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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Spike is Fangtastic (Img heavy) on: August 11, 2011 07:59:39 PM
So, when my partner for the Whedonverse swap had the quote "I want to keep Spike as my pet" I knew what I wanted to do:

I decided to do more of a character of him than a realistic version, partially because all I had to mold the sculpey with was an xacto knife.  Here's a few of the stages:

Initial blocking

For his teeth, I created them separately and then set them into his mouth.  I wanted them to be distinct because his smirk is the best thing

The eyes took me a while.  It's hard balance of realism and cartoon, so I experimented a bit, and then took the shape of his eyes and just blew 'em up like an anime

Painted with gauche because I like how forgivable it is... if you mess up you can wipe off with water.  Also seems to give more depth on the sculpey than the acrylics.

Later, I very carefully sprayed him with a couple coats of laquer.  This is tricky with the gauche, because it can re-wet it and cause things to pill/run if you're not careful.  It made him nice and shiny, and the few bits that pilled I was able to correct before the laquer dried.  The earring is a piece of chainmail I stole from my husband.

I'm pretty proud of how he turned out, I'm just starting with the sculpey this year!

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Any interest in a Harry Dresden/Dresden Files swap? on: May 09, 2011 07:28:03 PM
I'm hoping someone would be interested in organizing it as well, but if there was enough interest I'd find a way... I'm just a HUGE Harry Dresden fan and hoped there would be some more around Craftster.
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Wicked Witch Hat on: January 02, 2011 05:38:52 PM
My sister is a HUGE fan of Wicked, so I decided to make her an Elphelba hat. I'm not so experienced a crochet-er, so I just sort of made it up as I went along...

it's not as lumpy as it looks, though... I stuffed newspaper in it to make it stand up for the picture, and it gave it lumps...

14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Moonshadow... on: January 02, 2011 05:35:27 PM
Inspiration + Prismacolors = being satisfied with one of my drawings for once:

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie Bear to Cuddle and Eat Your Brains!!!! on: January 02, 2011 05:33:44 PM
My hubby was sad so I made him a Zombie Bear to cheer him up:

The book in his pouch says "Guide to Brains (and) How to Eat Them"  and on the inside it says "1. Get Brains 2. Put Them In Your Mouth! Nomnomnom"

I had this idea that his tail and ear were chewn and that's how he became a zombie

He's made out of cheap washcloths from Wallmart and leftover felt and buttons.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Owl Ornament on: January 02, 2011 05:25:00 PM
Every year I make ornaments for my family, my fave of all of them was this owl:

17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine Bunny Ornament on: January 02, 2011 05:23:28 PM
I made this sweet li'l bunny as a Valentine for my little niece last year... sad I didn't get a picture of the cute li'l tail... small white pom-pom.

I designed it myself and it's all hand sewn... learned a lot from this little bugger!

18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Finger Puppets! on: December 31, 2010 05:05:23 PM
I got the pattern for these lovies in a book by an artist I love, but cannot remember his name... I'll put it in later.

They are hand-stitched which took FOREVER because they are small, though they looked deceptively simple they took longer than a lot of larger projects I have done. Which is why there are only 3, I'm not so patient.

They were a gift for my husband's niece.

I know it looks like the racoon-bear's mask is coming off, because it was, but I remedied that later.

19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fabby Lady, polymer clay bust on: December 31, 2010 04:48:57 PM
I had a dream where I saw this really awkward looking woman simply glorying in her looks, which made her really fabulous.

When I woke up I decided I had to sculpt her:

She has feather hair and boa, and is wearing real jewelry, painted with acrylic.  I've just started playing around with sculpting, so this is the second bust I have done.
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first Soap Project, and first Craftster post! on: December 31, 2010 04:41:56 PM
My family decided to do only homemade Christmas presents this year, so I decided to work with some soap!  I used mostly melt-and pour glycerin and coconut soaps, and had a lot of fun with my MIL.  I told her that I got the idea to make one color soap, then chop it up and pour clear glycerin soap over it from Craftster, and she reminded me to post it!

We used clove and sweet orange, a "spa scent", and some pear scents depending on what we felt like and mixed  dried calendula into some of them... although I know now not to do that so much with the molded soaps. 

Also, spraying the glycerin soap before it sets with a mist of alcohol worked like magic for keeping bubbles out!  So cool to watch.

I don't have a camera except for on my phone, so this will have to do:

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