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For the last months I haven’t done a lot of new funky flames. Instead I focused on other projects, but one of them is still very closely connected to creativity. This time, however, it is not an expression of my own creativity, but it is something intended to help others create beautiful things – my Little Funky Tools Sets. These are micro cutters sets of a number of specially selected and modified little tips in three different shapes – circles, ovals and teardrops. The different sizes of each shape are color-coded and easily provide great help for cutting and shaping small details and holes, texturing, dosing color recipes and more when working with different kinds of clay.

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They are available in combined sets, too:

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By now, I have received some wonderful feedback, and my most favorite kind of feedback is the pictures of things created with the Little Funky Tools! Thank you Artumei Artumei https://www.facebook.com/artumei.artumei:

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You can also purchase one of the sets here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames?ref=hdr_shop_menu and as always I provide free worldwide shipping, too.

Have a gorgeous inspired day everyone! May the creativity be with you!

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Have a fun weekend!

Recently I have been experimenting with my patience mainly. The technique below does not require complicated skills, but it does take time and steady hand.

Напоследък експериментирам основно с търпението си. Техниката, показана по-долу, не изисква особено сложни умения, но се нуждае от време и стабилна ръка.

I really like the lightness that translucent clay adds to the green leaves, and there are still tricks to learn in order to manage the liquid clay the way I want it to behave, but still, I love how these turned out:

Особено ми харесва “лекотата”, която прозрачната глина дава на зелените листенца, и има още някои тънкости на течната глина, които трябва да понауча, за да я накарам да се държи по начина, който искам, но въпреки това съм много доволна от резултата:

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Just to compare- here are the previous pairs (https://littlefunkyflames.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/spring-is-in-the-air/)

Само за сравнение- това с предходните (https://littlefunkyflames.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/spring-is-in-the-air/)

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If you want to support my work you can purchase here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames ( and I provide free shipping:))

Може да подкрепите работата ми тук: bazarino.com/shop/542.

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If you want to support my talent and encourage my work you can purchase here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames

 Have the best week ever!

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This little project was my very first commissioned custom order:)Image

 

It all starts (and ends) with making a lot of balls of clay:

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The more fluffy one was a company of the minions I made for my boyfriend as desk decorations, then my mother fell in love with it and now it is a pendant:)

 

Hi Everyone!

Here is the making of my Bad Piggies pendants, which were a special request from a friend of mine. I used Fimo Soft (polymer clay) and some metal beads and wires to arrange. Have fun and hopefully you will make some easily!

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Start with shaping the body, which is a simple ball:Image

Make little white balls for the eyes and green for the ears. Shape the ears with some ball tool:Image

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Use the same tool as above to make the nose; cut little white rectangular shapes for the teeth: Image

With some black clay make the eyebrows and irises:Image

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Finally add small little dots in different shade of green for the freckles:Image

Then cure, polish and bring some smiles to your friends:Image

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Have a great weekend and remember that a smile is never too big!

Hi Everyone!

Today’s post is dedicated to a cane, that is very eye-catchy and actually pretty easy to make. It is based on the Bull’s eye, but instead of using only one single cane, this time they are put together to form a flower pattern. The geometry stays the same, but by changing the color combinations the final results have completely different moods. You can also see clearly the progress I made to more precise and clear shape forming, color mixing and surface treating.

The first variation is minimalistic, only with white ( Fimo Soft) and translucent (Fimo Accents) polymer clay. It looks gentle and detailed and is easy to match with other pieces of jewelry and clothing.

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You can leave the cylindrical shape after cutting the cane, or you can continue further and give it a little twist and make a spiral. I personally love the spirals- they look amazing regardless of the point of view can be used as an accent of the outfit. However the simple circle has its own beauty and works perfect with casual outfits.

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The second cane is made with the opposite color concept. The petals of the flower are with gradient from dark green to white and are outlined with black, and the background is in grass green. For me they bring the association of a light fresh wind in the forest and match wonderfully to green eyes:)

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For the third cane I experimented with red and clear translucent and tried to make a gradient with them for the petals. I also made everything too small and suppose the red outlines polluted to an extend the translucent core and there is no visible gradient in the final result. However, I still like the the red tinted petals, but for sure need to do some more experimenting with the different types translucent clay.Image

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I still cannot get rid of the flakes in the translucent clay. But the defect turned into frosty effect and I am pleased with how these turned out. I practically put all left-overs from the cane together in a sheet and cut circles out of it:

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Positively I am getting better with sanding and buffing, but the round pieces needed something else to give them a finished look, so I made these little wire swirls (the first pair is only with sterling silver, while the swirls for the last one are from copper with silver coating and the hooks are ready made sterling silver). I liked the behavior of the wires and the combination with polymer clay, so I am definitely continue exploring the theme.

