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Topic: Polymer Clay Christmas Ornaments: Nautical Steam Pirate, with BRIEF WRITTEN TUTE  (Read 4751 times)
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« on: December 07, 2012 05:42:30 PM »

Sometimes the best inspiration really does strike at the most unexpected moment:

I sat down last night to make an ornament for a friend/fellow polymer artist that I am doing a private swap with. I was planning to make a flat ornament shaped like a bird. Yet, before I even knew what I was doing, I grabbed a vintage red glass ornament from my ever expanding "To-Use-Soon" craft closet, and began covering with polymer clay. After some experimentation, and a whole lot of patina, here are the results:







To make your own:

--Cover glass Christmas ball in thin sheets of polymer clay, blending edges of "joins" with finger tips
--Once whole ball is covered, use a pointy tool (needle, paint brush handle) and, "stabbing into" clay, swirl around and outward to create jagged "barnacle" holes.
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--Paint entire clay surface with Sophisticated Finishes copper paint (real bits of copper in there).
--IMMEDIATELY follow with SF's Copper Patina solution (green) as per the directions on bottle.
--You are DONE!

Happy Holidays Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012 05:58:50 PM »

Really neat!! It looks like a planet Smiley.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012 06:07:49 PM »

Really neat!! It looks like a planet Smiley.

thanks! yeah, i realized later that it kinda looks like the moon Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012 06:50:21 PM »

This is kinda cool!  Thanks for the tut!  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012 07:55:05 PM »

This is one where I clicked on the thumbnail wondering what the heck it was but already knowing I was going to love it. What a gorgeously weird thing! You make it sound so very easy to do, but I know if I tried it wouldn't look half as good as this. I didn't think of a planet, but rather of pollen or spores. Something microscopic anyway.

So brilliant!

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012 08:00:12 PM »

This is one where I clicked on the thumbnail wondering what the heck it was but already knowing I was going to love it. What a gorgeously weird thing! You make it sound so very easy to do, but I know if I tried it wouldn't look half as good as this. I didn't think of a planet, but rather of pollen or spores. Something microscopic anyway.

So brilliant!

Wulf

thanks so much wulf!  Smiley

making it "sound easy"...that makes me wish i had put in some step by step pics...just do people can follow it, cuz my verbal directions are probably the most simplified version...i almost always do TUTES with tons of pics...but having a crazy busy weekend!

so glad u love the piece...try it out for yourself, and if u do, be sure to post some pics of your ornaments here Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012 08:49:15 PM »

It looks beautiful with the red shining through the holes.  I thought it was a seed pod of some kind. Looks lovely on the Christmas tree.
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012 09:11:38 PM »

Very interesting! Cheesy

I immediately thought of the Hydnellum peckii fungus upon seeing the thumbnail. Also known as the Bleeding Tooth Fungus. The redness of the inside makes it look remarkably like that fungus.
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2012 03:14:24 AM »

Gorgeous! I knew I'd love it from the wee picture, and I do. I only wish I could touch it, it has such wonderful texture. Very barnacle-y.
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012 04:10:14 AM »

Very interesting! Cheesy

I immediately thought of the Hydnellum peckii fungus upon seeing the thumbnail. Also known as the Bleeding Tooth Fungus. The redness of the inside makes it look remarkably like that fungus.

i'm gonna go check that out--sounds like a beautiful fungus!  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012 08:18:09 AM »

ERMEHGERD!!! That is so awesome!!! I totally thought "strange sea sponge" when I saw it. Very cool ornament, and thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012 06:18:46 PM »

Yes, my thoughts went aquatic as well - my first guesses were barnacle or puffer fish! Just beautiful!
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2012 11:28:20 AM »

Oh wowie!  That is so cool and interesting!  Man, you did make it sound easy, but I can hardly imagine pulling something off like that!  So cool!
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2012 10:32:03 AM »

This is gorgeous! I love the jagged holes with the shiny red underbelly. It looks like gems peeking out from an earthly (or non-earthy?) crust. My first thought upon spotting the thumbmail was seed pod. (It reminds me of the pods on my Christmas wreath that I am DYING to identify!) This ornament makes my heart drool. Well done!
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