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91  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Marbled Baubles with tutorial on: November 02, 2010 10:11:28 PM

i apologise for some of the photography in this. the light pretty bad and im trying to take most of the pictures with one hand Embarrassed
if anything is unclear please dont be afraid to ask Smiley
for this tutorial i am using 'gare' under glaze and clear dipping glaze and a premade bisqueware teardrop bauble from country love ceramics.

step one. i prefer to decant the colours into smaller bottles with fine nibs (you can dribble them from a bigger bottle but this is easier ). since im using white as a background colour a larger bottle is fine.

step 2
tightly wedge the baubles onto the end of a pencil (alternatively the end of an old paint brush, a stick etc...as long as its wedged reasonably tightly)

step 3
wipe the bisque with a damp sponge and using a large brush begin to cover the area in your background colour (you would usualy leave the paint dry between coats, covering the area in three layers....this is not what we are doing Wink ) keep going, work quickly and ensure the bauble is covered in wet paint.

step 4
take a Bottle of the same background colour and pour it over the bauble , covering it entirely (so it looks a bit like a giant melting ice cream)

if you have 'pits' like this gently smooth them with your finger. what we are trying to create is a smooth surface to marble onto.

step 5
add a few lines of your chosen colours. strong colours (black, dark blues etc) will be over powering in large quantities.

step 6
the fun bit Grin
begin to twist the pencil (stick/paintbrush end etc) quickly in your hands or bang (firmly but not really hard or will break the bisque) either the pencil or the teardrop tip onto the work top to encourage the paint to begin to move and marble.

when you are happy leave to dry

i wedge the end of the pencil in an old cardboard box ( you dont want anything to touch the surface otherwise it will spoil your design)

once dry dip your bauble in a clear dipping glaze and fire.
for inspiration here are a few i made last year (they are addictive!)

[black and white (i marbled the paint with my finger on this one)

a bowl of blue and white baubles

black white and red

enjoy! Grin

92  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / my first polymer commission: ) on: November 01, 2010 09:12:54 AM
this was for an old friend who i recently got in contact with again. she wanted a 'night sky' bracelet i tried to keep the design simple to suit the bangle style bracelet she liked so much yet i wanted it to have depth. (as some may recall i was unsatisfied with the initial results but after tweeking the blend i got what i was after Grin
as usual the bangles were created from a covered scrap clay armature, sanded and buffed
i used a skinner blend of glitter white to metallic sapphire to black with added additional glitter for these. i limited the amount of black used in the blend so the glitter in the metallic clays was visibal around the entire bangle.
i also discovered because the glitter white contains transparent clay unless you want the pale whites and blues marred by grey flecks of the additional glitter beneath the surface of the clay...apply the glitter sparingly over the paler parts of the blend Smiley

the commission bangle and one of the experimental versions.

commissioned bangle and both experimental versions (you can see the difference between the first attempt (the one at the very back) and the two newer versions made with the tweaked blend)
i really enjoyed this and felt i learnt a lot  Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome
93  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Jayne Cobb (firefly) pumpkin on: October 31, 2010 10:23:23 PM
this was my halloween pumpkin this year. i hadn't tried human faces before though i wish the pumpkin had been bigger. and flatter.
(it didnt occur to me until i'd carved it that an image appears to distort when on a curved surface  Roll Eyes  which hasnt helped create an accurate likeness)

comments or advice are always welcome  Smiley

94  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bat peg doll on: October 24, 2010 06:58:38 AM
 though i guess 'doll' probably isnt the word to use here Wink
polymerclay covered wooden peg.

and the ever important action shot.....

not the best photos but its kinda breezy and the washing (peg included) kept moving Roll Eyes

as always comments or advice are more then welcome Smiley

95  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / signing your work on: October 23, 2010 10:54:53 PM
i have been told that i should be singing my work...but im not sure how to do it (i know i could carve my initials with a scribing tool then back fill with a bold colour to make them stand out ) but i was wondering how everyone else did it Undecided

do you make a cane of your initials to include in your work? do you use another method? or do you not bother to sign your work and think its a waste of time?

