, great little vase!! It's very well done even though you're looking at it from the viewpoint of all the little problems as its maker.
I'd like to know how you did the sorta-rolled rim too. I can see from the underside pic that there's a thicker bit of clay under the rim, so is the whole bargello pattern one thick strip that you rounded on the top for applying?
I wasn't happy with the finish at all. I eventually used some ancient Fimo glaze that I had lying around to cover it. It made it shiny, but it also made it smell of chemicals.
Did you try Varathane or another polyurethane? If so, what didn't you like about it? (Varathane wouldn't really have an odor though.)
(If you have some "ancient" Fimo finish, definitely hold onto it since it's no longer being made and that alcohol-based version was very-very good. Their water-based one has never been all that great, but all that's available now.)
I then tried sanding and polishing the glaze but it just dulled it.
Did you electric
-buff it (and with what?), or did you just buff it by hand? Sanding and electric buffing should work on most finishes.
the skinner blend isn't very good
What exactly didn't you like about the blend? Is it just that there's little white showing? That can be a problem for the lighter color in a blend since it will combine all the way to the edges if you don't add an excess of that color first at the end or use a dark triangle that's not as large as the light triangle** or use an arc pattern for the pieces with the darker color being the smaller side...or you could make the blend as a plug first, or make a "very-narrow" blend, etc.
Here's a section from my Blends
page about a couple of those:. . . To prevent a strong or dark color from predominating over a lighter color in the final blend, make any light-colored triangles (which are easily overwhelmed by other colors) about 4 times bigger than any darker colors of red or blue, e.g.. Becky
....If the color is very saturated (then looks darker when baked like many of the reds and the darker blues), add white to the color first. . Becky
....Ziggybeth thinks using the more translucent colors, like many of the Fimo Softs (their "Transparents" only?) yield "truer" colors than the resulting from densely opaque colors.
....Leigh suggests using half or more times as much translucent to desaturate a color and keep it from overwhelming the one next to it.
....Judith suggests: if using a strong (dark or very saturated) with a weaker color, instead of cutting them into same-size triangles, cut the weaker one as an arc-sided triangle (along the diagonal) to increase its amount rather than cutting a straight line.
There's more info and ideas for ways to make blends so the colors are more evenly represented under the (Basic) TWO-COLOR Blend
category and some of the stuff under Limiting the Width
categories, on the Blends
Cracks/spaces between the tiles
If the spaces aren't too large, you can lay a thin sheet of paper (like deli or tracing paper, etc) over the area and rub vigorously with your finger, or can roll repeatedly over the area with a small rod of some kind. Cutting the slices to the exact same thickness is important too, as well as making sure they're not too cold.
There are lots of other tips on solving that problem though mostly on my Canes-Info
page, under Sheets of Slices
> Flattening, if you want to check them out.
The tiles don't match up very well...
Now that's always a hard one if
there are lines or colors that are different on each edge but which have to line up! Some tips for dealing with that are on the Canes-Info
page, on the Sheets of Pattern
page mostly under Flattened Pattern Sheets
, and also on the Eggs
page since that problem occurs a lot when covering eggs.
Btw, are you creating the slices pattern on a base sheet, or alone? And how thick are you cutting the slices?
P.S. You really should put your items in separate threads though instead of in the continuing Works in Progress thread!
(and actually things as finished as this would be best in the Completed Projects board since fewer people read this Discussions/Questions board than that one and more people will see it!). It can get hard to know who's responding to what when there are many different items being discussed in one thread, and later for searchers to get all the info about one thing close together.
(The sticky "Random Resin Question Thread" is an object lesson for that last situation imo --though largely the fault of the powers-that-allow-new-boards --or not, in this case. That single thread is currently 155 pages long
; not sure how many messages that represents, but impossible to use and not helpful since so interwoven with different questions/answers within such a large topic, plus the fact that "resin" can be used in so many different ways--and diff. types have to be used differently, with diff. problems occurring, etc. Oops, sorry for the mini-rant about that.)