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51  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Appaloosa Unicorn on: January 04, 2015 03:22:34 AM



Hand sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint. The hairs on the coat were meticulously painted one by one, they even follow natural hair growth patterns and swirls. No molds were used in the making of this sculpture nor were any made. The mane and tail are made from mohair.
 
She is 7 1/2 in tall at the highest point and about 6 1/2 in long.
 
I don't remember when I started painting her, but I have been working on painting her since before I finished the black unicorn foal I made in 2012, not to mention the time it took to sculpt her. To have worked on her for so long she was a real labor of love to create. I think that she is my favorite unicorn that I have sculpted so far. Cheesy




Lol she looks like a hair model in this photo  Grin



Her foal and another unicorn I sculpted




I am hoping that the frost sticks around until tomorrow, so that I can get some glittery, wintery pics of her outside.
52  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you help identify this crafty medium? on: December 28, 2014 07:32:31 AM
Maybe it's a product called "friendly plastic". You when you warm it you can stamp or bend it, fuse it to other pieces of itself like glass, melt it down and mold it.

I have never looked for it in stores, but I have seen it for sale in many online stores.
53  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: hat a-long 14 in 2014 on: December 06, 2014 08:45:15 PM
I am a slow knitter, so I love how quick and easy this pattern was. Cheesy



The hat I made is a child sized. I plan on making more of these in various sizes for donation.

Here is the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snappy-hat
54  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: More Galaxy Horse Necklaces on: November 16, 2014 01:07:28 AM
I love the way the mane is still white/clear even though the bodies are so beautifully bright.

Thanks

The manes are actually painted silver
55  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Galaxy Horse Necklaces on: November 16, 2014 12:33:44 AM
These are molded from my original polymer clay horse head sculptures, and cast in jewelry resin.







I am experimenting with different techniques for marbling resin.
56  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny Golfish on: November 11, 2014 02:38:40 AM
Sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint, the fins are made from tissue paper. He is 1.5 cm long.





I plan on using this little guy in another project, so you may see him again soon  Wink
57  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Appaloosa Wall Hanging on: October 12, 2014 03:19:03 AM
That looks great - what are you going to do with the other horse head casts?

I have painted a few of the casts, but I am still deciding on what else to do with them. I might do a few more attached to wood like this, but decorated a little differently or with different themes. Ideally though I would like to come up with new ideas for them.


These type of casts are called medallions by model horse collectors, and some questions that are often asked is what besides painting do you do with them? and how do you display them?

Besides this, I have made some of my polymer clay originals into ornaments https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431123.0 and attached some to real horseshoes https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433681 so these projects are sort of my answer to those questions.
58  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Appaloosa Wall Hanging on: October 08, 2014 11:20:59 PM

I had a little 3" X 3 5/8" block of plywood leftover after I built a couple of freestanding shelves, I felt that I had to do something with it, so here is what I came up with.



I stained the wood with watered down acrylic paint to make it look a little more weathered. I painted little black and white confetti horses to look like appaloosas then glued them on to the block. I coated it with clear resin so that the little confetti horses would not come off and to attach the horse head.



Before I coated the block in resin wood burned "appaloosa" on both sides.



I nailed rusty horseshoe nails to the the top of the block to attach twine. I dyed the twine with Rit dye to match the wood. The beads strung on the twine, I made from recycled plastic bottles (more on how they were made https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285491.0;all , I was so happy to finally have a use for these, for years I didn't quite know what to do with them  Grin ). Then I drilled holes in the bottom, so that I could glue in glass bead strands.



These are unpainted casts I made from horse heads I sculpted from polymer clay, molded with silicone and cast in white resin.
59  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Attaching Metal to Plastic????? on: October 04, 2014 06:07:31 PM
Maybe try silicone, it is usually used to adhere stuff to smooth surfaces like glass and metal. If you do try silicone make sure that it is the clear kind and does not have any chemical additives like fungicides.

Also you could sand or scratch up the plastic and metal on the spots where you will be gluing them, so that the adhesive something more to hold on to.
60  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: rooster cane and ornament (loads of W.I.P pics) on: October 04, 2014 04:03:06 AM
Impressive as always! Cheesy It's so detailed that it looks like a painting!

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