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1  The Surfing Bunny of Justice! in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: June 05, 2011 04:47:11 AM
Hello you lovely Craftsters  Kiss

I often find my favourite crafts are inspired by 'in' jokes between friends and this is no exception! Not so long ago a good friend of mine was in court and asked me to go along for moral support and to take some notes. I felt obliged to warn her that whilst I would endeavour to do as she asked, it was quite likely that my mind would wander and I would end up doodling random nonsense  Roll Eyes and doodle I did! One of her favourite doodles (apart from a 'skeleton argument' and a most unflattering caricature of the appellant  Wink ) was 'The Surfing Bunny of Justice', whom we have invoked ever since whenever an we have witnessed injustice of any kind  Cheesy
Even more recently my friend had a birthday (which she spent in hospital) and is today leaving the country to join the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior for a two month tour! If these were not grounds for me to bring the Surfing Bunny of Justice to life then I don't know what would be  Grin

Without any further ado, introducing the Surfing Bunny of Justice!



Please excuse my messy, messy desk in the background! I used a tutorial I found on Youtube to create the bunny, and winged the surfboard with a little help from my OH. The reverse of the surfboard has the scales of justice engraved, which I later stained with acrylic paint (sorry, no picture of this)



Thanks for reading to the end! As a reward, here is another picture of a forlorn looking bunny, without ears or arms - awwwwww  Cheesy



I'm so, so pleased with how he turned out and she absolutely adores him, he's travelling with her to South Korea as I type, to stamp out injustice on the high seas!

I'd love to hear what you think  Kiss



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2  You Can't Sink A Rainbow - Raising Funds For A New Greenpeace Ship RWIII in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Bongmistress on: March 23, 2011 08:19:25 AM
Hello my fellow Craftsters  Cheesy

There are a lot of charities and NGOs out there in the world, all doing wonderful and important things, but there is one in particular that has a special place in my heart and that is Greenpeace. Greenpeace defends the natural world and promotes peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. A most noble and incredibly difficult mission!

Unlike the majority of organisations, Greenpeace relies entirely on donations from individuals like you and me to keep afloat, receiving no financial assistance from corporations or governments. This, for me at least, is part of the beauty of Greenpeace it is accountable to no-one and thoroughly independent.

After 21 years as a Greenpeace ship the current Rainbow Warrior is heading for retirement and Greenpeace needs help to replace her. Shes been bombed, shot at and rammed and now she needs our help.

This is why when our local Greenpeace network was trying to come up with some fund raising ideas I thought it might be a nice opportunity to put my crafty skills to good use! Many hours of work (and two sore hands!) later, these five specially designed tea light holders are being auctioned on ebay to raise funds for this incredibly worth while cause.



They are made of my own polymer clay designs laid onto glass  Smiley

The set includes:

    * Red - illustrating the passion with which Greenpeace defends our planet.

    * Yellow/Orange - representing the sunny skies over our fragile Earth.

    * Green - featuring the symbol of the dove of peace which adorns the Rainbow Warrior.

    * Blue - the glistening oceans that the Greenpeace fleet is charged to defend.

    * Purple - represents the nobility of the causes that Greenpeace stands for.



There are lots more pictures, links to the auction and information on the Rainbow Warrior III on my blog.

We are all Rainbow Warriors, thanks for reading!

 Grin
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3  Swirly Blue Tea Light Holder 'Whirlpool' in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: March 10, 2011 06:22:27 AM
Hello lovely Craftster peeps  Grin

I was asked to put together a custom piece for a friend, they wanted something blue for their mom who loves the ocean. This is what I came up with  Smiley



I'm so pleased with how it came out. It took around four and a half hours from start to finish! They love it too which is what really matters  Cheesy



As always I'd love to hear your comments and critiques  Cheesy
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4  Purple AND sparkly? What more does a girl need? :D in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: January 27, 2011 01:47:18 PM
I made this with a good friend in mind. Pretty much everything she owns is purple, so obviously she wanted me to make her a candle holder to match the rest of her home  Grin



It actually looks much more purple when lit in real life, but I can't for the life of me get my camera to take a true to life picture! Mind you, I think that picture is still pretty groovy  Cheesy

This was my first time making a mosaic cane using pearlescent clay for 'grout' and I love how it turned out! The whole piece has a really subtle sparkle to it, just enough glitz to hold your attention when it catches the light, but not so glittery it's gaudy  Smiley



I also worked a jellyroll into the mosaic as I thought it would make an interesting focal point. I like how it looks but might try something slightly different next time.

Here's a slightly more accurate shot of the colours you get when there is a lit candle inside, still not entirely true to life but not as neon pink as some of the shots I got!



