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81  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Squiggle beads on: March 21, 2011 10:02:38 AM
i wandered across Donna Kato's tutorial for these and just couldnt resist trying it myself  Embarrassed
the pink beads are defiantly my favourite!  Grin

i originally strung them on memory wire then changed my mind to cord so the length could be adjusted to suit the style of neckline of whatever i happened to be wearing.

i made a black and white variation for a friend Smiley

comments or advice are always welcome.
82  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Crichton's module (farscape) bowl & my growing penguin bauble army on: March 07, 2011 06:01:08 AM
i've been creating a sci fi dinner set for my other half (see here for the other thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=361599.0 )
since the design was to be painted inside a bowl (which is awkward to say the least...) i wanted a simple design. i decided to do Crichton's module from farscape but when i had finished the simple line drawing i felt it lack enough detail...before i knew what i was doing i had started shading Undecided
i now have a bowl which doesn't quite fit the style of the other pieces Roll Eyes

below is a WIP shot...

painted on premade bisque with black underglaze. i watered the glaze down and used it a little like ink. i used a rubber to help clean up the highlights (since the black tends to stain the bisque you wont get the brilliant white with this method but it enables you to achieve a degree of shading) like ink you need to wet the entire area you are working first or suffer tide marks Tongue
if the piece you are working on has lines and ridges from throwing you may need to sand down the area first otherwise the 'ink' sits in the grooves and will give a lined finish.

parts of the design works better than others but im not displeased with this Smiley
the design is approx 2 by 3.5 inches

my friend bought me a box of these little guys before christmas last year but i was so busy i didnt get a chance to paint them until now
they are premade bisque shapes from Cromarti. painted with black and yellow underglaze, dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired.

7 down, 5 to go Grin
as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
83  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knitted ruffle scarf on: March 02, 2011 10:28:11 AM
this is only my second ever knitted item so advice or comments are more than welcome Smiley

the 'wool' is a strand of net. you knit into the edge of it stretching as you go which creates the ruffles. took me ages to cast on with it lol, i havnt much experience with knitting things and i find casting on a little tricky at the best of times Embarrassed
i found finishing tricky to as you cant thread the wool back through the stitches so i ended up tying a knot just to make sure Undecided

couldnt believe how quick a knit this was, just one ball produced enough for a scarf (though you would need more for a longer or wider one)

feels just right for spring Smiley
84  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / polymer clay bangles. on: February 24, 2011 11:56:54 PM
Heatwave bangle
the colours in the photo below are far more true to life.

either the sunshine yesterday influenced my clay time or i've been watching too much Castle!
polymerclay blend over a scrap clay armature. sanded and buffed.
inner diameter approx 7cm.

another Galaxy bangle

i love this colour blend far too much!
i used glitter white to metallic sapphire ( both fimo brand ) to black. i added a fair amount of fine silver craft glitter too  Smiley
polymerclay blend over a scrap clay armature. sanded and buffed.
inner diameter approx 7cm

as always comments and advice are more than welcome Smiley
85  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / faux smocking brooches on: February 19, 2011 12:47:59 AM
Vandyke stitch. this was my favourite Grin

this is a technique used for cake decorating though i filled in the raised folds with rods of extruded white clay (this gives the design more strength and gives a firmer surface to apply the stitches too) before pinching the folds and adding the 'stitches' which were made from a thin strand of extruded clay rather than piped.

you could also use a ripple blade to created a ridged sheet for faux smocking though unless you have nerves of steel and steady hand for i would use a ripple blade with large (ish) ripples (at least until you have a little experience of the technique)

there should be no state of mind in which i would voluntarily create something not only pink but frilly. i can offer no explanations. i can only apologise Embarrassed

as always comments and advice are more than welcome Smiley
86  COOKING / Dessert / strawberry hearts with tutorial on: February 14, 2011 09:35:32 PM
these look so cute in pairs on individual dessert or make loads and toss them with other fruits as cheese cake topping or in a fruit salad Grin

cut the tops of your strawberrys and cut them into slices (thick slices will give you chunky hearts but will be harder to remove from the cutter, thin slices will quickly start to go mushy) i cut these about 5 to 7mm

make sure the slices are larger than the cutter you are using, you will need to push quite firmly to cut through the strawberry.

this method wastes a lot of strawberry so you could munch the lot or chop and use to create a strawberry Coulis.

