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July 13, 2014 01:35:10 PM by Gente de Massinha
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To make this necklace, you will need:
- black and white air clay (or polymer clay), scissors, alphabet pasta, fluid acrylic paint, pen or any round object, toothpicks, super glue, E.V.A. foam or acetate scraps, nail file, chain and jump rings.

I dont trust my english (it is bad), so, i am posting a photo tutorial, okay? Wink

I hope you like it and if you have doubts, please let me know. I will do my best to answer.



August 26, 2014 12:33:32 AM by maxxev
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i made this for a swap and half my family wanted one too so i ended up making a patch of them.
i hadnt really done much in the way of sculpting before so this was a sharp learning curve for me but im really happy with how they turned out.



back view



i started with a core of kitchen baking foil. i just screwed up a large sheet and hit it with a wooden rolling pin until it was roughly the right shape then wrapped it in another smaller sheet to  smooth it off a little


you can either mark the segments on the core by indenting with a biro/ large knitting needle etc or do this once you have covered the core in clay.


i rolled a thin sheet of scrap clay and covered the core with it. then bake at the recomended temp and time for the brand of clay you are using. dont roll it too thin like i did here or you end up with foil pokeing trough and have to patch it and bake in again.


time to start the fun part!
making the eye: i just rolled two balls of clay and flattened them slightly


to make the eye lids i rolled out two small sheets of clay and placed them over the eye balls

then cut off the excess as shown.
then smooth, i used as thick wooden knitting needle and my finger to do this

i added cheeks and eye brows in the same way. just building up sheets of clay and smoothing to shape.






when i was happy with the face i made the stalk. i rolled a large thin cone for the main part and several thinner cone and snake shapes. dont try to get them all the same length and width the more uneven the more natural it will look


place the smaller shapes around the large cone


now gently twist


i smoothed the stalk onto the pumpkin then shaped and curled it into the desired shape


once you are happy cure him in the oven again for the recomended time are temp for the brand of clay you are using




i then undercoated the pumpkin in a few coats of white acrylic before painting







March 05, 2014 07:53:03 AM by maxxev
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just the thing to melt the hearts of grandparents for mothers/fathers day  Wink



you will need:
*air drying clay
*plaster of paris (+an old plastic tub and lollipop stick or similar for stiring)
*rolling pin
*sharp kitchen knife
*newspaper
*old gift box larger than your childs hand
*scissors
*very fine wet/dry sand paper (i used 1200 grit)

step one:
use fresh clay for this as you need it soft. i found my airdry clay to be too firm to get a good deep print so I used approximately half a 1kg block and smashed it a bit to increase the surface area then put it in a sealed container with 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup of water and then left it. next day i poured off any leftover water then gave it a good knead. you might want to experiment.
roll out your clay on newspaper/scrap paper to about 1.5 -2 cm thick. i used marzipan spacers to get an even thickness but its not essential.
press the hand or foot in firmly you want a nice deep print





Step two:
cut a hole in the bottom of your gift box. dosnt need to be perfect Smiley



step three:
position the box over the print and push down firmly (otherwise the plaster will leak. if it does quickly push a few strips around the edge)



step four:
mix the plaster and pour it over the print. tap the sides to get rid of air bubbles and allow to dry. mine took less than an hour.



step five:
gently pull the cardboard from the clay (if you are carefull not to damage the print you can get multiple castings) The clay should peel of easily, just make sure you use white air dry clay, not terracotta as that will stain.



the plaster has formed a ridge but this can easily be sanded off.

step six:
gently (otherwise you can leave marks) sand down the plaster using the wet dry sandpaper and water. do NOT sand the print itself, just around it or you will sand away detail.
you can see the differance between the unsanded print on the left and the sanded one on the right. the plaster will be very delicate though until it dries completely which can take a few days depending on the size/thickness so be careful when handling. you may want to sanding it for a few days or longer.



here the imprint and outprint together (i trimmed the clay imprint to the same size using the gift box as a guide) think im gonna frame them like this Smiley you can off course paint the prints i would recommend sealing the airdry clay with a varnish too, though i havnt and its lasting well. if your print receives a lot of handling or is not in a dry room it probably a good idea.

if you have any questions please ask Smiley



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