Friday, August 20, 2010

Skull beads and Jack-o-lantern box

Do you know how one thing leads to another? Well, that's what happened to me when I started making skull beads for the Halloween necklace. So, I had to make more; bigger ones, smaller one's, even pumpkin ones. Then I wanted to try and make a large Jack-o-lantern for this little box I bought and painted. I haven't worked with polymer clay much, and don't have much skill at sculpting, but practice does make perfect as they say. Well not exactly perfect as I found out, I learned a few things going through this process. For instance, when making a round object to be glued onto a flat surface, make the bottom flat! My Jack-o-lantern sits a little askew, but it is securely glued.
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AAJ Halloween swap 2010

Altered Art Junkies have a annual Halloween swap and I've been working on mine for this year. I decided to make a box of goodies. I altered a pretty box by painting and adding a gothic looking paper witch complete with a black lace skirt accented with purple and black iridescent feathers on the lid. Inside I painted it a glossy red and added a collage of Halloween on the inner lid. Inside I'll put the contents of some cute Halloween tea towels and a canvas Halloween wall hanging I painted. I found a unfinished casket box at Michaels and painted it black, inside and out. I added a cross charm and some black polymer clay roses that I had made. Inside the casket box I will place this Halloween charm necklace I made. The charms and pendant are reversible so the wearer can choose which design they like best. The Skelly bead and the evil eye bead, I made from polymer clay. I hope who-ever my partner will be will like their Halloween box, and of course, filled with what else? Halloween candy!
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Monday, August 2, 2010

AB August Challenge

For this months challenge, we were to use the theme "At the beach".
I found a picture of four vintage bathing beauties and decided to use
this as my main focus. I did a watercolor wash of blue and ocher and
while still wet sprinkled with coarse salt and let dry. This makes
a textured background. Then I added some gel medium and used
white sand to mimic drifts. Lastly I added a shell to complete the image.
I framed the sides with  complementary beach/sea images.
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