As always, please comment or critique as you wish  Kiss
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5  Green Mosaic Candle Holder in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: January 18, 2011 02:45:23 PM
Hello my fellow Craftsters,

Teaser  Grin


I spent most of yesterday making a new mosaic cane and just couldn't wait to use it  Grin



I'm super pleased with the result, I hope you guys like it too  Cheesy



The colours remind me of spring, which has really brightened my day! But once the sun went down the candle was lit and...



Do you see all the variations in colour in the individual 'tiles' of the mosaic? I'm so pleased with how this looks, it's almost exactly how I planned Smiley I can't wait to experiment more and see what results I get Shocked

Thanks for looking, as always your comments and criticisms are most welcome  Kiss
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6  Re: Green Retro Tea Light Holder in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: January 17, 2011 03:09:33 PM
Thanks, Snazzyness, I love it when people want things I've made  Cheesy

I've just finished working on a new cane which is also green and lovely, I can't wait to use it! I put more details on my blog if anyone would like to see how they are made?



 Grin
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7  Green Retro Tea Light Holder in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: January 13, 2011 08:59:18 AM
Hello lovely Craftsters  Kiss

I just wanted to share with you this tea light holder that was a custom order for a friend.



She requested a retro kind of vibe in many shades of green and this is what I came up with. She loves it and so do I, it was very difficult to give this away but worth it when I saw her gorgeous smiling face  Grin!



There are a couple more pictures and a rambling explanation of how it came to be on my blog  Cheesy

Thanks for looking, your comments are always welcomed  Smiley

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8  Re: Covered Tea Light / Votive Candle Holders (slightly image plump) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: November 21, 2010 04:14:32 PM
Diane B. Thanks for your help with tracking down a supplier for Cernit and all the info. After reading up on the brand a little I think it may be a little sticky for me to work with/blend slices neatly on these particular pieces. Maybe something for me to try in the future  Smiley

Orangeknickers: Diane B. has of course answered your question much more extensively than I possibly could! I use white translucent clay and blend in a tiny bit of coloured clay. I have found that the amount of coloured clay you use and each specific colour will result in different levels of translucency.

Ffrogg526: Thanks  Cheesy That one is my favourite too. I've found a picture of the blue one all lit up. There's a much starker contrast between the translucents as a couple of the colours used were quite opaque. I struggled to get a good picture but this gives you a pretty good idea:



I make sure I'm wearing surgical gloves when I'm claying and often give the candle holders a roll on a ceramic tile. the result is a lovely smooth finish. I've just invested in some super fine grit wet and dry paper which I hope to use to get a more glossy effect  Smiley

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9  Alice in Zombieland (image prolific) in Halloween Costumes by Bongmistress on: November 01, 2010 01:59:00 PM
Teaser shot of my favourite part!


So, my good friend Katie came to me with this idea for her Halloween costume and asked if I could help her. I'm not one to turn down this kind of opportunity so we got on with it straight away! We were both really pleased with the result and thought it would be nice to share it  Cool



We started out with a store bought Alice in Wonderland dress and apron which is being modelled here by Katie. The apron didn't quite fit in with the plan so was set to one side and a smaller apron was hand sewn instead. The dress was then well and truly hacked up (funs!)

Part way through the process - here is Alice after a scuffle with a zombie, it looks like she escaped unscathed...this time...

(please excuse the messy house in the background, housekeeping slips down the list of priorities when you're keeping the zombies at bay!)
Oh no! She's been bitten!


I have saved my favourite for last, although I may be biased as this was the part of the costume I spent the most time on! The watch is made from polymer clay painted with acrylics and the 'eat' charm is my first attempt at a polymer clay cake. I think it looks better in real life. The other charm is upcycled from my 'magpie box' (a box of shiny things that vary from found objects to broken jewellery - we all have one of those, right??) Anyway here it is;

I also carved in the words 'We're all mad here...' on the back, but couldn't get a good picture  Angry

Anyway, that's the lot, thanks for reading! I know our entry's butt will be well and truly kicked at this challenge but I'd still love to hear what you think Cheesy
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10  Re: Covered Tea Light / Votive Candle Holders (slightly image plump) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Bongmistress on: October 30, 2010 01:20:52 PM
First of all thanks again for the positive and lovely comments  Smiley

Thanks for that Diane, that information was really useful as always  Grin I'm glad to hear it's not unusual to be somewhat surprised by the finished result! I love the anticipation of waiting for a piece to 'hurry up and be done baking so I can see what you look like!' I'm currently using Fimo for these but might try some Sculpey next time I make an order if that will help with translucency.

Here's a quick shot I got today of the finished orangey retro goodness;



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