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91  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
92  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
93  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


94  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
95  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
96  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay covered hair slide on: September 06, 2010 06:27:44 AM
this was my first attempt at a hair slide.
im really pleased with the flowers though the covered slide wasnt as even as i wanted  Undecided
(i have now discovered that its far easy (and neater) to measure the width of the slide and cut the clay to fit rather than covering the slide and trying to trim of the excess )





this was one of my experimental designs for the flowers on the clip, i liked the colour contrast between the stripped orange cane and the charcoal greys of the flower though the flowers extravagant centre made it too delicate and impractical for what i wanted, so for the final piece i decided to remove the centres altogether leaving the focus on the geometric design instead.



another of the above




comments and advice are always welcome Smiley



97  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / king Proteus wedding plate on: August 18, 2010 03:14:09 AM
this was a commission that i and my colleague did (she added the leaves and the writing, i did the flower) i found it quite hard to do as the paints change colour after firing and as the colours we had were limited so i had to mix the paints and guess what colour i would have when it came out of the kiln. Roll Eyes
i didnt find this an easy flower to draw either  (l i find trying to recreate anything with a resonable degree of realism quite hard with this sort of paint Undecided).

some of it came out better than other bits Undecided
the clients seemed thrilled though Smiley


(the plate is premade bisque and measures 35 cm in diameter.  the 'paints' were gare underglaze this photo was taken after a first firing (to set the glazes prior to a dip clear glaze) )





comments  and advice are more than welcome Smiley
98  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymerclay 'peg dolls' on: August 13, 2010 11:23:43 PM
penguin pals for your washing line!

had fun making these. first thing i've made with polymerclay that was neither a bangle, bead, broach or button! Grin
(no action shoots im afraid, its spent the last week pouring with rain Roll Eyes ) i used seed beads for the penguins eyes. i pleased with how the 'sea' came out as i' hadn't tried making 'torn' clay sheets before.







comments or advice more than welcome Smiley
99  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / cuff style bracelets on: August 10, 2010 12:06:34 AM
my second attempt at a cuff style bracelet.
 the finished cuff....





this was a prior attempt (i've included this as i felt other artists might find the it interesting to see the progression of a piece).....i liked the colour combination but i wasnt entirely happy with it so i removed  the cane slices and made another blank this time a skinner blend (which i felt would add more interest to the piece). it then occurred to me that all the bracelet seem to have all the colour and interesting stuff on the outside i wanted this bracelet to be a little different.
i recut  and repositioned the cane slices so when worn the complex interior is only glimpsed briefly creating a sense of intrigue.




comment or advice more than welcome Smiley






100  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / snowdrop platter on: June 25, 2010 09:45:57 PM
the design is painted on pre made bisque using cromartie underglaze before being dip glazed and fired.
i was in to minds about weather or not to use colour in this piece but now its done im glad i didnt. i like the simplicity of it Smiley

a close up of the detail


the whole platter


comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
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