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beautifulpirate
« on: October 17, 2009 09:00:08 AM »

I have always loved Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees and so this necklace just had to be. It is made by hand by me. I hand sculpted the branch from super sculpey and used sculpting tools to create the branch's bark texture. Then I painted it a reddish brown. I hand sculpted the cherry blossom as well using unique blending and coloring techniques before the baking process. Then I attached a fun chain to the branch. There is a small loop of wire added to the larger branch end, which I am thinking of adding a couple of small cherry blossom petals to, to create that windblown effect. (Do you know what I mean)

I am working on some different color schemes. As well, I am working on brooches using the same flower and will be doing other sculpted necklaces of other types very soon. I hope to make a post about the brooches this evening, providing that I can get enough sunlight to take some pics

This necklace measures 21" long. The closure is a loop and bar style closure which makes this piece easy to put on, but always secure. This is actually a rather lightweight piece as it only weighs about 1.2 oz total.

Please comment, critique, ask, etc! I'd love to hear your opinion!













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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2009 12:24:30 PM »

I definately like the 'blown' cherry blossoms idea. I think it'd finish the piece off nicely.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2009 01:00:43 PM »

I definately like the 'blown' cherry blossoms idea. I think it'd finish the piece off nicely.

Thanks! I am going to work on that tonight!
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2009 08:44:58 AM »

That's absolutely adorable, especially the blossom. Just curious, by chance did you reinforce the smaller branches with wire? If not, I would be uber careful with it since they will break.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2009 09:41:07 AM »

That's absolutely adorable, especially the blossom. Just curious, by chance did you reinforce the smaller branches with wire? If not, I would be uber careful with it since they will break.

I did not reinforce them with any wire, but they will not break. The reason that the branch was painted, was because I baked it for longer than required to give it extra strength. Not too mention, that I think you don't really have to worry about sculpted clay breaking unless you are bashing it into something. And, as this is going to be on my neck, I don't think I will be doing any bashing with it. lol ^_^ But thanks for your concern!
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2009 08:04:33 PM »

ooooOOOOoooo.  Very pretty.  Makes me want to bust out the clay right now!  But unfortunately it is bed time. 

Thanks for sharing, its beautiful.
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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010 08:55:52 PM »

very pretty!! love it!
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010 11:26:24 PM »

very pretty!! love it!

Thanks! See it's not all gore and horror with me! lol
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2010 09:45:46 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2010 08:49:06 AM »

Very nice, and like the unsymmetrical-ness of the design too.
Does the whole branch tend to fall toward the center of your chest when wearing it, or did you create the center of gravity to be off-center too?

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I did not reinforce them with any wire, but they will not break.... I baked it for longer than required to give it extra strength. Not too mention, that I think you don't really have to worry about sculpted clay breaking unless you are bashing it into something. And, as this is going to be on my neck, I don't think I will be doing any bashing with it.

Do be careful with SuperSculpey (plus Sculpey III, and especially original Sculpey) though, even if you do bake for a long time to get more strength.  Those 3 are the most brittle lines of polymer clay after curing when they're thin relative to their thickness or when they have projecting parts, and can break with bending/stress (dropping or just handling).  FimoSoft is better, but most all the other lines of polymer clay than those four will be stronger after baking and will just bend instead of breaking if stressed and not thick/rounded (as long as completely baked).  Those 3 Sculpeys will bake up "harder" on the surface than the other lines though, which is an advantage for some things but also indicates their brittleness.  Any kind of armature can help though (and something heavy inside the large end of the branch could also give more weight if needed to de-center).  Best of luck with it!

Diane B.

P.S. info on strength and armatures here if you want to read other clayers' experiences, etc:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm > Strength
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm
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