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Filligree Art Tutorial

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Here is a JPEG of a several-step tutorial for a piece I just finished, "Spring Rain." It is only 4" X 6" so it is not very large, but the tutorial does contain enough information to get you started -- if you dare! Get yourself a clay extruder and practice with the suggested clay shapes (spiral, oval, squiggle) and color mixing so you get the hang of it before actually starting a piece. Good luck!
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Eviecats's avatar
Excellent tutorial thank you for sharing! =)
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nietzscheana's avatar
Thanks for the tutorial, it is very interesting! You're too kind!

Your art is really beautiful :clap:
MamaLucia's avatar
Thank you! :thanks: :nod: :blush:

It's fun to do, but most folks don't have the patience for it.

You can always start large and work to smaller diameters.
nietzscheana's avatar
Someday I will try to do it! :)

Thanks a lot for your words! :hug:
BeatingDeadHeroes's avatar
This is such a cool idea; I really love the idea of having something actually stand off the surface of a piece--I'm usually a watercolorist, total newb at polymer clay. Thanks so much for the tutorial, I have to give this a shot!
MamaLucia's avatar
My deepest apologies for my late reply to your wonderful, kind comments ... :blush: My life has been a little bit nuts lately. :insane:

I love watercolor, but I am terrible at it. One little twitch of the hand in the wrong place and it gets ruined ... :( Polymer clay is a lot more forgiving, and it will do just about anything you ask of it.

If you do make something using this technique, feel free to show me the results, I'd love to see them! :blowkiss:
moonbabe1989's avatar
Hey thats a really cool idea!!! :D :+favlove:
MamaLucia's avatar
Thanks! :blush: :nod: It takes hours and hours, but you do have to admit that the results are unique. :D
moonbabe1989's avatar
Lol thats true :D its just so cool cause it reminds me of a painting but you arent using paint :D im going to have to try it out!! :D and youre welcome lol
Osa-Art-Farm's avatar
thank you for the instructions! they are very clear. I might try try this as I am frustrated with cane making (i think the secret is to make them huge and stretch them thin but I cannot afford that much clay!)
One question: do you then leave the finished product on the canvas base?
MamaLucia's avatar
Yup! Not only because the canvas base helps support the thin strands of clay, but because its really, really hard to take them off anyway!! :giggle:

If you do try it, just be sure to get a good extruder -- the Makin's Clay one is still the best, though the sugarcraft gun works well enough if you just want to play with the idea.

Thanks, and good luck!!! :)
TOCZ's avatar
this is excellent! :+fav:
MamaLucia's avatar
:blush: Thanks! Do you do polymer clay? Would you be interested in a DA swap (with only about six or seven folks participating, so you only have to make six or seven items)?
TOCZ's avatar
maybe; but it'd depend on what i'd have to swap and such. i don't do very large projects and work mainly in jewelry ([link] [link] and [link] for example)
MamaLucia's avatar
Small would be fine! I'm thinking of making the first swap just "fantasy" so we can do whatever fantastic creature we like, plan for a small size (absolutely no larger than 3" X 3"), and make it semi-flat so it can hang on a wall or get stuck on a refrigerator. That way we'd get a lot of really cool stuff! I think I'll start the swap offically on October 1st and have the critters due by November. If you want to join, we have five people so far: me, GoblinMorningTea, causticardor, serealis, and yourself. Does it sound like fun? :)
TOCZ's avatar
it does sound fun, but i'm honestly awful with deadlines and i don't think i'd be able to find the time to participate. perhaps when i'm on a break from school? i just don't want to be the person who's super late, you know?
MamaLucia's avatar
S'okay, I still have a few more folks to ask -- and we want to keep this thing small, anyway, the first time 'round. I'll try to schedule another one around winter break. if you like. It's worth the challenge to do the swap, and it's worth getting all the swap items back. But I understand about school and deadlines. School is vitally important -- I wouldn't let my daughters work while still in college because I considered that to be their full-time job. (Of course that's one of the reasons we're a bit in debt right now, but I still consider it worth it!)

Keep us in mind for the future, okay? :)
TOCZ's avatar
sure thing!
Carniwen's avatar
Looks awesome! And that work is beautiful! Wonderful tutorial!
MamaLucia's avatar
Actually, I intend to frame it to finish it, and will put it in my gallery when done. But I do like it -- kind of flowing and peaceful, like a soft spring breeze ...
And the fact that it is a good tutorial is because of the help my eldest daughter, Elanore, gave me. Yeah, I did most of the work, but I wouldn't have had a CLUE what to do in Photoshop without her. Guess all the money I spent on hercollege tuition paid off, yes? :giggle: :D
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