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51  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bangle tutorial on: July 18, 2011 09:08:28 AM
every one asks how i make my bangles and i never remember to take shots when im working. until now  Grin



excuse the wobbly one handed photo Embarrasseds. the bangle changes colour half way through coss i working on two at once but the purple just happened to be finished first. if anything is unclear please dont hesitate to ask Smiley

step 1. you will need an extruder with a half circle disk and some scrap clay. extrude a length of the scrap clay.



step 2. you will need a heat proof object to wrap the scrap clay around to make an armature for your bangle. you could use a wide thick tube of card as i have or a food can/glass etc. wrap the extruded clay around the cardboard tube and smooth the ends together. to make this particular bangle you want an even wavy shape. in this photo im making several armatures. i stack them to ensure the finished bangles will fit together this enables me to make matched pairs. i smear a bit of corn flour on each to stop them sticking to each other.



step 3. bake the armature at the recommended temperature and time for the clay you are using.

step 4. roll a sheet of your chosen colour to cover the outside of the armature.



butt the ends together and smooth the join with your finger



begin to smooth the sheet around the armature.





Step 5. trim away the excuse with a tissue blade or sharp craft knife. i usually find it easier to roughly trim the worst off ......



.....then smooth a bit more and do a final trim.

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step 6. bake the covered armature. i then sand to ensure the bangle is even and smooth. it will be difficult to sand completely once the inner strip is in place so its worth taking your time over and getting it as good as you can.

step 7. measure the inside of the bangle. you will need the strip of your inside colour to be this long (if the inner colour is a very thick strip you may find you need to trim a little off)
for my inner strip i made a cane of black and white sheets. i cut slices from this and laid them on a sheet of pink clay and cut a strip of this (use a ruler make sure its the same width the entire length of the strip)



step 8. join the two ends of the strip to make a circle and smooth the join with your fingers.



step 9. fit the inner strip to the bangle (this is why you need to be careful when measuring. if the strip is too large you will need to trim and the rejoin the strip.
make sure the inner strip and the outer part of the bangle are level



step 10. use your finger to gently curve the inner strip.



until you have something that looks like this...



bake and give the bangle a final sand and buff Smiley

enjoy! Smiley









52  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / my first shower jellys on: July 14, 2011 09:20:16 AM
i love lush's shower jellys but they dont do all my favourite flavours so i wanted to try making my own Smiley

the first attempt didnt work quite so well but i tweaked the recipie and it worked perfectly Smiley



Hurrah! a shower jelly of my very own!
i added 1 table spoon of agar flakes to 200ml of water heating until the agar had dissolved (or follow the instructions on the packet). then add 3 loosely heaped table spoons of grated soap (if your soap is very hard or particularly soft you might need to play around with quantity. i used Lush's 'Angles delight'  soap) stir well then pour into moulds and set Smiley
it lathers well  and the agar gives it a slippery feel (good for shaving) which leaves my skin soft Smiley

this was my first attempt. some of the agar hadn't dissolved and  i used to much soap (5 table spoons to 200ml of water) resulting in a soft soap with jelly bits Embarrassed



comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
53  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / unrealised realities bangle on: July 13, 2011 11:14:32 AM
birthday pressie for a friend who loves  lime green... and polka dots.

it was going to have polka dots. it was going to involve more than two colours. it wasn't in fact supposed to look like this at all  Undecided

but i think i like it better this way : ) it looks differant from every angle so its quite fun to wear (i know its a gift but i have to wear all my creations at least once....to 'road test' of course Wink ) think i'l be making more of these in the future Grin

the bangle was made by covering an armature of scrap clay with a sheet of white. it was  baked and sanded smooth. to make the green layer i measured the inner diameter of the bangle and cut a strip from a sheet of green clay to fit. i then joined the ends and fixed it to the bangle with liquid clay before baking and sanding again.







as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
54  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / knitted candle holder on: July 09, 2011 09:26:40 AM
polymer clay and glass.



i made this for a knitting mad colleague Smiley
i made a bangle using this technique way back in January** by making flat sheet then curving it around an armature though i loved the look i got frustrated by the way the 'stitches' stretched and distorted as when wrapping a textured sheet around an object so i built rows of stitches directly onto the glass candle holder. through the stitches didnt stretch and warp its much easier to get straight 'stitches' when creating a flat sheet.



