|Posted by Julie Benner on March 28, 2013 at 2:35 PM||comments ()|
I really enjoyed sculpting my turquoise dragon pendants. I have been trying for a while to sculpt dragons figurines in the round, but so far I haven't been pleased with the way they turned out, as my sculpting style uses more carving away clay than adding pieces such as legs and wings. With the dragon pendants, however, I think I've hit on something interesting.
These pendants are stylized rather than realistic. I wanted to try some more in a different color scheme, and immediately visualized the red color of carved cinnabar -- perfect for a dragon! Here is the first red dragon pendant I have finished. It resembles cinnabar, but has more of a golden sheen to it than the coral red of cinnabar. I plan to work some more with this technique as soon as I can. This dragon pendant is now in my https://www.etsy.com/shop/TouchstoneCreations" target="_blank">Etsy shop.
|Posted by Julie Benner on March 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM||comments ()|
I love turquoise. It's my favorite stone, and my birthstone as well. So today I decided to create some pieces that would have the look and feel of turquoise, without worrying too much about getting it exactly right.
I wanted these pieces to have some complexity and depth to their color, so I mixed two colors of copper mica powders into the turquoise polymer clay. One of the coppers was fine-textured, and the other was coarse, sort of like glitter, and I really like the results.
I also tried to keep the pieces rough-cut, like stone, rather than smooth and sleek in their sculpting. After baking, I added touches of turquoise mica powder, as well as a bit more of the coppers, and hand buffed the pieces. I made a small bird figurine, an owl figurine, which I gave to my daughter's friend, a rabbit pendant, and two stylized dragon pendants -- very different from each other. My favorite of all these pieces is unusual. He is the piece that I am holding in the first picture of this post. I call him my Aztec Dragon pendant. All of these turquoise pieces except for the owl can be found in my https://www.etsy.com/shop/TouchstoneCreations" target="_blank">Etsy shop.
|Posted by Julie Benner on February 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM||comments ()|
I don't know what it is about Sea Serpents. I just love them lately. See my two other posts about them here, and here. They are so sinuous and serpentine. And their heads are fascinating to me, too. This time I wanted to make a sea serpent that looked more like a dragon than a horse. He still has a bit of an equine look to him, the way he arches his neck, but he is actually a water dragon, not a hippocampus.
This guy gave me a little trouble here and there, as befits a dragon. It was difficult to position his head just right so it pleased me. He kept tossing it about. His tail has a dragon-style point to it, arrow shaped. And he's nicely coiled about himself.
I went with an interference gold color mica powder, highlighted with a duo green-gold color. That means that the color changes a bit as he moves. He was listed in my Etsy shop, but has since sold, and is now happy in his new home.
|Posted by Julie Benner on January 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM||comments ()|
After I made a few little green sea serpent or water horse figurines, I liked them so much that I made two pairs of tiny sea monster earringsand listed them on Etsy. Loch Ness Monster earrings, how unusual! I think they are cute, and I wish my ears were still pierced so I could wear them. I like variety much more than turning out the same thing in the same style, so these little Nessies are in different positions. In one pair of earrings, the sea serpents' tails are curled around, more like a snake. The other pair looks more like the typical pictures of sea serpents, in what I call inchworm style. Which one do you like better? I can't quite decide.
|Posted by Julie Benner on January 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments ()|
I love to make fantasy creatures, and I worked on dragons last weekend. One larger dragon, and a little green sea serpent. The dragon didn't work out too well, but I liked the tiny sea serpent. He is in the style of a water horse, or a hippocampus, although he doesn't have fins. He does have a horse's head. I liked him so much that I made two more, and then some tinier charms as well, which I made into earrings. I posted the first three water horses today in my Etsy shop. I am rather pleased with them. One of them is my favorite, but I'm not saying which (don't want to hurt anyone's feelings). I have included a picture holding one of them to give an idea of the scale.