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« on: December 23, 2004 11:48:04 PM »

So, there I was stuck for ideas to get my brother in law something for Christmas...so seeings how I made everyone else in my family something crafty, I thought I'd try my hand at sculpting w/ polymer clay.  I was actually surprised at how easy it is to work with!  I may become addicted!

The only problem is that I've kind of grown attached to the little guy and now I don't want to give him away...we've bonded.  I'd make another but I bought the last of the Granitex clay at the craft store...*sigh*, at least I'll get to visit him!  Grin

Here he is (excuse the crappy digi photos...my camera is from the Flinstone era.)

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A wonky close up...

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and his cute butt!

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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2004 07:08:16 AM »

So cool! I could see a bunch of these tucked around a garden...
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2004 07:18:35 AM »

how wonderful!!  and creative!  you've inspired me to pick up some of that . . . whatsit . . . granite clay stuff?  yeah...and make some of my own.  Smiley

if you've grown attached to mister goylie and don't want to give him away, perhaps you can somehow make a plaster cast of him and then make identical replicas?  i don't know if you can, but if i were you i'd talk to the people at my local craft store and find out about making casts.
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2004 09:21:36 AM »

He is so great!  He'd perfect for next to a computer at work. He looks like he's thinking about something deep like what to have for dinner.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2004 10:00:06 AM »

Thanks for all the comments!  The clay I used was Sculpey Granitex (I tried using the regular Sculpey w/ a acrylic stone paint but it didn't look all that great).  I found a basic tutorial on the web and kind of adapted it to my own cheap self.  (I didn't use the liquid sculpey to attach the body to the head.)  Anywho, here's the site...http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_Gargoyles.htm

So the mold is a good idea, I'll have to check it out.  Thanks again!  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2004 10:23:27 AM »

Great gargoyle!  Here's hoping you do get addicted  Wink

Just wanted to let you know that you don't need to buy "Granitex" to made faux stone with polymer clay.  There are all kinds of "inclusions" you can add yourself to light colored and/or translucent polymer clays which can simulate virutally any kind of stone  Grin  And Sculpey isn't a strong polymer clay anyway (though fine for thick roundish items like this).
Check out this page in particular on various ways to make faux stone with polymer clay:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm
(jade/pearl/metal/stone/raku/amber/water,etc.)

Also, it's definitely a good idea to make a mold from the gargoyle you just made if only to get a jump start on making others.  Making molds from polymer clay is pretty easy and very satisfying!  See these pages for more info on doing that:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
It's not uncommon in polymer clay to "distort" a face after having used a mold to create it with raw clay ... as long as you don't bake it, you can change the expression, even change the shape of the face, add hair or a beard (Santa, etc.), or anything.

If you get into doing little sculpts with your polymer clay, here are a few other pages you might like to check out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(clays, techniques,groups,etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm
(& clothing,scales,wings,etc)

Oh, and P.S., you don't really need to use the liquid clay as glue as long as you have lots of clay-to-clay contact between the pieces (and they don't stick out too much), or if you use the little connectors between joined pieces (regular white glue can also be used on the connectors).

Have fun!!


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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2004 09:14:35 AM »

That is soooo cute!  *eyes pictures of the Notre-Dame de Paris gargoyles*  I needs me some Sculpey.

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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2004 11:10:56 AM »

That's SO cool!

I keep forgetting about the loveliness of clay!
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2005 12:45:04 PM »

I really like your Gargoyle. Soo cute, soo adorable! Did you named him, before giving him away..? Wink

I have make two little lovelings by myself, from the tute on Sculpey. But instead of polymer clay, I used home-made saltclay. That gave the gargoyles a more rough look and it was very exiting of the making, becuse you do not have full controll of the results. Saltclay tend to live its own life in the owen. Cheesy

Anyway, let me proudly introduce


Bertil


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Karl!


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