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« on: October 27, 2009 03:20:02 PM »

I really like the look of specimen jars, especially the ones with weird stuff in them, like two headed calves.  I didn't want a real one, but I knew I could make on with polymer clay.

I started out with an aluminum foil base and then used super sculpty to form the basic shape. 

I sculpted fins and other embellishments using polymer clay tools and baked according to the package.  This was so big it barely fit into my toaster oven!

I painted it apple green first and then over painted it with a swampy green that I wiped off.  It left the darker color in the recesses and turned out really spooky.
After all that I coated the sculpture with about five coats of rubber cement to make it look like shedding skin.
Helpful hints:  have your jar nearby to make sure it will fit inside(I got carried away with this one and had to buy a new, bigger jar) and to make the water look darker add a bit of soda (like Pepsi) to the water.
I have more detailed instructions and a few more pictures on my blog
I'd love to hear what you guys think, so of course comments are appreciated and welcome  Grin


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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2009 03:38:23 PM »

That looks seriously awesome. I wonder how long it will stand up to the wster. Will the rubber cement completely seal it?

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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009 03:49:39 PM »

The rubber cement was more for the peeling effect.  I don't know how long it will last, I did thoroughly cure the clay.  I will drain the water when I am done displaying it for the year and store it dry.  I think it should last a while.

« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009 06:12:33 PM »

Wow, looks amazing!

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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009 06:36:35 PM »

What do I think? I think this is my new favorite Halloween decoration idea! It rocks and I'm pushing the button that says so.  Also I'm adding it to my favorites so I can find it later.  Woo!

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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2009 11:49:42 PM »

Hmm this looks familiar...yes, I cheated & peeked at Day 3!  Lips sealed

Love it!
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2009 07:02:09 PM »

I LOVE IT!   Grin  The colors came out awesome, and I love the detail in the tentacles.
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2009 08:29:42 PM »

I love making the jars but always threw in whatever was handy but yours is making me think about making a few reuseable ones. I love the rubber cement idea. Pure genius!

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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2009 06:04:52 PM »


If you want to keep it like that year round, instead of using water, how about colored resin? then you won't have to worry about something happening to the clay. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2010 11:12:30 PM »

WOW! This is totally creepy and awesome! Like a little baby Cthulhu.  I've been trying to think of things to do with Polymer clay.  I will definitely try this out!  I always get carried away and make things bigger than they should be with polymer clay hehe
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