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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Baby Fairy Polymer Clay Tutorial





I decided to revisit this tutorial. It's been a while since I first wrote it. I made a few corrections and a few clarifications, as well as explaining some of my reasons for the directions.

Materials

  • about and once of  flesh colored clay - Premo beige or Super Sculpey will work quite well

  • seed beads for eyes

  • fuzzy yarn for hair

  • cane for wings

  • toothpick

As for as tool, a needle tool and a blade.

A few good tutorials for simple wing canes are a lace cane or angel wing cane. I like to use light colors and translucent. The cane just needs to be about about .5 to 1 inch wide.

I start at the bottom and build up upward. Start by making a 1/2  inch wide ball,  Roll a  teardrop shape and press it on your workspace. It should look just like a Hershey's kiss now. This will be the pixie's body.



[caption id="attachment_205" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sculpt legs Sculpt legs[/caption]

Now we'll work on the legs. Make 2 logs about a half inch log. . Make the top of the leg a little point. This reduce the bulk when we connect them to the body. Let them widen out to foot. Use your fingers to make the foot. Start by pressing on the top and then molding it. Pinch the backs a little to make heels.

It's not show but using 4 balls on each foot it my favorite way to make the toes. When they are done attach the legs to the body, smoothing the seams. A few things I have to note here: my legs often need reshaping several times and they get too long. That's an easy fix but shortening at the pointed end, just pinch off the extra length. Also do one last check to be sure the legs are still round. God knows why but after shaping mine seem to get squarish.




[caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="294"]Sculpt Arms Sculpt Arms[/caption]
Next comes the arms. The arms are made pretty much the same as the legs, 2 logs with a point on one end.

You probably want them a little thinner than the legs, but not much. Flatten the end where the hands will be just a little bit. You still want then to be kind of thick.

We're not going to separate the fingers but we will add a thumb. You just need a very small snake. Attach it on the side of the hand, making it kind of look like a mitten. Then, using a needle tool, draw line to indicate fingers, to make it easy, I usually just add three fingers.



[caption id="attachment_265" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Attach legs and Arms Attach legs and now Arms[/caption]

Now attach the arms to the body,  positioning the anyway you like but the legs should really stick straight out. Now you can see why we made the ends pointy, it eliminates the bulk. The pixie won't have a neck but we do want the body to narrow to the top. Add a belly button using a taper end tool. With a toothpick, you may want to rotate it a little to widen it up.


Add a toothpick to the body where the head will go, it should only stick up abut a quarter of an inch, so you'll want to break the toothpick first.



[caption id="attachment_309" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sculpt the head, flatten the  forehead Sculpt the head, flatten the forehead[/caption]



To make the head roll a ball about 1/2 inch wide. The size of the head will determine how old the pixie looks. A larger head makes him look younger. Heads are exactly round. Pinch the top of it gently to flatten the face where the eyes will go. The profile should look something like this photo.



How to make a Pixie
Now for the face. The eyes will placed on the flattened part of the head. They should be placed about half way up. Using a needle, put the beads in for eyes. Put the beads in side ways, so the hole is not facing out. Go in from the outside of the head  Use a needle to to add some crinkles for the eyes.

For the nose, roll a very tiny ball, right where the checks start to bulge out. Use your needle tool to draw a mouth. I add a little dot to each end

How to make a Pixie

For the ears make two small flat teardrops  Don't make them  too thin. Position them of the head,between  the eyes and the mouth. I always need to adjust the size of the ears once I get them on. Just pinch the points a little for emphasis. Use a tapered tip tool to add add earhole, it also helps to keep the ears secure.

How to make a Pixie
Ears are one of the most complicated parts of the body but we can keep it simple. Then very gently etch two lines just inside the edge it you want to get fancy.

Just a note, when I do these pixies, all too often the faces seem to make themselves. Often I get silly faces just by allowing the clay to take the lead
How to make a Pixie

Now it's time to attach the head to the body. Add a drop of polymer to the toothpick you added to the body and press the head onto the body. This will keep everything secure.

At this point I usually add a little pink blush to his (or her checks) cheeks.

How to make a Pixie

Now it's time for the wings. Cut 4 slices of whichever cane you decided to use. Make them a little thick for strength. Pinch each one so it looks like a teardrop. Position then as below, then squeeze the points and edges together.Before attached to the pixie, I connect the 2 wings in a butterfly shape.

I just press the unbaked wings to the back of the pixie. They're little enough and thick enough not to have bake them first. Here's what the pixie looks like from the back. Once again make sure they are secure so they won't break off later. That was my biggest problem in the beginning until I discovered making them thicker make them more secure.

