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141  Re: Off-cuts and Scraps in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: September 13, 2010 11:48:33 PM
this was one of my most recant pieces i made with scraps. the odd cane slice for the petals and a few off cuts of skinner blends for the swirly bits add a brooch back and your done Smiley

this was also made from random offcuts and a brooch back

this...this i dont know......it just sits in my experiment box 'inspiring' i kinda like it . it reminds me of a fossil rock full of ammonites or shells. i will probably just end up sanding it, adding a hole and have it as a pendant

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142  polymer clay covered hair slide in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: September 06, 2010 06:27:44 AM
this was my first attempt at a hair slide.
im really pleased with the flowers though the covered slide wasnt as even as i wanted  Undecided
(i have now discovered that its far easy (and neater) to measure the width of the slide and cut the clay to fit rather than covering the slide and trying to trim of the excess )

this was one of my experimental designs for the flowers on the clip, i liked the colour contrast between the stripped orange cane and the charcoal greys of the flower though the flowers extravagant centre made it too delicate and impractical for what i wanted, so for the final piece i decided to remove the centres altogether leaving the focus on the geometric design instead.

another of the above

comments and advice are always welcome Smiley

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143  king Proteus wedding plate in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 18, 2010 03:14:09 AM
this was a commission that i and my colleague did (she added the leaves and the writing, i did the flower) i found it quite hard to do as the paints change colour after firing and as the colours we had were limited so i had to mix the paints and guess what colour i would have when it came out of the kiln. Roll Eyes
i didnt find this an easy flower to draw either  (l i find trying to recreate anything with a resonable degree of realism quite hard with this sort of paint Undecided).

some of it came out better than other bits Undecided
the clients seemed thrilled though Smiley

(the plate is premade bisque and measures 35 cm in diameter.  the 'paints' were gare underglaze this photo was taken after a first firing (to set the glazes prior to a dip clear glaze) )

comments  and advice are more than welcome Smiley
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144  polymerclay 'peg dolls' in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 13, 2010 11:23:43 PM
penguin pals for your washing line!

had fun making these. first thing i've made with polymerclay that was neither a bangle, bead, broach or button! Grin
(no action shoots im afraid, its spent the last week pouring with rain Roll Eyes ) i used seed beads for the penguins eyes. i pleased with how the 'sea' came out as i' hadn't tried making 'torn' clay sheets before.

comments or advice more than welcome Smiley
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145  Re: cuff style bracelets in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 12, 2010 05:01:11 AM
what 's the difference between 'bangle' and 'cuff' style??

to me this is a bangle.....

this is a cuff...

im not sure how right my thinking is though.....

**edit** i have just googled this and according to 'lovetoknow' the differance between and cuff and a bangle is ...'A cuff bracelet is an oval shaped rigid or semi rigid bracelet with an opening that allows it to slide onto the side of the wrist instead of over the hand. Some cuff bracelets are completely closed but have a hinged, or other type of closure, that opens so the bracelet can be slid onto the side of the wrist. The shaping of the cuff bracelet allows it to sit snuggly against the wrist. A bangle bracelet is rigid and is put on by sliding it over the hand'....

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146  cuff style bracelets in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: August 10, 2010 12:06:34 AM
my second attempt at a cuff style bracelet.
 the finished cuff....

this was a prior attempt (i've included this as i felt other artists might find the it interesting to see the progression of a piece).....i liked the colour combination but i wasnt entirely happy with it so i removed  the cane slices and made another blank this time a skinner blend (which i felt would add more interest to the piece). it then occurred to me that all the bracelet seem to have all the colour and interesting stuff on the outside i wanted this bracelet to be a little different.
i recut  and repositioned the cane slices so when worn the complex interior is only glimpsed briefly creating a sense of intrigue.

comment or advice more than welcome Smiley

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147  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by maxxev on: July 25, 2010 11:55:05 PM
the unicorn is beautiful. i've never had the nerve to attempt sculpture Embarrassed

this is my first attempt at a cuff style bangle. Smiley
i found this technique a lot quicker than the one i used for other bangles, it also involved far less sanding Grin
the manky white marks on the inside of the cuff are residue from sanding these will disappear after the final sand and buffing

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148  snowdrop platter in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by maxxev on: June 25, 2010 09:45:57 PM
the design is painted on pre made bisque using cromartie underglaze before being dip glazed and fired.
i was in to minds about weather or not to use colour in this piece but now its done im glad i didnt. i like the simplicity of it Smiley

a close up of the detail

the whole platter

comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
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149  my fist polymer clay broaches (and more bangles) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: May 20, 2010 09:37:34 PM
these were made with cane slices, cut, shaped, sanded and buffed. they all measure just over an inch in length.

