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91  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
92  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



93  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
94  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
95  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






96  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
97  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / clay yellowing with age on: June 10, 2010 10:44:19 PM
 has anyone else found this a problem? particularly with white polymer clay.
i made a a few pale blue and white polymer clay beads about a year ago. i wore them once and found they had got pretty grubby after just one days wear. i thought it was dirt but it didn't come off. i found sanding removed the 'muck' so i resanded the beads and didn't bother restringing them.
they have been in storage the whole time and when i came across them yesterday i noticed they have yellowed Huh
they weren't varnished just sanded and buffed. i used fimo soft clay. i did wonder if exposure to sunlight had caused the yellowing as it was very hot and sunny when i wore them and i was outside most of the day but after resanding they had been in a box in a cupboard and they have still yellowed.

i have also noticed that some of my recant pieces have also begun to yellow. its not noticeable where the white is a small part of a cane for example but over large areas it is. very.

any thoughts or advice please?
98  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / my fist polymer clay broaches (and more bangles) on: May 20, 2010 09:37:34 PM
these were made with cane slices, cut, shaped, sanded and buffed. they all measure just over an inch in length.

'Ammonite' (i think this one is my favourite)



unnamed black and white pin (though my o/h calls it the 'duck's foot broach Roll Eyes )



unnamed black and white pin



'Feathers' pin



as before the bangles are made from an armature of scrap clay, covered, sanded and buffed.
this one is for my friends birthday next week. she loves bright colours hence the black white and pink colour scheme





i made another version of my 'Galaxy' bangle this time in green (as well as another of 'orginal' version.... i just love this one wayyy too much...)





here they are all together



as always any comments or advice are more than welcome : )

99  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay bangles plus tutorial post 7 on: May 01, 2010 10:07:46 PM
i've been trying to prefect my bangle technique.
as before these are a created over scrap clay armature, baked and sanded.

'Galaxy'


'Galaxy' alternative view.


'Sunspot'


'Sunspot'. alternative view. sorry bout the fuzziness of this one my camera has a mind of its own some days.


'ammonites'
This is NOT an image transfer. no liquid clay, no acrylic paint. just polymer clay.



'Ammonites' alternative view. taken prior to baking and cleaning.




100  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / first polymer clay bangle on: April 06, 2010 11:39:08 AM
i've made beads before but this was my first attempt at a bangle (my first go with my new pasta machine too Grin ...soo much easier than creating graduated colour blends by hand!)

the bangle was created around an armature of scrap clay, baked, sanded and varnished.
i've decided to give this to a friend for her birthday Smiley





a close up.


a scrap clay 'blank' and a second bangle awaiting a sanding session before the 'inner' layer is applied.



comments or advice are more than welcome.
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