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51  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bangles baby! (+sorta tute) on: February 06, 2012 08:31:40 AM

all my bangles start life like this: an armature of scrap polymer clay.

 the easiest way to make one is to use an extruder gun with a half circle disc.

 i then wrap the extruded clay around a thick cardboard tube but just use whatever you can find thats the correct diameter and oven proof (old straight glasses and bean cans etc) then bake

zipper canes:
 polymer clay central has an easy zipper cane tutorial: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/zipper_cane.html   though i altered this by following the tutorial up to step 5 then squashing and lengthening the log until it was 2in wide, 6+ inches long and about 4mm thick.
i then put a sheet of white polymer clay through the thickest setting on my pasta machine (mines only got 7 settings so use your judgement here Wink ) place the flattening log on top of the sheet of white (make sure the sheet of white is wider and longer than the log!) and run through the pasta machine again. i cut strips from this sheet and stacked them as in step 9.

yellow and blue zipper canes

cut slices from the canes and cover the out side of the armature. trim away any excess from the inside of the bangle and bake

i then roughly sand the bangles using wet/dry sandpaper correcting the shape as needed. you can see the difference between the sanded bangle on the left and the unsanded one on the right.
i then add a strip of my chosen colour to the inside of the bangle and trim the excess (a small amount of liquid clay smeared on the inside should help it to adhere easily) bake again.

then sand. i work up through the grades (from 400 to 600 grit paper depending how much reshaping i feel the object needs) until i reach 1000grit paper then buff.

bangles made with the yellow zipper cane:

blue zipper cane:

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley

52  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Mugs, mugs, mugs! on: January 23, 2012 12:08:32 AM
my sister in law had a set in blue that she had bought from a discount/ end of line store, my second SIL saw them and wanted a set in red but of course the store no longer sold them so i painted her this set Smiley
painted with underglaze onto premade bisque, dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired.

detail of coasters

a leaving mug i made for a friend whos a huge Pirates fan (and an even bigger johnny depp fan..) the back reads 'yo ho, a pirates life for me' Smiley
the kiln caused the colour to bleed slightly across his forehead but im still pleased with how this turned out (and shed loved in anyway Grin )

a second leaving mug for a colleague (who is a proud Nanna and a bit of knitter!)

a (somewhat late Embarrassed) seasonal mug

as before these are painted onto premade bisque with underglaze, dipped in clear dipping glaze and fired
as always comments or advice are more than welcome : )
53  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / shrinkie dinks keyring on: January 19, 2012 10:21:30 PM
i wanted to make my father in law something for his cracker gift and thought he would appreciate a keychain for the keys of his new plane. i've not used shrinkie dinks before and through the drawing came out okay despite the fact i cut out the plastic straight its warped Undecided. i followed the instructions and waited until it lay flat, i then tried on a higher temprature but with no effect Sad
im still pleased with it though, despite its wonkyness! Grin

any advice would be greatly appreciated Smiley
54  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Stamped and backfilled hanging tree dec + tutorial on: January 17, 2012 08:43:45 AM
why yes! i AM making Christmas decorations in January... Grin

i love the simplicity of stamped decorations but i prefer the durability of solid clay. this was a happy compromise Smiley
the stamp im using was one of a selection of papermania stamps that i got free with a craft magazine over a year ago...if i remember correctly it was probably why i bought the magazine Tongue but you could use anything you fancy.

roll out a sheet of clay (in this case white pearl) and cover/spray your stamp with your preferred release agent (either water or cornflour are my usual stand bys)
place marzipan spacers/ knitting needles (or similar) the same thickness (preferably just under to ensure a nice deep clear print) either side of clay and over the stamp firmly.

carefully remove the stamp and you should be left with something like this..

trim to shape with a tissue blade or craft knife. you can either add a hole to hang it by with a needle at this point or drill one later

bake in the oven at the recommended temperature for your clay for the recommended time. i find once i've removed it from the oven immediately placing it under a flat heavy object prevents any air bubbles  which may prove a nuisance later

take some well conditioned clay and using a craft knife smear it firmly over the surface (like buttering bread). make sure you get it into every part of the design.

