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1  Happy Year of the Rat in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: February 07, 2008 04:01:42 PM
February 7 is the first day of the new year, according to the Chinese calendar. So I thought I'd sculpt up a little version of this year's zodiac animal.

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2  A Happy Little Monk in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: February 03, 2008 07:07:18 PM

I started this project intending for it to be a little Jizo figurine, but it wasnt turning out the way I wanted. So it became a happy, baby-faced, and strangely disproportionate little monk instead.

He stands 1 inches tall.

Thanks for looking!
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3  A knitter's first crochet project in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: January 31, 2008 04:00:09 PM
For my first ever crochet project I wanted something simple and fun, and found a great pattern right here on Craftster.

Meet Seasick Sinclair: Cephalopod Debonair.
It takes a rare talent to remain slick and sophisticated while green with nausea! He also has a secret obsession with Slash. The top hat is my own creation, the octopus pattern is here:

I was so happy with how he turned out I just had to share!   Smiley
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4  Re: Cockatiels in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: January 25, 2008 10:09:48 AM
I figured you must have been a breeder! Im not, I just love having birds as pets. Theyre so smart, and have really fun personalities - even when theyre grumpy! They really are sweet and cuddly, although my little whiteface is such an alpha-male that he doesnt get along with my boyfriend sometimes. Cheesy   
And hes got an extremely annoying song that he does to woo his girlfriend ALL the time, complete with a dance of sorts, or at least a pose. I modeled it, although the previous pic didnt show it too well. Here it is:

I call it the Cobra. Sometimes he stands on one foot and ducks his head under a wing at the same time. It's pretty cute.

Anyway, thanks for the compliment!
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5  Cockatiels in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: January 22, 2008 04:27:25 PM
Theyre almost as cute as their living counterparts, and much less mischievous!

Super Sculpey and acrylic paint are the ingredients.

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6  More Nintendo characters - little ornaments this time (7 pics) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: November 28, 2007 04:31:52 PM
I noticed someone else posted similar work just last night (only theirs was much more refined). Looks like Im in the right place!

This is the result of last years Sculpey binge and too much Gamecube. Mama mia!

Here are some close ups:

It started with Petey Piranha and snowballed from there.

My personal favorite: Toadsworth!


Bowser Jr.

Baby Mario and Baby Luigi

Diddy Kong

Thanks for looking!

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7  Little batty fair isle cuffs/wristwarmers (pattern) in Knitting: Completed Projects by ArtFiend on: November 26, 2007 06:59:39 PM
Yep, more wristwarmers    Grin

Well, its my first pattern so I thought Id keep it simple. I came across the traditional jacquard border pattern in the Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary the other day saw a bat among the diamonds.

This pattern can be done in the round, simply omit the first and last st of every row (42 sts) to allow the border to be continuous.

Size: Womens medium

   Size 4 (3.5mm) needles
   Size 3 (3.25mm) needles

   Main color: 1 skein light-worsted or sport weight yarn, gray
   Contrasting color: 1 skein light-worsted or sport weight yarn, black

   Tapestry needle

Gauge: 23 sts and 30 rows = 4 in stockinette using smaller needles

Pattern notes 
Ribbing is 1k, 1p repeated.
Bat border is done in St st beginning with a RS row.


With larger needles and MC, CO 44 sts. Work 1x1 ribbing for 4 rows.

Next row (RS): Join CC. Switch to smaller needles and work the 16 rows of Bat Border pattern.

Switch back to larger needles and work 18 rows of ribbing in MC.

BO loosely in pattern.

Bat Border Pattern


Break yarn. Block to even out sts in pattern.

Weave in ends. Sew sides together 1 st in on either side. Make sure the pattern lines up to be continuous around the cuff.

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The yarn I used was Fantasy by Dark Horse Yarns (50% nylon, 50% acrylic). Obviously the pattern isnt going to use up an entire skein (especially the contrasting color), but I dont know how to calculate yardage

If the pattern image turns up too small here on Craftster, heres the link to the blog post: http://reliquaryarts.blogspot.com/2007/11/gone-batty-simple-fair-isle.html 

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