WORKING WITH AIR DRY CLAY TUTORIAL – PART 1

Here’s the first part of the tutorial I had promised. This sculpture is a custom order I finished some days ago. As I usually send to my customers updates of the work, I had to take some photos for most of the work stages, otherwise I seldom find the time and energy to take photos during work.

OOAK air dry clay Heart Sculpture

“Love Is Kind”, OOAK air dry clay Heart Sculpture

 

To create my normal air dry creations I just sculpt them out of clay without any base or armature, but that’s because I often work on small scales. For the creation of this heart sculpture, which was to be made as a home decor, as the scales were bigger (approx. 6″ x 6″) a wire armature was needed to give it more strength and resistance. So using a galvanized metal wire which can be found easily in many stores I first create an armature:

Wire armature for air dry clay sculpture

Wire armature for air dry clay sculpture

 

I haven’t take a photo of the second step which is to cover the wire armature with paper tape (sticky), however I think this step is not really necessary.
Then I added the firs layer of clay. At this step I just decide about the measures of the heart sculpture, not about any details. Those two wire pieces you see showing up on the rear of the work had been added while creating the wire armature. That’s to make the sculpture hang-able as a wall decor. It’s important to add it and secure it well when you create the wire armature, so that it would be resistant and enduring:

Air dry clay sculpture, working stage 2

Air dry clay sculpture, working stage 2

 

Here a base for the details has been created. I haven’t studied sculpture academically, neither been taught by anyone, all I’ve learned about sculpting is self-taught, so my method is as simple as possible: add the clay and modify the work until I like the result!

Air dry clay sculpture, working stage 3

Air dry clay sculpture, working stage 3

 

So after many adds and cuts I get to this portrait which looked like my original pendant sculpture: Love Is Kind, which was what the customer wanted.

Air dry clay sculpture, work in progress, step 4

Air dry clay sculpture, work in progress, step 4

 

In the next tutorial will post the next stages of the work, meanwhile feel free to ask any questions about this work, so I can also understand how to make better tutorials. πŸ™‚

Original art, best gift for Valentine’s day

Are you getting prepared for Valentine’s day?
What is on your mind which can make a perfect gift for your beloved?
Have you ever thought about original artworks as jewelry?
Yes, original art is preferable to gold, if you know how an artwork is created, if you know how much love and fantasy from the artists’ hearts, and how much care and attention by their hands is put into the creation of a unique piece.
Gold and silver are great, but they are always materials, original artworks are a wealth of emotions and feelings, they touch the hearts, not only the eyes…

This video dedicated to my creations for Valentine’s day, they are created mostly with high quality air dry stone clay, colored with acrylic colors, and sealed with high quality artistic varnish. Many hours of work have been dedicated to their creation, and of course lots of love, care and attention to details. If you like to buy one of the presented artworks just check out Magics of Creation Etsy shop to verify whether they are available.
Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

Valentine’s day with some OOAK sculpture pendants

I know, I’m a little bit late, but hey, we have still an entire year ahead!Β πŸ˜‰ So…

Happy New Year!

Here areΒ some of my recent works, clicking on the photos you can see more photos of them on my Etsy store and also check whether they are still available. They are all made of my beloved Japanese air dry stone clay, colored with acrylic colors and sealed with a non-toxic high quality varnish.

I’m gonna post tutorials to show you the process of my work, letting you know the tools and materials I use, step by step, so stay tuned.

Love Is Winter, OOAK heart sculpture pendant

Love Is Winter, OOAK heart sculpture pendant

Love Is Winter, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is Winter, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is but a Dream, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is but a Dream, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is but a Dream, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is but a Dream, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is Moon, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is Moon, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is Silence, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Love Is Silence, OOAK heart sculpture pendant, original art jewelry

Vampires do exist!

If you know what I mean…

My latest pendant, and a useful quote for all people with a tender heart. Nice people are much more at risk to fall in the trap of vampires, watch out! They may look beautiful, delicate and even kind, they may look loyal and tender, but what you don’t know is that they don’t know what love is, they haven’t learn how to love! They just see you as a prey, until you have blood they suck, and when they find you useless for their plan to get bigger and bigger, they leave you, no matter how much of your blood you have given to them!
Watch out and be careful, every now and then stop and contemplate on what is going on in your life with your partner. It’s so beautiful to give whatever you have and do whatever you can for your beloved, it’s so romantic, so ideal, but the horrible part is that it’s not always something mutual, many times the other half has a completely different way of looking at you, and there are many early signs for that, don’t underestimate them.

If you like the image and quote just click on it, it’s on my Facebook page, sharing is so welcome! πŸ™‚

Check out my Etsy shop for this heart pendant and more art pendants.

OOAK air dry clay vampire heart pendant

OOAK air dry clay vampire heart pendant

My new air dry clay creations, fantasy celestial pendants!

I’ve always been fascinated by sky and celestial objects, so what could be better for me than uniting this passion with the one for sculpture and put it into the creation of something I can share with the world? Something like a pendant that people can wear and carry along to keep all that cosmic positive energies with themselves?!


OOAK sun portrait sculpture pendant

OOAK handmade air dry stone clay celestial objects portrait pendants, sun portrait pendant

I create these pendants with my favorite Japanese air dry stone clay, which is very smooth and soft. You can add miniature details to it, while after drying it becomes strong and hard. When dried completely they are colored with acrylic colors and sealed with varnish. I use glossy varnish for the eyes and lips.

The first pendant is sun, a fantasy portrait of it, what just came to my mind thinking of this amazing star on which our lives depend. Will continue making other celestial objects. Moon is under work and will be published soon on my Etsy shop. You can follow me on Etsy or on my Facebook page to receive updates of my works.
And if you’re interested to know how I make my pendants just leave me a comment and I’ll try to explain everything in a tutorial post.