Now it's time to bake the pixie. It should take about 45 minutes. Most flesh colored clays tend to darken when baked. Tenting it and putting the temperature a little on the low side help to stop it a little.

Wait for your pixie to cool off completely. To do the hair, just use a very fuzzy yarn or roving wool or anything fluffy.  Rub a little glue on the head and glue in on.How to make a Pixie



You now have a cute little pixie to keep as your own. I also have used this basic shape to create witches, mummies and Santas and more. You're only limited my your imagination.

[caption id="attachment_698" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Polymer Clay Pixie Polymer Clay Pixie[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_879" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Polymer Clay Mummy Figure Polymer Clay Mummy Figure[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1170" align="aligncenter" width="300"]FantasyClay's Tropical Santa FantasyClay's Tropical Santa[/caption]

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Oil Paints and Polymer Clay

[caption id="attachment_1462" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Polymer Clay Little Lamb Christmas Ornament Polymer Clay Little Lamb Christmas Ornament[/caption]

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I went to a workshop earlier this month with Doreen Kassel. I learned a new technique for polymer that I never would have thought of - using oil paints to add the color. The main focus was on making Christmas ornaments with this technique. It consists of covering a glass ball with white clay and then sculpting the features.

After you bake the clay, then the fun starts. Take out the oil paints and make a mess literally. The first step is painting the entire ornament dark brown. Then you wipe it all off, just leaving enough to show off the texture. Then you add the color, wiping off most of it so you just have soft colors. I love the gentle vintage look. I really love an old fashioned look especially for Christmas.

Most of these ornaments are going to my family for Christmas presents but I did list the lamb in my new shop. My next step will be to use this technique to make a few cake toppers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Some Zentangle Jewelry

[caption id="attachment_1362" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Red and Black Tribal Earrings Red Zentangle Earrings[/caption]

 

I have been playing around with Zentangles - it's called yoga for the brain. Basically it's doodling using repeated patterns to fill in the space. I decided to try in polymer clay. In my tutorials, there is a link for making Zentangle designs using caning but I wanted to try something different. I made these earring in red with black patterns. After I finished, I realized they also have a tribal look to them.  I just listed them in my new shop here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Why use polymer clay?

Polymer Clay Angel

There are lots of crafts and materials out there and I have tried many of them - knitting, crochet, lace crochet, needlepoint, needle felting, drawing in everything from crayons to pastels, water paint and oil painting. Some I just wasn't very good at like oil painting or most 2-d stuff. When I knit, I often worked without a pattern and loved learning tricky patterns, especially fairisle. Still none of them kept me satified.

I discovered polymer clay to use with my kids. The smell of Play-Dough really bothered me. Polymer clay drew me in as much as the kids. I love making little figures and started looking on the web to find new ideas and tutorials. Dinko Tilov's book in 2004 really got me more excited. As you know, I love fantasy and his books pushed me beyond making teddy bears and simple creatures. I learned to do faces and use armature.

In 2007, I first heard of Christi Friesen. I bought her dragons book right away and another world of possibilities opened up. Suddenly I was introduced beads and embellishments as part of the design. Polymer clay cures at 275F so most natural materials can be added to it.

And new ideas keep on coming. I keep finding out ways to use incorporate different techniques and fun tricks. There is always something new to try or skills to perfect. Polymer clay can be anything. You can use it to sculpt, do surface embellishments, make elaborate canes, make faux almost anything, inclusions, and never mind the colors - more than what it comes in but the ones you can make yourself.

I started slowly, it took me awhile to go beyond the basics but once I did, I was hooked. At one point in the early 2000's, I got hooked on wearing acrylic nails and that limited my sculpting so I put the clay aside for nearly 8 months until I got nail fungus and had to remove them. Nothing felt as  good as playing with the clay again. Since then I have kept my nails short and mostly wear nail polish - if only to hide the clay I can't get out from under my nails :-).

I feel like a kid in a candy store, there's so much to try I have trouble choosing one.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Creativity Block

[caption id="attachment_1319" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Watercolor Striped Polymer Clay Pendant[/caption]

 

I have been stuck recently, creatively speaking. I think I was trying to hard to create a finished product and as a result, I wasn't getting much done at all. I went through tutorials, other people's work but since I was just following instructions - I really felt like I was cheating. One benefit was one project really got me working on cleaning up my workspace. My son's advice - keep it clean like a laboratory - has actually helped things flow a little better.

