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11  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: February 14, 2013 04:40:14 PM
 Smiley hey everyone!

since my partner was curious how i made her items, here's the brief deets:

book: took a bunch of bookmarks that they were throwing out at my job. coated each with white gesso. lined up, punched holes, bound with glue and tape, distressed with paint and waxes. voila!

pencil holder: base is half of a coffee can. "poles" are paper straws, horses are polymer clay pressed into a mold, base with words stamped in is polymer, can painted with copper paint and patina, heart "roof" built with wooden hearts and epoxy, inside lined with pattern paper and mod podge

thanks so much for the valentines love! great swap everybody!
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12  Re: Sweet and Easy Valentine's Day Swap Round 3 in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: February 06, 2013 11:15:59 AM
These are the awesome items I received from BluPaisan (sorry bout the delay in posting pics!!!):

The main item is this GORGEOUS original art by BluPaisan, in a cool frame that she made in the most perfect color, with room on the sides for me to add 4 photos! She painted bleeding hearts (one of my fave flowers; i even have a them in one of my tattoos), and added these lines from Shakespeare (LOVE!). Can't wait to show off this art to everyone who comes over:

And all the other items she sent were really cool too!
A card made using (real?) birch bark! A romantic key magnet for my fridge, and a candy box filled with...found objects! I can use these to make jewelry!!! Since I don't eat candy really, these are the perfect "sweet treat"...she even painted the top of the candy box!!!

Thanks so much, BluPaisan...I will be sending you your items soon! Hopefully tomorrow!!!

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13  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: January 29, 2013 11:47:36 AM
SO sorry it took me so long to post pics of the GORGEOUS flag I received from IsikkahJai! I was busy with work, then I hurt my hand, then...anyway! Here they are!

She chose one of my favorite sayings, "Follow Your Bliss", and created this colorful, sparkly prayer flag for me! I am going to hang it over my main craft space so that I will be inspired. She even stitched on the sequin trim by hand (tons of neat stitches, visible from the back side), gave the figure pretty long acrylic yarn hair, and embroidered on the ribbons...u can see better in this pic:

i LOVE it so much! Thanks IsikkahJai! Can't wait to keep making and receiving more prayer flags in future flag swaps Smiley
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14  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: January 13, 2013 05:22:12 AM
Here's the flag I made for IsikkahJai (I happened to have some pics of it already):

Long story short, the quote: "I am here. I love you" from Eat, Pray, Love held a lot of significance for my partner, so I went with that. I also "bolded" the words "I AM" and "LOVE" so that the flag can also simply read "I AM LOVE", and also to evoke "I AM" as one of the names for Higher Power or God.

The dots around the letters are puffy fabric paint. The heart is from a bag of junk jewelry: painted with copper paint and patina solution. Other than that: scraps, markers, clearance ribbon. My little sister taught me how to embroider so that I could do the hands; found a reference image of hands by doing google image search "got the whole world in his hands".

Glad u love it, IsikkahJai! Smiley
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15  TRANSFORMED: Thrift Store Cloth Doll into ARTSY KITCHEN WITCH GYPSY in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by WingsOfClay on: January 09, 2013 04:37:33 PM
Okayyyy...so, joining the Junker Jane Swap has given me DOLL FEVER!

I went to the Goodwill yesterday, and bought up some crappy cloth dolls in need of a make-over.
Using one of the dolls I bought, a tacky little "country angel" type thing, I crafted all day today and transformed her into this:

But wait! Get this: the doll started out looking like THIS: (drumroll, please!)

What would possess me to buy such a thing, you might ask? First, it was only $1.00, and second, it had these really cool little "laces" stitched onto the front of its feet. From that one detail, it knew it was meant to be re-born.
Here's a better shot of its feet; it is sitting with other dolls that will be recon-ed very soon:


--I stripped the doll of all its accoutrements: cut the dress off, threw out the twig-wings (  Roll Eyes ), and generally stripped it down to its bare body. This was not hard; it was mostly held together with hot glue.

