Monday, 2 July 2012

Polymerclay Playtime

 We had heavy rain today - so I was forced to stay indoors, so I decided that it was about time I got back into crafting.  So what better way to start than going back to one's childhood and just messing about - not with plasticine, but with something very similar - Polymer Clay.
All these pieces are straight out of the oven - so are in their 'naked' state. They'll need to be sandpapered several times to start with.  The above beads are tiny lentil beads, and will look so much better when polished.
 As I am a beginner, this is all experimental to me - so lots of learning curves.
 I'm messing about with textures at the moment.........
 and these are all destined to be painted, or coloured, or inked, or maybe gilded - all experimental
 Every piece is unique, it's impossible for me to make two the same.
Sadly I have managed to break the tail off one of these fish - I rubbed too hard with the sandpaper - so gave up doing anything more to any of these pieces until tonight as I am tired.
 Those with holes will be for pendants or bracelets, or key rings.
 I was quite pleased with how these bigger white fish turned out,
in real life they look ivory coloured - but I want to make them look vintage - Chinese perhaps?
So, I'll be doing some research to see if I can find out how to do that.

I am showing you these in their 'raw' state - just to prove that you can't really make something and bake it and expect it to look perfect - like all clay-like projects, there is quite a bit of work involved to make them look better.  And I have no idea how many of these will survive my clumsy attempts!

Oh, I nearly forgot - I have being messing around trying to make buttons and discs.  More texture - these will be practice peices as far as colouring goes.  The backs are textured too.

TTFN

10 comments:

fatmonica said...

These look great.I love the fish and the little buttons.Can't wait to see what you do with them.

Deborah said...

These look fantastic naked, Lottie. You have some lovely stamps.

BTW my printer tray isn't one section - that was just a sneak peek - you can see the whole four section one at the that's crafty blog. Deb :-)

Angelnorth said...

Looks like you're still having fun with the PC! Love the fish! For a more antique look, I'd try rubbing something like Burnt Umber acrylic paint on them and then wiping most of it off once it's dried to the tacky state. If it looks awful, just use an old toothbrush and give it a scrub under the tap and then have another go!

Christine B. said...

Hi Lottie these are all lovely, especially your little white fish. Can't wait to see what you make with them. I'm so glad your feeling better. Thanks for your lovely comments and support. Hugs x ChrisB

Effie said...

Just love those little fishes....

JulieD said...

Loving your little creations - I bought all the gear a couple of years ago for playing with polymer clay but never got round to it - you've inspired me to get it out and have a go! JulieD x

Lucy Edmondson said...

These look absolutely wonderful! I especially love the white fish. Are they a mould? I can think of something I could make ........

Lucy x

Paula Whittaker said...

looks like you had some creative fun....will look forward to seeing the end results. Playing is the best bit, you learn so much for later projects.

lynne said...

These are wonderful, I am especially drawn to those buttons. Incredible texture.
Wishes
Lynne

Dezinaworld said...

Ohhh love these Lottie, such a gorgeous array of clay makes. I think the fishies are my faves
hugs June x