Today I finally put away all books and the magazines and just decided to see what happens. I started with some scrap clay and made a Stroppel cane and made it into a spiral. I just played around with the same colors and made several pieces.

I got piece finished completely and actually listed in my shop. I used strips of clay that were marbled together and reversed them to get the striped look. I really love the soft water colory look to the colors.

 

Friday, September 14, 2012

I have been sooo busy!!!

 

Wicked Witch poseable artdollI have been busy trying to set up my own store. I'm trying to get it up in the next week or two. Lordy, I didn't realize how much work this was going to be, especially pictures. I know I'm bitching now but some of my earlier pictures are sooooo bad. I've come a long since I started in 2006 on Etsy - those were done by laying them down on the scanner or the web cam I had. Eeeek.

My work has improved a bit too but that's just me feeling good about myself. I keep pushing for one more step. My husband now is taking over as my QC guy since he is so particular about details. He can kind an smudge or detail on anything. He decided to do this because he was annoyed that I left a fingerprint on a piece of jewelry I asked his to look at. Another improvement.

So there has been so much going on I haven't had a chance to post. I didn't even realize I hadn't. Plus I've been creating so much, I forget to go on the computer

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Troll Take 2

[caption id="attachment_1304" align="aligncenter" width="258"]Polymer clay Troll Troll[/caption]

After a couple of tries with my new FaeMaker book, I finally got something do. It's actually the first soft-bodied doll I've made, so actually it was a lot easier but I'll stick to simple creatures that don't need fancy clothes- wrapping cheese cloth on him is the extent of my sewing desire.

I enjoy making these not so pretty creatures. They seem to have so much more character and require more love to make  He is listed in my FantasyClay store here. He's about 7 and half inches tall and stands on his own. You can pose him as well.

 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Taking the leap

 

It been a while since I've written. Well only two weeks but it feels like a life time. I started a new job and before the first week was up, I was rattled with stress. I finally realized I couldn't take working in the business world. For years I have felt like I have been living to work, and work at jobs I hated. I have always preferred making things and being creative. I finally got to the point where I had to take the leap to follow my dream.

My dream to drop out of the business world, to be creative and enjoy my live. Heck I'm 46 - it's time to start doing the work I want. I know the stress from the corporate world is getting me nuts, well at least a little neurotic. At first, it was going to be a few months off, and it was, but then this job seemed to be the tipping point. Sooner or later, you have to do what's best for yourself. For me, that is working with my hands and creating.

I actually have a plan of action. I've been selling awhile now and while work harder at it and also do shows. Find a job you love and you'll never work a day of your life. I took that leap of faith to do the job I was meant to do.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mixing Different Types of Clays

 

different polymer clays

There are a lot of different brands of polymer clay, these are just of  the more common ones - Premo, Fimo, Kato PolyClay and Cernit. There are also several others too, including Sculpy and Pardo and some specialty clays, like for dolls.

These days they are all available on online so if you clay, can wind up with several different brands.  Like always I just worked using trial and error and mixed without too much trouble since many cure at about the same temperature. Temperature seems to be a big sticking point for many clayers. Some are quite fanatical but so far I haven't any trouble except the one time I goofed and put the temperature at about 320 F.

I said many of the clays cure at the same temperature but this isn't quite right. According to the instructions Fimo cures at 230, Prosculpt (for dolls) and Cernit at 260 and  Sculpy and Premo at 275 while Kato cures at 300. Some were designed for a higher or lower temperature but most don't seem to. Sometimes I've bought a different brand just for a unique color or accent, so I didn't plan to use it alone.

Basically you can mix any two types and use them safely, the suggestion is usually to use the lower temperature. To be honest I don't use either Fimo or Kato much so I've never mixed them together, those two might make me nervous. Often I've mixed a firmer clay, like Kato or Cernit, to something softer. The harder clays can be a pain to condition but when mixed with a softer clay, they can let you add more details. The same idea applies to colors- Kato has a magenta that can't be beat for mixing colors.

The real stickler always seems to be the temperature. I've used 2 different types of clay, unmixed, in the same piece without any issues. I've heard that baking a clay at a lower temperature that listed means it won't fully cure but as long as I go above 260 and give it time, I've have no problem. Hell I had a solid 1 pound block cure to a brick because I left in my car in the summer.