--I also washed it by hand, and put it through the dryer. Here is was when it was all clean and ready to be crafted:

RECON: I basically just crafted in frenzy all day. Here's the essence of what I did:

--Hot glue ribbons and fabric to the dolls body to make clothes.
--Paint the face with acrylic, after shaping a bit with stitches.
--Replace its arms with steel wire and seed-beads (thanks for the idea, LovesClutter!)
--Crackle finish.
--Make and glue on "wig" made of this great yarn I got at the Dollar Store...PLUS, the yarn is acrylic and nylon, so it's VEGAN, yet looks like wool!!!
--Wrap wire to define doll's "waist" and create a loop on back for hanging.

Here's more shots of the doll. It is over a foot long; one of the pics shows the doll near large tarot cards on the wall to help with scale:

And the little shoe laces detail which first drew me to the doll, and which I preserved:

Thanks for looking! C&C and questions welcome Smiley



a couple weeks after posting this last summer, i was contacted by a woman in the UK (i am in US) who titled her message with "Your Doll Looks Like Me!"...long story short, a friend of hers had been searching craftster, and stumbled on my doll, which apparently looks a lot like the woman (Ginger).

anywho, Ginger arranged to buy the doll, and I packed her up for her long trip across the pond. I asked Ginger to send me a pic of her WITH the doll, but she never did Sad

but somewhere, the doll is living a new life!!!
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16  My First Art Dolls: Tips and Tricks TUTE from Doll-Making Newbie :) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by WingsOfClay on: January 08, 2013 07:18:08 PM
Hey everyone!!! I recently participated in the Junker-Jane-inspired doll swap, and in gearing up to make my first real "art doll", I did TONS of research, learned a lot through trial and error, and generally had a blast. My swap-mates really liked the doll I made, and seemed interested in some of the techniques I used, so here is a very informal (written) tute...no real "process" photos, so if u have questions or just need clarification, just post in the comments section.

Also, I HIGHLY recommend u visit the site:
You DO have to pay to access the content, bit it's only $8 or so for the year, and I learned A LOT!

Here is the Junker Jane inspired doll I made:

And, the JJ-Doll had a friend, the "practice doll" (see explanation below):


--Gather some non-stretch woven fabrics to make the base of your doll. I used scrap linen from a thrift store dress, but any linen/cotton/silk/woven would work.

--***SAVE A PIECE OF YOUR MATERIAL TO USE AS A "TEST" SWATCH FOR ALL PAINTS OR FINISHES U WILL APPLY TO DOLL. Having a test piece of linen prevented me from RUINING the doll when I accidentally bought the wrong crackle finish.

--Draft your pattern on paper. Lay on fabric, and cut out. Sew right-sides-together, clip and turn, and stuff and assemble doll (arms should be kept as separate pieces until very end). THIS IS YOUR PRACTICE DOLL. Now, decide if u like how the pattern shapes up. Make revisions to pattern, cut out and sew once again: THIS IS YOUR "REAL" DOLL.

--You should have a body with head (one piece), with legs attached. Arms will be put on practically last.


--You need to prep the doll to receive paint and finishes: SEAL DOLL COMPLETELY WITH CLEAR ACRYLIC GESSO (LIQUITEX BRAND). Apply one coat, let dry. Apply another coat, let dry. Repeat until u have 3 or 4 coats of gesso on doll...allow about 24 HOURS DRY-TIME between coats.

--SAND doll with very fine grit sandpaper (what u would use on polymer clay; can be found in auto repair shops)...400 grit or higher. Sanding with result in a silky smooth finish to the dried gesso. Doll is ready to receive paint.

--Paint the doll using acrylics...create a striped shirt, basic facial features (as seen on my "practice" doll), stockings, anything. Always test on scrap fabric, let dry between colors, and be bold!

(JJ doll has crackle, "practice" doll is left with naked acrylic paint job)

--To achieve the crackle finish on my doll, only ONE crackle product worked properly (always test on scrap fabric):
"DECO ART: ONE STEP CRACKLE: CRACKLE FINISH". Others were gummy on scrap, did not crack, etc.

--How to: on a completely dry and clean doll, apply a generous coat of Deco Art crackle with a wide flat brush. Work quickly...do NOT keep brushing or smoothing the clear liquid, u will disrupt the crackling.

--A few hours later, when crackle has dried, it looks like shiny "crazed" glass with webs of cracks all over. Perfect!

