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31  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay covered bamboo crochet hooks on: November 21, 2012 12:23:45 PM
started the christmas crafting Wink
ive seen a fair few of these around and loved the idea. finally got around to trying my hand at this Smiley i originally planned to use metal hooks but i couldnt find any where locally that sold them, and was too impatient to order them online (you guys know what its like when you get a certain project in your head... Embarrassed ) i was a little worried that the wood would swell and crack the clay but i kept the clay reasonably thick and used minimal water when sanding the finished pieces and they turned out just fine  Smiley

i ended up covering the sizes with clay so i need to add those with a sharpie (thankfully i kept a note of which colour was which size...im not usually this organized Huh ) im pleased with these though, i might have to make a few more...im sure its not right that the spots outnumber the stripes...
32  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Space invaders bangle on: October 28, 2012 10:01:23 AM
Rocking to my inner geek  Grin

i used an extruder gun with a square disc to extrude lengths of green and black clay which i then stacked and then reduced to create the cane
(theres a great video tutorial for this particular pixelated technique here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jDsLPoc54U )

it was the first time i had used this particular method to create a cane and im really pleased with how it turned out Smiley
comments are more than welcome and if you have any questions please dont hesitate to ask
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / pixel cane bangles on: October 14, 2012 12:40:24 PM

ive been aching to try out Bettina Welker's pixel cane for weeks Smiley
this was my first attempt. i think it works better on a larger surface area (that'll teach me to be lazy and use what i have instead of making a batch of bigger armatures...) but im still happy with this Smiley
if you havnt come across Bettina's technique before i recommend it. its simple and perfect for beginners too as all you need is a clay extruder her tutorial is here: http://www.beadworx.de/2012/07/03/the-pixelated-retro-blend-cane/

like most clay artists i dont like to waste clay. i used left overs from the pixel cane to create a couple of stropple cane bangles (click here for the stropple cane tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07zXuLZe20) . scrap clay forms the core of the bangles and the only fresh clay i used was to create these was the fushia.

as always comments are more than welcome. if you have any questions or if something is unclear please ask Smiley
34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / swallow and puffin pendants (hard into soft technique) on: October 14, 2012 11:30:37 AM

i really struggle with translucent clays. i find it very hard to slice the cane thin enough (especially when its a larger cane) that the translucent is clear not opaque plus i find layering the cane slice distorts it somewhat so ive been experimenting trimming and then baking thin slices first then pushing them into fresh clay and trim to desired shape. bake and sand. a little more work i guess but no distortion  Grin
the larger pendant (left) measures 6.5cm by 2.5cm the smaller pendant (right) measures 5cm by 2cm

pendant detail

a W.I.P of the original cane Smiley

and in case you have ever wondered what the back looks like...

the technique also works for old cane slices that have become to brittle to work with (just be very careful when trimming) like this puffin cane which was over a year old. could be a useful way to store cane slices indefinitely Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley if you have any questions about the technique or if something is unclear please dont hesitate to ask Smiley
35  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Ba-ba-ba, ba-ba-na-na (minion nails!) on: July 17, 2012 11:33:46 AM

inspired by one of my favourite films, despicable me (the sequale for which is out next year. yay! Grin)

hand painted in lemon, grey, matt white, colbolt blue, black and gold: all Barry M nail polish + one 4x0 paint brush Smiley
36  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / organic bangles on: June 05, 2012 12:18:53 PM
ive been experimenting with a few different bangle designs. they are bit more organic than my usual bangles but im kinda taken with the design, especially the first one!
i used different colours for each side. it measures approx 10cm in diameter (the inner diameter is approx 7cm) and 6mm in depth.
 i made the black white and pink cane, cutting it into two strips that i curved loosely to shape leaving gaps where i wanted the purple and blue to be. then i baked these and backfilled the gaps with soft well conditioned blue and purple clay, baked again and sanded.

green organic square bangle:

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
37  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / spiderman nails! on: May 29, 2012 03:07:41 AM
purely because i liked the idea of a Spiderman vs Venom thumb war..... Spiderman nails!

i struggled with these. i used Barry M nail varnishes and the red was very thin which made touching up any mistakes almost impossible  Undecided
still im pleased with these Smiley
38  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / venom nail art on: May 22, 2012 03:01:35 AM
this was my first attepmt painting my nails with a specific design rather than just one colour. i never truly appreciated how difficult it is to paint with nail varnish!? (i gave up trying to paint my little fingers Undecided)
i think theres room for improvment but im pleased with these! Grin

painted with Barry M matt black and white
comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
39  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Stroppel bangles, cuffs and other stuff on: May 14, 2012 06:27:03 AM
this was the first time i had tried the 'stropple' cane. i was really impressed by this pretty cane at just how efficient it was at recycling scrap clay (cane ends, scraps of skinner blends, broken cane slices..we all end up with a box of it now matter how carefull you try to be) both these bangles are made almost entirely from scraps. the core is an armature made of scrap clay then covered with slices from the stroppel can. the only 'fresh clay' i used was the pink.

if you fancy trying the stroppel cane theres a great video on youtube that explains the technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y07zXuLZe20

trying out a new cuff design too...ive never been happy with my flat cuff designs i like my bracelets to move Smiley i used my basic bangle technique (if you havnt come across my work before this was one i did a while back which while its not exactly the same should give you an idea of the basic steps that i use to construct my bangles: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386183.0  ) and once i had covered (and sanded) both inside and out i cut a section from the bangle using a straight tissue blade (this one measures 1cm in wideth by avout the same in depth but if you are creating a much wider or thjicker cuff you might need to cut the section from the armature and work from there) i then cut a strip from a sheet of blue clay and wrapped it around the outside of the bangle, baked and then stuck a small piece of blue clay over the cut ends and baked again.

these are both black and white variations on my 'zipper' bangles though obviously the necklace was formed as a flat shape on the baking tray rather than around a cardboard tube Smiley
to attach the cord i drilled a hole (as deep as you dare, i try to aim for at least 1.5cm deep) about the same diameter as the cotton cord and glued the cord in place (i used uhu glue) once dried the glue holds up particularly well and is quite secure (though i have to try this technique with a particularly long or heavy weight necklace)

action shot Grin


as always coments or advice are more than welcome Smiley

40  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay fake nails on: April 25, 2012 05:04:42 AM

originaly i wanted to create polymer clay fake nails but in order to be strong enough they ended up too thick Undecided so these are paper thin slices stuck onto fake nails.
since fake nails are plastic (you really dont want to put them in the oven Wink ) i created an armature of baking foil to ensure the correct shape then baked them and glued them onto fake nails. if the polymer clay overhangs the edge of the nail corect with gentle sanding (i used 1000 grit wet/dry paper) before adding a coat of clear nail polish. some varnish dosnt react well with polymer clay but if you are in the U.K BarryM is compatable with polymer clay ( cruelty free and vegan too Smiley )
**updated: i posted a tute for making the foil armatures here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.234197503353556.41552.121699394603368&type=3   Grin

as always coments or advice are moe than welcome Smiley
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