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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A Garden for Cecile on: January 24, 2015 03:20:54 AM
I saw the little garden here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Tin-Mini-Garden/

and knew it would be perfect for Cecile.

The first problem was finding a tin, the mints sold here in tins are rounded oblongs with the hinge on the small end, not really workable. I looked at ebay, 10 empty tins for $12. Great! $43 postage. Not so great. I guess I do live on an island after all. I looked in a import shop in my home town and there were altoid mints. But expensive, $7 a tin. I bought them anyway, I'm not sure I want to know how much they are in the states.

I wanted to make it as a kit, with seeds and paper towel and all. I decorated the top:



the inside has the Latin for cress and a warning not to feed the gnome, in hindsight stay off the grass would have been funnier.



Here is a close up of the polymer clay gnome I made, it was originally a mobile phone charm, hence the eye, but it was too perfect for the little garden.



thanks for looking!
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A tutu for Kristen on: January 08, 2015 12:00:56 AM


I made this tutu for 4 year old Kristen.

I used this method:
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Tulle-Tutu

I used the method where you tie the tulle onto a ribbon, the no sew method.

I made a few modifications, I sewed a smaller piece of bias binding onto a larger piece, then tied the tulle on, then folded the larger piece over and made a waist band. Just to make it neater. And sewed a ribbon and bow over my messy hand sewn seam.

It was pretty fun and only cost $6.05!
thanks for looking!
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Weeping Angel Tree Topper on: November 14, 2014 11:48:31 PM
thanks for the kind words!
definitely a first attempt you can see it if you look at it closely. I thought the arms would look better with the air dry clay wrapped on the joins because the arms were in such strange positions that there was a big gap at the elbow when I glued it. If I were you I'd try to find a barbie with better arms. The PVA does make it nice and shiny and I before I painted it I thought it looked amateur, and it would never look good. I smiled when I painted it and realised paint covers everything and it looks good now.
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Weeping Angel Tree Topper on: November 14, 2014 10:09:20 PM
After reading the tutorials on making a weeping angel out of a barbie doll I decided to have a go and make one too for a Christmas present.
I made the gown out of air dry clay which is just horrid to deal with, especially in the Aussie summer and as an absolute beginner. Most of the detailing I did with my thumb nail. The hair and wings were made out of polymer clay. The doll was an abandoned barbie whose arms were in very strange positions. The cone was just an old cereal packet, I looked at the waterbottles as said in the tutorial but the only ones here would have made it look strange.
Here is a picture of it all done and ready to paint:


I painted her battleship grey that I got from bunnings. I looked for the stone effect but they don't have it here. I learned a few things painting it.

You can't spray paint polymer clay nor Barbie heads. You can spray paint the rest of the doll they just make the heads out of a different plastic I guess. I also didn't know about primer as it's my first time. I figured this out when it was 41 degrees and the paint wasn't drying.

To fix the wings and hair I painted on PVA glue onto the them, this is supposed to be a bad idea as the clay breaks down but it's not a heirloom its a silly gift so I did it anyway. It worked well.
The barbie head was a bit trickier. I ended up removing all the wet paint and starting again. I painted the head with PVA glue to see if that would fix the problem and it did. I then layered paint with the glue and painted the rest of the angel for good measure.
Here is the finished angel:

Thanks for looking!


15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Koi Pond on: August 13, 2014 05:54:20 PM
thanks Jacky!

here is the link

http://www.bunnings.com.au/diggers-500g-cast-and-embedding-resin_p1874117

go have a look near you they probobly have something similar.

you get a lot left over, I'm starting to look around to see what else I can imortalise in plastic, like flowers.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Koi Pond on: August 12, 2014 09:31:58 PM
Hi,
after watching NerdEcrafter's tutorial on youtube I made one myseld and here is the result:



For any Aussie's who want to try this please note the following:

- use Sculpey to make the fish, Fimo, even the soft kind is too hard to make them without making you feel like a failure. I got Sculpey at Spotlight. Fimo is at Lincraft and is ok for the decorations.

- the liquid acrylic she uses is crazy expensive here, about $60 for 200mls. I used Digger brand casting acrylic that I got at Bunnings. Remember to buy the Catalyst I had to go back to buy it they keep it under the counter at the paint desk. It was $26 for half a litre. It sets much faster than Jacky's acrylic, I came outside (do it outside the fumes are high) and found mine set hard and I hadn't put the fish in. I just put a but of the acrylic on my fish and glued them on then spooned acrylic around them and it worked fine. You can get the acrylic off your hands with nail polish remover.

- The mold was a silicone mini patty cake tin I simply bought at Kmart so my ponds are round. They work nicely.

I'm making a pile of these for christmas, I'll put a magnet on the back so it can go on the fridge. I chose not to put in any decorations like the grass that stick up so they wouldn't break off in transit.

Thanks again NerdEcrafter for the free tutorial it worked great!
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Baa! on: July 28, 2014 12:49:29 AM
Second attempt at polymer clay and I've made cute little sheep.
Hope you like them!
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: More Koi on: July 28, 2014 12:45:28 AM
thank you!
I have learned its very easy to contaminate the colours.
you should be pleased beginiers can follow your instructions
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / More Koi on: July 26, 2014 03:33:44 AM
After watching nerdEcrafter's tutorial on making koi fish I was another who just had to give it a go so here is my first polymer craft too. It's about as big as an aussie 50 cent piece.



it more delicate in person, I also recoment tweezers.

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow Rain on: May 27, 2014 02:56:00 AM
thanks so much for all your lovely comments!

I'd be delighted if you wanted to stitch one of your own. Just a hint, you need to stitch the tights and the puddle or she just looks like she is standing funny.
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