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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Viking chicken! on: October 07, 2008 03:47:44 PM
So my mom is a little crazy, which works out well because so am I. She has this fake rooster in her kitchen that she loves, it even has a name (although I can't remember what it is). When I saw these little fat chicken in Micheal's craft store I just knew I needed to get one for her. But when I got it home, it looked so plain and store bought that I decided I needed to spruce it up a bit. I have called my mom Helga since I was 13 (because at that age that was the worst thing I could think to call her and I envisioned her as a large tyrant viking woman despite the fact she's not at all). Calling her Helga has become a term of endearment over the years so I bring you the Helga Chicken! I haven't even baked her helmet yet because as soon as I put on the horns I was thrown into uncontrollable giggles because it's so perfect and I couldn't wait to bake it to post it Tongue

Here she is in all her viking glory:

A close up of her helmet (I don't know what the little yellow dot is, I have to take it off before I bake it):

Before she set sail to pillage and plunder she made a short stop to the Kentucky Derby:

And here she is with no personality at all, how sad:

What do you think, I'm pretty new to the polymer clay scene so does she look like a Helga chicken?
2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin party favors on: September 24, 2008 04:35:25 PM
I am having a going away party for my friend and there will be several children there. As I live vicariously through others children (and I don't want them to be bored) I created a treasure hunt for them. Once they find all the pirate "treasure" I made, they have to return one coin of each color to me for a prize. The prize is a crepe paper pumpkin I made for them to tear open and find Halloween-y goodness inside! They didn't come out perfectly (I've never used floral tape and I've decide it is my new nemesis) but they're good enough for kids to shred. They were pretty easy and I got the tutorial from here: http://www.notmartha.org/tomake/pumpkinfavors/

Here is my pumpkin patch, in its handy I/D carrying case Tongue

Everything that I was able to fit inside, the pumpkins fit in the palm of my hand but I suppose you could make them bigger (My paper was 10"x12" and I folded it in half lengthwise to make a double layer):

(The stuff on the left behind the hershey kisses is halloween confetti and tiny plastic spiders for what I hope will create more of an exploding effect).

And the pirate "coins" the kids have to find (I have one more color to make). They are just polymer clay with a hand carved stamp pushed into them and then smoothed out lightly and baked:

If you're looking for a quick and easy Halloween party favor, I'd say these pumpkins are the way to go. You can also use an orange paper treat bag and wrap the top up the same with with pipe cleaners and tape, I'm just not sure about their "rippability".
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / <3 your mom shirt on: September 20, 2008 05:09:03 AM
I made this shirt for one of my coworkers since we're often immature people at my job (animal hospitals are a stressful thing and we need to lighten the mood somehow Wink and he's the king of it all. It's a simple design but my first attempt at stenciling so I thought it came out pretty well.

PS: I stink at taking pictures of shirts, I'm pretty sure that's obvious though Tongue
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Scurvy pirate kitty magnets on: September 01, 2008 11:35:42 AM
I loooove all the polymer clay creations I see on here so I thought I'd give it a try. They are no where near as perfect as what I've seen (it's amazing how macro camera settings show you every little imperfection you didn't see before) but I'm happy with them for my first attempt Smiley I actually created these for a swap but they wouldn't fit in the package so they're living on my fridge for now.

I think this is just the beginning of a clay addiction, I fell asleep the last 2 nights thinking of all the things I want to make.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Little fairy hand carved stamp on: June 24, 2008 06:06:08 PM
I've really been growing as a stamp carver and it's finally starting to show. I think I need to invest in a magnifier soon though because my eyes are starting to feel the affects! I carved this little fairy from an image drawn by Elizabeth O. Dulemba (I really like her artwork) out of Grade A PZKut with a Staedtler #1 gouge and a Speedball #5 gouge. I need to start dabbling in needle carving though because I'm starting to outgrow my carving tools. Anyway, enough talk, onto the stamp!

Here she is next to a pen for scale:

And all by herself:

And stamped (with a little chalk for detail).

Hope you like her because I LOVE her Smiley
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Handcarved stamp (and my first post)! on: April 11, 2008 06:28:23 AM
Hi all! I've been hanging around this wonderful site for months now but finally got up the nerve to post. I started carving stamps a few months ago and have really enjoyed watching my skills improve with each one. Every new one I carve is my favorite and I think I couldn't possible love one more until I carve the next one and then I change my mind Smiley But this one is truly my favorite, it's a composite of 2 Kurt Halsey images that I put together to represent my cat and I. Without further ado, here it is!

And for scale:

It's carved on Grade A PZKut (which = sweet sweet carving love) and a Staedtler #1 gauge carving tool. I hope you like it because I have tons more I can post!

PS-Yes, I am a letterboxer/addict  Tongue
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