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1  evil possessed snowman sculpt in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 12, 2018 09:47:46 PM
this was my first attempt to sculpt to 28mm scale.
 my brother is creating a christmas themed Mordheim (an old table top miniature war game) warband so i decided to make him a little somthing to go with it. i didnt want to put a lot of effort into painting it as i thought he would almost certainly want to paint it himself but because it is a gift i used coloured clay to sculpt it because  i wanted it to look a little more impressive than it would have if i sculpted it in scrap clay.
i did add a wash of water blue acrylic paint to his body to pick up a little detail though. i textured the snow using a texture sponge, it gets a lot of use, usually with black clay so rolling the white clay over it made it nicely grubby which fits well with the dark theme.

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2  Dali clock with fungi in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 08, 2018 04:36:49 AM
I made this for a personal swap, my partner wanted  a dali themed swap item and they love mushrooms so i created this piece. its inspired by the work of S. Kilgast (you can see here work here: http://www.petitplat.fr/?fbclid=IwAR1boEGy6RxzxF40RU8EZMmhW9CgjNLSPVbI__pXhzU0BGy9049NibKvKT8 )
The entire piece is made from polymer clay, i applied a little watered down acrylic paint as ink to bring up the details and again by dry brushing.

To get the little bumps on the caps of the mushrooms you can see in the close up in the third picture, I used a heat gun to blister the clay. Usually you want to keep the heat gun moving and dont get to close otherwise you can blister and burn the clay but in this instance that was exactly what i wanted to do. There is a fine line between making the clay bubble and burning it brown so I made the caps of the mushrooms separately then sculpted the stalks so if the caps turned brown i would not have ruined the whole sculpt.
The 'crumbles' around the base of the mushroom are made by scrapping a block of clay with a needle then applying them to the piece with a little liquid clay

the piece was created to sit on a shelf edge. you can also see the dial of the watch which isnt visable in the other photos
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3  vintage Halloween cat cane and buttons in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 08, 2018 04:13:38 AM
made these for a personal swap, vintage halloween cat buttons and a pin. I mixed a little black paint with liquid clay and applied it around the edge of the buttons and sanded it off in places to give a worn look.

not a tutorial as such but a few photos to give you some idea of how i made the cat cane.

i cut the cane in two at this point as i wanted to create two different canes, one to pack with orange as a background to make the buttons and another to leave as it was to cut a slice from to make the brooch

making the mouth

one of the finished canes.
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4  mini potion bottles and crates in Completed Projects by maxxev on: December 03, 2016 06:12:59 AM
for xmas hubby asked me to make some tiny potion bottles to use for props and scenery for his 28mm wargaming.
they looked , well unimpressive  Undecided
so i made some crates Smiley
the crates are made from thin balsa wood which was cut into planks and glued together. i then scraped a wire brush across each side to give it a rough and weathered grain. they are painted brown, with a wash of black ink to get into all the detail and then dry brushed with an orangey, beige to highlight.
i unravelled and cut up a bit of parcel string to make the 'straw'

the bottles are made from glass and plastic beads which i glued together with wire for a bit of strength.
perfect to add to a ruined wizard's tower or market place Smiley

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5  book tree decorations in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: November 14, 2016 09:43:13 AM
made these for a fellow book fiend Grin but these would be fun for the potter fan in your life  Wink

i scrunched up a bit of kitchen foil and flattened it out again and rolled it over the clay to get a leatherish look. the pages are made from both thick and thin sheets of off white clay,  marked  with a knife.
the gold binding is thin strips from a very thin sheet of golg clay but you could paint it instead.

i added picture frame screw eyes to hang  them by at crazy angles to make them look like they are flying around the tree
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6  polymer clay christmas decorations in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 08, 2016 07:47:10 AM
i know its a little early for some   Wink
i had to put away my large or breakable glass ornaments and my tree is going to look bare without them so i have been making some clay ones.

a few years ago i received some fab bottle trees from Cackle in a swap and they were the inspiration for these (you can see those here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436989.40 ) . i kept the square shape and loosely stuck to a red, green and gold theme.
these are hollow and measure about 11/4 inches square so they wont bend the branches of even our tiny tree. i made a base from scrap clay and covered them with a variety of cane slices.

here is the original holly cane. once reduced i positioned slices on a cream sheet of clay. the berries are a second cane and the stems are made from thin rolled snakes of scrap green clay. once i was happy i rolled the sheet smooth and covered the scrap clay box armature

the pudding  Grin

i added a cascade of holly leaves made from thick slices from the holly cane. i used a ripple blade to get rid of the translucent clay around the leaf. the berry is a glass bead.

the second wren decoration has a foil crown made from the upside down foil cap from a broken bauble. it refers to the celtic legend of how the wren beats the eagle to become the king of the birds.

it breaks away from the red,green,gold theme but it wouldn't be MY tree with out my favorite birds  Grin

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7  celtic maze canes in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev 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
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8  golden eagle cane with wip shots in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev 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
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9  local landmarks. ink and pastel in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by maxxev on: October 31, 2015 12:19:09 AM
an old friend requested these of a local landmark the Worthing dome. i hadnt done oil pastel for ages so i really struggled to get to grips with it again. it measures 6 by 4 inches i think it might have been easier at a larger size Undecided

i felt the ink came out better. since these may be printed at a smaller size i didnt go crazy on the detailing

i like the roof tiles in particular Smiley

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10  wee free men pumpkin (rude gesture) in Halloween Decor and Parties by maxxev on: October 30, 2015 11:24:25 PM
im a huge Terry Pratchett fan so i just had to do a Nac mac Feegle themed pumpkin his year.

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yes, he is making a rude gesture Wink but what else could you expect from a feegle?
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i prick the design first wih a nedle though you could draw it on with a marker.
carving to different depths creates different shades of colour i used a craft knife to remove he skin or cut around the design and a few dentist tools that my hubby uses for sculpting for scraping and hollowing the lightest areas Smiley
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