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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first belly paintng! on: January 24, 2012 04:01:46 AM
Earlier this month I got to paint my first pregnant belly!

My first belly painting! by GonzoLou, on Flickr

This gorgeous 37 week bump belongs to Amy, a friend of one of my closest friends.  I had an absolute ball doing it and  Amy loved it.  It's super awesome when adults don't want to wash off the face paint!

I'm planning to start a blog soon to make myself accountable to a commitment to paint at least one face a week.  I am self taught and love to do it.  I just need to make myself practice more!!!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay ear gauges in nightglow and transparent green on: January 24, 2012 03:56:27 AM
I had my first play with polymer clay today.

I made a pair of ear gauges for a friend with a birthday tomorrow.  She does like to wear polymer clay ear gauges.  I know there is much debate out there about whether or not polymer clay is a suitable material for gauges, plugs, tunnels, etc. I think it is fantastic so may people have concern about it.  I also think it is a personal choice.  There are many factors to be weighed up, too many to go into here.  If you are considering using polymer clay gauges please do your research and decide if it is right for you.  I don't wear gauges at all - in my personal opinion, the safest way to use polymer clay gauges would be in conjunction with silicone earskins.    ...and on with the post!

I got the clay out, i conditioned, i rolled, i marbled, i rolled, i cut, i rolled, i tapered, i swirled and manipulated and came up with....

my first polymer creation - pre baking by GonzoLou, on Flickr

...TA DA!!!!!

I made these using Fimo effect in nightglow and transparent green.  They are approximately 6mm in diameter.  I don't have a gauge sizing chart but i did have a knitting needle gauge lying about and that helped me check the diameter.  I baked them in my oven at 110 degrees C for 30 mins.  When i removed them from the oven i dropped them into a bowl of ice water.  I have heard this helps with transparent clay.  I hadn't heard of people using it with coloured transparent clays but figured it couldn't hurt.  I would say they did seem a teeeeeeeny bit more translucent after their water dip.  Here are the finished ear gauges...

my first polymer creation - post baking by GonzoLou, on Flickr

I am pretty pleased with them for my first delve into polymer clay.  I made these as a gift for a work colleague.  If they suit her lobes i will ask for a pic of her wearing them so I can share here Smiley
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