I bought a bunch of Sculpey a week or two ago, but it has been cold recently and cold fingers aren't quite as useful as warm fingers--especially with Sculpey. I've been doodling pendant ideas on my class notes, so when today was finally warm I had a few ideas already lined up. I didn't have anything to hang them with, so I used my needle-nosed pliers to bend and cut paper clips to make little loops which I when super glued to the baked clay. I also didn't have any appropriate chain or string so I had to twist several thinner strings together to have something to wear my pendants on. Heres what I made this afternoon:
A bunch of light blue dots of a dark blue pendant. I coated it in fingernail polish because I'm going to wear it tomorrow.
A giraffe print heart.
(I don't think the pattern turned out looking much like giraffe. It was really time consuming to make though, so I'm reluctant to throw it away)
Finally, a large blue button. I convinced my housemate I purchased it at the store for a hat.
I feel like I made it just a tiny bit too big. I just pressed the bottom of a small salt shaker into a patty of clay. It looks incredibly convincing.
I like the glaze too, but the teacher was still having problems with it. If you see my other ceramic things, the older ones have chipped glaze. This one was just too thin--you can tell on the tip of his nose and the rim of the pot. But I am still rather fond of the color.
Oops! When I made this topic, I didn't notice the ceramic board. I'm not quite sure how to move this topic, and I can't delete it and make a new one on the correct board. Sorry!
My favorite project in my ceramics class this year was by far this face flowerpot that I made a few months ago. The assignment was to make a slab construction flower pot, and then push the clay from the inside and outside to create a face. A lot of the other student's projects ended up looking rather silly, but I am very proud of how mine turned out. His lips remind me of Olmec from legends of the Hidden Temple, but I think that adds to his charm. He now collects change from my tips.
my teacher LOVED his profile
everyone needs an artsy myspace picture angle!
Thanks for looking, comments and criticism are very much appreciated!
aw thanks guys, you are too kind this picture is probably the best one I've ever taken I feel almost like I should crop out a little bit of the rocks at the bottom. But not toooooo much because I don't want to lose how the camera focused on them instead of my lurking Crumpet
So I'm not a photographer and I don't have one of those really awesome cameras (I used a cannon powershot SD400) but one day my turtle was just hiding right near the tank wall, so I had to snap a few pictures. And I ended up really liking this one.
Her name is Crumpet and she is rather fun to watch.
Regarding all the fish care advice, I believe my fish is indeed happy because I quite often see him swimming around his tank in the late afternoon and into the evening and night. And about the bubble nest comments, thats really funny because there were all these bubbles at the top of the tank that weren't popping and I was assuming I was doing a poor job caring for my fish! He took a few days to get adjusted from the tiny vessel he came home in, but there is nearly a gallon of water in there (which, I realize, is still a small amount, but much better than the tiny little plastic do-hickeys the stores are selling). I was going to get a small plant and some rocks to put in there just as soon as I get the chance to dash out to the pet store again.
Also, seeing as I live in Southern California, I don't have any problems keeping cold breezes away from the tank. The water is 76 degrees right now, and it's only the beginning of spring.
So in short-my fish spends a lot of time moving around his tank, and he has even made a bubble nest.
Wow, I love the rabbits and the kissing birds! Where did you get the stencils for them? Great way to personalize a room.
http://www.kittybuttons.com/stencils/categories/index.html that place had a ton of great stencils, or you can just type in anything, followed by "cartoon" or "drawing" into google to get a pretty decent stencil. Thats how i got the rabbits. I took two pictures from google to make the peacebone. But otherwise, check out that site, because thats where I got the heart, lips, and birds.
It would be cool if you could find rocks shaped like coffee beans! Or make some out of polymer clay, so long as there's nothing in the clay that might kill the fish?
That is such a killer idea, but I'm afraid it might darken the tank too much and my dark blue little fish would disappear! Maybe I should have bought the iridescent white one like my friend wanted me to because that would be such great contrast.