer clay.
i made a a few pale blue and white polymer clay beads about a year ago. i wore them once and found they had got pretty grubby after just one days wear. i thought it was dirt but it didn't come off. i found sanding removed the 'muck' so i resanded the beads and didn't bother restringing them.
they have been in storage the whole time and when i came across them yesterday i noticed they have yellowed Huh
they weren't varnished just sanded and buffed. i used fimo soft clay. i did wonder if exposure to sunlight had caused the yellowing as it was very hot and sunny when i wore them and i was outside most of the day but after resanding they had been in a box in a cupboard and they have still yellowed.

i have also noticed that some of my recant pieces have also begun to yellow. its not noticeable where the white is a small part of a cane for example but over large areas it is. very.

any thoughts or advice please?
105  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / my fist polymer clay broaches (and more bangles) on: May 20, 2010 09:37:34 PM
these were made with cane slices, cut, shaped, sanded and buffed. they all measure just over an inch in length.

'Ammonite' (i think this one is my favourite)



unnamed black and white pin (though my o/h calls it the 'duck's foot broach Roll Eyes )



unnamed black and white pin



'Feathers' pin



as before the bangles are made from an armature of scrap clay, covered, sanded and buffed.
this one is for my friends birthday next week. she loves bright colours hence the black white and pink colour scheme





i made another version of my 'Galaxy' bangle this time in green (as well as another of 'orginal' version.... i just love this one wayyy too much...)





here they are all together



as always any comments or advice are more than welcome : )

106  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay bangles plus tutorial post 7 on: May 01, 2010 10:07:46 PM
i've been trying to prefect my bangle technique.
as before these are a created over scrap clay armature, baked and sanded.

'Galaxy'


'Galaxy' alternative view.


'Sunspot'


'Sunspot'. alternative view. sorry bout the fuzziness of this one my camera has a mind of its own some days.


'ammonites'
This is NOT an image transfer. no liquid clay, no acrylic paint. just polymer clay.



'Ammonites' alternative view. taken prior to baking and cleaning.




107  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / first polymer clay bangle on: April 06, 2010 11:39:08 AM
i've made beads before but this was my first attempt at a bangle (my first go with my new pasta machine too Grin ...soo much easier than creating graduated colour blends by hand!)

the bangle was created around an armature of scrap clay, baked, sanded and varnished.
i've decided to give this to a friend for her birthday Smiley





a close up.


a scrap clay 'blank' and a second bangle awaiting a sanding session before the 'inner' layer is applied.



comments or advice are more than welcome.
108  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / moon and stars hanging decorations on: April 01, 2010 11:40:28 PM
though these are in fact christmas ( ! i know! ) decorations i decided to omit this from the title to avoid causing distress or alarm Wink
i made a whole lot of bauble for christmas and realised that i didn't have much in a blue and white theme to match them so our tree looked somewhat sparce...next year will be different!

these were cut from a slab of scrap clay with cookie cutters.
the blue stars were painted with a layer of white glaze which was allowed to dry. star shaped stickers were then stuck on and the entire shape was given a few layers of the blue glaze. when touch dry (if you let it dry thoroughly it becomes much harder to peel of the stickers. touch dry is easiest Wink )the stickers were peeled off to reveal white stars.
the largest measures just over 3 inches in length.



a close up of the moon.


comments are more than welcome Smiley

109  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / combined method pinch and coil pot on: March 25, 2010 07:26:32 AM
combined pinch and coil pot.

(i really proud of this one it was my third attempt at a pinch pot and unlike the others it actualy looks like a pot. a proper pot. Grin ...unlike my first attempts which resembled something you would expect from a pre-school play dough session. see? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=326833.0 )



i decided to go with a simple white glaze allowing the shape to be the focus of the this pot.

couple of shots pre firing.





comments welcome Smiley

110  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / ceramic reusable air freshener (with sortof tutorial) on: March 16, 2010 11:00:45 PM
'Toilet Duck' .......a reusable environmentally friendly version. he wont help to clean your loo but he smells GOOD  Wink

 very simple to make. bisque ware is porous and will  absorb not only water but essential oils (you can also use fragrance oils designed for use in an oil burner for this) so the basic idea is to create your desired  shape (you can do 3d but in this case toilet duck was simply cut from a slab with a cookie cutter and a hole was pierced with a skewer)
 which, once dry is fired to bisque ware and then glazed (make sure you leave an area without paint or glaze or you wont have anywhere to put the oils). in this case i painted the front and left the back mostly bare before handglazing the front and sides and firing.
once out of the kiln simply smear a few drops of your chosen oil or fragrance onto your new air freshener add a matching ribbon or beads and hang.

to renew the sent simply add more oil.





comments welcome : )
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