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111  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 : )
112  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / tulip jug on: March 10, 2010 02:02:08 PM
my first attempt at a (realistic-ish) floral design. i feel i learnt a lot creating this piece, some of the flowers came out better than others and the difference in thair appearance (particularly in regards to shading) has altered noticeably as i progressed around the jug revising and improving my technique.
the design is painted on pre made bisque using cromartie underglaze before being dip glazed and fired.

this is my favourite  flower on the jug

this was the first side i painted.....

and the second.

top view.

comments and advice are more than welcome.
113  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 'is that for mee?' on: February 25, 2010 05:21:14 PM
pretty much everything i''ve been doing lately has been coloured pencil, felt good to muck around with my oil pastels Grin

''is that for mee?''
approx 7 by 7in. oil pastels (mix of derwent, faber castells)
the model is my gorgeous black rex, Inara.

comments and advice are more than welcome Smiley

114  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / finger painting on: January 13, 2010 09:04:53 AM
i've managed to aggravate my RSI again and finger painting was about all i could manage....still im kinda pleased with the result, its certainly a change from my normal style! Grin

Female black bird. Approx size A4. acrylic

a close up of the eye just to give you some idea of the detail.

comments are more than welcome.
115  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / beaded snowdrop pendant now with tutorial! on: December 26, 2009 06:02:33 AM
i made this pendant for my mum (her favorite flowers are snowdrops) as part of her christmas present. this was my first attempt at making up my own pattern (i've followed tutorials before to make flowers but nothing this fiddely! ) since i was short on cash i used a few strands of copper wire from i salvaged from an old electrial cable.
overall im happy with it though if i make anymore i will try to get hold of silver beading wire as the copper (especialy in certain lights) is rather obvious ( i chose the wire rather than the nylon thread because i thought it would hold its shape better and give the pendant more strength)

the snow drop is made with ladder stitch (i think a diagram is probably the easiest explanation) green circles represent green beads and white circles are pearl beads. i used seed beads with a few slightly large beads (as indicated on the pattern by larger circles)

start at the bottom as indicated by the arrow. make 3 of the 'petals'.

use one of the wires from one of the petal pieces and stitch as indicated by the zigzag lines.

then set aside.

make the 'bell' of the snowdrop starting at the bottom as indicated by the arrow. make 4 of the 'bell' pieces.

use one of he wires from one of the bell pieces to stitch together as indicated by the zigzag lines in the pattern adding the beads that will form the bell's 'frill' as you go.

take all the wires and tread through one slightly larger beads in the same colour as you have used white parts of the snowdrop.

pass this through the top of the petal piece you had set aside so the bell hangs between the petals.

take all the wires from both pieces and thread through the beads (using whatever number you want to reach your desired length of stem) finishing with two larger beads as shown in the pattern below.

i havn't tried to create a tutorial before so if you are unsure dont hesitate to ask and i will try to clarify. Smiley
depending on the thickness of wire you chose you may need to adjust the size of beads you use accordingly.

116  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / my version of corvus corax's fimo buttons on: December 26, 2009 02:42:06 AM
thank you 'corvus corax' for your buton tutorial! i made these as part of my christmas present for my boyfriends mum (she makes a lot of her own clothing/ bags etc and loves embellishing with unusual and vintage buttons so i thought these would be perfect for her!) i sewed them onto 'button cards' so they would look a bit more professional.

a few detail shots of some of my favorite ones.

117  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / shh! crimbo pressies! on: December 23, 2009 06:13:47 AM
no cash this year so i've been busy making my presents. this was for a friend at work.

i call them blue tiger beads Wink
i made a similar bracelet for a craft swap on another forum a good while ago.

my first attempts at lentil beads...

please ignore the finger prints...they're not in the clay or in the varnish....i was in such a rush to get a picture before they had to wrapped i didn't polish before photographing Embarrassed
118  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Eagle Owl in oil pastel on: December 01, 2009 07:13:52 AM
this is one of my most recant pieces. its not a particularly large piece (just over 7/8 inches) but im kinda proud of how it turn out Smiley

i've included a magnified shot of the part of the picture to try to show both the detail in the actual artwork and hopefully give an idea of my techniques. This is about 3 times the size of the original art work.
my camera has a real problem with darker shades hence most of the greens in the background in the picture above have disappeared Roll Eyes
The pastels are a mix of faber castells and a few derwnet ones.

im still relatively  new both as an artist and to oil pastels as a medium so any comments or advice is more than welcome
119  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Pheonix T shirt on: December 01, 2009 01:48:10 AM
i made this as part of my brothers christmas present this year.
The image is one i designed based on a persian miniature. i made the stencil from thin plasticard....though i admit since this was my first ever attempt and i was so convinced that the fabric paint was just going to seep under the edges but it was surprisingly well behaved! (i used the 'pebeo' iron set fabric paint in gold)

the pheonix...

the t shirt...just to show the size of the design (i didn't want it too big)

comments or advice are more than welcome! Smiley
120  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / The Ravens on: December 01, 2009 01:07:40 AM
A little late for halloween but i'd had enough of marbled baubles Wink

i'd had the design hanging around in a sketch book for ages. Its painted onto premade bisque in black underglaze which was then dipped in clear glaze.

The plate..

detail shot.

The mugs...the writing around the inside of the rim is of course 'quoth the raven Nevermore'

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