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« on: August 25, 2008 12:08:58 AM »

So I love this plaque because recently I've been feeling really drawn to/interested in Hecate, in her aspects as a moon goddess, a guide in the darkness, and patron of witches and midwives:



I have a ton of Sculpey III so I thought why not try to make one myself? This took so much work! It's small, but too big for a pendant so I think I'll hang it over my bed to guide my dreams. I glazed it but I think I might also rub a sort of metallic agent on it to bring out some of the detail. The pictures aren't as clear as I'd like, but without further adieu:




I like to play with clay but this is my first time with a straight up copy, so go gentle on me.  Wink


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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008 05:22:59 AM »

that is super rad!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008 10:01:58 AM »

Wow you did a really nice job on it!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008 10:24:10 AM »

Very nice!! 
(At first I'd thought you'd just made a mold of the original piece, then cast a polymer clay copy, not made your own bas relief!)

Since you've already baked and finished it, if you wanted to "highlight" it with something metallic you'd probably use to use a metallic wax, right? (Gilder's Paste is the best brand, I hear), or you could put a metallic powder in a clear liquid medium (like Varathane or acrylic medium, etc) then apply, or use a metallic acrylic paint.  The latter choices might stick better if you sanded the top areas first?  Did you have any specific plan in mind?

It might be fun to "antique" the piece in the lower areas instead with an acrylic or oil paint or perhaps with the things I mentioned above but wiping off the upper areas before drying --or you could sand the upper areas to remove the them.  Antiquing with a white or off-white paint (possibly diluted) could give it that just-dug-out-of-the-fossil-bed look too that would look cool, but you'd probably want to sand down the gloss finish in that case since old things usually have rough surfaces.

Be sure and post when you've done whatever you decide on!

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008 12:39:48 PM »

Thanks for the kind words!  Grin

Wow, Diane B., thank you so much for the tips! I actually had no idea what I was going to do because I sort of sealed it out of habit and then decided that messed with the look of it. I didn't have a specific plan in mind but I'll mull it over. Thanks again!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008 01:20:34 PM »

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I sort of sealed it out of habit and then decided that messed with the look of it.

If you want to remove the sealer, there's a chance you could still do it particularly if it hasn't already been a week (time it usually takes for a full cure for acrylics) and you didn't heat it to "harden" the finish. 
You can try soaking it in water for a day or longer, or possibly in other things.  With water, eventually the acrylic should begin to absorb some of the moisture making it softer, and you may be able at some point to peel it off.  The other things may act more like other kinds of solvents.
There's more info on those and other options on this page, if you're interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
(...click on Removing under the Future category... probably the same things would work on polyurethanes and other acrylics)

If you just want the surface to be non-glossy, you could also apply a non-glossy sealer (matte, satin, etc... try to see effect first) over the glossy sealer. 
Or you could rub the surface with an abrasive powder (Bon Ami, etc.) or with 0000 steel wool --both can dull or remove shine, at least in places you can reach.  For places you can't reach, if you then antique the piece with an acrylic paint (non-glossy, artists' acrylic in a tube would probably be best), that will put a matte opaque color in all the little crevices, etc. too and cover up the gloss (you could even use the same kind of color as your clay color if you didn't want any contrast).


Good luck!

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« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008 01:55:33 PM »

This is beautiful!

You did an amazing job on your plaque. I totally understand your interest in Hecate and I think hanging it above your bed is a great idea. Smiley
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