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261  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay on Canvas: Large Pet Portrait (with TUTE!) on: November 02, 2012 05:12:40 AM
Wow! What a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing it and the process of creating it. Rocked and pinned! Smiley

thanks so much!!!!! love when people pin me! (I am "wings of clay" on pinterest as well)
262  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Multi-partner wall art swap on: October 31, 2012 04:39:46 PM
Here is a link to a my tutorial: HOW TO CREATE A PET PORTRAIT USING POLYMER CLAY ON CANVAS:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416227.0

and here is another shot of the piece i made for ThriftyLiving4U I took before shipping it out:
263  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay on Canvas: Large Pet Portrait (with TUTE!) on: October 31, 2012 04:33:24 PM
Here is something I made for my first Craftster swap, the Wall Art Swap!!!
This is my handmade polymer clay pet portrait of my swap partner's departed kitty, Mason:



This was my largest polymer clay project to date, and involved teaching myself new techniques: how to mosaic, how to adhere poly clay onto canvas, etc.

Here's how I did it:

Start out with a reference of the pet you would like to immortalize:



Next, choose your canvas (this one was 11 x 14), and using a piece of paper of the same size, sketch the cat and then cut around the cat, creating a template. Trace off this template onto the canvas, giving yourself an outline of positive and negative space:



Now, you begin mosaic-ing around the cat, filling the negative space with clay tiles***
(***To create polymer clay "tiles":
--roll out sheets of polymer clay in several harmonious colors
--using a small square cookie cutter, cut out a few hundred squares
--you can even stamp letters in (some of these tiles say 'love')
--bake these tiles in advance; underbake *slightly* as they will bake a couple times during the project
--adhere using generous blobs of Liquid Sculpey as a glue):



Again using your paper template, roll out white polymer clay (the cheap large Sculpey blocks) on the thickest setting of a pasta machine, and cut out the main areas of the cat. work on parchment paper--much easier. ADHERE with Liquid Sculpey:



Fill a shot glass half way with mint green acrylic paint, and half way with water, to create a watery acrylic wash. Brush generously over the tiles. NOTE: You have now also adhered the large white areas of your design using Liquid Sculpey and pressing the white sections onto the canvas.



Create another watery acrylic wash, this time with black paint. Paint around border, and over the white clay areas of the cat. (NOTE: I had combed some texture and lines across the cat):
BAKE.



Create the cats eyes with flat sheets of polymer clay; paint over with acrylic. Paint all areas of the cat with acrylic paint (copper, white, black) and fine brush. Experiment. Use the back end of a paint brush to "dot" the cat's eyes with white shine--make it real, but no need to overwork.
BAKE ONE LAST TIME:



Here's the finished piece, with some detail shots:







Thanks for looking; message me or reply with questions or if u need more detail direction!!!
264  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Multi-partner wall art swap on: October 31, 2012 06:04:24 AM
so glad my portrait of Mason is bringing JOY and LOVE!!!!!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

I will upload a link to a tutorial later--JUST got our power back after 2 days of hurricane sandy---tute coming later, and more pics of the art!!!!!!!!

blessings to u, Thrifty! enjoy!
265  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Multi- Partner Wall Art swap (sign-ups Sept 30- October 14; S.O. Dec 3) on: October 26, 2012 12:46:09 PM
BOTH PACKAGES HAVE BEEN MAILED! YAAAAAAAY!    Grin

Just sent out packages to ThriftyLiving4U and FoxyBlue, filled with art, yummy extras, and such Smiley

As soon as my lovelies receive their art, I will post photos in the gallery, and........

TUTORIALS!!!!! (well, links to tutorials on Craftster--no tutes in the gallery space!)
Since I used a kind of unusual material for large wall art (polymer clay) thought some of u might like a tute in case u want to try it the techniques some time!!!!!!!!!

now we play the waiting game!
266  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Multi- Partner Wall Art swap (sign-ups Sept 30- October 14; S.O. Dec 3) on: October 24, 2012 02:15:52 PM
I will post a gallery thread today!!!!! I'm SO EXCITED!!!!!!  Grin Grin

i am guessing we should wait until our partner receive their art before posting pics, right? just so they get to be surprised?
267  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: my vintage brooch wedding bouquet on: October 23, 2012 09:00:17 PM
totally hit "THIS ROCKS"...that last picture made it for me: THAT is what art is about, making connections with our loved ones and honoring those that have shaped our lives. Bravo--beautiful visually and sentimentally.
268  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Multi- Partner Wall Art swap (sign-ups Sept 30- October 14; S.O. Dec 3) on: October 23, 2012 02:50:54 PM
FoxyBlue: Just started yours tonight--I am being ver experimental, and of course i keep judging and critiquing it...but i never judge a work until it finished, and i promise to make it lovely for you!!!

Looking forward to it!

I have not shipped yours yet. I still need to get the extras Smiley Also, I kind of had to follow where my creativity was taking me, so it's not exactly what you had 'requested' but by the looks of things you've made yourself, I'm pretty sure you will like it. I had to run with it. How's that for being cryptic? Wink

no sweat--took some twists and turns with yours too, but i think u will love it! Smiley
269  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Multi- Partner Wall Art swap (sign-ups Sept 30- October 14; S.O. Dec 3) on: October 22, 2012 02:08:39 PM
ThriftyLiving4U: yours is all done; i am trying to gather shipping materials to pack it securely, and hope to ship by end of week.

FoxyBlue: Just started yours tonight--I am being ver experimental, and of course i keep judging and critiquing it...but i never judge a work until it finished, and i promise to make it lovely for you!!!
270  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Found Object Earrings: Two Pieces of Litter, Destined to Become ART! on: October 22, 2012 02:04:33 PM
Hmm, I want to try this. But wouldn't the rust be bothersome? I bought some things from Wal-Mart and i have a few keus around to try this. Thanks for inspiration

that's a great question with the rust:

i scrubbed at the objects when i got them home, and the rust is embedded within the metal (which is also why i prefer natural rust on objects rather than trying to create a finish artificially), so it does not flake or anything that would bother someone.

they will retain their rust finish, they are not sharp or dangerous, and as long as one does not put them in their mouth or anything, i'd say their extremely safe  Wink thanks for looking!  Smiley
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