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« on: December 14, 2008 05:18:48 PM »

So here are my first completed polymer clay things. I have made just a few bits in the past, but never got around to painting them.

These first two are gifts for my co-worker. They are not meant to be necklaces, more of window or review mirror charms. They are painted to look like stone and have mirrors on the backs.

here is the back of the swirly one.

Sorry for the blurriness here. Here is the little moon baby face, naked

and here is his back and the swirly naked

I hope my co-worker likes them. I am going to make them a few other things too so they will have to like something.

And here is a Godess ornament I made for our tree at work.
BTW my work is a vegetarian organic cafe, so we're all pretty much hippy/wiccan/artists.

I couldn't really get a good shot of her, the flash made her so shiny and no flash made her colors yucky. I did wash the mirror before hanging her.
Here she is naked

The idea for her was that people would see themselves in her womb and realize that we all are children of the Godess.

Thanks for looking, let me know how I did, I am still new to clay.


« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2008 07:13:09 PM »

Very cool stuff. I like the goddess ornament.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008 08:20:44 AM »

Welcome to polymer clay!  I'm sure your items will be very well received! --they look really natural and "organic."

Do you want only to paint on top of your polymer clay, rather than building the color and patterns into the clay?  If not, you can also color your own clay if you don't want to buy the pre-colored polymer clays (all colors can then be mixed to create any color), and colored clays can also be "marbled" or have all kinds of pattern in or on them. 
If you're interested in those things, check out this page for the color options in particular:

As for patterns and looks, many kinds of "fauxs" can also be created with polymer clay (rock/stone, wood, ivory, metals, leather, etc), and more specific patterns can be made in or on clay from "canes," stamping and texturing, inlays and onlays, carving, molds, image transfers, paint effects, metallic powders, and more. 
If you want to check out some examples of those and ways to make them, etc., look on these pages:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm (rock/leather/metals/amber/jade/pearl/shell/etc)
(most "natural" materials will also use at least a little bit of "translucent" polymer clay, so if you want more info on that:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/translucents-glow.htm )

also, for "outdoor" items: http://glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm

Oh, and if you want to see more polymer clay goddess figures, etc., check this page too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (click on Mystical, Fantasy, Goddesses & Wise Women esp.)
....And for amulets and fetishes:

Diane B.

« Last Edit: December 15, 2008 08:41:02 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2008 08:26:23 AM »

wow, this is so awesome, i love the ornament and the meaning behind it!

Always up for Personal Swaps!

« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2008 06:44:17 PM »

Oooo...Thanks for the comments and tips. I have actually been checking out glass attic for a couple of months. I super love the way the stone-ish looking ones came out, the paint on the goddess was frustrating because I only have primary color paints and making a good purple took forever. I hope to some day be able to make mini foods...but I spread myself too thin when it comes to crafting, and I generally never master one craft, but dip into them all.

Thanks again.

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2008 12:00:56 PM »

. . .I only have primary color paints and making a good purple took forever. . .

You might want to check out the Color page at my site for purple "recipes" as well:
...click on Individual Colors under Recipes & Combos, then scroll down to the various purples

Very "true" secondary colors can be hard to mix unless starting from very pure primary colors though.
Pigment mixing is the same for polymer clays as for paints, and we have the same problem when mixing colors of clay.  Often with clay, if one wants really pure secondary colors, those 3 (green, purple, orange) will just be purchased. As long as you don't mind having a tone or shade of purple though, those purples can usually be mixed from the primaries or close-primaries.

Many brands of polymer clay aren't sold as pure primary colors though (they've already had other colors added during formulation, even as small amounts). 
Premo and Kato are the exceptions in general.  Kato Polyclay has 8 "spectral" colors which include a red, blue and yellow and which are quite pure.  Premo actually has two sets of the primary colors, based on artists' oil paint color names.  The "cool" primaries of Premo are Ultramarine Blue,  Zinc Yellow, and Alizarin Crimson** ...the "warm" primaries are Cadium Red, Cadmium Yellow, and Cobalt Blue .
(**or Alizarin Crimson mixed with Cadmium Red)

Actually though, the best "purer" colors are achieved by mixing a cyan/turquoise + a magenta + a lemon yellow, believe it or not (for Premo, that would be Turquoise + Fuschia + Zinc Yellow).

So many possibilties!

Diane B.
« Last Edit: December 16, 2008 12:04:03 PM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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