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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Steel Salmon on: September 20, 2014 09:13:31 AM


Every year the art guild has a number of steel salmon and ravens that are decorated by local artists, and then auctioned. The proceeds will help fund stuff like a summer art camp for kids, and art scholarships.

The theme I chose for the salmon I decorated was preservation. Since this year on the Kuskokwim and throughout most of Alaska there were many restrictions on salmon fishing, due do declining numbers.

I don't have any pictures of the salmon before I covered it in fabric. The steel was covered in rust, I had to scrub it with wire brush, sand it, wash and dry it, then spray paint it with black Rust-oleum, before I could decorate it.

I sewed the detail on the fins and head with a machine, and because I  had to sew it around a steel frame, I sewed most of the salmon by hand. I used a clear glass pebble for the eye,  painted it with black and gold acrylic paint, and used green polymer clay around the back and edges so that I could sew the eye into place. I didnt realize how sheer the red sequin fabric was going to be. I should have lined it, so the seam allowance would not be visible against the batting. I forgot to take pictures of the back, it is covered in black batik looking fabric. I sewed a rectangular hole where the is a long hex nut welded on to the back of the steel, there is a metal rod attached to the stand that slides into the hex nut to hold the salmon in place.

At first, I hadnt planned on doing anything for the base, since they dont give you the stand when you get a steel salmon or raven to decorate. But I felt that it needed something more and that rocks and eggs would be apropos since the salmon was in spawning colors.

There are 30 rocks. I hand sewed fabric and fleece scraps to make the rocks, and painted most of them with acrylic paint to give them more color and texture. They are sewn onto black felt band with a Velcro closure.
 
I used ball ended sewing pins as salmon eggs. I painted the pins orange and covered them with red tinted resin to seal them and give them a little more depth.

Since I didn't have the stand as I was making this, I didn't know how big should to be. It ended up being a few inches short and didn't cover the full circumference of the stand. Fortunately I had sewn the rocks onto felt, and was able to stretch it to fit.







 
32  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Unicorn ACEO on: August 23, 2014 08:16:16 PM

I painted the unicorn, the moon and the waves with pearlescent acrylic paint, so that they shimmer, and I used confetti and glitter so that the stars would shine.




33  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / my first ACEO_deer in a flooded field on: May 29, 2014 01:00:32 AM

acrylic paint on card stock




34  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / horseshoe wall hangings on: May 26, 2014 09:08:24 PM
I thought that it would look neat to mount some of my larger horse ornaments on horseshoes.

They are sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint, mounted on real steel horseshoes and strung with sisal twine.








I am happy with the way they turned out. I am planning on making more. Grin
35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Bag For My Earring Display Rack on: February 27, 2014 10:16:01 AM
My earring rack needed something much safer/sturdier/nicer looking, than a plastic grocery bag to get my earrings safely to and from places.

I am pretty happy with how it tuned out  Cheesy, since I don't have a lot of sewing experience, and it was made on the fly without a pattern.

I used two quarter yard fabric strips. I was fortunate that I didn't run out of fabric mid project. When it was finished, all that was left of the fabric was 2 little scraps just big enough to make a strap for a button closure, I haven't added one but I may at some point.

It has a layer of quilt batting as interface material, and in the handles I used denim.




I was happy to find an iron on patch in my stash that matched the fabric  Cheesy




I made it just wide enough that when removing the earring rack from the bag, none of the french hook earrings get snagged and fall off.



36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alaska themed earrings on: January 28, 2014 11:49:05 AM
All my earrings are hand sculpted from polymer clay without the use of molds.

Earrings based on the berries that grow on the tundra in my part of Alaska.

Salmonberries (the big orange raspberries like berries)
Blueberries
Cranberries
Raspberries
Blackberries (not same as black raspberry type berries, these are round like blueberries)

Fireweed flowers which are common throughout Alaska

The orange triangle things are salmon dryfish, which in the summer is another common sight in western Alaska. Dryfish is sort of like fish jerkey. The salmon is filleted with the skin and tail attached (so that it is able to be hung to dry), then it is salted then hung to dry for a few days before it is smoked, it's pretty tasty.




Fireweed flowers


Blueberries


I wasn't able to get close up pictures of all my earrings, since my mom commandeered a bunch of them to show to her coworkers, and has yet to return them Tongue
37  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Horse and unicorn ornaments on: January 28, 2014 10:52:38 AM
These are a lot of fun to make  Cheesy

Sometimes I get bored or frustrated when working on my larger sculptures, so its nice to work on these quick projects and then get paint them wild colors Grin, since I usually paint my larger sculptures with more realistic horse colors.

they are about 2-3 in tall or wide








These are just some of my older pieces, I have a bunch more and some newer ones I haven't finished painting yet.
38  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Black Moor Goldfish on: May 18, 2013 09:56:56 PM
This little guy has been done for some time now I finally got around to taking pics of him. He is sculpted from polymer clay and the fins are made from liquid polymer clay.





39  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Harry :) on: February 01, 2013 01:23:32 PM
It's been a while since I have posted any of my sculptures here, so I thought that I would share some pics of my latest unicorn. I just put some of the finishing touches on the base yesterday. The unicorn has been finished since August last year.

He is completely hand sculpted from polymer clay and epoxy over a wire and foil armature, and hand painted with acrylic paint. No molds were made or used in the making of this sculpture. All of the plants except the flowers were hand made from polymer clay. The hair is Tibetan lamb's wool.

The unicorn is 12 in long and around 6 1/2 in tall without the base. The base is 9x7 in wooden oval.
 
There is a brass peg in his base, which fits into a hollow brass tube in his leg, that allows him to stand on one leg.











Close up of the snail, if you didn't see him. He is about 1 cm long. I sculpted him too (but not the shell, it is real), he even has eye stalks and feelers or what ever they are called.

40  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Hippocampus on: January 29, 2012 07:09:46 PM
This was supposed to be a "quick", "fun" Roll Eyes project I had so many problems with it, that it has taken me years to finish.

 




It is sculpted out of Super Sculpey, Kato, and epoxy. It is painted with acrylic paint, colored chalk, mica powder, and glitter. The eyes are Austrian crystal, the mane is dyed Tibetan lamb's wool, the fins are made of cellophane and wire. It has been coated in clear resin for a durable glossy finish. It is 6 in long and 3 1/2 in tall.

The eyes are very reflective and seem to glow in the right light




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