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21  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber paintings - they're just so much fun. on: February 18, 2016 10:44:27 PM
the portrait hoop is incredible!  Shocked i hope you do finish your off to an amazing start
22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: celtic maze canes on: February 16, 2016 11:00:58 PM
thank you  Smiley

I always wonder...
How do you prevent distortion of the slices of clay when you turn several/lots of them into one smooth surface?
(I know I can Google this, but I'd rather hear it from an expert.)

try to get each cane slice the same thickness. you can buy a slicer but i put them all in a row and slice against a thick metal ruler to take of any excess, this way when you cover it with deli paper and rub to smooth the surface it should minimize any distortion. depending on the design, usually i rub in a circular motion but if the design has lines running in one direction i go will the lines. you can also gently pull the finished sheet in the direction of the lines to help stretch out any kinks. i hope this makes sense.
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / celtic maze canes on: February 15, 2016 10:46:43 PM
 this geometric design was a little different from my usual bird or face canes. i had a lot of fun combining the basic cane tiles to create a variety of patterns. the challenge was working out not only where the pattern repeated but the easiest place to join the cane slices.

these are 3 bracelet tiles showing the different patterns. the two bottom tiles are my favourites.

the fished bracelet and a pendant.

bangles. i put the cane slices end to end to create a long strip, then joined it to cover the bangle core stretching the outer edge as i did so. this is easier than trying to reduce the cane to two particular sizes and shapes to fit the changing circumference of the bangle while still aligning the pattern

here, the cane
24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Autumn/Fall Dragons (Pic Heavy) on: February 15, 2016 10:32:57 PM
so sweet. i love their berry hoards and leafy wings.
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Translucent Candle Holder on: February 15, 2016 10:31:00 PM
very effective, i like the cutout shape of the top too Smiley
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Big Scarf - pinterest inspired on: February 06, 2016 10:24:08 PM
awesome piece  Grin  you did such a good job replicating the patterns on the scarf too
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: golden eagle cane with wip shots on: December 21, 2015 06:23:22 AM
thank you  Smiley
Stunning. How do you reduce it without distortion? Do you use a wire or a very sharp knife?
as you can see i put sheets of glass on the end (which is dangerous if it breaks so dont do this, please use thick perspex or acrylic sheets instead) most canes either collapse inwards or bulge outwards (less likely esp with large or flat canes) and this is one of causes of image distortion as you can lose a lot of the outsides of the image which the center remains the same size. putting perspex on the ends prevents this.
twisting tends to cause distortion too. if you look at the photo of the cane on the glass you will notice at each corner a piece of pink clay, these allow be to keep track of the corners while im working the cane and avoid excessive twisting.
saying that ive never had a cane that didnt suffer a some distortion from reduction Undecided larger canes tend to be harder to reduce and control than smaller ones. i also struggle with irregular shapes so i pack mine with scrap clay so they are square because thats the shape i find easiest to reduce.
hope this helps a little Smiley
i use a tissue blade to cut it. which is a very thin and sharp blade so it dosnt smear or crush the cane while slicing.
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / golden eagle cane with wip shots on: December 19, 2015 11:59:24 PM
completely forgot to post this one

the finished brooches, because the cane was large and complex i didnt want to reduce it too small and lose the detail so these pieces measure 7.5cm and 5.5cm in length

oval pendant on memory wire necklace.

its not a tutorial as such but it gives an idea of how i created the cane.
i start with the eyes, even the pupils arnt solid black but a mix of dark greys

 i originally tried slicing into the cane and inserting thin strips of black (you can still see these closest to the yellow part of the beak) but it proved impossible to get the 'hairs' fine enough so i went for a mosaic of solid strings of different coloured clays which gives a good effect recreating the harsh ratel hairs around the eyes and beak.

each of the feathers on the chest is a separate cane

finished cne ready for reduction, i placed glass plates on the ends to prevent it collapsing inwards and contributing to image distortion.

successful reduction, some distortion but im pretty pleased with how this went
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: result of a watercolour/pen and ink class...village on: December 04, 2015 10:58:52 PM
i never mastered watercolour. i never left enough white or pale colours they always ended up too dark. this look lovely, those golden hills and sun lit clouds are beautiful.
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: wee free men pumpkin (rude gesture) on: November 15, 2015 11:13:00 PM
thank you. peace sign is palm outwards, the same gesture with your palm facing you is not a gesture to be used in polite society, at least in England.
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