any thoughts or advice would be appreciated  Smiley
96  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bangles, brooches and a penguin in a wizards hat on: October 14, 2010 11:43:39 PM
finally got round to doing one...Galaxy (in pink)
polymer clay over a scrap clay armature.
backfilled, sanded and buffed.

i made a larger armature for this bangle but i think the 'Galaxy' design works far better on a slimmer more delicate bangle.

more constellation brooches

(from top) Aquila (the Eagle), Corvus (the Raven), (remake) Lepus (the Hare)
i tweeked the blend using 'glitter white' (fimo) instead of white. the resulting blend is much closer to what i wanted : )

Corvus. detail

and a penguin in a wizards hat Grin
im not sure if i should leave him as he is or make a base to go with him Undecided....and maybe a staff or a wand Undecided

comments and advice more than welcome Smiley
97  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Halloween hanging decorations on: October 12, 2010 10:08:00 PM
these were cut from a slab of scrap clay with cookie cutters. they were painted with gare under glaze then dipped in clear glaze and fired (you could make similar hanging decorations with air drying clay and acrylic paint or even salt dough)

comments or advice welcome Smiley
98  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Sc-fi dinner set (Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly ) on: October 08, 2010 11:09:58 PM
Warning! serious geek alert!   Grin

this is the start of a sci fi themed tableware set for my o/h christmas pressie. im planning to the larger ships such as Galactica and Moya or maybe Destiny from STU on the larger plates, im not sure what to do on the other bowl (painting somthing fiddly inside a small bowl was a bit of a bugger  to say the least Roll Eyes )
these are painted on pre made bisque with black underglaze then dip glazed and fired. (some these pictures were taken before they were fired, hence the lack of shine, but its proving hard to take some decant pictures of the finished plates without him knowing Roll Eyes  )
i put some of his favourite quotes from each one the back Smiley

DRD from Farscape (this one is my favourite!  Grin )

Serenity from Firefly (the quote on the back reads 'Lets be bad guys' )

Cylon raider from Battlestar Galactica

advice and comments are more than welcome Smiley

99  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / constellation brooch on: September 30, 2010 10:05:06 PM
constellation (lepus) brooch
polymerclay and gold tone brooch back.
the brooch measures approx 1 by 3 inches.

been experimenting with metallic polymerclay and glitters. i drilled and back filled the larger stars that make the constellation. i made this for a craftathon in aid of a rabbit rescue centre (hence the constellation Lepus, the hare)

experimental 'galaxy bangles' (this is why im playing with glitter Grin) the brooch was made from a scrap piece the skinner blend i had used for the bangles (with (even) more glitter)

comments and advice are always welcome  Smiley
100  COOKING / Dessert / sugar paste flowers on: September 26, 2010 11:46:05 PM
i hope this is the right place for them Undecided
i recantly took a day course in basic sugarcraft flowers and i thought i would share the results with you Smiley
i had never done anything with sugarpaste before let alone flowers! (actualy the closest i've got was making marzipan fruits for my nan as a kid Embarrassed )

i actual quite enjoyed this. our teacher talked us thorough the tools and terminology first and then showed us how to make 'pinch and pull' flowers and basic frilling. these were made without cutters, just a cocktail stick and a small sharp pair of scissors (plus wire of course)


these were made with a cutter and veining tool (sorta like a mold that you sandwiched the cut paste between) very simple but highly effective. i found the hardest part was making the caylex (the green bit)

she then explain the principles of veining and cupping (rolling over the edges with a ball stylus to add movement) on a leaf and showed us how to make wired leaves.

she also demonstrated how to make a carnation (a combination of cutters and frilling)
im proud of mine though i made a lot of mistakes and we ran out of time at the end which ment we had literally 2 minutes  Shocked to paint and dust our flowers.

i really wish we had had more time, so much was packed into the course that if you were struggling with one technique and fell behind the rest of the class it was difficult to catch up and i ended up rushing most of my flowers. nonetheless i felt i learnt a lot from this course (if you have never been i recommend it, good fun and the techniques could be transferred to other medias such as ceramics or polymerclay )

comments and advice welcome  Smiley
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