Skygrazer

Polymer clay addict and artist. Also fascinated by kaleidoscopes.
Polymer clay addict and artist. Also fascinated by kaleidoscopes.

30 Days #15. Butterfly Kisses

This is a little dragon that I started.

It’s a combination of Cernit Doll White and a bit of old white Premo. Nice combination for sculpting, although it wasn’t quite as translucent as using only Cernit.

I did want to keep some of the translucency, so I used pan pastels to color it after it was baked, in mainly soft colors.

The makeup brushes I’ve been using work quite well to get pastel into the recesses of dimensional work.

Just a touch of dark grey acrylic paint for the butterfly bodies and it was done.

Such a sweet little baby dragon.

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30 Days # 14. Steampunk Cat

30 Days # 14. Steampunk Cat

I’ve been working on this one on and off between the forget-me-nots.

I wanted a fantasy steampunk feel to this one… Not the standard Victorian based version. So I gave the cat a little bit of an exotic coloring – it’s loosely based on a Somali or long-haired Abyssinian. The cat’s eye is a rough faceted green aventurine.

I handpainted my own set of symbols on the clock. And obviously it’s in some part of the story realms where they keep track of more than 12 segments of time. And where cats wear wings – just because they can.

The gears and workings from the clock were from molds of various pieces I’ve collected, plus a few I handsculpted to connect the elements together.

The piece is 6 inches tall and framed in a handmade hardwood octagonal frame.

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30 Days. 12 and 13. Forget Me Not series

30 Days. 12 and 13. Forget Me Not series

The last few days have been mainly watching paint dry… 🙂 I’ve been adding layers on various pieces then coming back in to drybrush different pieces or add tiny details.

I’m really happy with how they all came out.

Each one is 4″ square, and I’ll be framing them in an 8″ black frame.



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30 Days #7 – Ascendence

30 Days #7 – Ascendence

This was a tiny little sculpture 2.5×3″ of a raven. It was a blurry photo originally but I liked the form, so I went almost abstract with it.

Here it is in black clay – some gooey fresh Premo this time around. It’s actually quite a bit darker in person, but this way you can see the detail.

The problem was that it was too dark. And it needed a bit of color.

I tried adding some warm colors and a touch of metallics but I wasn’t really happy with it. The metallic paint scattered the light too much, and at such a small size, it lost coherence and detail.

Cool tip I learned from my husband. Use rubbing alcohol to strip acrylic paint off polymer. I don’t know if it will work if it’s been cured for days but it worked perfectly after it was already dry to the touch for about 45 minutes. A little soaking and some scrubbing with a paper towel and it was back to the original black.

It does need something but I may wait a bit to figure out what. Any suggestions?

I may also treat it as a small study and do a larger version later on.

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30 Days #6 – Dolphin

30 Days #6 – Dolphin

So this was another sculpture using the gorgeous combo of Cernit White and Doll White.

I was planning on making a sleek, elegant, realistic dolphin along the same lines of the sea lion I’d already done.

It didn’t want to hear it.

I was working with a reference photo at a slightly odd angle but I could have shaved it down so the tail looked like it was farther in the distance, and thinned out the head and torso so everything was a bit more in proportion…

But how could I do surgery on its personality, when it was grinning at me so cheerfully?

So here is my cute little perky dolphin instead. I’ll make a sleek one some other time.

Enjoy. 🙂

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30 Days #4 – Forget Me Not

30 Days #4 – Forget Me Not

I didn’t realize until afterwards that I mixed up the days when I was scheduling, so this piece was actually first. Time travel on the internet…

This was a very special commission that I’ve been working on for the last week. It will be one of six pieces for sisters whose mother loved forget-me-nots.

They’re one of my favorite flowers too – one of my front beds is seeded with them – and I really wanted to do it justice.

I also wanted to add something alive, and we chose a butterfly. A Karner Blue to be specific. It’s about an inch long, a beautiful blue on the inner wings and a silvery grey on the outside. (Male and female have slightly different patterns.)

Beautiful, rare, fragile, protected. Perfect for this piece.

A black clay background might seem strange, but I knew it was going in a black frame, and if you do it right, the colors end up looking deep and rich.

It ended up with about 6 layers of acrylic paint in thin washes and dry brushed details before I was happy with it, but here’s the final piece.

And here it is framed. It’s a 4 inch relief sculpture in an 8 inch frame.

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30 Days #5 – In Remembrance

30 Days #5 – In Remembrance

This was another version of the commission I’m working on.

This time I used white clay – Cernit – for a more delicate look.

I actually really like the look of it all white, but then you can’t tell it’s a cluster of bright blue forget-me-nots so I added color.

I wanted a more transparent effect to the paint on this one though so I used oils.

And here it is in the frame. I really love how both of them came out.

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