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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Dancing baby groot on: December 05, 2014 08:24:21 PM
So a friend asked me to make her a little dancing baby groot figurine and I had no idea what she meant ! After some research its all I hear being talked about Smiley So I made a largish one for her and then a few smaller ones just because I was having fun Smiley

 Its made from a thick wire armature with a little bit of alfoil padding. Then polymer clay sculpted over the top and hand painted. I added in a few fake vines/leaves and sprouts too from fake plants. Baby groot sits in a pot thats filled with floral foam with stones glued on top Smiley

This little guy is about 14cm tall including pot

This one is 18cm tall including pot

and this one is about 14cm tall including pot (groot is small - about 9cm tall)

Even though I havent seen the movie yet, I still think the character is a bit cute and I think I will have to keep one for myself Smiley
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Name Art on: September 27, 2014 11:55:46 PM
I use pinterest and pin so many wonderful ideas but never get around to making them. So I told myself to pick one of my pins and make something based on the idea. The idea was to make a work or object out of pipe cleaners or wire and then wrap it in string /wool for a nice effect.  I used pipe cleaners and decided to do my daughters name for her room.
 This is my completed piece :

 I created her name out of joined piper cleaners. and then found some mesh ribbon and started wrapping. The colours I chose were purple, pink and green but when i finished, I didnt link the purple or green so I decided to add other shades of pink over the top.

I then needed a backing for the name, so I got a piece of cardboard and some purple wool and I wrapped it around the cardboard, first one way and then the other, and tied it at the back so that I could hang it

 And then I glued the name onto the front. Finished !

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / No Sew Felt Fairy Picture on: September 04, 2014 08:32:29 PM
Im not fantastic are drawing/painting and Im not perfect at sewing either.
So I thought I would design a picture for my daughters room and make it out of felt - with no sewing Smiley
 Hence posting this in the Misc Section becuase Its all cut and glue craft Smiley

  First I drew a basic picture that would fit in the frame I had

 Then I cut out the main pieces to use as a template to cut the felt pieces out

 Then I did the smaller felt parts free hand, and laid it out as I went to make sure it all fit. Then I got the trusty craft glue out and stuck it all in place Smiley

 My design changed slightly as I went along but I like the final piece and so does my daughter Smiley


 Thanks for looking Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mad Hatters Tea Party on: August 03, 2010 06:21:45 AM
A VeRy VeRy UnBiRtHdAy To yOu , To YoU
a vERY vErY UnBiRtHdAy tO YoU (wHo mE), YeS YoU !

A friend had her birthday a few months ago and wanted an Alice in Wonderland Theme - so she decided to throw a  
 ' Mad Hatters Tea Party' .

She set up a long table with tea cups, cupcakes, teapots and flower and had the original Alice in Wonderland playing in the background on the TV

 We all had to wear a hat to the Tea Party and I decided to make mine....I decided to stick with the theme of the Mad Hatters Tea Party

 So I made this :

 The red base is a love heart shape ( to honor the Queen of Hearts )
The Big Chair at the end of the Table is the one Alice first sits in
when she joins the Mad Hatters Table

 I attached a head band underneath so its worn easily enough


 Each Chair is different


 I sculpted the Teapots, Cups and some of the chairs out of Sculpey.
The Table and other chairs are out of Balsa Wood.
 The Big Chair is alfoil then paper mache over the top Tongue Its a bit rough...but ah well Smiley

I love the Alice in Wonderland movie - the original cartoon version  
OFF with their HEADS !  Cheesy

  Edit : I have added more photos of other hats we created further down
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Masquerade -ing on: August 01, 2010 06:34:15 AM
Ive never been to a Masquerade Ball before and have always wanted to go to one.
A few months ago I finally got my wish

 I wanted to make my mask - but after a few attempts I realised that I actually hate wearing masks..  Undecided
 hehe - but I figured if it was just on my eyes and not covering my nose and mouth then I could deal with it

 I had a small porcelain mask sitting at home (bought in Venice !)
and decided to incorporate a 'mask into my mask' !

 I sprayed it silver - added feathers - a head band
 and some more detailed paint and here you have it :

 I used A LOT of hot glue, superglue and more hot glue
 to attach the head band to the back, and the feathers

  This was just a head piece with no mask yet.
 I made an eye piece that was seperate and also sprayed it silver
 With the eye peice seperate from the head piece, it meant I could take off the mask
throughout the evening but still have most of my creation still on Smiley

 Here is the whole thing together

I was a fun evening !
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / na na na na na na na na Batman ! on: August 01, 2010 06:20:47 AM
Cake Topper with a Superhero Twist Tongue
 A young couple wanted a Batman and Catwoman Topper.


 They gave me this picture to base it on
 and photos of themselves so the faces look like theirs.

