Polymer Clay Tropical Bird Box

Polymer Clay

 

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When I decided to start doing something with this old key-box I found in a charity shop, I had no idea how well it would turn out.

The original design was pretty horrible but I knew this little box had potential and waited to think what I could do with it.I wanted to do something clay related, but it isn’t very deep so wasn’t sure what function it could have.

 

As I love this bird card my sister got me last year I decided that would be my inspiration for the front panel. I took the nasty old hinges and clasp off the box and set to work on the front, mixing gradients of green for a lush background. I stamped the background Β once it covered the front, although a lot of this got covered up. Β I loved blended colours in polymer clay at the moment so this was a great project of the bird with vibrant feathers in a mixture of blues, greens, yellows and pinks.

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Getting a basic shape

Cutting the shapes was a little tricky, as was layering them over each other. I think I Β could have done it a bit better in hindsight. Once I had the bird shape and tail in a place I liked, I started thinking about different plants and flowers around it. I wanted the bird to look as if it were in a tropical paradise. I mixed together different greens, added snakes of clay for dimension and used canes to add variety to the foliage.

Toucan Embroidery ~ How I Made Him

Embroidery

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This is my most recent embroidery project I’ve been working on for the last two weeks and I love how it has turned out. It is the biggest and most complex piece I have made so far. I love toucans and I also love decorative and fancy designs which I tried to capture here.

Time For Tea & a Little Bird…

Art Therapy, Embroidery

Embroidering has become my newest craft obsession of late and I’ve been sketching ideas down before I begin them on the hoop. I’m really pleased with this bird and tea cup I’ve just finished – I made it for a friend and I know she will be delighted! I even covered the back with some felt to give it a nice finish.

Small Journal; Bird Doodle

Journal

Bird

I really sprayed a lot with this background, using black, blue, purple, green and slightly shimmery sprays, as well as water. It has come apart a little at the seems as I got carried away! But overall I love how it turned out – I think it may have worked better if the page was portrait though and I could fit in a longer tail. I also used my favourite Poca Paint pens and some Distress glitter to give it some details.

Bird Inspired Page

Birds, Journal

I am pretty obsessed with birds at the moment and have been looking at lots of amazing peacocks. Their colouring and feathers are gorgeous!

This is a bit of a mixed up page, as I started it not knowing what to create. I added some tissue paper to the background then used acrylic paints and paint pens over the top to draw the bird. My art journal is so fat now, I am finding it hard to work in! I may have to do single pages so I have more control over what I am creating.

I am going to continue my with this bird theme and do more peacocks πŸ™‚

Large Art Journal

My large art journal

Peacock

Finished page