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41  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / 'crushed' bangle on: October 31, 2011 11:34:30 AM

polymer clay bangle. sorta reminds me of an abstract interpretation of squashed fruit. hence the name Smiley
im such a perfectionist that i find more organic shapes like this quite hard to do but im really pleased with the look of this piece Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
42  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Scorpius (farscape) pumpkin on: October 31, 2011 11:25:51 AM

my Halloween tribute to a cult classic

farscape, gone but never forgotten! Grin

43  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Halloween goodies (avoid this post if you cant stand spiders) on: October 20, 2011 03:34:46 AM
the perfect mug for Halloween Grin

im really pleased with how this turned out (even my o/h was impressed Shocked )
this was painted with underglaze onto premade bisque. the web design was achieved by scraping though the green glaze to reveal the white bisque beneath.
the mug was then dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired.

the plate was actually one i made last year but for some reason forgot to post Undecided

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
44  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween peg dolls on: October 11, 2011 09:52:47 PM
doll probably isnt quite the word im looking for here... i made a bat peg doll last year. i decided he looked lonely so i made him a few friends
i covered wooden pegs with polymer clay.

peg owls!

i secured the baby bat with a short length of wire inserted into the clay before curing.

peg bat and his new family:
45  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Carnival of Chillies and more squiggle beads on: September 26, 2011 02:34:16 AM
Carnival of chillies: inspired by the time me and brother spent our time daring each other to sample the strongest chilli dip we could find...and spent the next half an hour, mouths burning, making strangled noises.
i kept the shape of the beads suggestive of chillies rather than realistic replicas and matched the colour palette to the packaging (or as close as i can recall) of the chilli dip.
i made the shape by wraping rods of scrap clay with cane slices then pinching to shape. each bead was then baked , sanded and buffed Smiley

action shot:

more  donna kato inspired squiggle bead necklaces. i love making these, so fun to wear and i had to make something with the left over blends from my chilli necklace Grin

pendant on black cord

necklace showing clasp:

detail of focal beads

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
46  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / squiggle beads + bangles on: September 03, 2011 05:02:14 AM
been playing around with Donna Katos squiggle beads again Smiley  (tutorial here :http://polymerclaydaily.com/2005/09/23/kato-explanation/ )
i thought others may find it interesting to see how even just altering one variable can change the appearance of a cane.

in this variation both the skinner blend and the white were the same thickness. this gives the bead a more pastel appearance.

this is the same cane but the skinner blend was 3 times the thickness of the white. note how the colour appears stronger on these beads.
detail of one of the focal beads:

3 necklaces:

detail showing clasp:

same cane again (skinner blend 3x thickness of the white) instead of stacking the clay as shown here i alternated the ends to create a zipper cane (whats a zipper cane? try here: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/zipper_cane.html )
i used slices of the cane to cover an armature of scrap clay to create the bangle.

as always comments and advice are more than welcome Smiley
47  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / at it like rabbits hand sculpted brooch on: August 18, 2011 10:41:30 AM
this was my first attempt at sculpting. i used mica powder (actually since i didnt have one in the correct colour i used an old pewter coloured eye shadow Embarrassed ) with a little watered down black acrylic paint to add some shading to achieve an aged bronze effect. the brooch itself was sculpted from scrap clay ( measures approx 3 by 5cm)

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
48  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / tattoo brooch on: August 14, 2011 10:02:07 PM

just a bit of fun to liven up a bag or favourite cardi with an ink inspired brooch.
i used a little acrylic paint to add a bit of shading and the wording. i think i may have over done it a little....having not used this technique before i hadn't quite grasped the fact that when it says' apply then wipe off immediately', its because it stains Roll Eyes
i think it might have looked better if i used a darker brown acrylic too (i only had burnt sienna which was a mid brown) Undecided
i added a layer of black to the back of the brooch partly because i thought it would 'outline' the design but also i was worried about the strength of the small scroll pieces.

action shot:

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
49  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / pencil portrait on: August 10, 2011 11:36:30 AM
this was a wedding gift for two friends of mine who got married a little while ago.  i would have preferred one in which you could see their eyes but i wanted it to be a surprise so i had to ask his mum for a referance photo, hence the perhaps unusual choice.
there are a few things i didnt get quite right but overall im kinda pleased with this  Smiley
unfortunately the scanner has exaggerated the graininess particularly on the darker areas Roll Eyes

approx A5, black faber castell pencil on cartridge paper. i love drawing on cartridge paper i find it has enough texture to pick up the pencil well but not so much it takes over on areas of delicate shading, the big draw back is that isnt not as tough as say water colour paper and even a moderate (let alone) serious correction tends to ruin the paper making it hard to fix something if it goes wrong Undecided

50  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / scrap brooches on: August 01, 2011 03:09:42 AM
i made these little heart brooches with a few scraps of left over clay from my recant bangles. i made the core from scrap clay

the larger measures 4.5cm by 4cm the smaller brooch measures 3.5cm by 2.5cm

this is my favourite Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
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