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Michelle Zimmerman
Miscellaneous Pieces
some pieces in collaboration
with Helen Bradley

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Koru Purse
using
AM802 XXLge Pacific Koru

Made using Kato Polyclay. I found a purse but didn't like the decoration on it, so I took off what was there and replaced it with something much better.
Elephant Purse
using
AM119 XXLge Elephant

Made using Kato Polyclay. I found a purse but didn't like the decoration on it. The elephant was much nicer and friendlier too
Art Vase
using
AM051 XXLge Fan
AM237 Lge Left Hand
AM250 XXLge Ornate Vase
KL - Lge Funky Alphabet A, R, T

Kato Polyclay, Plaid glaze, Envirotex Lite, Pearlex, gum arabic and some wire. Two vases were made and joined back to back with a wire embedded in the center. The fan is Envirotex lite tinted with Pearlex powder. The letters started as black polymer clay and were painted with pearlex mixed with gum arabic.
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Academia
using
AM072 XLge Doll Face Deep

Premo clays were used to make the face, eyes and cap. The red wire was wrapped around a clay tool to make the glasses. the tassel is black thread.
Orange Love Pin
using
AM072 XLge Doll Face Deep

Kato Polyclay was used for the face and scarf. The facial decorations were carved and painted with gel medium and burnt umber paint. the jewel is a flat back Swarovski crystal.
Wicked Vampireta
AM005 XLge Cherub large
AM072 XLge Doll Face Deep

Suddenly there were little fangs on my worktable next to the Doll Face mold and I knew what I had to do. The cherub wings were cut out and used as vampire wings. Her mohawk is black clay textured with a knitting needle.
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  Sunshield Hair Clip
using
AM160 X3Lge Face Rays
AM345 XXLge African Shield
by Michelle Zimmerman

Waste clay that had bits of leafing left on it were used for the shield. The face was cut out of the Face Rays mould and attached to the shield.
 
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Sunfairy Pin
using
AM160 X3Lge Face Rays
AM310 X3Lge Tweenie Baroque Beauty
by Michelle Zimmerman
AM318 - XXLge Dragonfly Wings Set

Old Premo clay that has been leached and is a little dry was used for the body, translucent Premo with a few drops of Jacquard Lime Green alcohol ink was used for the wings and clothing. The "clothing" is the hair from the Face Rays mould cut out and flipped upside down. After curing the entire project was tooth brushed with burnt umber oil paint, wiped off and allowed to dry.
Bearded Californian Flower Brooch
using
AM352 X3Lge 2 Frangipani

Bits of waste clay were used for the various small bits. The largest flower size was used and attached to the green leaves.
 
Leaf Print Dress
using
Biggest Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman
Available by Special Order
and
AM337 X3Lge 3 Leaves
by Michelle Zimmerman

Old Premo clay that has been leached and is a little dry was used for the body, translucent Premo with a few drops of Jacquard Lime Green alcohol ink was used for the leaves. After curing the entire project was tooth brushed with burnt umber oil paint, wiped off and allowed to dry.
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Finger Fish Sticks
using
AM346 X6Lge African Masks by Michelle Zimmerman

Kato Polyclay, red oil paint and some beads. The fingers are modeled after my very own. The fish are made of Kato Polyclay, then aged a bit by rubbing oil paint onto them. Their fins are slices from a layered cane. The fish were mounted on metal sticks and decorated with beads.
Different view:
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Ode to Beauty
using
AM314 XLge Mini Baroque Beauty
by Michelle Zimmerman

Studio Clay was used for the skinner blend, Kato Polyclay for the body and Premo for the black background. Arms legs and a head were added to the Mini baroque Beauty, then she was dressed in a nice little black bikini.
Beach Babe
using
AM349 XLge Mini Derriere
by Michelle Zimmerman
 
Kato Polyclay, Studio Clay, brass tubing and some sand paper. I gave her some hands and feet to show some fun and frolicking attitude, then set her on a skinner blend of beach colored of Studio Clay. She was then framed with black clay. Brass tubing was wrapped with clay and is what the cord will pass through. This necklace is an ode to the style of Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg and will be raffled off at her guild retreat this year.

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Shields
using
AM345 XXLge African Shield by Michelle Zimmerman

This is a waste clay project. All the bits of waste clay were gathered together, twisted up and sent through the pasta machine to mimic wood tones (which I’m sure happen somewhere on earth). The shields were made from complimentary waste clays and highlighted just a bit with mica powder.
Baby Face
using
AM072 XLge Doll Face Deep

Kato PolyClay, Studio Clay and some sand paper. I took a slice out of the exact middle of the face and made a cameo magnet. The background is a skinner blend of Studio Clay and the outer border was textured with sand paper.
The Challisman
using
AM304 X3Lge Old Man

Kato Polyclay, Studio Clay and some sand paper. I made 2 faces and took slices out of the middle of each, lined them up and made a challis shape between the two cameos. The textured areas were textured with sand paper.
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Friendly Plastic Masks
using
AM346 X6Lge African Masks by Michelle Zimmerman

Cast with Friendly Plastic.
 
Holocaust Museum Houston's Butterfly Project
using
AM033 XXLge Swallowtail

Kato Liquid Polymer Clay, Jacquard alcohol inks, AMACO Rub 'n Buff, Pavelka's Magic-Glos
The colors are alcohol inks mixed into liquid polymer clay and painted into the crevices of the butterfly. After the clay is cured apply Rub 'n Buff lightly onto the very top to accent the raised bits, then cover it in Magic-Glos and leave it outside in the sun.
This butterfly is one of many in the Holocaust Museum Houston's "The Butterfly Project" collection.   I encourage everyone to visit the link, read the poem "The Butterfly" by Pavel Friedman and do what you can to help them meet their goal.
 
