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21  COOKING / Dessert / cake batter decoration: game of thrones & wolverine on: July 21, 2013 09:18:23 PM
id wanted to try out this method for ages (finaly got round to using my piping bag i got for christmas too... Embarrassed )
i was surprised how well the design holds as the lines particularly on the wolverine cake were quite thin (cone size: 0 ). unfortunantly i managed catch the edge of the rack when i moved the cake and it cracked across the middle. So gutted!

oh well...if ever there was an excuse to try this again... Wink
i went for a black and white design because i only had black and red food colouring (im not much of a baker) both claimed they were not 'bake stable'. this was indeed the case with the red (it went brown) but the black was clearly lying Grin

the house stark version came out crack free...until i put the candles in Roll Eyes
i know it would have looked better with white chocolate icing but i didnt have any and i couldnt bear the thought of my chocolate cake without chocolate Embarrassed

really easy technique, i had fun doing this  Smiley deffinatly one to experiment with. maybe colour next time...

22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer clay scratch board bauble (+written tute) on: May 31, 2013 01:09:16 AM
Male house Sparrow bauble
using polymer clay as Scratchboard...finally got down an idea thats been sitting on the shelf in my head for far too long. just about any item you can cover with polymer clay could be fair game for this tecnique and you could easily use a differant colour marker or clay Smiley

i covered a plain glass bauble in white polymer clay then baked and sanded. since i didnt need a buffed surface i used 400 grit followed by 600 grit sandpaper just to get the bumps out, then i covered it with permenant marker (buff and rub with your fingers (or a rough cloth if you are leaving the house the same day as this will stain your fingers a rather fetching black/blue colour) to remove 'scribble' marks.
depending on the brand of marker you may need two coats. i used a CD marker
 i then scrapped the design using a craft knife and a thick needle. you can trace the design onto the bauble or draw it first with a pencil first.
finish with a coat of varnish.
 im quite pleased with how this turned out especially since ive never tried scratchboard before Smiley

23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / boiled sweets to create hollow bead forms on: March 06, 2013 07:58:45 AM
further experiments using sugar to create hollow polymer clay forms

an extrension of my pressed damp sugar method (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420721.0#axzz2Mm77nf6c ) but using boiled sweets in place of sugar

each of the beads measures 3.5cm in length by 2.5 cm wide
im really pleased with how this turned out, bit of a change from bangles too Grin

this was made using the same method. i made the bead form over a 'pear drop'

24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / tutorial: creating hollow bead forms using sugar on: February 22, 2013 09:40:29 AM

i had been wanting to make big polymer clay beads for a while. this was my first attempt  Smiley it measures just over 4.5cm in length and about 4cm in width
a good way to use your molds for clay work without having to worry about anything leaching from the clay. i used to make these sugar shapes as a child and because the sugar simply dissolves in water i thought it would be ideal to use as a hollow bead core

step one: you can use any candy/chocolate mold for this or here, im using a Ravioli tray Smiley. oil the mold with a little vegtable oil.

step 2: mix your sugar. fine sugar such as caster sugar works better than granulated. add water a little at a time and mix until the mixture resembles damp sand. you will need approximatly 2 cups of sugar for every 4 teaspoons of water

step 3: pack the sugar mix into the mold firmly

step 4: smooth the top with a knife blade or similar

place in a warm dry place to harden. small shapes like this should harden in a few days. these took 4-5 days but larger shapes may take longer. when dry release from mold.

step 6: mix a little caster sugar with water to form a thick syrup (sorry i dont know the exact amounts of each for this as i just went for it )

step 7: use the mix to glue the half shapes together. dont use to much, you dont want it running out of the join. be sure your hands are perfectly dry when hadleing the sugar otherwise it will start to crumble and distort.
place back in a warm dry place for a few days (i left these for 2-3 days)

step 8: cover the sugar form with scrap clay. i used a small circular cutter to form holes at each end. bake

step 9: either run the bead under warm running water or soak it for 20 minutes or so then rinse. the sugar syrup dissolves slower than the other sugar mix so if you used a lot of it i recomend soaking.
cover as desired Smiley
if anything seems unclear please dont hesitate to ask  Smiley

25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Monarch Butterfly Bangle on: January 02, 2013 12:06:06 AM
polymer clay Monarch Bangle. my first project of 2013!
 i had been wanting to try Donna Kato's butterfly cane for a while, finally got there.i cut slices from the cane and smoothed them over an extruded scrap clay armature the baked, sanded and buffed.
i think i needed to make the black and white areas bigger, maybe make the bangle deeper, but i like the concept of this Smiley

26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / backfilled polymer clay coverd bauble (+sorta tutorial) on: December 27, 2012 03:35:56 AM

this was my first attempt covering a glass bauble with fimo.
 i used a sheet of white (medium setting on my pasta machine...too thick and its a pain to wrap, too thin and you have little wriggle room when it comes to smoothing or sanding out lumps and bumps) and smoothed it around the bauble with my fingers.  then i  firmly wrapped a length of 15lb fishing line (you couyld use nylon beading thread/string/whatever you have to hand..experiment) round and round until i was happy with the design (next time i need to be firmer and pull the line tighter when doing this as a few bits are patchy). then i carefully unraveled the line then i baked the bauble and backfilled (use soft well conditioned clay, bit like buttering bread) the lines with gold polymer clay, baked again and sanded Smiley
i only used 600 grit on this piece as i liked the matt look of this, like unglazed ceramic Smiley

action shot (sorry, my camera dislikes twinkly christmas lights and merely slightly blurry was the best it would give me Roll Eyes )

simple but pretty, im really happy with how this came out Smiley
if you have any questions or if something is unclear please ask Smiley
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / despicable me Minion breakfast set on: December 23, 2012 10:55:43 PM
christmas prerssie for little brother No.2 Grin who's a huge despicable me fan.
all the designs are hand painted onto premade bisque with black underglaze, dipped in clear glaze and fired

mug and coaster:

detail of the bowl:

the set together:

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Avengers Assemble! Banner/ Hulk mug on: December 20, 2012 04:52:58 AM
an old friend asked me to paint this for her O/H who is a huge Avengers fan; well.....as a fellow comic geek i could hardly say no Wink
i included his favourite quote from the movie too Smiley
Mark Ruffalo as Dr Banner/ The Hulk
painted with black and grey underglaze on pre made bisque, dipped in clear glaze and fired. i wanted to try and make the actor recognisable but doing so in a style reminiscent of the film more humble comic origins. im really pleased with how this turned out. i think i need to make one for myself...

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Pratchett table ware on: December 08, 2012 10:30:40 AM
my brother is a huge Terry Prachett (and curry)  fan so i made him a breakfast set (there will be a matching bowl at some point..) featuring Death, one of his favourite characters Grin
all the pieces were hand painted onto premade bisque with black and red underglaze, dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired

the mug features the Ankh Morpork city crest

detail of the plate and coaster prior to firing:
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / preserving leaves in polymer clay? on: November 29, 2012 09:51:57 PM
my sister in law asked me if i could preserve leaves in polymer clay. i was thinking either coating the whole thing (one side at a time) in liquid clay or sandwiching it between two very thin sheets of translucent clay. does anyone know how well polymer clay would preserve the colour (she particularly wants a red Canadian maple leaf ) or even if it would preserve the leaf?  Undecided
any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated
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