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301  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 79 ENTRIES / Hideous Freak Baby Into CUTE Franken Kitty: It's ALIVE!!! on: October 07, 2012 05:43:13 AM
Here is a picture of the finished piece: an adorable Franken Kitty:



And HERE is the Hideous Freak Baby ($2.99 from Goodwill) from which the Kitty was born:



Shield your eyes! It's HIDEOUS!!!



HOW I DID IT:

1) I started with the Freak Baby by breaking off its lower legs and entire arms:



2) From there, I covered it with foil and began covering it with rolled out sheets of white polymer clay (I use Sculpey), and shaping the clay with hands and tools to create the body:



3) After baking (I baked between almost each step), I added a wire and foil armature to create arms:



4) Then, I sculpted the arms and head and face, adding head pins as whiskers:



5) I began painting with acrylics. It was okay--but the stomach was too pink (made me think of babyish stuffed toys), so i went through several layers after this of different tones until i was right):



6) Finally, after much painting and detail work, I arrived at this:



7) I knew the eyes needed to be JUST RIGHT--so i created button eyes with polymer clay (even the "thread" is magenta clay):



Cool And here he is! The Franken Kitty:





Thanks for looking! Comment with any questions, and please vote for me! Or the kitty gets it... Wink
This kitty is my creation...it's...ALIVE!!!
302  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Made a treasury? List it here! on: October 07, 2012 04:45:00 AM
Made this treasury of cool, cruelty-FREE, Thanksgiving items! Smiley thanks for looking

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTkyODIxODl8MjcyMDgxOTgwMQ/kind-and-compassionate-thanksgiving?index=0
303  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Couture Earrings from Up-Cycled Rubber Seed Bead Packaging: With HOW-TO! on: October 04, 2012 03:25:55 AM
I am known for saving EVERYTHING--so when I first began making jewelry, I saved the black rubber loop-top "lids" and stoppers that came on sleeves of glass seed beads (see last photo if you are unsure what kind of packaging I mean). Then, last night, the craft muse struck, and I made several pairs of new earrings using this repurposed plastic, plus my own original polymer clay beads:







Here's HOW-TO:
-Next time you buy seed beads in the long cylindrical package, pop of the rubber top and bottom stoppers and reserve.
-Experiment with cutting into squares, strips, circles, or using the top mostly INTACT (as I did in first photo).
-Use Exacto knife or scissors. Scissors work once u break the pieces down, but exacto helps to take apart the oddly shaped "lid".
-Pierce through and run an eye pin through the stuff--EXPERIMENT!

Happy Crafting!
304  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 27, 2012 03:07:33 PM
You're doing more and more lovely work these days!

(This is Tam BTW)

I just finished sculpting a mold for a tentacle mask - when I put the paper mache on it I will post stuff on the blog: TresMagas.blogspot.com


I miss u, Tam!!! and thanks for the compliment--i am chuggin along, crafting, trying to share my crafts with the world (u know how it goes!). gonna go check your blog NOW! i'd love to see ur masks!!! do u still sell on etsy?
305  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Halloween: Cute Skull Stud Earrings: Polymer Clay on: September 26, 2012 11:59:46 AM
Love these!!! What kind of metal are the posts made from?  I ask cuz I can't wear anything in my ears except gold and silver, no plating.  Surgical steel even causes a reaction.

sounds like that must be hard getting safe earrings to wear!  Embarrassed i made these out of regular craft-store-bought posts, so they are steel or some other neutral metal, probably not for sensitive ears. however, in that case, I would just make the same design using high-grade posts for the sensitive ears! the design is simple, and can work using any kind of posts or hardware needed Smiley
306  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Rockabilly Candy-Colored Skull Necklace: Polymer Clay on: September 26, 2012 11:56:58 AM
thanks for looking and for the feedback--i am making these in all different colors, but i love these colors best too Smiley
307  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Rainbow Light-Up Jellyfish! on: September 25, 2012 03:31:45 PM
wow! super-inventive!!! you should market these to people who go to Burning Man (an arts festival in the desert)--lots of blinky stuff is popular out there
308  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: I can post pics now!!!! on: September 25, 2012 03:29:07 PM
your work is beautiful!!! do u work with mostly iridescent clays, or so you add that iridescence through use of powders/paints/finishes? great items!!!
309  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 25, 2012 02:12:43 PM
Ah, sneaky sneaky! lol did you spray it with something after to make the powder stay on?

actually, when u apply the powder BEFORE baking, it makes a permanent bond (however, still need to avoid swimming with the mask on, on wearing during sports---not that one would do either wearing the mask, but still).

when u apply powders or acrylic paints BEFORE baking, makes a more permanent bond, and needs no sealing. however, when applied after curing, must be sealed with a product
310  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Rockabilly Candy-Colored Skull Necklace: Polymer Clay on: September 25, 2012 02:10:39 PM
Created this necklace as a Halloween/birthday gift for my niece--she loves Monster High and other spooky stuff--colorful and funky skulls and stuff.

Made the polymer clay skulls out of Sculpey Pistachio clay, and make the other wrap beads and focal beads with more colors of Sculpey, glass seed bead spacers, and button-loop closure!

I am so happy with it, I am making MORE! Kind of rockabilly inspired!



Everything is cuter with a baby pumpkin:


Thanks for looking! Smiley
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