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321  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Crackled Faux "Pearl" Necklace: Polymer Clay on: September 21, 2012 08:40:05 PM
This was a fun piece I made using large wooden beads, copper foil, and translucent clay:



The wooden beads I used a base. I rolled out sheets of translucent clay, and then applied copper leafing to the sheets. I wrapped these sheets around the wood beads (making them lighter than solid clay, and saving on clay!!!
I strung them onto strong beading wire, and created the clasp.

Don't they have a nice luster like pearls? Plus, they are VEGAN pearls!  Grin





thanks for looking!!! Smiley
322  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 21, 2012 08:32:55 PM
Is the mask itself clay? Or do you have a base mask that you sculpt onto? It always makes me happy to see people use polymer in different ways.

Yep, entire mask is clay (see post above for more details about construction)--thanks for checking out my post! Smiley
323  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I've been busy! And gone a long time! [so image heavy! bustin' tables like what] on: September 21, 2012 01:08:44 PM
your work is unbelievably beautiful--thanks for sharing!!!
324  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 21, 2012 12:58:52 PM
I wonder, is it completely from polymer or has a base of some kind? I thought from polymer clay it wold be kinda heavy.

actually, it is very light, b/c the polymer clay is rolled out into a very thin thickness.
yes, the whole mask is polymer clay (except the metallic powder used to make it shiny), and it is thin and lightweight.

i also use an elastic with it that keeps it nice and secure on the face.

thanks for looking!!!
325  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / How To: Rub-On Tattoos, Metal Leafing, & Translucent Clay on: September 21, 2012 03:59:43 AM
You can achieve really cool transfers with polymer clay using rub-on tattoos. The trick is to seal them BETWEEN layers of translucent clay, rather than on top of, to protect during baking.

--i use Sculpey Premo Translucent as my personal favorite
--apply the tattoo as you would your skin--face down on clay, wet sponge on back, slide of paper
--let the water dry off the clay
--seal with a top THIN-THIN-THIN layer of clay
--add some leafing between the two layers (before u seal with top layer) to achieve the look here:

326  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 21, 2012 03:35:02 AM
thanks so much for looking!!!

to answer some questions:

--yes, i created a form for baking which gives the masks its fitted shape.

--a "vegan starfish" LOL: what i mean is that I created the mold using a plastic starfish toy and my own details, rather than making the mold from a dried (dead) starfish. i am vegan, so i wanted to make sure no starfish died. (now, the toy company that made the TOY starfish may very well have made THEIR toy mold using a dead starfish...i have no idea...but u can only control so much in this world!)

again, thanks for looking--i love making these!!!
327  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: The Dragon the was once a Wolf on: September 20, 2012 04:31:48 PM
dragon too, for sure! those spirals are gorgeous! clay extruder? i bought one, but have not gotten around to using it yet...
328  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Repurposed Rusty Washer Earrings: Polymer Clay on: September 20, 2012 04:28:14 PM
These are great. Like the idea of the "fake" green patina and the rust -- two aging issues put together.

I never even thought of it that way, but you're right! (Acrylic paint can achieve really cool effects on polymer clay!) Thanks for looking!
329  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay Mermaid Mask: Light, Wearable, Vegan on: September 20, 2012 03:58:22 PM
I have begun making handmade polymer clay masks, and this is one of my favorites. I made it using my own custom vegan "starfish" mold, as well as some home-made texture tools. (the mold is "vegan" b/c i made it using a toy plastic starfish rather than a dried/dead starfish). Light and wearable. Being modeled here by my lovely little sister!  Smiley It is very mermaid-y!





330  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Repurposed Rusty Washer Earrings: Polymer Clay on: September 20, 2012 03:51:31 PM
I bought a wooden farm table at a church thrift shop for $15 (score!), and when I brought it home, I saw that the washers under the table were rusty and needed replacing. I saved the rusty washers to make these earrings:



The earrings are made using oxblood polymer clay, translucent polymer clay, texture tools, acrylic pigments, and the rusty washers! They remind me of the work of Michel de Meng! (not to toot my own horn)  Grin



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