If you like the above shown pieces you can use this link to purchase most of them: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames. Thank you for the support!

Have a fun and inspired week!

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I love dragonflies. I love flying things in general:)

So I couldn’t resist and try make several interpretations. I made up the pattern, I actually don’t think such flying creatures are found in nature. Still, I really like how they turned out. A bit dark and a bit fairy-like:)

All of them are made to be brooches, although they can be worn as pendants. I found it easier to make a little ball of clay to wrap the brooch base and separately to assemble the dragonfly/ butterfly itself. Then I put together the two parts and blended the clay on the back. This lessens the damages on the shape when you what your metal parts embedded in the clay, which is important, especially if you use Fimo Soft like me.

The very first dragonfly came to reality from scraps left from other project I was making. But I really liked the pattern and decided to see what would come out if I just put those pieces as wings on a black long body.

Обичам водни кончета. Обичам летящи неща по принцип:)

Затова не можах да се въздържа и опитах няколко интерпретации. Измислих си шарката и всъщност мисля няма такива летящи същества като моито в природата. Все пак, харесват ми както се получиха. Леко тъмни и леко приказни:)

Всичките ги направих на брошки, въпреки че могат да се носят и като медальони. Открих, че е по-лесно да подложа предварително малко топче глина на металната основа за брошка и отделно да сглобя водното конче/ пеперудата, като ги събера двете в последствие. Така по-лесно се запазва формата,особено с Fimo Soft, когато искате металните части да са си сградени в бижуто.

Съвсем първото ми водно конче направих от остатъците от друг проект. Но понеже много ми допадна шарката, решх да пробвам какво ще излезе ако просто наредя парченцата като крилца на черно тяло.

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Be careful if you sand similar fragile shapes- one of the wings broke and had to glue it. I applied semi-gloss finishing afterwards, which added some extra strength, but could not entirely mask the glue. If you look hard enough (or may be not so hard), you will notice the thin crack. You can also notice that the surface is mate, as I didn’t go all they way to the finest grit sanding paper, but stopped at 600.

Внимавайте ако шкурите подобни крехки форми- едно от крилцата ми се отчупи и трябваше да го лепя. Завърших с полу-матов лак, който добави малко допълнителна якост, но все пак си личи лепеното място. Ако се вгледате внимателно (или може би не чак толкова внимателно), ще забележите тънката линия лепило. Ще забележите също и матовата повърхност, тъй като спрях с шкурките до едрина 600, а не стигнах до най-фината.

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The second time- I chose black for the bodies, Millefiori Cane technique (you can see another application of the same technique here-https://littlefunkyflames.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/ode-to-the-millefiori-cane-technique/)  for the wings and some random scrap mixture tor the heads. I used several reference images of real butterflies and dragonflies- the pattern may be surreal, but the shape and proportions should resemble reality:) This time the cane was all for dragonflies.

Втория път избрах черно за тялото,  Millefiori Cane за крилата (повече за тази техника има тук: –https://littlefunkyflames.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/ode-to-the-millefiori-cane-technique/) и разни случайни смесени топчета за главичките. Използвах няколко снимки на истински водни кончета и пеперуди за рефенции и въпреки сюрреалистичните окраски, формите и пропорциите трябва да се доближават до реалността:) Този път цялото саламче стана на водни кончета:

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From this cane came out some beautiful cane ends, but their pattern and shape were not for a dragonfly, so the first butterfly was born.

Това саламче имаше много красиви крайчета, които обаче не бяха подходящи за водни кончета, затова първата пеперуда се роди.

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Then followed the cane, meant to become a flock of butterflies.

Последва саламчето, на което му беше писано да се превърне в цяло ято пеперуди.

