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Topic: My first venture into Polymer Clay Land - an ornament for a friend (2 pics)  (Read 1134 times)
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« on: December 08, 2007 02:02:36 PM »

I'm participating in an ornament swap with some online friends. The person I had to get an ornament for LOVES ladybugs. I looked and looked for one but all were either ugly or out of the agreed on price range. I looked all over the craft stores for inspiration, bought several things much to my husband's chagrin, but still didn't know what I was going to make. Then I remembered I have one of those sampler kits of Sculpey clay. So I broke it out and started playing. I fell in love with polymer clay and can't wait to make more things  Grin Anyway, here's what I came up with.

It's about 4" tall. The green was created by blending a really dark green and a light green. I made a cone out of aluminum foil, wrapped it in the clay, then used a good old fork to make some texture. The lady bugs are about 1/4" in diameter or so. The star is free sculpted and didn't turn out as well as I'd liked. If I had it to do over again I'd use a cookie cutter to start with, but this is ok I suppose.

Detail of a ladybug:

After it baked, I did a wash with black acrylic on the tree then a heavier wash with gold acrylic on the star. Some of the gold paint got on the tree so I did a super light wash in gold paint on it as well. After the paint dried, I sprayed a clear acrylic sealer on it. Hope she likes it Smiley

Comments and critiques are most welcomed!

« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2007 02:36:12 PM »

I love this!  And I think your free sculpted star looks perfect.

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2007 03:47:05 PM »

aww i love it Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2007 05:34:35 PM »

That's really wonderful... very well done, and something she's gonna really love!  I like the smooth ladybugs against the textured "tree" too.

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