Tuesday, March 30, 2010

1:6 scale Easter Basket

1:6 scale Easter Basket


I am going to give this one to my sister-in-law. It is play scale 1:6 (Barbie size), the chocolate bunny and colored eggs are removable so it can be used off season.
1½" tall (4CM) to top of handle. Chocolate bunny is 1" (2½ CM) and eggs are 5/16". All of it is entirely polymer clay. I have some pretty blue ribbon that I will use to make a bow for it.

I want to make a whole series of baskets, not for Easter, in both 1:12 scale and 1:6 scale. But first there is something else I need to make. You will see it tomorrow if I finish it in time.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Basket in 1:12 scale

I have always loved tiny things. I challenged myself to make a 1:12 doll house scale Easter Basket and here is what I came up with.

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Basket measures 1" (2½ CM) wide and 1 6/16" (3½ CM) tall.
Eggs measure 3/16".
It is entirely polymer clay except for the ribbon. I am happy with the results but would like to work on making finer blades of grass.

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I just listed this one in my shop. Now I am working on one in 1:6 play scale (Barbie size).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Filigree Egg

filigree egg


I have made quite a few polymer clay covered eggs over the years but never one like this. The shell has been removed from everywhere that polymer clay was not touching it. I could go farther and completely remove the shell but I like the contrast of the white on the inside on this one.

I was inspired and encouraged to create this by one of my muses. She taught me this technique. If you are thinking that a Muse is a mythical creature you are only partly right. There are muses all around us the key is recognizing them for what they are. Mine is DerondaDesigns. She has given me a great many ideas without even trying. As a matter of fact my bitchy peas came from a conversation we had that had nothing to do with art.
I truly hope that you all find and recognize your own muses.

Deronda's shop is currently on vacation but be sure to check back. She makes beautiful lampwork beads, etched copper and more.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just Playing


Just Playing
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Playing around with combining techniques. Mica shift with Pixy stone. Mica shift with sculpted flowers. No paints were used, it is all polymer clay.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Baking Soda Experiment


white mica shift
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I bake translucent and white clays buried under corn starch to prevent them from discoloring. A few days ago Carolyn of
2goodclaymates
replied to a blog post saying that she tried Donna Kato's idea to bake clay buried under baking soda. I just had to try this out.

My results: Just like corn starch, baking soda prevents the clay from discoloring while baking. However, baking soda is finer and because it is more water soluble it is much easier to wash off completely.

I love it! From now on I will bake my translucent and white clays under baking soda. Thank you so much Carolyn!