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Bothria
« on: April 03, 2012 12:47:48 PM »

The first pendant I made was suppose to be an octopus but I think I like them better as jelly fish.



I'm kind of a polymer clay newb so any advice or criticism is greatly appreciated.  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012 01:03:07 PM »

No advice for you but those are really cute.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012 02:15:24 PM »

those are beautiful! great job!
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012 04:54:47 PM »

They are absolutely adorable
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012 08:33:13 PM »

Those are freakin' adorable. I'm no noob with clay, but all my jellyfish remind me of penis heads with tentacles... Moral of the story is keep up the good work!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012 09:08:48 AM »

Great onlays!... love them.  And the accessory beads you strung on the cording (waxed linen?) are a nice touch too.

Re the onlays, were you doing Balinese Filigree and just decided to experiment, or did you have that design in mind from the beginning?  Works really well.

Since you asked for comments, the only things I'd say would be that I see fingerprints, cracking here and there, and a few pinhole depressions in the ropey extrusions.  No biggies.
...If you want to avoid fingerprints (or get rid of them when already present), there are a lot of ways to do that listed on this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm > Fingerprints, Smoothing
...Cracking can be caused in small pieces like this by insufficient conditioning and/or additives during conditioning (cracking in large pieces can have different causes).  Check this page for ways to condition polymer clay(s) if you want to compare what you did with those:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm
...The pinholes in the extrusions could have been caused by insufficient conditioning too since putting clay through a clay gun requires very warm clay and/or extra-soft clay to be totally smooth since I'm assuming you used a clay gun or other extruder for the clay ropes, or caused by a few other things like incorporated air or moisture if you rolled them by hand.  There's info on preparing polymer clay for extruding through clay guns, and even Balinese Filigree if you're interested, on this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm

(Also, this page is about onlays in general...in this case "dimensional, ropey" onlays:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/onlay.htm )
And if you're interested in using other kinds of thick cording for polymer clay pendants and don't know about other options, check out this page for more possibilites:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm > Cording)

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2012 05:17:20 PM »

Thanks guys! wow that's all very great advice. I appreciate it a lot! The cord is made of hemp, and I don't have a clay gun so I just rolled them out. I'm not sure what balinese filigree is (I'm going to look it up right now) but everything I do with clay is a bit of an experiment. I'm looking forward to looking at all of your links and learning some stuff about working with clay. Thank you so much! <3
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2012 07:52:13 PM »

Diane gave some really good advice, so I don't have anything to add there. I like how they're a little abstract.. and they're very neat too, for the most part. I bet they'd look cool against a lot of other colored backgrounds.
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012 06:40:36 AM »

These pendants are adorable!  Great work.  And the things that Diane posted are going to be helpful to me as well!  I've been playing polymer for a while but I always seem to end up with something I don't like on my projects. 
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