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« on: August 21, 2011 01:06:16 AM »

Unfortunately I just have links for pictures since I've not posted enough yet but I wanted to show off the Mjollnir I made. I checked and I have enough posts so I should be able to post photos now  Grin

Polymer clay, silver seed beads, acrylic paint, and acrylic sealant. The piece is about 1.5" long, 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick. The "chain" is just crochet thread chain stitched.

Front:

Mjollnir1 by NightChild01, on Flickr

Left side:

Mjollnir2 by NightChild01, on Flickr

Right side:

Mjollnir3 by NightChild01, on Flickr

Bottom:

Mjollnir4 by NightChild01, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2011 09:31:52 AM »

Nice pendant  Smiley a little dark to see well Cry.  (Try using a darker color as your backdrop since a lot of white --paper in this case-- will make the camera sensor think everything in the frame needs to be darkened. A medium-brightness background would be even better.)

As for the picture posting limitation, you can get over that in just a couple of minutes!  All you have to do is post 10 quick, short responses to *any thread anywhere at Crafster* to qualify.  Crafsters have gotten very used to seeing a photo thumbnail by the name of every thread, so many may not see threads without pics or just not bother to click on them.

(Then post more stuff as you make it!...or even retake photos of this one.)

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2011 09:37:16 AM »

Nice pendant  Smiley , but could see better if it weren't so dark Cry.  (Try using a darker color as your backdrop since a lot of white (paper in this case) will make the camera sensor think everything in the fram needs to be darkened...a medium-brightness background would be even better.)

Oh, I didn't know that. I've always been told to use contrasting backgrounds to make things show up better. I'll remember that from now on, though. Thanks for the tip!

I was pretty sure that I responded to ten things already but I guess not. Thanks for that tip too. I'll go back and make sure that I've responded to ten things and, if so, fix this.

Also, thanks for the complement. I made it when I was half asleep so I see issues with it (like there's a visible seam on the back/side of the handle) but I'm happy with it overall.
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2011 10:15:09 AM »

I like the mixed-media quality of it too, but a better picture would really show up its qualities more!

As for using a contrasting background, that can be true in some cases but it doesn't have to mean brightness--only for example that you wouldn't want to put something green (at least around the outermost parts) on a green background of the same hue/color and brightness (though shadows could be used as separators by those who really know what they're doing, etc). Sometimes using analogous colors for item and backdrop works really well though as well as more contrasting colors, or using muted colors with muted colors, etc.  Contrast in texture can work too.
(If you want to read a bit more on backgrounds and how to photograph small items in particular, check out some of the Photography page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/photography.htm )

Oh, I wanted to mention too that the spiral you painted onto the clay can also be done by "stamping" and will be easier with cleaner edges.  Just bend a piece of wire into a spiral shape with some small-nose pliers and bend the rest of the tail of the wire perpendicular to the spiral (like a "handle"), then press into acrylic paint and stamp onto baked clay --or impress it into raw clay.  
You can also use metallic substances like mica powders (Pearl Ex, etc), metallic waxes, and even metallic leaf to do similar effects.  Or you could do something called "antiquing" which is sort of similar, where a plain impression is made before baking (like the spiral wire), then after baking acrylic paint (or metallic powder mixed into a clear finish/sealer/etc used as a "paint") is rubbed all over and down into the impression but the top area is quickly rubbed off to leave the metallic stuff only in the depressions.  Lots of fun ways to do all kinds of things on polymer clay  Grin
http://glassattic.com/polymer/stamping.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm  
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http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2011 05:45:17 PM »

Thank you very much for the tips! I have learned a lot. I would have never thought of using wire to stamp acrylic paint onto something. I'll have to try that and the impression method sometime. I'm going to look at those links you posted and bookmark them for further use.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2011 09:45:39 AM »

Glad you liked them. Smiley  Since we're talking about bending wire into spirals, you might also want to check out some lessons for doing that on another of the pages at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/wire.htm click on "Coils, Spirals, Twists," then scroll down to Spirals
(You may also be interested in the category called Basic Wire Shapes on that same page if you want to make your own eye pins, hooks and other connectors, as well as fancier wire shapes.)
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2011 07:56:10 PM »

Thanks! I bookmarked that too. =)
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