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Topic: Elegant Peacock-Inspired Headband ((Pic Morbidly Obese! Semi-Tute!))  (Read 3535 times)
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« on: July 09, 2010 01:16:11 PM »

So I went and bought myself some Kato Polyclay. Would have been Sculpey but I don't like how it gets all mushy if you work it too much. So Kato, forever and always. Now, I've never successfully made anything from polymer clay. So I was scared. And after several failed attempts at a tropical bird bracelet, I just took the broken pieces, attached them to an unrelated yet fabulous flower, and that onto a dinky plastic headband, and got this:

((NOTE: Please ignore the strands of hot glue. I got too excited to deal with those buggers...))




^ So I made this flower. First I rolled a ball, squished it flat. Then I made... hang on, let me count... 14 by three is... 42. 42 rectangular shapes that I formed into diamonds. Two broke, and two got squished, but I think it gives the piece character. I put 14 down on the squished ball, then curled the outer edges. I repeated this two more times, making the second row smaller than the bottom, and top smaller than the second. Then I put a ball into a dip in the center, then wrapped a thin strand of clay in a spiral around the ball. Then I made TONS of little balls. There are 24 in the center with the spiral, and one between each and every petal. I painted the spiral gold, then infused a both a robin's egg blue and an emerald green with silver. I painted the rest of the flower with my blue, then on every petal where it touches the next layer I painted a pinch of green. Then I used a piece of steel wool to scrape the paint and age it. Ta da!

^ Turn your head. Like, rotate it like a clock. So when you look 'down' your nose, you're looking left. Now look at the picture. I told you I made a bird, a peacock, and there's the body and wing! I cut out a basic shape for the body, then cut the wing, then embellished! I used the same petal-technique from the flower on the wing, and painted some feathers with my blue and some with my green. The body itself you can see is gold with a silver-infused purple streak and 11 golden balls detailing the streak. Again, I used steel wool to scrape some paint.

^ There is a head AND tail in there. The head is the top part that looks kind of fuzzy. The beak is the green part that disappears behind the flower and the three nearby curls are plumage. I cut several layers to give it dimension. There are seven gold balls on the purple plume. As for the tail, that's the main chunk of this part. There are seven curls of plumage built on one basic piece. The three purple plumes have a total of 12 gold balls on them, the two green pieces each have one gold 'rod' on the top of them, and the two blue plumes have 10 gold circles and two gold balls. The circles were made by rolling clay very VERY thin, and cutting them into short pieces, then attaching the ends together. It's hard, but a toothpick helps because it can press the ends together. You'll notice your finger's can't do the delicate job. And of course I scratched the paint job.

Then it was just a matter of gluing the pieces together in a way I like that fit the curve of the headband. That and convincing my older sister to let me use her expensive yet amazing camera with a boutique lens... Cheesy


^ I'm a tall girl, so if you have a small frame it would probably be a bit bigger in your hand than mine. But still.

So yes, this is my beloved Peacock-ish headband, and I had to share. I mean, how could I even consider depriving you guys? LOL I crack myself up. Haha.

Anyways, please tell me what you think! And if you have any suggestions for what to do for my next act, let me know! Cheesy

« Last Edit: July 09, 2010 01:17:45 PM by Awesome McTastical » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2010 01:50:18 PM »

This is really beautiful. Well done!

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010 04:17:24 PM »


Amazing! that's so cool!!!! totally rocking it ^^

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010 04:29:30 PM »

love it!!!

I would absolutely love to have a personal swap! I'm interested in jewelry, soap, and anything that inspires you on my Pinterest
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2010 05:04:11 PM »

Wow! Sooooo gorgeous.

I'm interested in personal swaps, PM me!

Happy Crafting! Smiley
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2010 09:47:47 PM »

oooh lovely!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2010 09:36:46 AM »

Really very nice!  The onlays are complex and thoughtful, and the colors really attractive. 

The only thing I would suggest is perhaps introducing a bit more gold into the center motif piece.  You could even do that at this point with a (gold) mica or real-metal powder mixed into a clear water-based medium of some kind (like polyurethane, Future floor finish, clear acrylic fingernail polish, acrylic medium, etc), or with a gold metallic wax (Gilder's Paste, or even Rub 'N Buff).  If you don't know about doing using those materials with polymer clay and are interested, check out these pages at my site:

Oh, and not quite sure I understood the "rings" you mentioned joining, but if they're the bumpy gold bits on the blue area, you can just use the head of a ball-headed pin (in the size you need) to press little gold balls onto the background blue clay--press in deeply enough to create the depth of indentation you want to simulate tje ring size you want. 
Or use a small round "rod" of some kind that's been trimmed flat across the bottom, like the end of a small round dowel; or just make a rod-type impression tool from polymer clay by rolling a small round log and baking it, then cutting off the end crosswise while it's still warm with a sharp blade.

Diane B.

P.S.  If the glue gun glue doesn't hold, try a 2-part epoxy or E6000.  And if those don't hold, stick that sucker down with a polyurethane glue (Gorilla Glue, etc) but you'll have to clamp it while curing and wipe away any of the yellow goo that may seep out as it swells.
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