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51  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

52  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Crivens! Tis the Nac Mac Feegle!! on: December 22, 2011 03:01:59 AM
well...one of them.
this bust is my first attempt at sculpting the humanoid form. it stands just under 4cm in height and is made from polymer clay, the eyes were painted with acrylics and the sculpt given a wash of diluted black acrylic to pick out the details and give him that authentic grubby Mac Feegle look.
i was originally going to sculpt the whole Feegle but i didnt have enough clay so he ended up as a bust (o/h wouldnt let me drill a whole in his head to attach a hook so i could turn him into a tree ornament Undecided )

showing the back and bottom

i created the sculpt around a notched cocktail stick (the sanded end of which is the pale circle visible on the base)

i know it has its faults but im still new to sculpting so im pleased with this and feel i've learnt a lot from this project Smiley advice or comments are more than welcome
53  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / mosaic leaf pendant and a stack of bangles on: November 29, 2011 03:20:56 AM
my friends christmas pressie Smiley

i cut the basic leaf shape from a yellow/orange skinner blend, then cut one side into strips. i arranged them on a pink sheet of clay leaving a gap between the pieces (where you want the veins to be) . when your happy with the arrangement, bake.
i then filled all gaps with a well conditioned, soft pink clay (you could add a bit of liquid clay to your chosen vein colour, this will make it easier to push into all the gaps) i then scrapped of the excess with a craft knife, baked again and sanded  Smiley

more 'Crushed' bangles

i dont usually bother to varnish my work as i love the satin look of sanded and buffed clay but it makes the brights look so juicy! Grin
as always advice and comments are more than welcome Smiley
54  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Ginger bread XMen?! (not to mention Spidey, Star trek and a Minion ) on: November 23, 2011 11:34:45 PM
ive been promising myself for nearly a year i would make these Roll Eyes Embarrassed
these are painted with underglaze onto premade bisque

Ironman! Grin

took me ages to fit his costume onto an aggravatingly anatomically incorrect gingerbread shape in a way i was happy with Roll Eyes

Cyclops and gambit

wish id used a lighter shade on Gambits coat..its darker than i had hoped Undecided



just your friendly neibourhod Gingerbread man...

i did him in his black symbiote costume which was always my favourite Smiley
so annoyed with this one  Sad the glaze has spread in the kiln blurring the edges and with a crisp black and white design its particularly noticeable Sad

We have them just where they want us!
whatever Kirk has just suggested Spocks not impressed Grin

the com badges and details on the uniform will be added with metallic paint after firing Smiley

Despicable m(e)inion. this one is for my brother whos a huge despicable me fan. the back reads' you should be dancing'

i cant wait to put these up now...i may have to get the tree out early this year Grin
55  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Deneghra (warmachine) pumpkin on: November 02, 2011 12:45:40 PM
my o/h didnt want to carve his pumpkin but since i had already hollowed it out i decided not to waste it and did an o/h inspired carving. since hes a big warmachine fan one of the warcasters seemed like the natural choice Smiley


took about 4 hours with a craft knife,
im not convinced its as good as the Scorpius pumpkin but im quite pleased with it.
as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
56  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
57  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

58  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
59  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:
60  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
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