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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / supernatural pumpkin carving on: November 06, 2019 06:12:22 AM
My attempt at a Supernatural themed pumpkin this year featuring one of my favourite characters, Rowena.

i actually used a funkin or an artificial carve-able pumpkin instead of a real pumpkin though the principle is the same, the flesh or foam is carved to different depths to achieve the shading but with the bonus that this one wont be moulding on the compost heap next week  Grin
 I used a craft blade, a small manual hand drill and a fine metal file to carve the design.
wip pic
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fairy door and house on: October 30, 2019 08:11:50 AM
A fairy door has appeared in my daughters class room at school and she has been talking about it non stop so when she asked for one of her own i decided to make her one for Christmas Smiley
from polymer clay, naturally Wink

The wood effect is achieved by heavily texturing the clay then adding a few washes of purple, blue and gold acrylic paint.
I made a mould of some old clock hands to make the gold hinges and the window was a slice from an architectural cane that never worked out....
I cheated with stone door step (gasp!) and used these push moulds for both the house and the door.

For the fairy house I made the base of the sculpt from kato brand polymer clay, partly because its tough as old boots and partly because it bakes at a much higher temperature than fimo which I used to add the colour and the details so the sculpt dosnt soften too much or collapse when I cure the fimo.
I used a heat gun to bubble and burn the clay both on the cap of the mushroom and the stalk to give it a wonderful warty texture.

The windows are white translucent clay so it can light up with the aid of a small electric tea light.

I sculpted the trunk of the mushroom around a glass bottle. I wanted it to be hollow so I could put an electric tealight in it.

The dome is largely baking foil which I then covered in clay, which is much lighter than a solid clay piece would be and prevents the sculpt from becoming top heavy.

I covered the original sculpt in thin layer of coloured clay then I used acrylic paints in a series of washes/inks to give some depth.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / evil possessed snowman sculpt 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.

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dali clock with fungi 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
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / vintage Halloween cat cane and buttons 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.
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / mini potion bottles and crates 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

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / book tree decorations 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
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay christmas decorations 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

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / celtic maze canes 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
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / golden eagle cane with wip shots 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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