--Mix brown or black, or copper, acrylic paint with water until u have a wash about the consistency of milk. Working in small sections, brush this dark watery wash over sections of the doll, and IMMEDIATELY wipe away with a slightly damp dish towel. The "stain" will remain in the cracks.

--The doll does not need to be sealed in any other way.


--There are LOTS of materials used in these dolls: JJ Doll: eyes are made of polymer clay and attached with crazy glue, center chest ornament is a bottle cap and vintage button, rubbed parts with Rub N Buff Blue Patina, skirt made of wire edged ribbon, bits and stuff everywhere...

--The main goal is to do what YOU like, use the objects around you, and experiment

Hope these tips are helpful! Smiley

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17  Re: Junker Jane Style Doll Swap GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: January 07, 2013 02:35:01 PM
OMG!!! I just received from LesliesHappyHeart, and all i can say is WOW!  Shocked Shocked Shocked

I literally started screaming with joy when I saw the doll and the extra!  Grin Even the package she shipped it was so colorful and cool!
I am literally IN AWE of what you made for me, Leslie!  Smiley

The doll plus the extra:

First of all, even the "extra" is swap-worthy on its own!!! This pillow is SO well made and precious! I love bunnies, this goes with my house, and again, photos cannot capture the details and polished finishing of this extra pillow:

THE DOLL...OMG! "Fluffy" is this perfect JJ style bunny, holding its own LITTLE bunny, sewn from a really cool palette of cotton prints with stripes, dots, tiny bunny images, etc. The teeth (clay?) are so textured and really just complete the piece. Long floss whiskers, tiny buttons, a singed ear (poor bunny)  Wink, lines of stitching, and details galore:

Photos totally do not capture the beauty of the doll and the extra. Fluffy and the bunny pillow are gonna be two of my most treasured possessions...thank u SO MUCH Leslie for making so cool items for me.

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18  Polymer Clay Christmas Ornaments: Nautical Steam Pirate, with BRIEF WRITTEN TUTE in Winter Holidays by WingsOfClay on: December 07, 2012 05:42:30 PM
Sometimes the best inspiration really does strike at the most unexpected moment:

I sat down last night to make an ornament for a friend/fellow polymer artist that I am doing a private swap with. I was planning to make a flat ornament shaped like a bird. Yet, before I even knew what I was doing, I grabbed a vintage red glass ornament from my ever expanding "To-Use-Soon" craft closet, and began covering with polymer clay. After some experimentation, and a whole lot of patina, here are the results:

To make your own:

--Cover glass Christmas ball in thin sheets of polymer clay, blending edges of "joins" with finger tips
--Once whole ball is covered, use a pointy tool (needle, paint brush handle) and, "stabbing into" clay, swirl around and outward to create jagged "barnacle" holes.
--Paint entire clay surface with Sophisticated Finishes copper paint (real bits of copper in there).
--IMMEDIATELY follow with SF's Copper Patina solution (green) as per the directions on bottle.
--You are DONE!

Happy Holidays Smiley

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19  Re: Multi-partner wall art swap in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: December 06, 2012 04:11:16 PM
And.....Took some better pics of the GORGEOUS piece that FoxyBlue made for me!

Here u can see the cool texture, tho pics STILL can't do it justice!!!

Thank u so much Foxy for the beautiful art--i have it up in my living room already!!!
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20  Re: Multi-partner wall art swap in The Swap Gallery by WingsOfClay on: December 06, 2012 04:06:37 PM
OMG!!!!!! LOOK at what ThriftyLiving4U made me:

Amazing double-sided Boston Bull wall art! Yay!!!!! Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley Smiley

First side:

The little collar has a real patina penny:

AND, the other side is so cute too!

It even has a little shadow-box type effect on that side:

The details are incredible, and SO many mediums used...I can see collaged paper, some kind of tape or vinyl, plastic or acetate, colored pencil, wire, beads, A PENNY (my fave detail) and much much much more!

THANK YOU THRIFTY!!! You have seriously blown me away!
(I am gonna hang this in my breakfast nook where it will be visible on BOTH sides all the time...too cute to choose just one side!!!!

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