Member Benefits 064: Sculptural

Polymer Clay Membership SiteCindy and Doug, Thank you so much for featuring my work. I’m honored to be here and thanks again for all your inspirational tips and techniques that you share with us weekly. I refer back to your tutorials more than any other reference materials that I use, well maybe I use anatomy references more when I began a sculpt, but when I’m ready to finish, you are the site I go to and mull over the effect that I want. Most of my sculpts are figurative and I can’t use this with them, but I’m having so much fun doing these that I may focus on this type sculpt for awhile.I have visions of other animals and people, too. And, I want to make some drop dead beads also. When I first thought about an elephant, the crackle paint thingy was in my mind for his skin, but then I remembered the Raku technique, and I couldn’t wait to get to the point of making his skin. I can tell you, I had more fun making this elephant than any sculpture that I’ve ever made. ~Lynda-D >> Original comment was posted here: Faux Raku Elephant by Lynda Dunham-Watkins

Hi Cindy, I wanted to say thank you for helping me with my library account. I also want to thank you for your excellent tutorials. I have been a model maker for 18 years but somehow polymer clay flew under the radar (Kid stuff LOL). I have stopped a while ago but came upon an art piece which was made from polymer clay reigniting my model maker passion and since I needed a way of making some extra income I started to do research. Your site cut the time I need to get up and running and recently I sold my first batch of cute ear studs on my market stall. I’m fascinated by the sheer chameleon qualities of this stuff and since I’m easily bored that is a big bonus. Yesterday I build the mother of all buffing tools for my dremel thanks to your tutorial and am buffing the hundreds of beads that I have made over the last two months finally seeing the true beauty of them all and can’t wait to get into necklace making. Kind regards from New Zealand. ~Evelien-G >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Tutor Videos

You most seriously want to think about joining Cindy’s tutorials. I have learned so much in the short time I have been here. I too was hesitating about joining but it was the best thing I ever did. I’m sure there are a whole lot of members out there who will tell you the same thing. Never have I experienced great teaching methods and the best tips as I have from Cindy. My frustration level went from 10 down to practically nothing. I am now starting to sculpture flowers and smaller things with a great deal more confidence. You will find a big family of wonderful Clayers here in all different levels. ~DixieAnn-S >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Library

I also wanted to say thank you and give you my compliments. I’m so impressed with the techniques you share. I love the flowers you’ve been teaching and I’m thinking now of the poinsettias and the dogwoods. THANK YOU!!! ~Kathleen-H >> Original comment was posted here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Possibly I’m in the minority but I’m not really into making flowers (unless it’s a cane). Or, rather, I wasn’t into making flowers. Now, after seeing this week’s tute I can tell I’m going to be making a lot of poinsettia’s this next year. I love poinsettia’s on a Christmas tree and I’m going to make a bunch for next year’s tree. Thank you so much for this tute. ~Angela-M >> Original comment was posted here: Poinsettia Charms for Christmas

Cindy this is an amazing tute! Your handling of the clay made all the difference in a “clunky” or a realistic flower.  We will be using your tricks of the trade on many other flowers as well. Such a dainty but sturdy flower you made. ~Patt-W >> Original comment was posted here: Large Sculpted Calla Lily Polymer Clay Tutorial

Yeah! You must be reading my mind, Cindy! I made only one pair of bird house earrings and it was the first pair of earrings I made using polymer clay! I made them for my “Bestest Friend” because she loves bird houses. Just the other day I remember making those earrings and wanted to try making some more. Well, I guess I can now. I have been wanting to do more sculptural things and this fits the category, thanks!! ~Catalina-L >> Original comment was posted here: Sculptural Birdhouse Beads

Wow, simply stunning, I think. I love the sculpted flowers; all kinds. Love the bling ring! ~Rebecca-C >> Original comment was posted here: Sculpted Iris Flower Beads

I’ve never been interested in miniature food but these look so cute I know I’ll be making them. ~Freda-K >> Original comment was posted here: Miniature Cupcake Beads

Thank you Cindy. I will probably be making little purses all weekend. They are the cutest little things. You also solved some other problems for me with the way you put it together. I love the “handle” trick. You are the greatest! ~Cassie-C >> Original comment was posted here: Purse Shaped Charms & Beads

