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Sunday, January 31, 2016

2016 Polymer Clay Challenge - Week 5


This week I was able to get my #2016PCChallenge project done early. I can not believe we are almost into February. This week was my first attempt at an older face. I plan on doing an old man for my doll show submission so you'll be seeing a lot of weathered faces on here in the coming weeks.

Unbaked

You can see the wrinkles I've etched into his skin. They will be less distinctive once he has been cured. I also made a spot for a pipe to be inserted in the corner of his mouth.

Fresh from the Oven

As you can see the baking process tones down the wrinkles quite a bit. They will be visible once again after I paint him.

Painted Features

Here he is! I am really pleased with how this guy turned out. I will be redoing his pupils to make them a bit larger and less creepy. He will be getting salt & pepper hair, along with a beard and mustache. He'll also be getting bushy eyebrows - I can't wait for those!

He already told me that he is a fisherman and he wants to be posed on a dock. I'm going to continue to work on him this afternoon since it is snowing, we already have about 4 inches of snow - not bad but enough to stay in and play with clay!

I'm so glad I decided to not only join the #2016PCChallenge but to actually participate in it LOL. I'm really excited about what is happening in the studio this year.


Monday, January 25, 2016

2016 Polymer Clay Challenge - Week 4


Seriously! Week 4! This year is already going by way too fast. Here is my latest project for the #2016PCChallenge


This week I did another head. I forgot to add color to the lips, She is OK. Once I add her hair and paint her features she won't look so odd - I hope! I think I rushed her a bit. I like her nose, lips and eyes but her ears are off. That is what this challenge is for, to create, practice, see what I need to work on and create some more.




Friday, January 22, 2016

Polymer Clay Magnets


As I stated earlier this week I am taking part in the 2016 Polymer Clay Adventure retreat. I am trying to hone my skills and working with clay as often as possible is really the only way to do that so I joined the first swap of the year which is to create magnets which feature a word or words that are meaningful to me.


I chose to use the word "create" on my magnets. That is what I hope to do this year. To create as often as possible.

I don't know who my 3 swap partners are yet. I hope they like these!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 Polymer Clay Adventure Online Retreat


I've really been busy with clay lately and the 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge is one of the reasons, the other is the 2016 Polymer Clay Adventure. This is a year long, online, polymer clay "retreat". There are at least 22 video classes that will be released throughout the year detailing many different types of polymer clay projects.

The first class was making a shrine out of an "Altoid" mint tin. It involved distressing the tin, adding multiple layers of clay, using silver leaf, paint, rubber stamps, beads... it was AWESOME! I love rubber stamps and learning so many different ways to use them with polymer clay was super exciting for me. I knew there was a reason I didn't get rid of them when I cleaned my studio (OK, truth be told, I have a hard time getting rid of anything from the studio. You never know when you'll need it),

Here is my tin. It is a shrine in memory if my sweet kitty Rosie who passed away last January.

Cover

Inside

This project was a lot of fun to create. I tried to use all of the different techniques that Artist Laurie Mika taught in the class. 

The shrine looks much better in person and I am very happy with the way it turned out. 

Next post will be of the magnets I made for the first swap that I joined through the retreat. 

Stay tuned!

Monday, January 18, 2016

2016 Polymer Clay Challenge - Week 3


I can't believe I am on week 3 of the challenge already! Since I did not work today I thought I would work on some hands.



Here is my week 3 project for the #2016PCChallenge. These hands turned out to be the perfect size for my steampunk girl. She has been waiting for hands, feet and some clothes for way too long!


Here she is, still waiting for boots and clothes. Hopefully soon! Her makeup is way more intense than I normally do but what I plan to do with her requires dramatic! Once she is finished I'll share her here.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Doll Show Idea

The theme of the Doll Show that I am going to be submitting a doll for is "Journeys through Light and Dark: Dolls as Tellers of Stories". I've been thinking about this a lot and have been trying to decide what I want to do, right now I am leaning towards a sculpture of my grandfather fishing from a pier.

I grew up on the Rehoboth Bay and have so many wonderful memories of him teaching me how to fish and taking me out onto the bay and into the ocean. The story I want to tell is of him.

We shall see how I translate my idea into reality. I have no idea if I can share the doll here before I submit it or not but I'll keep you posted.

I'm nervous about submitting my work to be juried but I need to do this. Whether or not I get accepted into the show is really irrelevant though it would be awesome to be accepted, I just need to start putting my work out there to be seen.

I'll keep you posted!

Debbie




2016 Polymer Clay Challenge - Week 2



Here she is. My week 2 project for the #2016PCChallenge. I'm happy with her. She is a tiny girl. This weekend she and week 1 will be getting eyes!


For more information on the 2016 Polymer Clay Challenge click the image above.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Polymer Clay Challenge - Week 2


I am at work but I really wanted to post that I had completed another head for this week's challenge project. I love this challenge. It made me get my clay out and sculpt last night when I really didn't feel like doing anything.

I am super excited with how she turned out. She is a tiny pixie. I am not used to working in such a small scale so the fact that she looks human is awesome. She will be about 7 inches tall - I think - when she is complete!

Next week I am planning to work on hands or feet for the two heads I have completed but who knows, I may just make another head. I've got bases picked out for them already and some costuming ideas... now to do it!

When I get home tonight I will post a picture of my latest creation!!


Monday, January 11, 2016

RIP David Bowie


RIP David Bowie, You were an inspiration on so many fronts! You will be greatly missed!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Polymer Clay Challenge - Week 1


This year I am once again participating in the Polymer Clay Challenge bring hosted by Katie over at KatersAcres. I have again decided to make a head, a pair of hands or a pair of feet each week. This week I was a bit late but I did it! I made a head for a torso I’ve had sitting around.

Unbaked



Baked

So here is my first head of the year. She has places on her back for wings, so she may turn out to be a fairy... we shall see how she feels about that once I get started on her costume.

I’m happy with her. I’ve been a slacker with my sculpting so she is not as polished as I want her to be but that is what this challenge is for. To hone my skills by picking up my tools and the clay and sculpting each week; as with anything the more you do it the better you get and I didn’t do enough sculpting last year.

I do have some sanding and cleaning up to do on her but overall I am happy with how my first face of the year came out. 

I hope to be posting my weekly projects on Saturdays but I actually get a project done mid-week then up it goes! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

May your year be filled with art and creativity as well as love, laughter. happiness and joy!

Sincerely,

Debbie