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131  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: October 21, 2010 04:26:43 AM
experimental piece with leached and torn clay.
'Mountain reach' brooch.

i left the 'mountain' relatively unsanded to enhance the craggy effect though because the surface of the clay was uneven it made it quite hard to frame the brooch neatly. i like the concept behind this but im not entirely sure im happy with the finished piece Undecided
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132  Bangles, brooches and a penguin in a wizards hat in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: October 14, 2010 11:43:39 PM
finally got round to doing one...Galaxy (in pink)
polymer clay over a scrap clay armature.
backfilled, sanded and buffed.

i made a larger armature for this bangle but i think the 'Galaxy' design works far better on a slimmer more delicate bangle.

more constellation brooches

(from top) Aquila (the Eagle), Corvus (the Raven), (remake) Lepus (the Hare)
i tweeked the blend using 'glitter white' (fimo) instead of white. the resulting blend is much closer to what i wanted : )

Corvus. detail

and a penguin in a wizards hat Grin
im not sure if i should leave him as he is or make a base to go with him Undecided....and maybe a staff or a wand Undecided

comments and advice more than welcome Smiley
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133  Halloween hanging decorations in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: October 12, 2010 10:08:00 PM
these were cut from a slab of scrap clay with cookie cutters. they were painted with gare under glaze then dipped in clear glaze and fired (you could make similar hanging decorations with air drying clay and acrylic paint or even salt dough)

comments or advice welcome Smiley
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134  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: October 11, 2010 08:22:53 AM
looking forward to seeing the mirror Smiley, though i kinda liked the dark look of it without the powders.

Constellation brooches. (from top) Aqulia (the Eagle), Corvus (the Raven) and Lepus (the hare)
i tweeked the blend using 'glitter white' (fimo) instead of white and reduced the amount of additional glitter i used. the result is much closer to what im after. its still gonna be a job and a half drilling and back filling the more predominant stars though Undecided
(Lepus is also a remake i did with the new blend.)

Corvus, detail.
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135  Sc-fi dinner set (Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly ) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: October 08, 2010 11:09:58 PM
Warning! serious geek alert!   Grin

this is the start of a sci fi themed tableware set for my o/h christmas pressie. im planning to the larger ships such as Galactica and Moya or maybe Destiny from STU on the larger plates, im not sure what to do on the other bowl (painting somthing fiddly inside a small bowl was a bit of a bugger  to say the least Roll Eyes )
these are painted on pre made bisque with black underglaze then dip glazed and fired. (some these pictures were taken before they were fired, hence the lack of shine, but its proving hard to take some decant pictures of the finished plates without him knowing Roll Eyes  )
i put some of his favourite quotes from each one the back Smiley

DRD from Farscape (this one is my favourite!  Grin )

Serenity from Firefly (the quote on the back reads 'Lets be bad guys' )

Cylon raider from Battlestar Galactica

advice and comments are more than welcome Smiley

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136  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: October 01, 2010 11:09:38 PM
thank you Smiley

i do like those mini pumpkins...i didnt realise exactly how small they were until i realised those were the keyboard keys behind them! Shocked

i did a day course in sugar paste flowers last weekend. yesterday i managed my first polymerclay flower. i used the 'pinch and pull' method, frilling the petals with a cocktail stick (polymer clay is a lot more sticky than sugar paste and you will need a lot more cornflower  to stop it sticking though mine did tear on one petal)
for the stamens i used part of a scrap skinner blend. i partially leached it on parchment paper so it was quite firm then on a edge i used a tissue blade to slice of the thinnest strands (a bit like making chocolate curls...but on an edge so they are very thin and fine)
you cant push these in like wire...they will simply break. i make holes with a cocktail stick first in the centre of the flower then pushed them in with the aid of a par of tweezers.

im not to displeased with my first attempt though i feel there a lot of room for improvement Smiley
(i didnt bake the flower like this...i grabbed a lump of scrap and stood it upright to bake)
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137  constellation brooch in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 30, 2010 10:05:06 PM
constellation (lepus) brooch
polymerclay and gold tone brooch back.
the brooch measures approx 1 by 3 inches.

been experimenting with metallic polymerclay and glitters. i drilled and back filled the larger stars that make the constellation. i made this for a craftathon in aid of a rabbit rescue centre (hence the constellation Lepus, the hare)

experimental 'galaxy bangles' (this is why im playing with glitter Grin) the brooch was made from a scrap piece the skinner blend i had used for the bangles (with (even) more glitter)

comments and advice are always welcome  Smiley
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138  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: September 29, 2010 10:57:18 PM
i've been trying to recreate a more realistic 'nightsky' bangle.

Galaxy blend experiment.

unfortunately the effect is limited to the slimmest layer of clay on the surface of this blend making it unsuitable for a curved bangle where a lot of sanding is required.
the blend is white to metallic sapphire (fimo) to black and silver glitter.

i love the blend but no matter how much glitter i added the effect wasnt as strong as i wanted Undecided
i've tried adding glitter to liquid polymer clay and brushing it on but even after letting it sit for an hour or so leval before baking its still quite sharp and lumpy. though it did allow me to build up a good density of glitter exactly where i wanted it
(im not convinced applying it to a curved surface such as this with work terribly well, i suspect it will flow to either side resulting in even more lumps Sad )

i guess i need to buy more glitter.
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139  sugar paste flowers in Dessert by maxxev on: September 26, 2010 11:46:05 PM
i hope this is the right place for them Undecided
i recantly took a day course in basic sugarcraft flowers and i thought i would share the results with you Smiley
i had never done anything with sugarpaste before let alone flowers! (actualy the closest i've got was making marzipan fruits for my nan as a kid Embarrassed )

i actual quite enjoyed this. our teacher talked us thorough the tools and terminology first and then showed us how to make 'pinch and pull' flowers and basic frilling. these were made without cutters, just a cocktail stick and a small sharp pair of scissors (plus wire of course)


these were made with a cutter and veining tool (sorta like a mold that you sandwiched the cut paste between) very simple but highly effective. i found the hardest part was making the caylex (the green bit)

she then explain the principles of veining and cupping (rolling over the edges with a ball stylus to add movement) on a leaf and showed us how to make wired leaves.

she also demonstrated how to make a carnation (a combination of cutters and frilling)
im proud of mine though i made a lot of mistakes and we ran out of time at the end which ment we had literally 2 minutes  Shocked to paint and dust our flowers.

i really wish we had had more time, so much was packed into the course that if you were struggling with one technique and fell behind the rest of the class it was difficult to catch up and i ended up rushing most of my flowers. nonetheless i felt i learnt a lot from this course (if you have never been i recommend it, good fun and the techniques could be transferred to other medias such as ceramics or polymerclay )

comments and advice welcome  Smiley
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140  Re: king Proteus wedding plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 15, 2010 10:29:34 PM

i didnt use dry brushing
where you get slight ridges on the plates surface (see below pic), though not obvious when the plate is glazed for the purpose of painting i think you would end up with high lights where you didnt want them (unless you were dry brushing over and already painted area) with that technique.

in this case i watered the glazes and use them more like water colour
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