using your craft knife remove the excess (unless you REALLY like sanding)

now bake again. once cool use wet/dry sandpaper (im using 1000 grit) to sand away the excess clay to reveal a crisp design.

either buff or varnish then string and admire Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley

55  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Crivens! Tis the Nac Mac Feegle!! on: December 22, 2011 03:01:59 AM
well...one of them.
this bust is my first attempt at sculpting the humanoid form. it stands just under 4cm in height and is made from polymer clay, the eyes were painted with acrylics and the sculpt given a wash of diluted black acrylic to pick out the details and give him that authentic grubby Mac Feegle look.
i was originally going to sculpt the whole Feegle but i didnt have enough clay so he ended up as a bust (o/h wouldnt let me drill a whole in his head to attach a hook so i could turn him into a tree ornament Undecided )

showing the back and bottom

i created the sculpt around a notched cocktail stick (the sanded end of which is the pale circle visible on the base)

i know it has its faults but im still new to sculpting so im pleased with this and feel i've learnt a lot from this project Smiley advice or comments are more than welcome
56  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / mosaic leaf pendant and a stack of bangles on: November 29, 2011 03:20:56 AM
my friends christmas pressie Smiley

i cut the basic leaf shape from a yellow/orange skinner blend, then cut one side into strips. i arranged them on a pink sheet of clay leaving a gap between the pieces (where you want the veins to be) . when your happy with the arrangement, bake.
i then filled all gaps with a well conditioned, soft pink clay (you could add a bit of liquid clay to your chosen vein colour, this will make it easier to push into all the gaps) i then scrapped of the excess with a craft knife, baked again and sanded  Smiley

more 'Crushed' bangles

i dont usually bother to varnish my work as i love the satin look of sanded and buffed clay but it makes the brights look so juicy! Grin
as always advice and comments are more than welcome Smiley
57  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Ginger bread XMen?! (not to mention Spidey, Star trek and a Minion ) on: November 23, 2011 11:34:45 PM
ive been promising myself for nearly a year i would make these Roll Eyes Embarrassed
these are painted with underglaze onto premade bisque

Ironman! Grin

took me ages to fit his costume onto an aggravatingly anatomically incorrect gingerbread shape in a way i was happy with Roll Eyes

Cyclops and gambit

wish id used a lighter shade on Gambits coat..its darker than i had hoped Undecided



just your friendly neibourhod Gingerbread man...

i did him in his black symbiote costume which was always my favourite Smiley
so annoyed with this one  Sad the glaze has spread in the kiln blurring the edges and with a crisp black and white design its particularly noticeable Sad

We have them just where they want us!
whatever Kirk has just suggested Spocks not impressed Grin

the com badges and details on the uniform will be added with metallic paint after firing Smiley

Despicable m(e)inion. this one is for my brother whos a huge despicable me fan. the back reads' you should be dancing'

i cant wait to put these up now...i may have to get the tree out early this year Grin
58  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Deneghra (warmachine) pumpkin on: November 02, 2011 12:45:40 PM
my o/h didnt want to carve his pumpkin but since i had already hollowed it out i decided not to waste it and did an o/h inspired carving. since hes a big warmachine fan one of the warcasters seemed like the natural choice Smiley


took about 4 hours with a craft knife,
im not convinced its as good as the Scorpius pumpkin but im quite pleased with it.
as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
59  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / 'crushed' bangle on: October 31, 2011 11:34:30 AM

polymer clay bangle. sorta reminds me of an abstract interpretation of squashed fruit. hence the name Smiley
im such a perfectionist that i find more organic shapes like this quite hard to do but im really pleased with the look of this piece Smiley

as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley
60  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Scorpius (farscape) pumpkin on: October 31, 2011 11:25:51 AM

my Halloween tribute to a cult classic

farscape, gone but never forgotten! Grin

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