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Topic: My first adventures in poly clay.  (Read 2829 times)
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« on: April 24, 2008 12:35:19 AM »

And hopefully lots more to come! I've been a member here for I don't know how long, but I mainly just lurk because... well, I'm a lazy bum. lol. And most of the artsy fartsy stuff I do is photography. SO. Yes. On to the actual post now!

First, a skinner blend star bracelet.

I made a skinner blend cane, firmed it up in the fridge, sliced it in half long ways, then sliced off the rounded back ends, butted the two up together, ran it through the pasta machine on a medium thickness, and then cut stars out. The rest was easier.. lol. I just wrapped a wire bracelet frame with greenish clay, and with the same clay I cut more stars out and layered them on. The blended stars have holes because I'm probably going to add some dangly charms later on.

Then, a rose cane bracelet.

I used the rose cane tutorial that I found here. (Too lazy to look it up. Ack!) With some minor alterations, I think. It was pretty easy cheesey. Bracelet was made the same way as the previous one, only with thinned out stacks of cane slices instead of stars. Smiley

And finally... a flower cane... bowl shaped... thingy.

87 canes later... not really. lol. I just sliced up a cane and smushed the slices on a burned out light bulb. Then I baked the whole thing, let it cool, stuck it in a plastic bag, and shattered the bulb. THEN, I lightly squeezed the clay to break up the rest of the glass. And... basically, this is not a great way to do this. lol. I don't really know what to use this for, as it doesn't have a flat bottom or anything. Maybe I should make a little ring for it to sit in?

Comments are always appreciated! Thanks for looking.

« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008 02:26:57 AM »

I absolutely love that first bracelet.  It looks very well done (they all do), and I love the colors and the stars.
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008 02:55:56 AM »

Love the bracelets! Especially the rosecane. Beautifully made.  About the lightbulb bowl, have you thought of a tripod? In similar or contrasting colours?

« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2008 06:35:30 AM »

love the first one

what did you use to cut out the stars?

and where do you guys find those braclet bases at?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2008 07:16:51 AM »

Wow! really good work there! fantastic


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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2008 07:57:09 AM »

Very nice stuff!  And love the colors of the cane....yummy.  I like the idea too that you're going to be dangling things from the stars, especially since the holes are not all on the same side of the cuff.  Should be an interesting twist.

Great bowl too.  Which way did you get the nicely even top? --did you cut the raw clay when it was already on the bulb, or sand and buff the rim after, or what? 
As for uses, I like the smaller bowls for holding earrings at night, or paperclips, or other little things like that, or for holding just a bit of cornstarch/water/etc. when working with clay.

Re making the rounded bottom more stable, a ring or pad of clay works well (here's an example of a container pendant I turned into a standing container with a pad of clay as a base:
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB/bowls-boxes/c6a9.jpg ), but you could also add all kinds of funky "feet" to the bottom.  In fact, if you want to see some feet/bases that other clayers have put on their bowls (and other containers/vessels), check out some examples here --along with other items that can be used as forms for making clay bowls if you don't like the bulb way):
(... click on Lids & Feet, though there are other examples in the rest of the categories too)

Tory Hughes (famous early clayer) was probably the first to even put real "feet" under one of her pots  Grin ):
And here are a few others with feet and/or legs by Desiree McCrorey (under covered Altoid tins):

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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008 08:23:18 AM »

Love the bracelets! And the little bowl is super cute, too. These are great for your first time!! I would probably make a clay ring for the bowl to sit on... unless you can make little feet, and then that would just be too cute!

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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2008 10:37:35 AM »

love the first one

what did you use to cut out the stars?

and where do you guys find those braclet bases at?

I used a plastic cookie cutter that I originally got for making bentos. lol. It worked out great! And the bases I got at Walmart, but I'm sure you could find them in the beading section of any craft store.

Great bowl too.  Which way did you get the nicely even top? --did you cut the raw clay when it was already on the bulb, or sand and buff the rim after, or what? 

I cut some of the clay off before I baked it, and then I sanded the top after. (I put the sandpaper on the table and then turned the bowl open side down and just rubbed it back and forth.)

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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008 07:08:41 PM »

Great first projects.  Very nice!

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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2008 08:15:19 PM »

soooo....your stuff looks pretty good, and far better than i could do with canes....but mainly leaving this to commend your name, lmao, that is so freakin awesome and i bet most people don't even get it hahahahaha

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