Sunday, 9 December 2012

Chilling out with polymer clay in cold weather

Another freezing and windy day - so  late afternoon,  I took myself off to the end of my garden for another relaxing play.
I have been clearing out my craft shed/studio and filled up boxes and boxes and bags and bags of arty crafty things, and toys and clothes (now that I have lost  a stone and a half in wieight - pause for applause LOL.)
And whilst clearing out shelves of books - I dare not say how many - I got distracted whilst deciding whether or not to send my hard back book of English Birds to Dr Barnardo's charity shop.

This is the result - both birds are exactly the same size even though the Bull Finch might look bigger!
 A male Red Backed Shrike - only a little bit of his back is red -the rest is coloured as above.  They are found in Norfolk, where I live.  I was rather pleased with his shiny eye and beak which I glossed before matt sealing the rest of his head and neck.
And this is a male Bull Finch I managed to get his colouring 'spot on' after several layers of painting and shading. He too is seen in many british gardens, especially if you put out nut feeders.  Again he has the most wonderful glossy eye which really looks like he's looking at you - and a great shiny beak.  Sadly the females of the bird species are remarkably dull - the opposite in the human species of course.

I can't decide whether to mount each one on a circle of polymer clay to turn them into pendants - or to make and paint a collection of them to mount and frame.




10 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

These are so wonderful!! You are becoming a master at polymer....good for you!

Samantha Read said...

Truly delightful, you're so clever :)

cmoh said...

Poly clay has become a slight obsession of mine but you are so tallented and inspiring with everything you do with yours!

Wonderful birds
Hugs
Caroline

Deborah said...

They're wonderful Lottie. The bullfinch feathers look so realistic. I think a collection of them mounted would look fantastic.

Netty said...

congratulations on losing the weight...woo hoo.
Loving your beautiful birds. Hugs Annette x

Terri said...

Oh wow! Your birdies look so sweet! You did a fabulous job on them! I think they would make beautiful pendants.
Hugs,
Terri

Elaine said...

These are lovely! Super job with the details on the birds and finish work on the clay

gardenpinks said...

Round of applause on losing weight Lottie :)
Love your birds - we have lots of bullfinches here and they love the blossoms on our winter flowering honeysuckle!
These are gorgeous Lottie, admire your talents so much. You have captured the bullfinch's colour well.
Lynn x

Christine B. said...

Hi Lottie congrats on losing your weight. Your polymer clay birds are fabulous, your so talented. Hugs xChrisB

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Both beautiful, but am loving the Bullfinch he looks well fed and happy