Thanks for stepping by, hope to see you back soon! πŸ™‚

A new portrait on stone!

Hi, this time I’m back so soon!
You know the famous up and downs, though I’m not in the ups mood and am still coping with lots of pain in my heart, I’ve been able to finish some of my uncompleted works.
This is an air dry clay sculpture on a river stone. I like this mix, the clay being stoneware sticks very well to the surface of the river stone, and the combination of the white clay and the gray stone is somehow pleasant to my taste.

OOAK white stone clay sculpture, a dreamy woman profile, on a river stone base

OOAK white stone clay sculpture, a dreamy woman profile, on a river stone base


However I would have preferred a more delicate varnish on it. I used the Liquitex varnish before, but had noticed that it wasn’t strong enough to protect these sculpture from scratch and other kinds of damage. So as many artists had recommended me I decided to use a wood varnish for this one. First I used a layer of gloss varnish, when I realized that it was too glossy and thick, so I added a satin varnish layer afterwards. The result is a semi-gloss look which is much better than the glossy look it had before.
Hope you like it, don’t hesitate to ask your questions, and if you’re interested to buy my works you can always check Magics of creation Etsy shop.
See you in the next post! πŸ™‚

I draw!

Hi! πŸ™‚
It’s been a long time I haven’t been around here, I know, but I’ve had a very tough time…
Didn’t I ever tell you that I draw? Beside my deep passion for 3D creations I also love drawing and painting.
Though I wanted to dedicate this blog to my dolls and sculptures, guess sharing some other work every now and then won’t be that much bad.
So here you are, 2 of my recent drawings, done with mechanical pencil, kneaded and mechanical eraser:

Original cat portrait drawing card

Original cat portrait drawing card

Original seal portrait drawing card

Original seal portrait drawing card

I’m actually making greeting cards with my original portrait drawings, so if you check my shop every now and then you may find some of these cards for sale.

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Have a great time! πŸ™‚

Smiling star, OOAK stone clay sculpture decoration

OOAK air dry stone clay hanging sculpture of a smiling star

OOAK air dry stone clay hanging sculpture of a smiling star

This is one of my lastest works. I created this smiling star out of the famous beloved Japanese air dry stone clay which I discovered months ago. It’s been totally handmade and one of a kind, hand painted with acrylic colors and sealed with matte varnish spray with UV protection for acrylic colors.
I first made an armature of glavanized wire, covered it with adhesive tapes, and then add a layer of air dry clay (DAS) to create a good base for the fine and precious stone clay. Then after it was completely dried I covered it with the Japanese clay and add the details.
To give his eyes a shiny real eyes looking I covered them with UV resin. For eyes I always use Lisa Pavelka’s UV resin, the result is so neat and beautiful.
For the hanging arms of this sculpture I used Guterman’s beads on an elastic plastic wire, and attached them to the little stars with jump rings.
The litte stars are completely handmade too, I used the fine stone clay to create them, and then colored them with blue acrylic color. After the blue colors where dried I add a layer of platin acrylic to create some magic! πŸ™‚

OOAK stone clay hanging sculpture of a smiling star

OOAK stone clay hanging sculpture of a smiling star

This sculpture is now on sale, so if you are interested and want to see more images of it just click on the images to go to its shop page.
You can have free shipping for your purchases from my shop with this code: MAGIAPRILE14 This promotion ends on April 15th.

Queen of hearts, my version!

Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people.
The Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.
Alice: How do you know I’m mad?
The Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn’t have come here… πŸ˜€
I’m finally back with a new work, the queen of hearts from Alice in wonderland, my own version!
Here you see the final result, she’s immediately begun to enchant, though I have to wait to see whom heart she is conquering on my Etsy shop

OOAK handmade stone clay sculpture of Queen of herats (from Alice in the wonderland)

OOAK handmade stone clay sculpture of Queen of herats (from Alice in the wonderland)

I began with a strong paper mach, which I made by myself, will let you know about the receipt some day, if anyone is interested.
Then I glued the eyes I’d made before (using polymer clay and UV resin) to it:

Work progress, step1: strong paper mach armature with glued polymer clay eyes

Work progress, step1: strong paper mach armature with glued polymer clay eyes

After a week or two the paper mach was completely dry and very strong, so I covered it with my favorite Japanese stone clay then add the details. I should write a post about this clay which is the best I’ve ever tried. It’s an air dry clay, but the finest I’ve ever touched! One more reason for me to love Japan!

Work in progress, step2: covering the paper mach with stone clay

Work in progress, step2: covering the paper mach with stone clay

Then after some days when it was totally died I began adding acrylic colors:

Stone clay sculpture, work in progress, step 3: coloring

Stone clay sculpture, work in progress, step 3: coloring

Then I added the arms, it was the first time I made a jointed doll, difficult and challenging!
And afterwards added the mohair, first the red part, then the black part, using a great online tutorial, if you are interested to know the source just drop a line! πŸ™‚
However I couldn’t decide for a hair style for her…

Queen of hearts (from Alice in wonderland) stone clay sculpture colored and hair added

Queen of hearts (from Alice in wonderland) stone clay sculpture colored and hair added

I finally decided to create a lace crown, and let her hair be free with the lace crown attached by a transparent plastic string to her head.

Queen of hearts stone clay sculpture in wonderland

Queen of hearts stone clay sculpture in wonderland

Here are more photos of her, click to see the photo gallery:

This doll is now available on my Etsy shop, just drop me a line on Etsy for any question, or comment here.

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