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Topic: Hogwarts Castle in a bubbling cauldron pin cushion  (Read 9310 times)
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chughes225
« on: June 17, 2012 04:59:18 PM »

For the othpt3 swap I decided to make my partner jennieingram something useful and decorative.  I sculpted her a miniature Hogwarts castle and cauldron.  The castle was done in different stages.  The buildings individually and the courtyards.  After that I placed them all on the cliffs and re-baked. The hardest part was getting the cauldron right.  The limits for the swap are 4x4.  The cauldron is 3 1/2 wide and the whole thing is 4in high.  I had a hard time putting in enough definition so you look at it and know what it is with out driving myself crazy in the tiny details.  After completing and baking all the pieces I painted them and aged the cauldron. Sealed them and placed floral foam and batting covered by lime green fabric inside the cauldron.  Then took long straight pins and glued green beads and stars to the ends to look like bubbles. I love how it turned out and had a hard time letting it go, but knowing it was going to another HP fan helped ease the pain.  Plus now I can make another one knowing what I know now for myself. Wink





She had some better light for her pics and a up close of the pins
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410017.0
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012 05:33:41 PM »

Incredibly detailed and beautiful! BRILLIANT XD
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012 06:05:50 PM »

That is absolutely spectacular! I've already pinned it and longed for it to be mine. It is brilliant Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012 07:38:30 PM »

WOW!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012 08:30:34 PM »

What a great idea - love the execution!
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012 09:35:29 PM »

That is amazing! I bet Jennie loves it!
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2012 12:18:07 AM »

*Gobsmacked* Wow. Just wow. This is amazing and incredible! Love it!
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2012 08:13:14 AM »

That's truly fabulous -- nice idea and so beautifully executed.
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2012 04:19:28 PM »

I'm still in awe of your creation! It's just so fabulous I can't hardly stand it. Did you use white clay and paint it the colors you needed, or did you use brown and gray? Also what brand did you use? Is the cauldron clay as well? Sorry for all the questions. I've admired clay crafting for so long and just started trying it out this year, and I'd love to do something similar to this. It's just wonderful!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2012 05:11:54 PM »

I'm still in awe of your creation! It's just so fabulous I can't hardly stand it. Did you use white clay and paint it the colors you needed, or did you use brown and gray? Also what brand did you use? Is the cauldron clay as well? Sorry for all the questions. I've admired clay crafting for so long and just started trying it out this year, and I'd love to do something similar to this. It's just wonderful!!

I havent been working with clay for very long and i normally prefer fimo but they hard sculpey3 on sale so thats what i used.  I did use white clay and then paint it and the cauldron is clay as well. I made a aluminum base for the cauldron and the formed the clay around it.  I used metallic creams that  i have had forever to age the cauldron.  I also baked it in stages so to not damage what i already made while working on another part. I also put petroleum jelly on the baked pieces and then added the fresh clay to  it. I hoped that helped i dont have a ton of knowledge in this craft but i will share what i have.  Good luck!
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2012 05:55:29 PM »

Ahhh so did you bake the thicker pieces first? I've never rebaked anything, so I have no clue what kind of situation you would need to do that in. I just really need to do some more research on the topic. There are so many things I'd like to make, and now Hogwarts is on my ever growing list!
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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2012 07:09:18 AM »

This is wonderful! Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2012 08:35:50 PM »

Amazing, totally rocks.
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« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2012 12:26:04 PM »

Fantastic!!!!
Btw, here's a link to the specific post with "better" pictures:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410017.msg4842829#msg4842829

Love the mini-castle (great job on getting the concept across on something that small), and mixing both media and functions with the pins is totally inspired!

For anyone interested in "rebaking" polymer clay or making miniature and other structures like houses/castles, etc, check out these pages:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm > Multiple & Partial Baking
http://glassattic.com/polymer/glues-Diluent.htm> Some Bonding Techniques
http://glassattic.com/polymer/houses_structures_gingerbread.htm (do a Ctrl+F search on that page for the word castle, e.g.)


(I wouldn't recommend the 3 main Sculpeys for things like this though because the pieces will be thin and those clays are more brittle after baking when thin than other brands and lines of polymer clay--except perhaps the new clay Craftsmart/Bakeshop:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm > Strength )

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« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2012 03:31:01 PM »

Fantastic!!!!
Btw, here's a link to the specific post with "better" pictures:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=410017.msg4842829#msg4842829

Love the mini-castle (great job on getting the concept across on something that small), and mixing both media and functions with the pins is totally inspired!

For anyone interested in "rebaking" polymer clay or making miniature and other structures like houses/castles, etc, check out these pages:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm > Multiple & Partial Baking
http://glassattic.com/polymer/glues-Diluent.htm> Some Bonding Techniques
http://glassattic.com/polymer/houses_structures_gingerbread.htm (do a Ctrl+F search on that page for the word castle, e.g.)


(I wouldn't recommend the 3 main Sculpeys for things like this though because the pieces will be thin and those clays are more brittle after baking when thin than other brands and lines of polymer clay--except perhaps the new clay Craftsmart/Bakeshop:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm > Strength )


Thanks for all the links.  Since Im not really knowledgeable Im sure they will help. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2012 12:01:35 PM »

 Shocked LOVE IT!
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« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2012 06:38:24 PM »

wooow! it looks so awesome!
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2012 09:46:28 AM »

Aw, there it is on the main page, looking awesome as a thumbnail already! The castle! The bubbles!
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2012 08:28:04 AM »

This is so beautiful!  I love that the pins don't look like pins, but like landscape.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2012 09:07:28 AM »

Thank you!  I think i might try making the burrow next  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2012 05:40:51 PM »

This is so cute!
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« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2012 06:38:03 AM »

Thanks Wink
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« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2012 12:46:37 AM »

This is amazingly good!  What a lucky ducky swap partner!
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