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11  Re: Works-in-progress in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: June 22, 2010 09:43:02 AM
That little pot is so ambitious!  I can't imagine working that big or with anything geometric.  That's one of the upsides of food.... doesn't usually have to be perfect.

I'm making some cookout stuff for July 4th...


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12  Cascade of Roses 1:12 scale wedding cake in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: June 08, 2010 09:03:33 AM
The 63 roses took ages to do...and I took a bunch of photos, but not sure which shows it best... so here are several...

....and to show how small it is....

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13  Re: making Cups and Plates from Polymer clay, or Air Dry Fimo??? HELP!!!!! in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: June 06, 2010 04:31:55 PM
You can make plates with regular Fimo (I posted some last month)... but it's not the easiest thing ever.  I use metal carriage pins (I'll take a photo of one if you want) to press onto a ball of clay.  It's tough to get it right and even and took a lot of practice.  It still takes one or two (or 6) tries to get it right usually.  It's something you can only do if you work on a bakeable surface, like a tile.  After all of that, they sometimes crack as you take them off the tile.

I just made a bunch of plates with cold porcelain.  Some curled as they dried (the ones in the photo are not the curled ones, these are the ones that turned out right, the bowls are supposed to be curved like that), but in general it worked really well.

It seems to be the ideal material for plates.
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14  "March of the Ancients" miniature mirror in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: May 17, 2010 03:53:48 PM
Made another mirror.  This time it's inspired by David Attenboroughs Life Stories and a childhood memory of their Spring takeover of the shore.  There's something otherworldy about horseshoe crabs....

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15  Mini Mini Cakes in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: May 13, 2010 12:34:58 PM
I'm not repeating myself... these are minis of those little real cakes (3-4" across that serve only 2-4 people) some people make.  I made these because I ordered what I thought was a 1:12 scale plate and it turned out to be more like 1:24.  I decided instead of sending it back, I'll just make lemonade.... or...well.. lemon cake...

(for some reason every photo of this cake came out super blurry...sorry. Sad)

...and chocolate cake decorated with raspberries...

...and black forrest...

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16  Lost wax experiments in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: May 12, 2010 11:55:01 AM
I'll be posting a tutorial on this when I have the finer points worked out.... but here's a bit of info for now.  This is that *secret* project I've hinted at, if anyone saw me mention it.

If you've seen my work, you know I do dollhouse scale miniatures.  I wanted to make a specific vase, which I haven't gotten up the nerve to try yet, and this was the best way I could think to make it.

Lost wax is a process used in metal casting.  You make a wax form, then a mold around it, melt the wax out, and pour the metal in, so it takes the same shape that the original wax form had.  I had never done this myself, but I took some metalsmithing classes in high school, so I knew about it.  I decided to try to see if it was adaptable for PC.  Apparently this hasn't been done that widely before, so there aren't many tutorials on it.

You can see the wax forms inside the clay:

And here they are with the wax melted out:

I'll be "glazing" them with LPC, but this shows the shapes better, without distraction.

I'm still working out the best method for doing this... and it is potentially dangerous because the wax is flamable, so I don't recommend trying it yourself without a lot of caution.  My tutorial will stress that you use caution too.
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17  Mini Art Nouveau Mirror in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: May 10, 2010 06:30:15 AM
Ok... so... you can only see one eye in it at a time, but....

This might be my favorite of the things I've made so far.  Plus it was nice to make something other than food for a change.
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18  Miniatures for Ma in Mother's Day by Blitherypoop on: May 09, 2010 07:35:33 AM
(Hope it's ok to post this here instead of the polymer clay section.)

I haven't finished the whole set yet (I'm a bad kid, I know)... but I'm almost done.  These are the two little (1:12/dollhouse scale) plates I've finished.  The first is just part of a set in her style, a plate for whole grain bread slices and a bowl (not done yet) for some split-pea soup.  The one on the right requires a little explaining because it's an inside joke.  My family used to joke about my grandmother being a communist, so one year my mother (working as a potter at the time) made her a large plate that said "Socialism through Pottery".  It's a bit tough to read (it's smaller than a half dollar), but this is my *spoof* of that gift from about 20 years ago.

In person it's a little more readable than it looks here, but not much.  Oh well.  She'll still get a giggle out of it, I'm sure.

*update* ...here's the rest!

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19  Hooray for new tools! in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Blitherypoop on: May 07, 2010 04:28:11 AM
Just wanted to show off my new stuffs!   Grin

A new acrylic roller to replace the one I lost, three pens, 10 microbrushes, a tissue blade and storage box, every Kemper circle cutter size (I already had two of the sizes, but whatever), three graduated cutter sets, and an applicator set for liquid clay.  I'm such a gadget junkie!   Tongue  Only spent $50 though, so that's not bad.
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20  Happy Cinco de Mayo! *updated* in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Blitherypoop on: May 05, 2010 08:39:41 PM
....and what better for the holiday that's a bigger deal in the US than in Mexico than.... American-style Mexican food!   Cheesy

Looooong project.... very glad to be done!   Grin

You can't tell from this, but the plates all have different designs on them.  I need to get a good photo of them empty.

*update*  Finally got around to taking a photo of the plates... and added a sense of scale...

(It's weird how the same background paper looks totally different because of the lighting.)
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