Sarajane's Polyclay Gallery

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Here you will find all sorts of artistic eye candy, information, projects and tutorials about polymer clay, ceramics, metal, graphic arts, textiles and many other media. This is the blog page with all the news, and there are many pages listed in the drop down menu above. Please do explore!

Makeup!

I’ve been adding color to the little wooden faces I’ve been making. Now in three sizes, ( 3/4″, 1″, and 1 1/2″) these make up into sweet pendants, earrings, charms…and dolls! I think they will be great added to the little 3 and 5 inch doll bodies that I’ve dyed in previous years for my Spirit Doll Kits. Along with dyed ribbons, lace and sequins, a little fabric paint and some feathers, these will be fun to dress up! I think I’d better make more without holes in their heads for the dolls though–and glue them on instead of sewing. 

I’ve started a new page here at the Polyclay Gallery for wooden pieces like the faces and mehndi hands–please do take a look! 

Face Up To It Now!

These wooden ladies make quite a crowd! I’ve been using the 80 watt laser cutter at Tinkermill to cut charms that can be made into keychains, earrings, pendants, or spirit dolls. I started with my own ink drawings and brought them into a free CAD program called Inkscape. the first batch had only lines, no shading. I much prefer the second edition with shading layers added.

I chose my favorite 3 faces among the dozen or so I drew, and made files with just the faces in ovals that will be great for adding beads, lace, feathers, and fibers. Then I did outlines for several different “hair-do’s” and put each face in each ‘do. I flipped them all to make left and right facing faces. Then, just to have even more options, I did them at several different sizes.

Some have holes for stringing, some can be glued in place as a cabochon in bead embroidery or mosaics. All of these are on 1/8″ thick birch, but next week I’ll play with some more variables, like different wood, and adding color!

I’ll be selling these in my updated etsy store and on Facebook–stay tuned for more details.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Or perhaps I mean: mini hands made of light (as in laser) work. I’m having so much fun with these mehndi hands made of birch wood using the laser cutter that I’m now doing them in 3 sizes, 3″, 2 1/4″, and a bit over an inch long.I can burn to different depths, allowing color variation too. I’ll add some hardwoods to the mix soon, but thats another day’s learning curve. I’m selling these online at Etsy and on Facebook, and will be taking them to bead stores and galleries soon also.

In addition, I’ve started some laser cut faces starting with my drawings and turning them into vector designs for the laser cutter. This first batch is just a starting point– I added shading details and I think I’ll color some of them in eyes, cheeks, hair and lips to see how that looks. I draw these same faces for my Bag Lady hand dyed and painted bags, and it is fun to see them in this format as well. 

I think I’ll go ahead and add some mehndi style feet to the mix, and maybe some fancy shoes. Eventually I’ll have enough body parts to make Jumping Jack dolls!

 

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Polymer Clay Gemstones - The Art of Deception
The Business of Professional Art
Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay
A Collection of Polymer Clay Masks
Celebrations With Polymer Clay
Create a Polymer Clay Impression

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