I enjoyed watching your clover leaf bead. I was thinking about using it as a skirt for a fairy. Smiles to you and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to my Fridays so I can play on Saturday and Sunday. ~Sandy-H >> Original comment was posted here: Red Clover Flower Beads

Jocelyn — Thanks for the link. I get the concept, which is great. The problem FOR ME would be that I’m not familiar at all with the show. Are you going to attempt this, as in making each story book character resemble the actress in question with their most outstanding poses, etc? Then you’d have to set the scene! Oh, you could have so much fun! It’d be like playing Barbies with dolls you made yourself. I googled up a picture of “Young Frankenstein” yesterday. I’m planning to do the “It’s ALIVE” scene. But I’m making it with bunnies because that my next “realistic animal” that I’m going to learn to make. Bunny Gene Wilder Frankenstein and Bunny The Monster Peter Boyle. Then the fun, too, will be in making the laboratory with all the gizmos. But first I have to sleep with the photo on my night table for a few days. That always seems to do the trick. Subliminal suggestion, you know. Go figure! Please do Alice! This would be so cool! Thanks,  Drey (As in Ann-Drey-A). ~Andrea-P >> Original comment was posted here: Jewelry Display Ideas

I think you also just helped me solve a problem with my hand armatures, as well :-). ~Mitz-B >> Original comment was posted here: Flower Stamen Wire Bails

I hate to think of the amount of money I’ve spent on supplies to make things from polymer clay. When we moved back to NC 5 years ago, I was absolutely thrilled that I had most of the major craft stores all within a half mile or less stretch of road just 18 miles from me. I also order a lot from them online. Just recently I finally decided to print out all your color recipe cards and purchased all the rest of the colors I needed to mix them up. It took a few days to mix it all but I now have a notebook full of the recipe cards with the color chip attached to them. I think I spent about 200 dollars over about 2 days purchasing numerous packs of clay, alcohol inks, some Lisa Pavelka stamps for a project I’m working on etc. In the past year I also bought some of the wilton molds to make some of the flowers you’ve shown in your tutorials, wilton cutters to make some snowmen, trees etc. for the Christmas tree, tools, pasta machine with the motor, beads, ultra fine glitter, circle cutters, square cutters, punches, a couple hundred bottles of acrylic paint, all sorts of molds, buttons to use as texturing molds, texture sheets, push molds, Micromesh abrasive pads, heat gun,  etc. etc. As I look at the lists others have mentioned I have the majority of the same things. :) I have so much stuff in my craft room at the moment that I have to work on the kitchen table until I finally get a chance to organize it all. It’s a lot smaller than the house we were renting before buying our own place last year and I have had so many projects going on that I haven’t had time to do that yet. I hand make miniature bonsai and other miniatures. It’s amazing how many supplies it takes for making a tree that’s only about a quarter inch to 2 inches tall. :) I am using your color recipes to make the pots for the bonsai. Some of the colors are just out of this world beautiful. If I never did anything but mix colors I’d probably be perfectly content. ~Kathy-H >> Original comment was posted here: PcT Roadtrip Virtual Petition

Oh Andrea, do not fear or be afraid of what others think or say. If you have enjoyed making something, put your heart into it and overcome the difficulties, you shine. I love your sea themed dragon, the colors speak to me, the expression looks satisfied as if he/she is saying “Thanks Mum for bringing me to life  Everyone has their own perception of “ART! My younger sister was a wonderful water color painter. She painted the most amazing elves, fairies and birds and nature. Then she attended a famous Art College in London. It destroyed her natural flow. I am not sure how or what she was taught but her work thereafter became just ordinary. The heart had gone out of it. She does not paint much anymore, but I treasure two of her early paintings. Sometimes you can learn too much, become afraid you are not good enough. Looking back at some of my early PC pieces I laugh at how ugly they are but somebody loved them? Cindy is a wonderful teacher and we have all learned lots of lessons, but she is NOT rigid. She says “put your own spin on it, choose different colours, experiment, and that’s what ART is all about. Pushing the boundaries, trying new ways, taking advice but doing your own thing. Remember someone somewhere will love even the ugliest warty toad……cheers xx. ~Elaine-F >> Original comment was posted here: Creativity, Passion, Online Learning

I love seeing all the different ways these flowers can be strung and wired up. I had made some sculptural flowers a few years ago and then got stuck with how to finish them. This gives me great ideas! ~Maria-C >> Original comment was posted here: Sculpted Ranunculus Flowers

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