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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Squirrel hollow on: June 06, 2011 08:30:40 AM
Gah! This is adorable! It's so perfect (I don't see any flaws - we are our own worst critics) and the squirrel is sooo cute - great job!  Cheesy
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Surfing Bunny of Justice! on: June 05, 2011 04:47:11 AM
Hello you lovely Craftsters  Kiss

I often find my favourite crafts are inspired by 'in' jokes between friends and this is no exception! Not so long ago a good friend of mine was in court and asked me to go along for moral support and to take some notes. I felt obliged to warn her that whilst I would endeavour to do as she asked, it was quite likely that my mind would wander and I would end up doodling random nonsense  Roll Eyes and doodle I did! One of her favourite doodles (apart from a 'skeleton argument' and a most unflattering caricature of the appellant  Wink ) was 'The Surfing Bunny of Justice', whom we have invoked ever since whenever an we have witnessed injustice of any kind  Cheesy
Even more recently my friend had a birthday (which she spent in hospital) and is today leaving the country to join the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior for a two month tour! If these were not grounds for me to bring the Surfing Bunny of Justice to life then I don't know what would be  Grin

Without any further ado, introducing the Surfing Bunny of Justice!

Please excuse my messy, messy desk in the background! I used a tutorial I found on Youtube to create the bunny, and winged the surfboard with a little help from my OH. The reverse of the surfboard has the scales of justice engraved, which I later stained with acrylic paint (sorry, no picture of this)

Thanks for reading to the end! As a reward, here is another picture of a forlorn looking bunny, without ears or arms - awwwwww  Cheesy

I'm so, so pleased with how he turned out and she absolutely adores him, he's travelling with her to South Korea as I type, to stamp out injustice on the high seas!

I'd love to hear what you think  Kiss

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Swirly Blue Tea Light Holder 'Whirlpool' on: March 23, 2011 08:23:54 AM
Thank you lunatekk, I always find them so hard to part with  Smiley
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Squiggle beads on: March 23, 2011 08:22:30 AM
Absolutely stunning, as your work always is! Cheesy So beautiful, I have a friend that would adore the black and white design. I may have to give this a whirl, thanks for the link  Kiss
5  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / You Can't Sink A Rainbow - Raising Funds For A New Greenpeace Ship RWIII on: March 23, 2011 08:19:25 AM
Hello my fellow Craftsters  Cheesy

There are a lot of charities and NGOs out there in the world, all doing wonderful and important things, but there is one in particular that has a special place in my heart and that is Greenpeace. Greenpeace defends the natural world and promotes peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. A most noble and incredibly difficult mission!

Unlike the majority of organisations, Greenpeace relies entirely on donations from individuals like you and me to keep afloat, receiving no financial assistance from corporations or governments. This, for me at least, is part of the beauty of Greenpeace it is accountable to no-one and thoroughly independent.

After 21 years as a Greenpeace ship the current Rainbow Warrior is heading for retirement and Greenpeace needs help to replace her. Shes been bombed, shot at and rammed and now she needs our help.

This is why when our local Greenpeace network was trying to come up with some fund raising ideas I thought it might be a nice opportunity to put my crafty skills to good use! Many hours of work (and two sore hands!) later, these five specially designed tea light holders are being auctioned on ebay to raise funds for this incredibly worth while cause.

They are made of my own polymer clay designs laid onto glass  Smiley

The set includes:

    * Red - illustrating the passion with which Greenpeace defends our planet.

    * Yellow/Orange - representing the sunny skies over our fragile Earth.

    * Green - featuring the symbol of the dove of peace which adorns the Rainbow Warrior.

    * Blue - the glistening oceans that the Greenpeace fleet is charged to defend.

    * Purple - represents the nobility of the causes that Greenpeace stands for.

There are lots more pictures, links to the auction and information on the Rainbow Warrior III on my blog.

We are all Rainbow Warriors, thanks for reading!

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Swirly Blue Tea Light Holder 'Whirlpool' on: March 20, 2011 07:01:43 AM
Hi imera, thank you  Smiley that's exactly the look I was going for  Cheesy

It is made of very thin slices of a jellyroll 'cane' of polymer clay. I always mix in translucent clay for my tea light holders as it makes them glow so prettily  Grin
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Swirly Blue Tea Light Holder 'Whirlpool' on: March 10, 2011 04:22:59 PM
Thank you so much Cheesy

Spirals, I am much the same as you and am always drawn to spirals! I'm definitely going to make more of this design  Smiley

azreno I'm so pleased you think so! It came out even prettier than I expected  Grin

kcartwright856 Thanks, I love it too Smiley It glows really beautifully, I'll be sad to see it leave

I have a couple more of these to post at some point soon, but as it's nearly half past midnight here I'm off to bed now  Wink

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Swirly Blue Tea Light Holder 'Whirlpool' on: March 10, 2011 06:22:27 AM
Hello lovely Craftster peeps  Grin

I was asked to put together a custom piece for a friend, they wanted something blue for their mom who loves the ocean. This is what I came up with  Smiley

I'm so pleased with how it came out. It took around four and a half hours from start to finish! They love it too which is what really matters  Cheesy

As always I'd love to hear your comments and critiques  Cheesy
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Just a couple of new things on: February 18, 2011 09:28:58 AM
Fantastic! I think I like the top one best, although it's a pretty hard choice - they're all so cool!  Grin

*explodes because of all the awesomness*
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Purple AND sparkly? What more does a girl need? :D on: February 15, 2011 03:21:25 PM
Sorry it's taken me such a long time to reply, ToniOboe - I've been on a kind of enforced craft hiatus for a while so I've had to avoid Craftster to help me resist the temptation to craft!  Roll Eyes

I might put a tute together if there's the demand for one  Smiley in the meantime there's a bit of a walk through of the techniques I use in more detail on my blog  Grin

I use a few different tricks to keep my pieces looking smooth. First of all is a light touch! I always handle pieces very carefully so as not to distort things too much, I often brace my fingers against the inside of the candle holder to avoid touching the clay and smooshing it. I also find wearing surgical gloves minimises the amount of fingerprints left on the final product although I find it quite difficult to find gloves that fit my stubby fingers well enough! Finally I gently roll the finished piece on a clean ceramic tile until I'm happy with how it looks.

All kinds of things could be affecting your results, for example if you're using a particularly sticky brand of clay or the clay is very warm then it will be difficult to achieve a smooth result. It could just be a matter of trial and error. Either way I hope you keep trying and enjoy the journey!  Cheesy
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