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Topic: Octopus Overload!! My Tentacle Facination w/ tute!  (Read 13770 times)
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« on: August 30, 2009 01:40:03 PM »

I've dabbled in making tentacles and have slowly formed a process to make these awesome pieces.



Here are a few other ones I've made, all using polymer clay, modge podge, pearl ex, and spray gloss.









Here's a simple tute for anyone curious enough to give these a try:



For this particular pendant I made, I flattened out a circle of clay to lay the glass piece on. I then made logs tapering at one end and pressed them against the circle to form sort of a starfish type of shape. Then I pushed the flat marble into the center.



The suckers themselves were just small balls of clay flattened on the logs. I used the pointy of a protractor to make a hole in each one as I pressed it down. You don't have to press too hard or go all the way through. Especially the smaller the suckers, the more likely it will not want to come off the tip of your pointy tool!



After putting on all the suckers, I carefully twisted the legs around the glass marble. The clay is pretty flexible so don't be afraid to play. But go slowly for sure to make sure the clay is stretching rather than breaking off.



After baking, I finished it off by mixing modge podge and pearl ex to give the suckers an iridescent sheen. After letting that dry I modge podged the whole thing and then covered it with a coat of spray gloss. I left the back untouched so there wouldn't be any stickiness to the skin. I glued a bail to the back as well.

I hope this helps. Its so much fun and looks soooooo cool  Grin


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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2009 02:11:58 PM »

wow that necklace is awesome! i'm going to have to try that   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009 02:13:34 PM »

You know, I would never have thought of tentacles as *my* thing.  But they do look totally cool.  Thanks for the tut.  I may steal the idea and wrap some mini Christmas ornaments with them for something a bit funky for the tree. 
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2009 04:10:25 PM »

You know, I would never have thought of tentacles as *my* thing.  But they do look totally cool.  Thanks for the tut.  I may steal the idea and wrap some mini Christmas ornaments with them for something a bit funky for the tree. 

Ooh that is such a great idea !!! I didn't even think of that. Now I'll have to try that too  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2009 04:11:45 PM »

I just love that necklace!  I'm definitely going to give this a try sometime!  Awesome job!!!
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Oh wow that is beautiful. I adore the pendant a lot!
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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2009 07:49:39 AM »

Thanks for the tute.  I have been wanting to try this and have been reluctant.  Now I think I'm ready to give it a go.

Your pieces are fabulous.  Nice work.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009 07:58:03 AM »

It really is pretty simple when you break down the steps. I'm glad you're gonna give it a shot  Wink Thank you guys for all the lovely words.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009 11:48:41 PM »

fantastic, I love the one with the little glass gem! Thanks for adding the tute, I may try my hand at making one. For now though, They have been Wisted!
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« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2009 03:00:57 AM »

thanks for the tute...will definitely try this...
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