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71  Leaf dish in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 10, 2013 10:30:47 PM
I like each of these leaves I made but don't think the colors go together very well.  Another example of choosing wrong.  It's the most difficult part but not as bad now because the instructors provide light colored clay now rather than the terra cotta.   These leaves measure about 8" across at their widest point.



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72  Leaf shaped Wall Pocket in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 09, 2013 11:47:57 PM
I carved leaf shapes from a slab of clay & pressed the edges together to create a wall pocket to hold flowers, vines, etc..  I stuffed wadded newspaper between the leaves to keep it's shape while drying. 



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73  Mrs Toad's House in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 09, 2013 06:22:20 PM
I built my toadhouse so Mrs Toad would have a cozy home among the flowers in my flower garden.  It's about 6" in diameter.  I began with terra cotta clay, made coiled walls, topped it with a mushroom roof & cut an opening for a door.  When it hardened a bit, I carved in the details.  Topping it off, there's even a tiny ladybug crawling on the roof.



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74  Terra cotta clay bowl in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 09, 2013 12:55:07 PM
One of my earlier pieces made with terra cotta clay & the only one I've made on the wheel.  It's only about 4-5"in diameter but I'm pleased with it.  I carved the designs into it when it was leather hard.



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75  Votive Holder in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 09, 2013 07:06:08 AM
A votive holder about 7" tall.  I carved the leaf design openings before assembling.  I love the colors---Unfortunately, my lastborn did too. 


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76  Clay Dish in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 08, 2013 11:07:36 PM
I've been taking clay classes for the past couple of years.  I've posted several of my projects in the past & have intended to post more.  I've not had much luck remembering but will see if I can catch up soon.

My dish is about 4x4" with a branch carved into it.  I added the tiny pink flowers as an accent & was quite pleased with the somewhat Asian look I achieved.



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77  Jilly Giraffe---Christmas Feltie in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: May 03, 2013 09:47:56 PM




I've designed a new Feltie as requested by a friend.  Meet Jilly Giraffe.  She stands 8" tall, is made from felt & stuffed with polyfil.  Her legs & neck are strengthened with pieces cut from kebob skewers.  I've painted on her patches & hooves.  Her tail is a length of braided twine.   Come Christmas, I'll add some gaily colored ribbons & hang her on the tree with the rest of my felt ornaments.
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78  Wire Heart Valentines in Valentine's Day by Jenxx on: February 07, 2013 09:24:20 PM


Today I finished making Valentines for my 2 Kids & 2 Grands.  This year I was inspired by hearts I saw on one of the craft sites.  Of course, I made them a bit different to suit my taste.

Using heavy floral wire, I fashioned a heart & covered it with white floral tape.  Then I crisscrossed it with a web of gold thread.  On 2 of them, I ran the threads across a smaller center heart & for the other 2, I made the webbing around it.  I found that touches of glue stick keeps the strings from shifting & are invisible once they're dry.  I think they'll look pretty hanging in a window or on a wall.   Initially, I painted the trial one red but it wasn't as delicate because I used a heavier twine.  I might have to do some more experimenting because it would make a nice Christmas ornament if it was shaped differently.

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79  Christmas Ornament Display in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: January 10, 2013 08:26:05 PM
I participated in a Christmas ornament exchange with a group of online friends but soon realized the variety of colors wouldn't look good on my all silver & white tree.   I considered hanging them on a piece of garland above the windows but wasn't enthused enough with that idea.  Instead, I was quite pleased when I thought of hanging a single strand of fluffy garland from the ceiling (behind the door)to the floor.  I simply hung the ornaments from the vertical garland.  It didn't take up much room, was out of the way & looked great.  I'll look forward to adding another strand beside it next Christmas.



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80  Plastic Dome Christmas Ornament in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: November 18, 2012 11:07:51 AM
Plastic dome Christmas Ornament




You will need:
Disposable 2 piece plastic wine glass
Small ornament, package tie, etc
Bit of polyfil stuffing
Bead or styro ball (I used a glittered styro bead from garland I found at Michaaels)
Length of cord for hanging.  I use 6 to 8 inches.
Ribbon & flower trim
Braid trim for bottom edge
Glitter
Fine gauge wire to secure bow
Also:
Spray adhesive
Hot glue gun & sticks
Large eye needle
craft knife (Exacto)
Instructions:
Shape the polyfil into a rough donut shape.  Spray a bit of glue on the wine glass base & affix the cotton  to the base leaving the center "knob" exposed.   Very lightly spray adhesive on the polyfil & sprinkle with glitter.




Hot glue the inverted  wine glass over the base after tucking in the polyfil.  I glued only in a few areas of the rim---didn't glue the entire rim.
Glue the braid trim around the base, beginning & ending in the back.

The beads I used were 5/8 to 3/4" in diameter.  you can use a plain styro ball, spray it with adhesive or white glue & cover it with glitter.  You can also use a wooden, plastic or glass bead.  

Fold the length of cord in half & knot the ends.  
If you're using a bead, thread the cord thru the opening, glue the knot to the bottom of the bead & hot glue the bead to the top of the inverted wine glass.
For the styro bead, knot the cord & thread the folded end thru the needle.  Press the bead down over the inverted wine glass stem to make an impression.  Use the craft knife to carve an opening & press again on the stem to form it.  push the needle thru the opening & out the top of the bead.  Pull the cord thru, leaving the knot inside the opening.  Hot glue it over the top of the stem.

Fashion a bow from the ribbon, glue it to the front of the wine glass stem (Be sure the figure inside is facing forward) & secure the flower to the bow.




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