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31  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
32  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / my first custom shoes! Skipper vs Dr Blowhole on: April 04, 2012 07:59:04 AM
so pleased with how these turned out Grin
i used biro draw the design. having struggled to remove ball point pen stains from my own clothing i thought it should be well suited to customising shoes and so far is wearing well though im going to play around with sealants to ensure i can create a durable design : )
(if anyone has any good suggestions im all ears)

detail of skipper

side view, showing blue heel
33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay necklaces on: March 29, 2012 10:24:48 AM
i wanted to create a necklace based on my zipper bangles. i used the same construction as for my bangles..ie extruder scrap clay core shaped and baked then covered with cane slices to create both variations.
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

for this necklace i made random squiggles and strung them but i think a better method would be to create to entire necklace shape then cut. this would make matching the squiggles easier and give a more uniform shape to the necklace when strung

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Backfilled bangle and Flamingo cuff on: March 08, 2012 04:26:31 AM
I wanted to experiment creating decorative patterns by drilling holes in cured clay with a knife and hand drill then back filling with black clay, baking and sanding

im really pleased with how this came out though in order to achieve a relativly large area to show the design i feel the bangle isnt as elegant as some of my other designs. The bangles measures nearly an inch in width.

Flamingo cuff

decorative experiment with coloured pencils.
spraying with an artists fixative designed for charcoal or pastels allows the application of varnish without smearing the design
as always comments or advice are more thn welcome Smiley
35  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Ginger Gymnastics on: March 02, 2012 02:16:51 AM
tiny tumbling gingerbread men for your ears Grin

this was my first attempt at miniature food Smiley. i used a violet cutter to cut the shape from light brown polymer clay and stippled the surface of each to give a biscuit texture. the details were painted on with liquid clay mixed with white oil paint.

as always comments or advice are more than welcome : )
36  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / i've got a theory....it could be bunnies on: February 19, 2012 02:56:47 AM
my O/H told me my work would never win a competion because it was not 'funky' or 'far out there enough'
so i decided to create a bangle that was sensclessly time consuming to produce ie: expensive and in keeping with all designer creations: utterly impractical.

this is one BIG bangle Grin it measures just over 14cm in diameter. i had planned to sculpt one then create a push mould to make the rabbits as i felt creating each rabbit from one lump of polymer clay would make each the protrusions  (especially the ears) less likely to break if knocked but the mould didnt work well, i had great difficulty aligning the mould correctly and in the end i just used the mould to ensure they were all roughly the same size and sculpted the details of each by hand.
i made the bangle first and inserted pins into the base of each rabbit before baking. i then drilled holes into the bangle baking filling with clay and baked again to hold each rabbit securely onto the bangle

bunnies before baking:

i dont think it going to win competitions but i love it and its surprisingly comfy to wear (as long as you dont try to change your top, attempt any sort of manual labour or want to comfortably hold hands with your partner Tongue)
as always comments or advice is more than welcome Smiley

37  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bangles baby! (+sorta tute) on: February 06, 2012 08:31:40 AM

all my bangles start life like this: an armature of scrap polymer clay.

 the easiest way to make one is to use an extruder gun with a half circle disc.

 i then wrap the extruded clay around a thick cardboard tube but just use whatever you can find thats the correct diameter and oven proof (old straight glasses and bean cans etc) then bake

zipper canes:
 polymer clay central has an easy zipper cane tutorial: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/zipper_cane.html   though i altered this by following the tutorial up to step 5 then squashing and lengthening the log until it was 2in wide, 6+ inches long and about 4mm thick.
i then put a sheet of white polymer clay through the thickest setting on my pasta machine (mines only got 7 settings so use your judgement here Wink ) place the flattening log on top of the sheet of white (make sure the sheet of white is wider and longer than the log!) and run through the pasta machine again. i cut strips from this sheet and stacked them as in step 9.

yellow and blue zipper canes

cut slices from the canes and cover the out side of the armature. trim away any excess from the inside of the bangle and bake

i then roughly sand the bangles using wet/dry sandpaper correcting the shape as needed. you can see the difference between the sanded bangle on the left and the unsanded one on the right.
i then add a strip of my chosen colour to the inside of the bangle and trim the excess (a small amount of liquid clay smeared on the inside should help it to adhere easily) bake again.

then sand. i work up through the grades (from 400 to 600 grit paper depending how much reshaping i feel the object needs) until i reach 1000grit paper then buff.

bangles made with the yellow zipper cane:

blue zipper cane:

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley

38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Mugs, mugs, mugs! on: January 23, 2012 12:08:32 AM
my sister in law had a set in blue that she had bought from a discount/ end of line store, my second SIL saw them and wanted a set in red but of course the store no longer sold them so i painted her this set Smiley
painted with underglaze onto premade bisque, dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired.

detail of coasters

a leaving mug i made for a friend whos a huge Pirates fan (and an even bigger johnny depp fan..) the back reads 'yo ho, a pirates life for me' Smiley
the kiln caused the colour to bleed slightly across his forehead but im still pleased with how this turned out (and shed loved in anyway Grin )

a second leaving mug for a colleague (who is a proud Nanna and a bit of knitter!)

a (somewhat late Embarrassed) seasonal mug

as before these are painted onto premade bisque with underglaze, dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired
as always comments or advice are more than welcome : )
39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / shrinkie dinks keyring on: January 19, 2012 10:21:30 PM
i wanted to make my father in law something for his cracker gift and thought he would appreciate a keychain for the keys of his new plane. i've not used shrinkie dinks before and through the drawing came out okay despite the fact i cut out the plastic straight its warped Undecided. i followed the instructions and waited until it lay flat, i then tried on a higher temprature but with no effect Sad
im still pleased with it though, despite its wonkyness! Grin

any advice would be greatly appreciated Smiley
40  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Stamped and backfilled hanging tree dec + tutorial on: January 17, 2012 08:43:45 AM
why yes! i AM making Christmas decorations in January... Grin

i love the simplicity of stamped decorations but i prefer the durability of solid clay. this was a happy compromise Smiley
the stamp im using was one of a selection of papermania stamps that i got free with a craft magazine over a year ago...if i remember correctly it was probably why i bought the magazine Tongue but you could use anything you fancy.

roll out a sheet of clay (in this case white pearl) and cover/spray your stamp with your preferred release agent (either water or cornflour are my usual stand bys)
place marzipan spacers/ knitting needles (or similar) the same thickness (preferably just under to ensure a nice deep clear print) either side of clay and over the stamp firmly.

carefully remove the stamp and you should be left with something like this..

trim to shape with a tissue blade or craft knife. you can either add a hole to hang it by with a needle at this point or drill one later

bake in the oven at the recommended temperature for your clay for the recommended time. i find once i've removed it from the oven immediately placing it under a flat heavy object prevents any air bubbles  which may prove a nuisance later

take some well conditioned clay and using a craft knife smear it firmly over the surface (like buttering bread). make sure you get it into every part of the design.

using your craft knife remove the excess (unless you REALLY like sanding)

now bake again. once cool use wet/dry sandpaper (im using 1000 grit) to sand away the excess clay to reveal a crisp design.

either buff or varnish then string and admire Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley

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