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What I've been doing while away.
« on: March 08, 2016, 05:03:10 PM »
Sorry for indulging myself.  I know there is much worthier stuff out there than my floundering efforts.  I just thought you might be interested in what I have been doing while away.  Well, this thread is actually what I did in February this year as it has been the first chance I have had to do anything in over a year. 

I've got much to learn and so am trying as many techniques as I can.  As such, I don't think I have a recognizable style as yet.  I like a lot of Steampunk stuff.  I've always loved the Georgian and Victorian periods in particular so Steampunk really appeals.  I also love nature - and flowers, fungi, geology and the seashore have always fascinated and delighted me.   Nature has so many wonderful shapes, patterns, colours and textures.  But then, there is so much polymer clay work and styles that really appeal to me - from the abstract to the highly detailed and realistic.

I think polymer clay must be one of the most versatile mediums ever and every day I work with it is a joy and just doesn't limit imagination and creativity.  And I have found it such a pleasure to work with.

I've never been a very practically gifted person.  At school, I was hopeless at metalwork and woodwork, although not bad at art.  Maybe there is more of art than craft in working with polymer clay?  As a kid, I did make many model aeroplanes and kits and build the odd diorama and still make models.  I've found a lot of modelling skills useful in working with polymer clay - and vice versa. 

Anyway.  First, a few Steampunk pendants I made.  This one was the first.  I suppose one thing that is a trait is that I love the idea of layers and depth - giving the impression that below the polymer clay surface there are many more cogs and mechanical workings.



This one I did for Sue (my wife) for Valentine's day.  I like the idea of the mechanical and nature existing side by side.  Doing the roses, leaves and buds was very fiddly, but I loved every minute of it.



The final Steampunk piece is my most adventurous and largest to date.  This time it involves layers and nature.  I tried to portray natural roses at the top of the pendant and metallic, mechanical ones at the bottom - which don't grow, but which would move and work using steam and cogs. 



Steampunk isn't everyone's thing and these aren't highly Steampunked.  Compared to much Steampunk jewellery, they aren't Steampunk at all really, but as I've said, I love the idea of nature and the mechanical existing side by side in harmony.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2016, 03:25:04 PM by tangfastico »
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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 07:49:02 AM »
Lovely.

The detail is impressive :)

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2016, 10:16:19 PM »
Thank you so much, Mille.  Sadly, my eyes aren't what they used to be and I need to use specs with magnification.  Oh the joys of aging!  ;D
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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2016, 08:04:29 AM »
Really tiny work there. Nice :)
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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2016, 06:02:05 PM »
Those are all brilliant! Love the middle one the best I think - the colour just sings to me.

And never apologise for showing us cool makes. We like to see EVERYTHING and everyone's makes are as "worthy" as each other. Because its proof that you are out there, claying, having fun and being creative - and we, as fellow clay addicts know how cool that feels. Whatever we end up putting in the oven - or not - at the end of the clay session.

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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2016, 08:17:19 PM »
They're great!  I like the centre one best, possibly because it's not too blatently steampunkish ;D

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2016, 09:58:54 PM »
Thank you so much, everyone!  The one thing I've learned is that I have so much to learn.  :)  Yes, I like the green one too.  It was the most fiddly of the three and the whole thing is about the size of a 2p.  I won't apologize in future, Emma! :-)
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2016, 03:52:07 PM »
More of my fiddlings since starting with polymer clay again after my break.  All done in February.  There is more, but these are sort of my proper ones.  Some others were experiments.

This one was me practicing making roses and experimenting with a rough stone-like background.  I really must keep a polymer clay journal as I forget what I did sometimes.  :-[



This started as an experiment to try and get the purple slowly fading out beneath the translucent clay.  I didn't like the result so started to screw it up as scrap clay, but got this shape and stopped.  I added a post and micro beads and this is how it ended up.  I'm not keen, but others have singled it out so there's no accounting for taste!  :)



These also started as an experiment.  I'd never attempted a cane and so I just made one with no particular design in mind.  These will be a pair of earrings when I've added the findings.  I made a necklace with the other slices, but that's when I discovered that polymer clay is difficult to glue.  :P

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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2016, 04:11:55 PM »
I found that if gold clay isn't really well conditioned to bring out the mica and make it shine, it makes a very good light wood effect.  So here are some of my faux wood efforts.

The first was inspired in shape by a piece of jewellery my wife has.  My wife's pendant is flatter and a totally different finish and colours, but it seems to be faceted and yet in a way that it doesn't seem to be faceted.  Anyway, wood effect and embossed ...



The same gold clay, but embossed with a 'crocodile skin' texture sheet ...



Another kind of wood effect.  This time done with a mixture of gold and bronze clay ...



The final one in this post isn't wood effect.  It was an experiment to see if I could make faux marble.  The real thing is much nicer than the photo and looks like polished pink marble. I've ordered a light box for photos as I'm rarely happy with them.   :o  I added a faux wood setting and silver studs (bronze and silver polymer clay, respectively).  I like this one because it's heavy and I think it looks quite medieval.



Well, as I say, I've done more stuff than this, but these have been my main pieces and that about brings me up until the beginning of March this year.  Had I been around in February, these would all have been in the February gallery, but I got back just too late.  Sorry. :-[

« Last Edit: March 14, 2016, 04:16:40 PM by tangfastico »
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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2016, 06:33:10 PM »
Well, what can l say!  You've been busy, having lots of fun and made some stunning pieces 8)

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2016, 07:15:45 PM »
Thank you so much, Carrie.  I'm just amazed that working with polymer clay has me totally hooked.  Who would believe that these little blocks are capable of so many different patterns, shapes, colours and textures?  :o  I just love it and there is such a lot of brilliant and inspirational creations out there.
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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2016, 03:27:41 PM »
fantastic makes - like that faux wood one especially

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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2016, 07:30:02 PM »
I agree on the faux wood one. Nice. Looks almost antique
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2016, 11:45:03 AM »
Thank you, Emma and Karolina.  Yes, I like the faux wood one.  I think you mean the embossed one at the top of the post?  Very simple, but it's amazing how wood-like it looks.  :)
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Re: What I've been doing while away.
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2016, 08:24:05 PM »
I really like the effect on the purple and gold teardrop shape.  Very nice :)