since i had a few extruder strands left over i decided to play around. i wanted to try creating patterns with the technique.


 
the one on the left is made using red for the 'loops' the one on the right i cut the strands to approximately the correct size before placing them over the loops and indenting to create the stitches (this was by far the more fiddly of the two techniques)

** the cuff and a tutorial for this technique can be found here : http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=369706.0

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
55  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Fangirl clay print on: June 30, 2011 05:54:20 AM
we do a lot of clay prints, admittedly they are adorable when you are 27 days old rather than years, but if you cant do cute..... Wink



this was imprinted into fresh clay and bisque fired then painted with blue underglaze. i sponged on two layers of underglaze then with a wet brush i stroked it repeatedly over the print (kinda like dry brushing) to reveal the lines and detail, then glazed with clear glaze and fired Smiley



questions and comments are more than welcome Smiley
56  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / puffin brooch on: June 25, 2011 12:57:12 PM
Colony brooch 2.
inspired by my recant trip to Handor island, Scotland. i think the cane is too detailed (in comparison to the penguin cane) to possess the simple charm and abstract quality of the the first but i like it non the less. if only because i love puffins Grin





the cane before packing and reduction


as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley



57  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay foil decoration with tutorial on: May 31, 2011 08:13:38 AM
i was thinking how i used to make christmas decorations as a child with shapes cut from tin foil and an old biro which never lasted from one year to the next. i'd seen more durable decoration made from thicker craft foils but it was something id never done as a child. this was something in the way of a nostalgic muck around and a good use for scrap clay Smiley

to make a pendant or tree hanger i added a few jump rings to the 'frame' though you could make a hole in the scrap clay shape first and punch through the foil instead.


i added a brooch back to this piece.


first cut a shape from scrap clay (you could use cookie cutters) and cut a piece of kitchen/baking foil slightly bigger than your shape.


smear a little liquid clay onto the shape (including the sides) with your finger. this helps to stop the foil slipping and sliding while you work.


place your foil over the shape and smooth it down with your finger.


you can do this free hand or transfer your chosen design to tracing paper. if your using tracing paper you may find it easier to tape the design in place while you work with masking tape


with a small knitting needle or cocktail stick  indent your design. dont use anything sharp or you will rip the foil.


when your design is completed carefully trim away the excess foil and smooth down the sides


bake the piece at the manufactures recommended temperature.
add frame or additional decoration as desired and bake again.



as always advice or comments are more than welcome Smiley



58  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Colony penguin pin on: May 24, 2011 11:22:28 AM
im quite pleased with how well this turned out Grin
 i made the cane with a back ground of translucent clay but i discovered due to the large number of layers required to achieve the effect required that no matter how thinly i cut each cane slice areas of the design became obscured behind translucent clay. i then cut the slices thicker, cutting away the translucent background to create a 3 dimensional surface.





brooch with blue background


cane and cane slice.


simple brooch made from a single cane slice. i layered this over a sheet of blue clay to give a coloured background.


as always comments and advice are more then welcome Smiley



59  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / oil paint poppy pins on: May 19, 2011 03:59:48 AM
made for an online creative challenge. i used oil paint to make this poppy brooch.



i used oil paint because i thought they would be more colour fast  in wet weather than acrylic for example...no one wants to wear a brooch only to find its bled colour down your coat. the down side is the paint takes months to dry  Undecided
i smeared oil paint thickly onto clingfilm in roughly circular shapes (fast forwards several weeks...) then once dry peeled it off carefully. i cut felt circles and stitched it to the pin before stitching this to the poppy



brooch back showing fastenings


as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
60  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Kates corset mug on: April 24, 2011 03:10:53 AM
we have a tradition at my work that any staff who leave (as long as you havnt seriously offended the pottery staff Tongue ) get a leaving mug. unfortunately we had 3 staff leaving all on the same day during a busy holiday so though the original plan was to do this in colour it ended up being a simple black and white line drawing.
the pic was taken prior to dip glazing hence the matt look of the piece. painted on premade bisque with black and purple underglaze Smiley

detail shot:




comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
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