A few one-of-a-kind gift ideas for the bird lovers on your list.
1. Handcrafted Necklace – Faux Ivory and Copper Bird Transfer No. 155
11BOLDstreet on Etsy
In the beautifully rich piece, a transfer of Susan’s original photo was inlaid and sealed with a shiny liquid polymer layer. The bail was constructed from copper metal clay and pre-made copper elements which were then torch-fired into a single element. Available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/68795406/handcrafted-necklace-faux-ivory-and?ref=shop_home_active_16
2. Vegan Checkbook Cover
HiGirls on Etsy
This fun parrot checkbook cover was created by Lisa with unique vintage fabric. Interfaced for durability. Fits standard sized checks, or use for coupon storage. Available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/209624750/vegan-checkbook-cover-vintage-fabric?ref=shop_home_active_15
3. Canary Yellow Bird Ornament
YoungCreative on Etsy
This beautiful canary ornament began life as a chicken egg. Playful polymer details over the hollowed-out egg shell. Available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/198412659/canary-yellow-bird-ornament-egg-shell?ref=shop_home_active_12
This red-bellied woodpecker ornament was a special request. While it has already found a home, you may contact me if you would like one of own.
The ornament is an eggshell covered with polymer clay which makes it lightweight, yet durable.
I loved the challenge of figuring out how to create the wings without painting. Hello mokume gane! This is a technique where you stack sheets of clay and then slice off pieces to reveal a pattern. You can see in the photo below a block that looks like a licorice candy. That is what I used for the feathers.
Woodland Cuties: Christmas Egg Ornaments
Below is a behind the scenes look at my Christmas egg ornaments during the early stages of creation. I like to use both white and brown eggs. I build up the polymer clay layers in multiple baking steps and eventually they look like these finished ones. The polymer adds durability (and adorableness) to the shell. Each one is different because I don’t use any molds. Most of the color from the clay, I only used paint to antique the details.
Where to buy
They are available for sale in my Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YoungCreative
Cats are great subject matter for me, especially my baby tuxedo Lucy (A.K.A. Lucifer). Baby Lu, as my husband affectionately refers to her, struggles with whether to listen to her inner angel or her inner devil. She’s earned the nickname “Lucifer” from me because too often, her inner devil wins.
About “Decisions in the Garden of Good and Evil”:
I started this sculpture based on Lucy’s inner struggle a while back, but it had been sitting in my workshop unfinished. When I saw that my polymer clay guild was having a challenge with the theme of “mandalas” it gave me an idea for the base. (Voting is under way here: PCAGOE Mandala Challenge) Lucy sits a top the mandala which has a lotus flower at the center. In her hand, she hold the forbidden apple while a little angel and a devil mouse whisper into her ear. She’s leaning toward the angel mouse, but if I know Lucy, Lucifer may gain ground.
About the model
Lucy was only 4-weeks old when I rescued her several years ago after her mom abandoned her. She is still an adorable little runt, but her inner devil flares easily. If her eyes start to go black, watch out!
Did you vote yet? Head over to the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy Challenge to see some great mandala interpretations! http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/10/november-challenge-mandalas.html