Birds of a Feather…

July 12, 2014 , In: Clay, General, Polymer Clay, Studio

Last fall, when I first started playing with polymer clay, I played around and created a few little birdies.  Just experiments, didn’t even finish them.  I thought they were cute, but not really sure how I would pursue them.

My 1st attempt!

Fast forward to this week…I found some polymer clay on sale at Michael’s and bought a bit and played a little and decided to revisit the birdies.  My 1st ones were a bit flat, although I love the addition of the flowers.  This time I tried to keep them a bit rounder, made the flowers a bit smaller and started out with a neutral base.

Here is sort of a flow chart collage of their evolution!
I wasn’t sure where to go from there, but stumbled on a tutorial from an artist I admire, Staci Louise Smith, on a crackle glaze technique.  Note to self, make sure you have the correct materials before you start a process!  I had everything but the crackle glaze, but since I am impatient and want to do everything when I want to do it, used a different type than the tutorial stated that I found at Michael’s…I will be ordering the kind Staci recommended. My version didn’t actually crackle!
Here is where I am now…aside from the “no-crackle” finish, I am smitten by their shabby folk-art look.  I definitely see more polymer clay birds in my future!
Melissa Meman

Melissa Meman

Melissa Meman is a mixed-media jewelry artist and owner of Melismatic Art Jewelry. She loves all things metal... fabrication, fold-forming, enameling, but has recently been drawn into metal clay and polymer clay! Her Melismatic Morsel line features pendants, charms, and more in all her favorite mediums. Melissa lives in Frederick, MD with her husband and son and dreams of retiring from her day job, and resorting to singing and hammering/finishing metal for a livelihood!
  1. Reply

    I love your chubby birds! and the flowers really do lend them that "folk art" element. Your antique-style finish is divine, can't wait to see it with crackle! I think these are lovely just as they are, too. You've got a gift!

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    Adorable! Especially with those flower wings. Can't wait to see what you create with them all.

  3. Reply

    They are so cute, Melissa!

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    I think they're super cute…even without the crackle!

  5. Reply

    What cuties! I love their sweet rustic look!

  6. Reply

    OH OH OH OH Super Duper Cute!!!

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