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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / (human) Guinea pig needed! on: August 18, 2010 04:58:31 AM
I'm in the process prepping a tutorial class for CDHM.  I'd like to find someone who can do a "trial run" with me so I can see how it will go and how long it will take.  I'll need an entire hour or two of your undivided time sometime in the next couple of weeks, not sure when yet.  The class is on the 11th, so I'd like to do this at least a week beforehand.  I'm on the US east coast, and this would probably take place in the early afternoon, my time.  I'd like to do this over AIM or Yahoo and you'll "clay along" as I send you new photos and instructions and you'll ask questions and give feedback as needed.  I'll want to see your finished piece.  The process and my images will be mine and CDHM's property, so no sharing, please.  The project is a couple of "stoneware" plates and dishes, decorated with "glaze".  You'll need at least a little experiance with polymer clay and minis and you'll need to purchase the materials and tools listed for the class.  This is why I'd like to find someone now, so they'll have time to get what they need.  Most of it should be stuff you already have or can get at hardware and craft stores.  Nothing expensive or too specific is needed.  You also... and I don't know if I need to mention this if you've gotten this far... need to be able to read and write English at least fairly well so we don't have difficulty understanding each other.

If you're interested and able to do this, please reply or PM.  I only need one helper.  Anyone else who's interested can join the CDHM forum and register for my class.  It's free.  Smiley
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tiny BBQ - Happy 4th of July! on: July 04, 2010 03:28:50 PM
After a couple weeks of work.... it's finally done! Grin

Happy Independence Day!

Click here for a close-up.  I wish my camera did better macros... the pickle slices actually have little seeds.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Watermelon - Happy...um... Third of July! on: July 03, 2010 03:57:44 PM
It's part of a larger project that *should* be finished tomorrow, but I liked how it looked with the water on it from quenching.... so here it is, early...

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Berry Cheesecake Trio on: June 24, 2010 03:14:53 PM
Raspberry, raspberry jam swirl, and strawberry...

Dollhouse scale.... dunno why I didn't take a photo with a dime or something for scale.  Oh well!   Tongue

Strawberry slice canes will make you crazy.  This one wasn't anywhere near good enough, so I'll be trying again... and probably again and again and again... and maybe again.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cascade of Roses 1:12 scale wedding cake 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....

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / "March of the Ancients" miniature mirror 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....

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mini Mini Cakes 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...

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Lost wax experiments 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.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mini Art Nouveau Mirror 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.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Miniatures for Ma 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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