I guess I am more right brained or is left brained the creative side - whichever it is, I tend to just do what I've figured out works for me. I've discovered some of the strict rules for polymer clay can easily be bent and even broken and still result in beautiful and strong piece.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Tree Grows out of Clay

 

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This week's use of scrap clay went in the other direction -  a large sculpture (at least for me) I have a lot of browns or near browns, a tree seemed the perfect use for this. I showed a similar tree I made a few weeks ago but that one looked so lifeless. It get a use - a friend used in her aquarium with good results.This time though I wanted to make it magical and full of life.

This view shows the birds, mushrooms, moss and flowers. All the leaves were made separately - it just was thinking of how you see a tree - all different shades of green and the easiest way to have all the greens was to just make leaves. Green is my second most abundant color.

This side is a little less filled with flowers but there is a fairy door for the little creatures to hide. I had a lot of fun making it - add a little touch here, lots of simple shapes that are all different colors and details, even a little red door saddle. This magical tree is available in my Fantasy Clay shop

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Polymer Clay Stamped Hearts

Polymer Clay Faux Metal Hearts


I've just been doing some simple project while my arm is sore again. Yes it came back, again. I finally went to the radiologist like my doctor told me to a month ago. I think it's probably a pinch nerve but that does help much if it still hurts. It been keeping me from doing any real sculpting. So I have been doing some stuff that I didn't need to stress my hands with. A couple of days without clay makes me antsy.


These stamped hearts are the result. I stamped them and then used mica powders in different ways to get different effects. Like dark on light, light on dark. That's the fun part of using them- you can put on a touch for a light shimmer or cover the whole think to make color the whole thing.


I was going to make them gift tags but now I'm leaning towards necklaces. I think they could work for either but they may sell better as necklaces. Not sure.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Polymer Clay Tutorial - Silver Earrings

[caption id="attachment_1265" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Faux Silver Earring Faux Silver Earrings[/caption]

When I posted these the other day, I started to describe how I made Antiqued Silve polymer clay earring. They really are quite simple and it's an easy project even for a beginner, so I decided to write a quick tutorial for any one wants to make them.


To make these, you just need: black clay (less than half an ounce) cookie cutters (small circle and a tear drop) and mica powders (I used Pearlex Antique Silver) and jewelry findingsCut out 2 teardrops of polymer clay


Step 1:Make the Base Shape


Roll out the black clay on the thickest setting and using a teardrop cutter cutter (mine was about an inch long) cut out the base piece.


You don't need to worry too much about the edges if they came out rough since we will cut it again after assembling all the pieces,


Cut out circles of polymer clay


Step 2: Cut out the pieces


Run the clay through the pasta machine at the third setting to make the circles. Use a small kemper cutter to cut out the larger circles. I made the small dots by pressing down a small ball of clay to about the thickness of larger circles.


Assemble the earring piecesStep 3:Assembling the Earring


Now it's time to put it all together. I use three larger circles, three always works. I then added the smaller dots to fill in the space between them to add interest.


You can see the circles are not completely on the tear drop. I like that look and I will fix that by using the tear drop cutter again to fix the shape.


add mica powdersStep 4: Add the mica powder


Before adding the mica powder, smooth any rough edges, fingerprints and any other imperfections. The mica powder will just accentuate these.


Put a little power on your finger and rub it gently on the dots so the black is still visible on the base shape. Be careful, a little powder goes a long way. Be sure to add powder to the side edges and the back for a realistic look.


Now add an eye pin to the tip and bake according to manufacturer's instructions. Add a light glaze once they are cool to seal on the powder.


Variations on the themeYou can change the look by using the mica powder differently - the first one I used a lot more and it looks less antiqued. The second I barely dabbed it on.


You can use different color mica powders for a different look- there are is a whole rainbow of mica powders out there.


You can also vary the shapes or the size, make hearts and dots on a circle. What do you think? It's a fun project that you can change in easy ways to change the look completely.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Perfect or Finished?

[caption id="attachment_1205" align="aligncenter" width="287"]Polymer Clay Troll Polymer Clay Troll[/caption]

Here is the finished troll I was working on. This is really the first time I was trying to go for little more realism in one of my figures. My quandary became do I make it perfect or do I complete it? Many of the details like his hands and feet had me really stumped. I got some extra tutorials and did several test ones. I started to see some improvement but not what I wanted. The question in front of me was do I keep trying or should I just finish this piece, even if it wasn't perfect.

I wound up letting frustration get the better of me. The hands and feet weren't what I wanted them to be, as well as several other parts, even though I knew learning to sculpt realistic hands takes practice. Do I wait or do I keep plugging on even though I knew the result wasn't going to be perfect?

