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51  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

52  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
53  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:
54  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
55  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
56  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
57  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
58  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

59  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
60  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.


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

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