87  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Racing Snails (polymer clay pendant) on: February 09, 2011 11:49:02 AM
found a set of six stamps at a closing down sale at the weekend....just knew i could use them for something! Grin
i hadn't tried stamping on polymer clay before but im quite pleased with this.
i rolled out white clay and stamped the image (using ink from your joe average ink pad) and indented lines for the 'snail trails' with a cocktail stick. i cut the clay to shape and baked, once hard i back filled the snail trails with silver and covered the entire thing with a layer of liquid clay to add durability to the design before baking again.

as always comments and advice are more than welcome Smiley
88  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / valentines heart brooches and faux stone pendants on: January 31, 2011 01:24:40 AM
experimenting with food colouring and salt grains to achieve a subtle colour and a mottled reminiscent of stone.
approx 1 by 2 inches. i added a layer of liquid clay over the coloured area to add durability to the design.

using green food colouring.

i attempted the same technique with acrylic inks but the lower water quantity in the ink gave a poor result, though the colours themselves were far more vibrant.

i think the sudden explosion of valentines crafts has effected me Embarrassed its all gone pink and girlie! Shocked
more faux knitted brooches.
i used glitter red for this unfortunately the glitter seems to make the clay more likely to crackle when extruded and looped in very thin strands.
im still pleased with this one though : )

not sure about the pink heart brooch...i think this effect works better on a larger surface area : /
red and white heart approx 2 by 3 inches.
pink heart approx 1 by 2 inches

finished cable heart brooch

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
89  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay reverse stocking stitch Tutorial on: January 10, 2011 10:14:58 PM

i hope the photos make this easier to follow.

step one: extrude strands of the desired thickness in your chosen colour and cut lengths of about 2.5 cm with a craft knife or a tissue blade.

step 2: take one of the cut lengths and push the ends together to form a loop. repeat.
           group the loops together as shown.

step 3: take a length of extruded clay and lay it across the group of loops as shown.

step 4: using the back of the blade deeply indent the clay making sure the indents are aligned with the centre of the loop.

step 5: i flatten the tails of the loops with a cocktail stick. this ensures each line of loops will lie reasonably flat. if you are making long lines you will need to do
           this bit at a time. be carfull you dont mark the 'stitches' with your fingers/nails as you roll the cocktail stick.  
          repeat steps 1 to 5

step 6: place one line of stitches overlapping the flattened tails of the loops.        

you can use this effect on its own or experiment with knitted cables, plaits etc.

if you have any questions or anything seems unclear please dont hesitate to ask me. for some reason the photos have come out smaller on this site than others Undecided
there is a larger version of this on my deviant art site ( http://originalbunny.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d36x1wf  ) or email/pm and i'l send you a larger version Smiley

love2knit heart brooch (wip)

knitted cuff bracelet

more an experimental piece than anything else. im not entirely happy with it. i wanted give the cuff a curved shape but it was hard to achieve without squashing and distorting the 'stitches'
im think next time it would be easier to create an armature and layer the stitching as i go rather than create a sheet to cover the armature with. i think this would reduce the distortion.
i kept the colour a light cream both the keep the emphasis on the texture of the bangle and to mimic the colour of undyed wool.

90  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / adding oil to polymer clay on: January 05, 2011 10:52:24 AM
i know that some artists add oil to the clay to soften it. if you are using a pale coloured clay and use vegetable oil for example will it change the colour of the clay?
does the addition of oil effect the baking time or cause browning of pale/white/translucent clay?

any advice or words of experience would be greatly appreciated Smiley
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