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I tried to make the same pattern as the previous time, because I really liked, and there were several people who wanted the same, but it didn’t turned out this way. The light end of the gradient was with translucent clay, instead of white, and I suppose I darkened it during conditioning and placing and now it looks grey. However, they are again charming:

Опитах се да го направя същия дизайн като предния, защото и аз го харесвах, и други хора искаха такива, но не ми се получи съвсем. Светлият край на градиента го направих с прозрачна вместо с бяла глина и предполагам я замърсих в процеса на работа, та потъмня и сега сивее. Въпреки това за чаровни:

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This time I used black for the head, as well as the body. I also tried to make the eyes light grey-blue with translucent clay, but it didn’t work out. That is way I painted them with acrylic paints. Originally all butterflies had cord tentacles but most of them fell of during sanding again:(.

I still have to find a proper way to have both smooth surface and tiny elements the way I like- it would be best if I didn’t have to sand, but surface processed this way is a lot nicer, silky smooth and shiny. It adds a lot of additional hours of work on a piece, but it looks gorgeous afterwards. Now that I think about it, sanding deserves its own separate post, so soon I will be writing one on the topic.

One butterfly is still looking for a home, if you like you can purchase it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/168727200/butterfly-in-blue-and-black-polymer-clay

Have a full of fun week!

Този път и тялото и главичките са черни. Пробвах да направя очички от сиво-синя полу-прозрачна глина, но не се виждаха добре, затова ги донарисувах с акрилни боички. Първоначално пеперудите имаха и пипалца от корда, но изпадаха повече при шкуренето, отново:(.

Все още търся начин да постигна едновременно гладка повърхност и малки елементи, така както на мен ми харесва. Най-добре би било да не трябва да шкуря и полирам, но изшкурена и полирана повърхност е много по-приятна, копринено гладка и бляскава. Добавя също и много часове работа върху дадено произведение, но пък след това е прекрасно. Сега като се замисля, шкуренето си иска отделен пост, така че скоро ще трябва да го напиша.

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After purchasing polymer clay I have been researching different techniques of processing it. My favorite one so far? The Millefiori Cane. One can make really detailed and complicated patterns and still the pieces are strong enough for every day jewelry. It also gives the option to make several different variations in size and form of the final pieces.

The idea is that you make your cane by putting together long pieces of clay together (cylinders, prisms, etc). You shape your pattern by playing with the size of these pieces and the order you put them.

In this case I used  gradient from white to blue for the base of the flower. I put teal and blue stamens in the very center and white accents at the tips. For the background of the cane I chose semi-translucent polymer clay.

След като се сдобих с полимерна глина, започнах да разучвам различни техники за работа с нея. Любимата ми до момента? Millefiori Cane- грубо казано “саламче с цветя”. Дава възможност за наистина детайлни и сложни дизайни, като все пак нещата са достатъчно здрави за ежедневни бижута. Може да си играете и с размерите и формата на финалните произведения.

Идеята е да се получи саламче като се редят дълги парчета глина (цилиндри, призми). Шарката се образува от играта с размерите и реда, в който ги подреждате.

В този случай използвах градиент от бяло до синьо за основа на цветето. В центъра му има тъмно и светло сини тичинки, а по ръбчетата се появяват бели акценти. Фонът е от полу-прозрачна глина.

 

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Once you have the cane ready and cut you can leave the pieces as they are, give them some more complicated shape or combine them in different manners. Then – cure, sand, buff, polish, garnish. Although you can skip the sanding and buffing, I really like the silky smooth result of it. You can get rid of any finger prints or flaws in the very shape of the piece, and provides a beautiful finished look to your jewelry.

След като получите саламчето, може да го нарежете и да оставите парченцата кръгли, да им придадете друга форма, или да ги комбинирате по различни начини. След това- печете, шкурите, полирате, лакирате, доукрасявате. Въпреки че можете да пропуснете шкуренето и полирането, аз лично харесвам повече компринено гладката повърхност след тях. Така се премахват отпечатъци от пръсти или дефекти по самата форма и повърхността на бижуто изглежда наистина довършена.

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With the left-overs I did this:

С остатъците направих това:

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It was great fun and I am really pleased with the results:) Moreover, my first sell (apart from friends) was one of the above pairs of earrings!

Have a great week!

Беше ми много приятно и крайните резултати ми харесват много много:) Още повече, първата ми продажба (не на приятел) беше един от горните чифтове обици!

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