I decided on imperfection. It meant I had to keep pushing on and working for the best I had to give now rather than waiting until I had all the components right. I know a lot of artists don't like doing that, I figure I would complete it and get that satisfaction for  now.

He is available now in my store here

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Waves of Blue

My favorite color schemes are always analogous - just shades of related colors. It is was too hot to move today but I started playing my beads. I have way to many but nothing really fancy, mostly glass and some inexpensive crystals and fresh water pearls. I just wanted to play around. I found some memory wire lying around and decided to just string beads to make a bracelet, later I made a matching necklace.

I love the random look of the colors and shapes - the beads are from all over, even other jewelry. The light blue stones actually can from a cheap bracelet I bought last year on the street in NY.  It was about 3 dollars but the stones were pretty and of course it broke right away.

So I tossed everything together and except for having to go buy memory wire for the necklace, about $3, I now have a pretty summery jewelry set to wear whose colors and shapes inspire me to play with more colors and shapes.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Making a Troll - WIP

[caption id="attachment_1186" align="aligncenter" width="279"] Troll - work in progress[/caption]

I've been fiddling around with different things recently, really feeling around for what I really want to be doing, more than what will just what will sell. I have been doing things all over the board and never really focusing on one thing. That is my goal for this summer. I enjoy color, miniatures, and sculpting. I have always loved doing figures the best so trying some more realistic figures.

These take a little more effort than just a simple piece and I can't do it one sitting. I really need more practice with these but this one has been very satisfying to make. So far only the torso has been baked. I am still struggling with hands. They are tricky and Prosculpt seems to get too soft too quickly. I ordered some Cernit for the next one. Yes already I know I want to do more to perfect this. Stay tuned for the next steps.

Fantasy Dolls

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lindly's IKAT Workshop





What a weekend!!! I am just home after a two day class with Lindly Haunai. She co-authored Polymer Clay Color Inspirations and is a master at color. We focused on color while making IKAT canes. IKAT is based on the fabric IKAT and tends to look like a woven fabric.

All these canes were made with a magenta, yellow, blue, black and white. Had to believe isn't it. I may never need to buy anything but these again. Maybe some different shades of yellow and blue and fluorescent pink but that is about it. Now what to do with the tons of clay I already own? I guess I have to use that up first.

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Set 5: Pop Tart Earring

[caption id="attachment_1144" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Strawberry Poptart Earring"]Polymer Clay Strawberry Poptart Earrings[/caption]

What is a better way to start your day than with Pop Tarts? Actually S'mores pop tarts are my favorite to eat but the strawberry ones are prettier.  I added bite marks and a little bit of filling where the bites are. I had fun making miniatures like this again. I haven't done them in a while.

So far that is my favorite part of this challenge - having to produce something and something different. I haven't kept up with the time line but I am continuing.

Monday, May 28, 2012

White Owl Earrings - Challenge Week 4

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Yay Memorial Day weekend and also finally back to work!!!! My arm is all back together and I'm back to claying. I've spent the last few days working on my clay and making stuff. To me nothing feels as good as working with hands and making stuff, whether it's clay or felting, even knitting or crocheting. It's really hard to do any of these when your elbow hurts when you bend it at all. For someone like me it's incredibly frustrating.

I finally got back to the earring challenge - week 4. I made a pair of owl earring out of polymer clay, based on one of Christi Freisen's owl necklace tutorial. Admittedly they are not that different but they  felt like a good start. I like the faux bone with the patina and owls are always fun, even when they are not bright colors. I listed these in my Artfire shop here

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Down for the count

I think the most possible thing could have happened to anyone who works with their hands. I don't know if it's tennis elbow or what but for the last 3 weeks my elbow and arm have hurt and nothing seems to be helping. It's my left but then I am left-handed. I realized when picking up a box of crackers with my left arm was causing shooting pain in my elbow, it's time to actually go to the doctor. So tomorrow I'll get this checked out. Hopefully something can be done more than just live with it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hoppy Easter in Polymer Clay

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Easter is truly a time of rebirth, new life and starting a new. Well yes and of pretty pastels and eggs, chicks, bunnies and pretty flowers. And peeps!

Just skimming through Artfire to find some polymer clay Easter. This Collectible Easter egg by KaelMijoy. It looks like those plastic beads you melt but it is actually made using polymer clay dots she textured. I can't help looking at this and just admiring the intricacy of it.