This was a fun topper to do - the first time Ive had to do people
 with masks on so it was a bit of a challenge getting it to look like
 them with only the bottom half of the face to work with
- and also with them kissing  Smiley

 Unfortunately the photos I took of this couple didn't turn out the greatest Sad
I should have put them under better lighting..

  But now that Ive done this one Id love to have a go at some other Super Heros - and Villains !
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Motorbike Topper on: July 14, 2010 05:07:04 AM

So I was asked to sculpt a cake topper of a motorbike loving couple for their Wedding Cake.

 They had a toy model motorbike and wanted to be sculpted onto the bike. This was a new challenge for me, as I had never had to incorporate any other material into a cake topper before (part from materials veils or wire glasses)

 Also - because I couldnt 'cook' the plastic motorbike in the oven along with the polymer topper - it had to be able to be pulled apart.

  So I ended up making an alfoil Motorbike to the same dimensions as the model bike - and sculpting them onto that. I had to make sure the hands and feet were position properly so that when cooked - it sat on the bike holding the handle bars, and feet on the feet holds.

Here it is :

and this is what it looks like apart

 It was a nice little challenge for me but worked out really well Smiley
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Heros v Villains on: March 23, 2010 04:20:27 AM
SuperHero Vs Villains Themed Party - - not only one of the best themes to make a costume for, but also a great theme for props.

 Me and a friend dabble in a bit of prop making from time to time and were asked to make some peices to set the theme

 We made: Centrepieces , Superhero Cutouts, A Burning building , A Blue screen with clouds for the heros to pose/fly, and Villain Cutouts.

 Heres the Burning Building Up close... LOL - yes that lady screaming IS what you think it is Wink

and a shot of the building

 We also made signs for the Hero or Villain to hold whilst standing at the base of the building 'Ill Save You' for the Hero and 'Muahahahahaha' (evil laugh) for the Villain - that way with them posing for photos it could look like a part of a comic strip. It was great with everyone in their costumes.

 The 'building' is made out of a wooden frame

 and coreflute sheets stapled onto it. Painted to look like a brick building. We nailed on wooden panes for the window frames too.
 Everything we made for the evening was a first time for us - so it was trial and error and once again we learnt from our mistakes.

 These are the Villain Cutouts : their faces are cut out so that people could stick their heads in and become that villain - for photos.

 The are made out of sheet of polystyrene and were hand painted by us using stencils and patience Smiley

 It was alot of fun to make it all.
 We also made our own costumes for the event and actually invented our own SuperHero and the arch-nemesis Villain up - we are a little crazy Tongue
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Because we can Can-Can - Moulin Rouge windmill on: March 14, 2010 06:06:01 AM
A while ago me and my mate were asked to make a Windmill for a Friends Birthday.
 The Theme : Moulin Rouge
They wanted a Moulin Rouge Windmill with rotating blades.

a better photo but without the top/lid on it

We also had a light inside it so yellow light shone through the little windows

Well...this was the first Mechanical Prop we had ever made - so of course we were learning from scratch had quite a few stuff ups with fitting the motor in, and getting the blades to rotate at a slow enough pace... We also had a very small time frame in which to make it and let me tell you - Liquid Nails just does not set fast enough Smiley

Its made out of polystyrene - the rotation peice went through the little round hole near the top of the windmill - and the blades were attached to it.

 It worked in the end though - the blades did spin. We learnt a lot ... but still have a lot to learn...
It held out for most of the night - however at about 1am the rotating mechanical device must have heated the Liquid Nails up just enough to loosen its grip...and as the blades were attached to that same piece, they ended up drooping and smashing into the side of the windmill - - blades pieces went flying ! Tongue

One day we will try again - but mainly with coreflute next time. We just had a lot of polystyrene lying around so we decided to use it

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Personalised Cake Toppers on: March 05, 2010 04:20:16 AM
Hi Everyone - - Im quite new to this site and am blown away by the amazing talented people who are sharing their work. Its very inspirational and there are soooo many projects I want to go and attempt now Smiley

 A personal favourite of mine is sculpting and I have been dabbling in it myself over the last few years. A few years ago my cousin asked me to make her a personalised cake topper for her Wedding...Id never done anything like it before but gave it a go and had so much fun making it personalised for them. A few years later and Im still making toppers Smiley  I hand sculpt each one from scratch out of a base colour polymer clay - and then hand paint each one after cooking. I dont know why I do it that way - I just prefer painting them than using coloured clay to begin with.
 People give me their photos and ideas and I create a topper for them

 This is one of the latest I have done :

The Real bike that the couple asked me to copy :

And my sculpture of it

 Here are photos of the first ever Topper I made for my cousin :

 I think I am improving a little more each time I do it
 - but I love doing it and its fun to see what ideas some people come up with

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