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From: Valvaren63/20/13 12:16 AM 
To: All  (1 of 14) 
I joined to meet few clay artist,share my work, and learn some tips and tricks.

I've been working with clay on and off for just under a year, my focus was mainly on snakes but I also was working with video game related items, recently branching into birds.

I'm looking for tips on how to advertise my work as well as improve my blending and how I make leaves and flowers.

Thanks for reading and heres some of my latest

Some older snake stuff :




Newer Snake :


And The fourth and fifth birds I've done, I only started doing them a few days ago.



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From: HermineR3/21/13 12:56 PM 
To: Valvaren6  (2 of 14) 
 70391.2 in reply to 70391.1 
Am I the only one to get the message that says the pictures are not there any more?

From: Valvaren63/21/13 4:27 PM 
To: HermineR  (3 of 14) 
 70391.3 in reply to 70391.2 
Hrm I haven't moved the photos and they appear for me. I haven't been on a forum like this before do you have any other suggestions to add pictures?

From: HermineR3/21/13 5:32 PM 
To: Valvaren6  (4 of 14) 
 70391.4 in reply to 70391.3 

Sorry Val I am a newbie too.Haven't tried sending a picture.

Have you tried clicking on the square next to the calendar on the right side the line above just under type your message. . That'is how it works on other forums I am on.



From: gilladian3/21/13 8:04 PM 
To: Valvaren6  (5 of 14) 
 70391.5 in reply to 70391.1 

i can see your pics fine!

Very pretty.

You asked about blends; do you know how to do a skinner blend? If not, do a youtube search; try this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Q2Gs1onKM


From: Valvaren63/21/13 8:19 PM 
To: gilladian  (6 of 14) 
 70391.6 in reply to 70391.5 
Thank you! I've thought about doing a skinner blend, would I just wrap it around a shaped piece of clay or is their way to go about doing that better? I haven't worked to much with my pasta machine or caning it seems very... Complex to me.

From: gilladian3/21/13 9:41 PM 
To: Valvaren6  (7 of 14) 
 70391.7 in reply to 70391.6 

I would make a small skinner blend (try using two small triangles of clay, and just keep mixing them with the pasta machine; use your finger to keep the colors from widening on the rollers), and then take a small shape of clay (say a wing), and cut a piece of the colored sheet just big enough to drape over it. Trim it to fit, or tuck the edges to the back, or both. Then texture as you normally would.

Another way to try blending would be to bake a basic bird body or wing shape, a little smaller maybe than you want the finished shape to be.

Press two colors of clay on the shape (thin sheets) slightly overlapping where you want them to blend. Then use a tool (a blunt needle or something similar) and drag the upper color over into the lower color area. Use short, firm strokes; if you do this over a baked undersurface, you'll be able to use a lot of pressure and get a good blend. But I really think a skinner blend will work better.

Look also for "bullseye" cane instructions; you can slice a bullseye cane in half to get a shape that you can then distort to get a blend down the length of a feather,for example...

Play with it; use two colors which, when blended together, make a pleasing mix. Taht way you're not wasting clay to practice with.


From: Melody013/22/13 12:22 PM 
To: Valvaren6  (8 of 14) 
 70391.8 in reply to 70391.1 

Hi Valvaren and Welcome, I think your work is very nice! I especially like your Scarlet Macaw. I pinned it, but would love to add the artist's name and shop info if you'd like me to. so, what name should I give credit to? As far as advertising your work, I'm not sure what you are already doing. Do you have an online shop or selling venue?

Anita in AZ

  • Edited 3/22/2013 12:25 pm by Melody01

From: Valvaren63/22/13 3:07 PM 
To: gilladian  (9 of 14) 
 70391.9 in reply to 70391.7 
Thank you Gilladian, I will try the baking then adding color, I also watched the video you've posted and began searching for more, I never realized how much you can actually do!! I plan on practicing more with the skinner blend and bullseye cane.

Thank you again!

From: Valvaren63/22/13 3:12 PM 
To: Melody01  (10 of 14) 
 70391.10 in reply to 70391.8 
Hi Melody. I'm honored! I've seen you work and to have you pin something of mine is awesome!

I don't have anything but a facebook page right now, I toyed with the thought of making an etsy but I wasn't really sure if my stuff was worthy of trying one :S.

I've tried doing local craft shows with no luck however I didn't vendor last year at a local reptile expo and did much better then I expected.

I can message you my name and facebook page if you would like. Again i'm honored!

I made a new piece the other night and I tried a new feathering idea out and I really like how it came out.

Its not the best photo sorry!


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