And from Easter eggs, baby chicks are just a step away. HarrisonHollowDesigns's adorable chick garden stake is the perfect decoration for your flowers. It is a funky yellow and orange with dangly legs. To me it is the perfect chick to have hatched from this egg. I love the orange swirls and green dots on this chick it just looks so springy

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Then comes the Easter bunny to fill all the Easter baskets with candy. This cute set of 5 bunnies by me, FantasyClay are five times the fun. The colors are sweet and delicate but the bunnies look a little demented. they are only abut inch tall so they make a perfect decoration for your desk or an extra treat for everyone.

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Then the Easter bunnies bring the peeps. Peeps more than anything else scream Easter. Actually they are best when they are a little stale. FyrestormCreations made a set of Peeps stitch markers. These are just too cute. They are mini peeps what else can I say! I can almost taste the sugar and marshmallow.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

This Old Heart of Mine

Bronze and Silver HeartI got Christi Friesen's new Swellegant product with metal coatings as well me agents to darken or add green verdigris to the metal. This is my first attempt at this - I used bronze and silver to make a battered heart. I keep hearing Rod Stewart singing this old heart of mine...

I think I need to work on this a little more but for now this will look great on an antique bronze chain until I figure out my next step.

Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm Looking At You

[caption id="attachment_1058" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Dragon Eye Brooch"]Polymer Clay Dragon Eye Brooch by FantasyClay[/caption]

 

This weekend was another time for just enjoying myself. I made a few things but this dragon eye is what I really had fun making. I was going for an old wise forest magic in this pin. Amazingly this is exactly what I got out of it. You don't know how often I have an idea the feeling I want from an item but never quite get it. Or the cute playful piece looks like it actually an axe murderer in disguise. But this one came out just as I wanted.

This eye looks dark and misty to me, I was going for wooded forest. When it was done, I attached a pin-back to make it a brooch. No use making things, it you are just going to leave then sitting around in the back of a drawer. And like most stuff I also listed it in my shop - Dragon Eye Brooch on FantasyClay

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Intrigued by Hearts

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Aside from dragons, one thing I really love making is hearts. And not just because red is my favorite color or because Valentines Day is almost here. Hearts, like dragons, are wide open doors for just plain creativity. You can do so much with such a simple shape. Who needs anatomically correct hearts when there is so much more to them.

I know hearts don't have to be red but I was in the mood for red, so I went looking for some red hearts to see what others have done with them. I had better brush up  own creativity.

This one by StrangeWhimsy on Artfire just caught my attention with the combination of different pieces, a delicate flowery shape, deep red heart, wings and then some crystal bead,together they come together beautifully.

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Then this Metallic Steampunk heart by ArtmakersWorldsjust blew me away. If there is one style that always catches my eye is steampunk. I like that mix of old and new with an industrial feel. It's kind of like home to me. the red is hidden under a silver shell. It feels like clock with a mix of the old and the new.

I love how the red just seems to hide but it catches your eye more than if it was front and center. Excellent design.

[caption id="attachment_1038" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Red Heart Pendant by DesertWindDesigns"]Red Leafy Heart Pendant With Swarovksi Crystal on Choker Cable[/caption]

 

Then comes this heart by DesertWindDesigns. It looks like as mass of squiggly veins and tubes as they wander across the heart. This one is a one of kind creation. She says it wasn't made using molds, but looking at it, do you ever have to be told that? It just twists and turns until you just can't stop looking.

It is the time of year to celebrate heats and to celebrate red. Actually every day is a day for red as I sit here typing with my red fingernails and red sneakers. What other color is so vibrant and so full of life - like the blood pumping in your heart right now.

 

 

 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Purple and Green Creeping Dragon

[caption id="attachment_1031" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Winged Dragon"]Polymer Clay Winged Dragon[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1033" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Silver and Purple Dragon"]Polymer Clay Silver and Purple Dragon[/caption]

It's been a while since I just took the time to sculpt a dragon without worrying about making it for anyone else to like and just enjoy what I make. He's not cute or nice, in fact he is kind of dark and creepy as he glowers as he lays in wait.

I make the skin textured and the wings wrinkled. It is make of gray clay with mica powers for color and shimmer. His body is a shimmery purple while he wings and spikes on his back are deep green. He is different from most things I do. Even when I play around, I still tend to think of what is going to sell. I need to take more time to do dragons like this. It is so satisfying to just build the parts and solve the problems of how to do each part without having to worry if someone else will like it.

He is guarding my living room now, even though he is only 6 inches long. He looks like he might attack at any minute. At least until someone else decides they need to have him guarding their house. I decided to list him in my Artfire store. Check out this dragon here.