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« on: July 04, 2011 12:09:58 AM »

I made this necklace for a friend who introduced me to the joys of the artichoke. I think I'm a sucker for anything dipped in melted butter...

Turned out kinda cute! I made two because I was originally planning for earrings, but one turned out significantly larger than the other :/ Oh well, now I have a cute artichoke for myself!

This one's definitely the cuter and rounder of the two. I had to look at photos online to figure out which way was best to put the leaves on (top to bottom, FYI  Tongue).

Yay, necklace! I think she's more likely to wear it this way anyway.

My half-lady helped model it, and I think she wanted to keep it for herself. She says she's a vegetarian, which I think is odd since she doesn't have a head or mouth.

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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011 12:23:21 AM »

Pretty pendant!
I bet your friend will love her present.
You did a great job. It looks just like the real thing (only more cute).

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011 01:34:26 AM »

I'm not tryin to be a downer or anything, but isn't that an artichoke?
it's still adorable! no matter what it is. I like it. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011 04:17:02 AM »

Man that asparagus looks a lot like an artichoke! Would get me pretty miffed too since I love artichoke but balk at asparagus.  Wink

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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2011 10:10:25 AM »

Hahaha. I was so tired last night when I posted this. Thanks guys.

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2011 08:27:54 AM »

I think it's adorable!

One tip when you're trying to make 2 items that will end up the same size (btdt!) with polymer clay (or with any material) is to start out with 2 equal amounts of clay.
In this case, you might then want to roll those 2 pieces of clay into logs of the same length, and cut off the same amount of each log for the center of the artichoke and same amts for the stems, and finally cut the same lengths off each remaining log for however-many-petals you want (or just eyeball those), so you'd end up with exactly the same size artichokes.

That's often how "pairs" of things are done with polymer clay, as well as for same-size beads or same-size duplicate whole items and body parts for sculpts (2 arms, 2 legs, 2 ears, etc).
It can be done by rolling the clay into a specific length or diameter, then laying it next to a ruler so exact and measured segments can be cut, or by rolling out a sheet of clay then using the same cutter to cut out exact-same volumes of clay with shape cutters, etc.

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011 08:23:25 AM »

it's really cute, you've done a good job of it

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« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2011 11:12:20 PM »

I think this was a great idea, love vegetable, especially the ones made out of clay Tongue

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