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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sculpey Necklaces on: February 16, 2010 11:57:51 PM
I bought a bunch of Sculpey a week or two ago, but it has been cold recently and cold fingers aren't quite as useful as warm fingers--especially with Sculpey.  I've been doodling pendant ideas on my class notes, so when today was finally warm I had a few ideas already lined up.  I didn't have anything to hang them with, so I used my needle-nosed pliers to bend and cut paper clips to make little loops which I when super glued to the baked clay.  I also didn't have any appropriate chain or string so I had to twist several thinner strings together to have something to wear my pendants on.  Heres what I made this afternoon:

A bunch of light blue dots of a dark blue pendant.  I coated it in fingernail polish because I'm going to wear it tomorrow.

A giraffe print heart. 

(I don't think the pattern turned out looking much like giraffe.  It was really time consuming to make though, so I'm reluctant to throw it away)

Finally, a large blue button.  I convinced my housemate I purchased it at the store for a hat.

I feel like I made it just a tiny bit too big. I just pressed the bottom of a small salt shaker into a patty of clay.  It looks incredibly convincing.

Thanks for checking out my post!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / ceramic face flowerpot on: June 29, 2008 01:59:37 PM
Oops! When I made this topic, I didn't notice the ceramic board.  I'm not quite sure how to move this topic, and I can't delete it and make a new one on the correct board.  Sorry!

My favorite project in my ceramics class this year was by far this face flowerpot that I made a few months ago.  The assignment was to make a slab construction flower pot, and then push the clay from the inside and outside to create a face.  A lot of the other student's projects ended up looking rather silly, but I am very proud of how mine turned out.  His lips remind me of Olmec from legends of the Hidden Temple, but I think that adds to his charm.  He now collects change from my tips.

my teacher LOVED his profile

everyone needs an artsy myspace picture angle!

Thanks for looking, comments and criticism are very much appreciated!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / a photo of my turtle on: June 10, 2008 11:58:09 PM
So I'm not a photographer and I don't have one of those really awesome cameras (I used a cannon powershot SD400) but one day my turtle was just hiding right near the tank wall, so I had to snap a few pictures.  And I ended up really liking this one.

Her name is Crumpet and she is rather fun to watch.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Coffeepot fishbowl (new updated picture with rocks and plant) on: March 25, 2008 03:10:25 PM
[Edited to add: When choosing a vessel to keep fish in, please be absolutely sure you investigate whether it is large enough and whether it really is safe for that type of fish. -- Leah (the craftster admin)]

I randomly got this idea to use a blender (without the blades and with a cutoff cord) as a fish tank, and just set it out on the kitchen counter.  However, when I got to the store to get the blender, the only ones that were big enough and had clear sides were far more than I wanted to spend.  Thankfully, right next to the blenders was the coffee maker display.  Needless to say, I found what I was looking for for about $20.  The pot is PERFECT for beta fish because they don't need much space and they can live in still water since they breathe from the surface.  So now my fishy sits in a coffeepot on our kitchen counter, entertaining my guests. 

I was thinking about decorating the machine part of the coffee maker?  But then it would look less like an actual appliance...

Oh, and when I clean the tank, I don't pour the little fella out, I ladle him up and put him in a little dish while I clean up the water.
Thanks for looking, comments appreciated! Grin

I added rocks and a plant to the tank only about a week or two after I got my fish, but I just realized I didn't update with a new picture.  I think P. Van Noiten (the fish) really likes his plant, because he hangs out there during the day, but always comes up to the front when I walk into the kitchen to beg for food. He is a good little fish.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stenciling on bedroom walls on: March 25, 2008 02:47:22 PM
So I plastered my room with magazine photos back in the summer before junior year, and recently I have found them a little impersonal.  I printed up a few stencils and now my room has at least a little more personality. Without further ado, stencils:

My own stencil, inspired by Animal Collective's "peacebone"

Lips, right near my light switch

Two purple birds kissing, because it's cute

A silver and gold metallic paint heart that was farrrr too difficult

A zebratard (1/2 zebra, 1/2 eagle, 1/2 pig, making it an improper fraction. Demetri Martin reference)

And, finally, red rabbits (I swear, they are red), inspired by the Shins' "Red Rabbits"

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay slab scenery--stump with lizard and stream! on: March 25, 2008 01:33:30 PM
My ceramics class had to make scenery out of plain slabs by folding and whatnot, and because everyone was folding up mountains, I had to figure out something different!  The stump is completely hallow, and the rock is folded (I couldn't resist a little bit of folding!).  I had to cut my piece in half because it would have broken in the kiln, and I got special permission to keep both halves and have a two-part project. I tried to capture all the texture in my pictures. Because I spent a little more time than the rest of my class painting, I think it turned out to be one of the best in all her classes. I hope you enjoy!

Isn't the lizard adorable?  Thanks for looking!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Adorable ceramic whales! (img obese) on: November 04, 2007 01:30:43 AM
The green one's name is Pinhead Mary (my friends and I are weird creatures and that name is actually very significant) and the blue one is Chip (because the glaze is chipping off.  That and a part of the tail fell off and had to be glued back on, but that has nothing to do with the name)

Here are my cute whales:

Pinhead Mary:



Aren't they cuties? Chip took about 5 hours and Pinhead Mary took 2 (thats why shes a little bumpy)
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paper mache bunny holding a heart (cartoony) on: September 22, 2007 11:44:05 PM
So I made this for my mom for her birthday when I was like 12.  I still love it!

I couldn't resist an emo myspace picture. Please excuse the lack of lighting.

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / lots of ceramic things, TONS of pics on: September 22, 2007 11:40:54 PM
So I've kinda been lazy about posting stuff I've been making. I'm really sorry theres no light ANYWHERE in my house. So here comes:

A mug I crafted and fired and painted in about two weeks.  Its got my name (Darcy) carved into the bottom edge:

A Gargoyle that took about a month to completely finish.  My teacher told us to put on a lot of glaze. I put on too much. It pooled EVERYWHERE

A kitten I made in two days. Its got wings, and looks rather bored.  I used to love it, but now not so much.

A bowl I painted at one of those pick-a-ceramic-piece-and-paint-it.  I was SO pleased. Again with my giraffe obsession.

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Plenty of pets (plus random purple fish) on: September 22, 2007 11:27:45 PM
Heres a few shots of all the polymer clay pets I've made.  The power went out, and I got bored. 
The gray thing is a chinchilla, his name was Paczki (poon-ch-key its a polish pastry) and he died a few months ago. Our new ones are black and white and I haven't made them yet. 
Theres a tank of fish, a random purple fish (never owned one of those haha)
The two blobs are guinea pigs-the brown one is Donut and the white and brown one is Munchkin.  I had to give Donut to a friend when my family moved to California two and a half years ago, and Munchkin died shortly before.
The bird is a jerk.  He hates people. And picks the feathers out under his wings, while screaming in pain.  Hes slightly touched. He's got a label on his cage that says "asshole birdie" because hes so anti-social.
Then theres my bunny, who I've known since he was small enough to fit in my mouth, which I know is a weird thing to say, but it seems like the perfect measurement cuz palms are awkward judgments.  He sheds sooooo much.
And finally theres my dog, Beignet (Been-yaym, a french pastry).  She is a Canadian champion but was never showed in the US-thats why she has a ribbon.

enough about the pets, here they are:

I'm most proud of my delightful dog and my ass-y bird.

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