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Topic: Polymer Clay on Canvas: Large Pet Portrait (with TUTE!)  (Read 9843 times)
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« on: October 31, 2012 04:33:24 PM »

Here is something I made for my first Craftster swap, the Wall Art Swap!!!
This is my handmade polymer clay pet portrait of my swap partner's departed kitty, Mason:



This was my largest polymer clay project to date, and involved teaching myself new techniques: how to mosaic, how to adhere poly clay onto canvas, etc.

Here's how I did it:

Start out with a reference of the pet you would like to immortalize:



Next, choose your canvas (this one was 11 x 14), and using a piece of paper of the same size, sketch the cat and then cut around the cat, creating a template. Trace off this template onto the canvas, giving yourself an outline of positive and negative space:



Now, you begin mosaic-ing around the cat, filling the negative space with clay tiles***
(***To create polymer clay "tiles":
--roll out sheets of polymer clay in several harmonious colors
--using a small square cookie cutter, cut out a few hundred squares
--you can even stamp letters in (some of these tiles say 'love')
--bake these tiles in advance; underbake *slightly* as they will bake a couple times during the project
--adhere using generous blobs of Liquid Sculpey as a glue):



Again using your paper template, roll out white polymer clay (the cheap large Sculpey blocks) on the thickest setting of a pasta machine, and cut out the main areas of the cat. work on parchment paper--much easier. ADHERE with Liquid Sculpey:



Fill a shot glass half way with mint green acrylic paint, and half way with water, to create a watery acrylic wash. Brush generously over the tiles. NOTE: You have now also adhered the large white areas of your design using Liquid Sculpey and pressing the white sections onto the canvas.



Create another watery acrylic wash, this time with black paint. Paint around border, and over the white clay areas of the cat. (NOTE: I had combed some texture and lines across the cat):
BAKE.



Create the cats eyes with flat sheets of polymer clay; paint over with acrylic. Paint all areas of the cat with acrylic paint (copper, white, black) and fine brush. Experiment. Use the back end of a paint brush to "dot" the cat's eyes with white shine--make it real, but no need to overwork.
BAKE ONE LAST TIME:



Here's the finished piece, with some detail shots:







Thanks for looking; message me or reply with questions or if u need more detail direction!!!
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2012 05:12:08 PM »

This is a fabulous piece!  So much detail and a wonderful sentiment!  Great work!
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2012 05:39:19 AM »

Wow! What a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing it and the process of creating it. Rocked and pinned! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012 05:12:40 AM »

Wow! What a beautiful piece of art. Thank you for sharing it and the process of creating it. Rocked and pinned! Smiley

thanks so much!!!!! love when people pin me! (I am "wings of clay" on pinterest as well)
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2012 08:04:39 AM »

That is beautiful -- such a great tribute!
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2012 03:43:56 PM »

And it looks so BEAUTIFUL hanging in my home! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2012 06:49:27 PM »

Wow, what a lucky swap partner! This art rocks!
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2012 03:58:16 AM »

Wow, what a lucky swap partner! This art rocks!

awwww...thanks!  Roll Eyes the whole experience just makes me excited for the next SWAP! this was my first, and i want to do more Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2012 10:31:04 AM »

that is amazing! You did a fantastic job, I love the detail and this is just so creative and beautiful. Your swap partner was so lucky to have you!
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2012 06:27:29 AM »

Rocked and pinned! I'd never seen this type of art created from clay a whole new world has been opened up to me. Thank you!!
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2012 01:18:16 AM »

This is very creative, very nice!
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« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2012 11:50:36 AM »

Seriously, this is the most beautiful/amazing thing I have ever sen made with Polymer Clay!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2012 05:28:19 PM »

Seriously, this is the most beautiful/amazing thing I have ever sen made with Polymer Clay!!!!

thanks--that's so sweet!  Kiss

my swap partner LOVED it!
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2012 12:26:19 PM »

This is wonderful!!  I'm going to attempt something similar for my mom, my childhood dog is 18 and won't be with us much longer. What a great was to immortalize a loved one.
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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2012 07:00:42 AM »

This is simply amazing! I really want to try it!
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« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2012 12:23:02 PM »

This is wonderful!!  I'm going to attempt something similar for my mom, my childhood dog is 18 and won't be with us much longer. What a great was to immortalize a loved one.

wow--18 years! what a blessing! be sure to upload pics if you do this project to make a portrait of your dog: sounds like a great idea!
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2012 02:38:37 AM »

omg looks awesome!!!
But, you baked a canvas?? How long did you bake because you already baked the clay, did you follow the instructions on the package again? for 2 times?
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2012 04:18:23 PM »

omg looks awesome!!!
But, you baked a canvas?? How long did you bake because you already baked the clay, did you follow the instructions on the package again? for 2 times?

LOL...yes, you can ABSOLUTELY bake a canvas, and yes, you can bake polymer clay more than once, even several times, as long as u don't burn it...multiple bakings can be used for large projects with many steps, or even to strengthen a polymer clay object that will get lots of wear and tear (such as bangle bracelets).

do you work with polymer? have you checked out "glass attic" website? such a wealth of polymer resources and answers to questions about baking multiple times, etc...
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« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2012 04:13:26 AM »

I didn't know about the canvas! (sadly my oven isn't that big enough... must find a small canvas Cheesy)
I do work with polymer clay but only tackled easy things. I'll try more difficult things in the future. thanks for the help!
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2012 09:20:58 AM »

Wow.... I love this. Specially the use of multiple forms of media. Well done.
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« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2012 10:50:59 AM »

Wow, that's a fantastic piece of art  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2012 10:27:32 AM »

That is AMAZING! Obvious hard work, and definitely a very special memorial for the beloved cat.
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2012 09:24:29 AM »

That is AMAZING! Obvious hard work, and definitely a very special memorial for the beloved cat.

interestingly, knowing that it needed to honor the cat actually pushed me to work harder and keep going until it felt just perfect to me...almost like needing to live up to the memory of the dear kitty cat Smiley
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