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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Cthulhu, Wizards, Turtles, and Pokeballs on: September 19, 2016 08:06:02 AM
great work! some process shots would be awesome.

I make a somewhat flat heart shape out of foil for the turtle shells, a long skinny cone for the wizards, 2 balls of foil for cthulhu's body with wire for the tail and wings, sometimes the legs as well. I'll try to remember to take pictures. I made some more turtles and I think I'm going to stick to using canes for flower petals on them Smiley the pokeballs are from a tutorial on youtube, if you search Nerdecrafter Pokmon you will find it.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Pumpkins! on: September 16, 2016 05:07:26 PM
These are adorable!!! I wish I could work on seasonal things, but I'm slowly building inventory for next year..
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Cthulhu, Wizards, Turtles, and Pokeballs on: September 16, 2016 05:05:00 PM
Just wanted to share my recent work.

Here is Cthulhu. I love him. Ever since I got the liquid sculpey, creating things on rocks like I keep wanting to have been working out remarkably well.


Here are the turtles. I'm working on making them better, I'd love to be able to sell these. They don't take very to make, so I can sell them for a better price. If they're cute, I feel they'll sell quite well!



Here are the wizards! They will also hopefully be a quick creation to sell for a little money.


Aaaaand the pokeballs. I'm planning on making pokemon to go with them.


Constructive criticism would awesome guys! Thanks for looking!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Koi Fish Tutorial on: May 23, 2016 09:13:00 PM
Congrats! Your project was picked as a Featured Project  Smiley

Yay!!!!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Koi Fish Tutorial on: March 25, 2016 12:39:04 PM
Thanks everyone! And Patraw, I hate my second one  Tongue I think I'll stick to reds, oranges, and yellows from now on!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Koi Fish Tutorial on: March 23, 2016 07:29:57 PM
It's been literally years since I've posted here. However, I made a picture tutorial of a thing and decided in order for people to easily find it, I should actually put it somewhere it's...savable. Heh.

Here's my first one, that I like way more and thus will be the preview picture for the thread:


Here's the second one compared the first:


And here's the tutorial:

Tools... Sharp things, blunt things, clay.


First step, make head.


If you want to be able to make this into a pendant, or just be able to hang this from things, shove eye pin through head, so the the eye part will be on the inside of the fish. This way, it won't rip out of the clay. Use pliers to make the other end into another eye AFTER you are done and bake the whole thing.


Using scrap clay, roll a tapered body. You won't see this clay, so use a color you don't like. Smush this onto head.


For the tail fins, roll out a ball of clay and cut out the shape of one tail fin. Repeat for other tail fin. Make sure to make them facing opposite directions. They do not need to be identical at all whatsoever.


Two tail fins that don't look alike at all.


Roll out thin strips of your accent color. Place them onto fins.


Attach fins to tail. Sorry not a great picture. Roll out another flat piece, and cut out the dorsal fin. (Do Kois even have dorsal fins?)


Top with accent color. Create a hole in the back of the fish that you can slip the fin into.


I only fit the front part of the fin into the hole, and just let the rest of the fin rest on top of the fish. Firmly push into place.


How to make the scale cane. Roll out a tube of accent color. Roll a flat piece of another color. Place tube on flat piece and cut the flat piece so that 2 edges actually line up to the tube.


Roll flat piece around tube. Roll this on your working surface to make it a LITTLE skinnier, and smooth.


To make things easier, you could put the scale cane in the fridge for a bit to firm up and make it easier to cut and work with. I didn't, and all the scales got smushed into one piece instead of having a clear defined edge, like my first koi. Start cutting slices off the cane. These are your scales.


Begin placing the scales on the body at the tail.


All scaled up.


Roll a tube of your accent color and wrap it around the base of the head where the scales meet it. I like to make a little widow's peak.


Make fins the same way you made the tail. Put a little accent color on them. I put one under the body, adjusted the body to where I liked the fin, then pressed down. Then I lifted it up, pressed it more firmly into the body. Repeated with other fin.


Roll a couple balls out of the main clay. Press these into the head. These form the protuding eyes.


Roll balls of the accent color. Press these into the protuding parts, these are the eyeballs. Roll a skinny tube and form a mouth with it.


That's it! Any questions, feel free to comment.

EDIT:

Baking times. I bake these koi for an hour and a half at 275 degrees. I've learned that baking for way, way longer than you think is needed is the best way to make sure your pieces are strong and durable. They won't burn at the proper temperature.
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Onion Tart on: March 23, 2016 07:29:28 PM
Man, my boyfriend would LOVE this!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff on: March 23, 2016 07:28:46 PM
Ohh... This looks SO good! I love mushrooms, but a lot of the people I tend to cook for often don't  Sad
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Spoopy Beanie on: March 23, 2016 07:27:28 PM
Ha! I have a friend who brings back spoopy every year!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Leaving Cowl on: March 23, 2016 07:26:58 PM
Wow... I just know I would mess up and the pattern would be off kilter if I tried to knit it!
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