Monday, January 7, 2013

Praying Hands Cameo

I haven't gotten around to making all the polymer clay cameos I mentioned in this post yet but I did make a lovely Christmas gift for my mom.  She loved it!  This cameo is of the praying hands motif.

Once the cameo was baked, I used a simple painting technique to decorate it.  First, I placed one coat of cream-colored acrylic paint on and let it dry.  I then used a sponge brush to put brown antiquing liquid over the piece and rubbed off quickly so the crevices held the darker color.  I glued the cameo in an antique style, copper colored bezel setting and used that as a centerpiece for the necklace.

I used a combination of vintage glass beads (green), wood (red, brown) and faux bone.

You can see the antiquing effect a little better below.

I like the antique style but I think this cameo would also look good with flesh tone hands or in a traditional cameo style with a dark background.  I ordered the bezels from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads—a bead lover's paradise if there ever was one.  I plan on using chains with future cameos as I think that would help make them every day type pieces.  Prayer necklaces from different spiritual traditions is also another idea I've got floating around.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

First Prim Dolls - Ozzie and Harriet

I've been admiring primitive dolls of  late and wanted to give them a try myself.  This is my first attempt at some cats as a gift for a friend.  Meet Ozzie and Harriet inspired by her own cats.

I created a simple two-piece pattern on notebook paper and grunged up some plain white muslin for the bodies using a tea stain and then acrylic paint.  After this, I rubbed cinnamon into the fabric.  I used pillow stuffing but you can use old fabric if you like.  These are smallish at about 6 inches tall.  I wanted her to be able to tuck them in a bowl or anywhere else for decorative effect.

The bodies were sewn together with a machine except for the bottom where I used embroidery floss.  The tails are completely sewn together and to the bodies with the floss by hand.  This added to the grunge factor.  Here's a closeup of the faces and fabric.  I recycled some buttons, scraps of fabric and embroidery floss.



I love the idea of prims—not being too fussy that is and the result still being adorable.  It's a great way to use up fabric scraps and recycle odds and ends like the buttons.  My friend was very happy with her gift and I even made a set for myself after my Merlin and Cally cats.  If you don't think you can be your own doll designer, prims are a good way to build up your confidence and start creating from your imagination.