'Ammonite' (i think this one is my favourite)

unnamed black and white pin (though my o/h calls it the 'duck's foot broach Roll Eyes )

unnamed black and white pin

'Feathers' pin

as before the bangles are made from an armature of scrap clay, covered, sanded and buffed.
this one is for my friends birthday next week. she loves bright colours hence the black white and pink colour scheme

i made another version of my 'Galaxy' bangle this time in green (as well as another of 'orginal' version.... i just love this one wayyy too much...)

here they are all together

as always any comments or advice are more than welcome : )

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150  Re: polymer clay bangles in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by maxxev on: May 02, 2010 10:16:22 AM
Hey, they're really good! You've deffinatly perfected your bangle technique I'd say.   The finish is amazing.  My fave is probably the galaxy one - mainly 'cos of the name  Grin

That ammonites one is amazing though.  How on earth did you do it? Is it black clay behind the white and you remove the top layer to show the black? maybe?  

Very good though...  Make hundreds and give us all one  Grin

close....the method is similar to sgraffito, a technique commonly used in ceramics with a bit of carving and back filling thrown in. this was more of an experimental piece so i will probably keep playing around with it.
 i didn't get time to post a tute earlier so here we go (i also neglected to take many photos during making of this so if something is unclear please dont hesitate to ask me )

take one premade bangle. because you wont be able to do much in the way of sanding after you have finished the bangle (pendant etc..) should be sanded to a high finished (dont bother buffing and definitely no polish)

in this case i carved a basic out line into the bangle with a scribing tool (you could also use a thick needle or even the back edge of a craft knife but the scribing tool is easier particularly for somthing like this with a curved surface)

once you have carved your design take some well condition and softened clay (in this case i used black) using the back of a craft knife push the clay into the grooves and lines of the carving (think grouting tiles)
remove excess clay.

(here you can see the carved and filled outline of the ammonite and the section i have started to 'fill in'...i'l get to that in a moment)

next take a little more of the softened clay and working in the direction you will be scraping (ie if for example you are recreating hair you would want to scrape following the lines of the hair.) begin to scrape the clay over the surface of the bangle...kinda like buttering bread

(here i have spread the clay over the lower part of the design)

now take you craft knife and (gently!) begin to remove the colour you have just applied

once you have finished the design the bangle can be baked and sanded just sand any marks for example black finger prints..do NOT sand the design.
on items that receive more wear and tear for example bangles you may want to  coat the area of the design in a thin layer of translucent or liquid clay for durability, items such as a pendant can simply be given a coat of varnish. Smiley

sorta tutorial for bangle blanks...

i use a mould to get the shape of the bangle.
to make your mould roll a thick slab of scrap clay. i used a a length of dowelling  to create my mould  but use whatever you have ..copper piping etc.....as long as its round. dust the dowelling/piping etc with a release agent (i used corn flour) and press into your scrap slab (make the slab as long as you can) i stack even wads of paper either side of the slab and use a rolling pin to press the dowelling into the slab so the depth of the mould is even. remove the dowelling and bake the mould.

to make the bangle roll a thick snake of scrap clay. dust the mould with corn flour (or you're preferred release agent) and press the snake firmly into the mould. remove the excess clay by holding a tissue blade level with the flat surface of the mould. remove the 'snake'.
for shaping the bangle i use a bean can...just make sure you can fit you're hand through it.
this is why you want the mould as long as possible. if the trimmed snake is long enough simply shape it around the bean can, smooth the ends together and bake. if the mould is too short you will have to join two or more lengths together before you shape the bangle around the can.
try to get the blank bangle as smooth as you can but dont worry too much as you will be covering it.

hope this helps Smiley

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