Touchstone Creations

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On this blog, I share pictures of the pieces I create for my TouchstoneCreations shop at Etsy.com, as well as some of those I'm working on and those that might never make it that far. I include lots of photos and blogging about work in progress and thoughts about my artistic endeavors.

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Cardinals -- Who Knew?

Posted by Julie Benner on February 12, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (107)






I have been sculpting a lot of different kinds of birds and some animals, even a few fantasy animals, for a few months now...

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Napping Fox

Posted by Julie Benner on February 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (66)

I made another red fox this weekend. I had made a sitting red fox a few weeks ago which I blogged about here and listed in my Etsy store. This one is a tiny napping fox all curled up. Not too much to say about him, except that he is simpler than the other fox, and started with a darker gold base clay, so his final color is darker as well. He's pretty cute, I ...

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Sea Dragon

Posted by Julie Benner on February 3, 2013 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (37)




I don't know what it is about Sea Serpents. I just love them lately. See my two other posts about them here, and

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Baltimore Orioles

Posted by Julie Benner on January 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (101)




I had some cheerful, bright orange polymer clay that called out to be shaped into Baltimore oriole birds a week or so ago. Finishing them was a bit trickier than expected, however. The carbon black Pearlex powders turn out to be too messy to use for details, especially on ti...

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Nessie Earrings

Posted by Julie Benner on January 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (37)

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 Nessi...

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Loving Doves

Posted by Julie Benner on January 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (37)

I wanted to make something for Valentine's Day that wasn't too cutesy, so I came up with the idea of a pair of white doves, preening each other as bird pairs do. It was a nice idea, and I really liked the shapes of the doves I sculpted, but the white clay turned out to be a lot of trouble. In the end, I had to paint both of the pairs of doves that I made with white acrylic paint, which I then antiqued with silver and lightly varnished. The dove pairs (I made two pairs) ended up having a distr...

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Details, Details

Posted by Julie Benner on January 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (37)

I've learned something about myself lately. I don't enjoy detail work. I love sculpting birds in polymer clay, but if it is a species of bird that has certain kinds of colors, I have to paint in the details to make it look right. Turns out that part isn't very fun for me. Worse is the fact that I then need to varnish the piece so that the paint doesn't chip or rub off. That is tricky with the tiny size of the birds that I sculpt. I've done a lot of varnishing when I was working in decoupage,...

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Sea Serpents

Posted by Julie Benner on January 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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 mad...

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Valentine's Day Cardinals

Posted by Julie Benner on January 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)



I have been thinking of some ideas for Valentine's Day figurines. I don't do cutesy, so it was kind of hard to figure out what to do. Birds seem to be my favorite subjects, so I decided to do some bird pairs and offer them for sale for Valentine's Day gifts. See my post

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More Crows

Posted by Julie Benner on January 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (37)

Some more crows put up on Etsy today, in three different styles and sizes. Well, three styles and two sizes, I guess. Two charms, one in my usual style: shaped and rubbed with mica powders, charm wire inserted, then baked. The other was handled exactly the same way, and after baked was wiped with metallic black paint and varnished for a shiny finish. They are both small charms.

 

The other, bigger crow is still a miniature, about 1 1/4" by 3/4". He is similar to the even...

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