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« on: December 08, 2018 04:36:49 AM »

I made this for a personal swap, my partner wanted  a dali themed swap item and they love mushrooms so i created this piece. its inspired by the work of S. Kilgast (you can see here work here: http://www.petitplat.fr/?fbclid=IwAR1boEGy6RxzxF40RU8EZMmhW9CgjNLSPVbI__pXhzU0BGy9049NibKvKT8 )
The entire piece is made from polymer clay, i applied a little watered down acrylic paint as ink to bring up the details and again by dry brushing.





To get the little bumps on the caps of the mushrooms you can see in the close up in the third picture, I used a heat gun to blister the clay. Usually you want to keep the heat gun moving and dont get to close otherwise you can blister and burn the clay but in this instance that was exactly what i wanted to do. There is a fine line between making the clay bubble and burning it brown so I made the caps of the mushrooms separately then sculpted the stalks so if the caps turned brown i would not have ruined the whole sculpt.
The 'crumbles' around the base of the mushroom are made by scrapping a block of clay with a needle then applying them to the piece with a little liquid clay



the piece was created to sit on a shelf edge. you can also see the dial of the watch which isnt visable in the other photos
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018 07:11:34 AM »

You are so talented and so skilled! It is a joy to look at the images of this piece.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018 07:55:14 AM »

Fabulous - I love the lovely droop of this and the mushrooms look so real!
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2018 08:28:38 AM »

This is such amamazing piece of art and I couldn't love it more!
So excited to have it showcased in our home office and show it off to everyone- fits right in with the other wonderful clay and porcelain artworks!
(Maybe I should start charging ticket moneis!  Tongue) hehe, I kid!

But it is even more gorgeous in real life and those tiny mushrooms are so detailed and so stunning! Thank you!!!

(And a Q- a heat gun- do you use it before baking? -I'm trying to learn clay work but am such a newb and never heard of heat gun used for clay! And I always appreciate your tips and tutes- it's so kind of you to share!)
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2018 08:29:04 AM »

I love it!
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2018 10:11:49 AM »

WOW!  Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018 04:02:51 PM »

Everything about this is so great but I really love the gradient blue so very, very much.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018 10:07:02 PM »

And a Q- a heat gun- do you use it before baking? -I'm trying to learn clay work but am such a newb and never heard of heat gun used for clay! And I always appreciate your tips and tutes- it's so kind of you to share!
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yes, i used the heat gun before baking. i only cured the mushroom caps for a minute with the heat gun because they are so small. it wont cure them properly so you still need to bake it but it sets the clay enough that it wont warp or move while you carry on sculpting. i also used it to set the stalks of the mushrooms so they didnt bend or move while baking.   
mine is just a cheap heat gun sold for embossing so it only has one setting but you can buy more complex models. i also have used mine to set heat setting oil paints rather than bake the entire item again.
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018 06:22:27 AM »

So very cool!
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018 01:44:32 PM »

And a Q- a heat gun- do you use it before baking? -I'm trying to learn clay work but am such a newb and never heard of heat gun used for clay! And I always appreciate your tips and tutes- it's so kind of you to share!
thank you  Smiley
yes, i used the heat gun before baking. i only cured the mushroom caps for a minute with the heat gun because they are so small. it wont cure them properly so you still need to bake it but it sets the clay enough that it wont warp or move while you carry on sculpting. i also used it to set the stalks of the mushrooms so they didnt bend or move while baking.   
mine is just a cheap heat gun sold for embossing so it only has one setting but you can buy more complex models. i also have used mine to set heat setting oil paints rather than bake the entire item again.

That is all so helpful! Going to buy a heat gun now-  sort of wanted for many other things but that is it, getting one now! (Like when I saw the texture clay gets when pushed through metal mesh and had to run out to get one 😄).
[I also looked at your FB page and my jaw dropped at your skills! If I ever did an actual FB account,  it would be just to stalk your work!].
Thank you!
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