Independence from Race or Religion
using
AM155 XLge Medieval Key (1)
AM161 X3Lge Medieval Keyhole (1)

Jack Johnston's ProSculpt, Kato Polyclay, a brass tube, burnt umber oil paint and some leather cord. Parts of both moulds were cut out and applied to the face. The clay was cured, covered with oil paint then after a few minutes the paint was rubbed off the raised bits leaving a nice deep glow. The back is backfilled and has a brass tube running down the length for the leather to travel through and to hold the weight.
This pendant was made for Ornament Thursday  The month's theme was Independence and this was my interpretation.
 
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Ruby Dress
using
AM284 X5Lge Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman
AM347 X5Lge Baroque Derriere by Michelle Zimmerman
 
Wildlife Focal Bead
using
AM349 XLge Mini Derriere (deep)

Kato Polyclay, Swarovski flat back crystals and E-6000 glue. The clay was formed and baked over a lightbulb to get a nice round shape.
 
Itty bitty Bikini Bead
using
AM314 XLge Mini Baroque Beauty
AM349 XLge Mini Derriere (deep)
 
Kato Polyclay, Swarovski flat back crystals and E-6000 glue. The clay was formed and baked over a lightbulb to get a nice round shape. The two moulds were formed and joined into a full "person", then cut down the middle to give the side views.
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Gingko Lizard Necklace
using
AM244 X3Lge Ginkgo Leaf
AM260 XLge Gingko Medium
AM278 Lge Mini Gingko
AM272 XXLge Lizard

Makins Clay and a few jewellery findings makes for a very light necklace.The back of the leaves have a clay loop glued to them so that they hang correctly.
Closeup here
 
Gingko Frog Necklace
using
AM082 Med Mr. Toad
AM244 X3Lge Ginkgo Leaf
AM260 XLge Gingko Medium
AM278 Lge Mini Gingko

Makins Clay and some cording. The leaves have a bead glued to the back. a knot just above and below the bead ensured the leaf stays put.
Closeup here
Domino Leaf Necklace
using
AM245 X4Lge 5 Dominoes

Makins Clay, and silver leaves. Pierce the domino in the upper center and attach the leaf to the front using head pins.

 
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Tic Tac Board
using
AM082 Med Mr. Toad
AM262 - XXLge Water lily Pad
AM272 XXLge Lizard
AMKT9 Frond Texture

Premo! clay and Sculpey Light was used for the board. The squares were placed onto a larger Sculpey Light square to add strength. The green squares were textured with the Frond texture.
 
Baroque Oatmeal Soap
using
AM284 X5Lge Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman

Glycerin soap and some judiciously placed oatmeal gave the Beauty a dress and made a nice oatmeal scrub soap.

 
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Kwanzaa Card
by Michelle Zimmerman and Helen Bradley
using
AM008 Med African Profile

Makins Clay, rub on letters and Die Cuts with a View paper.

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Faux Pink Quartz Dominoes Set
using
AM245 X4Lge 5 Dominoes

Premo! clay with some gold mica mixed in. The dots were impressed into the clay then painted with Plaid glaze.

 

Business Card Badge Holder
using
AM082 Med Mr. Toad
AM244 X3Lge Ginkgo Leaf
AM272 XXLge Lizard

Kato Polyclay, Swarovski crystals for their eyes, plaid glaze, 2 pieces of metal tubing and a cord. metal tubing was imbedded underneath the side ginkgo leaves to support the weight of holding business cards. The cord slipped through the tubes. A very light gloss of Plaid glaze brought out a few of their bumps.
Wavy  Necklace
using
AMKT6 X4Lge Wave
AM243 XLge Floral Cab

Kato Polyclay, Plaid glaze and jewellery bits. After texturing the clay shet, cut an attractive shape with an extra flap, flip the flap over backwards and cure with a knitting needle to hold the shape so the cord can get through it later. only the inside part of the floral mould was used as the accent piece.
 
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Mr. Barista pin
using
AM072 XLge Doll Face Deep

SOYSILK Fusion dyed with alcohol ink, Jack Johnston Prosculpt clay and a permanent marker for stubble. This is an ode to our local barista.
 
Crowning Glory Brooch
using
AMKT6 X4Lge Wave

Makins clay, Jaquard paint and Pinata ink. Her eyes are a combination of paint and ink. Her lips are painted with ink.
Grecian Urn Magnet
using
AM128 XLge Greek Column 1
AM250 XXLge Ornate Vase (1)


Kato Polyclay, silver leafing, twill ribbon and a permanent marker.
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Bubbles
by Michelle Zimmerman and Helen Bradley
using
AM208 XLge Tropical Fish
AMKT6 X4Lge Wave Texture

Card backing made from Ranger glossy cardstock stamped with the texture sheet in clear embossing ink. The inked image was dusted with clear embossing powder and heat set. Ranger color washes in Denim and Lettuce colors applied to the paper then heat set to produce the encaustic wax effect. Fish molded in Kato Polyclay and painted with Jacquard Lumiere paints and Piata inks.
Andy Warhol Flower
by Helen Bradley and Michelle Zimmerman
using
AM243 XLge Floral Cab

Four flowers cast in Kato Polyclay in varying colors. Mold was part filled with one color and then trimmed flat to the inside shape dimensions. The remainder of the mold was then filled with the second color clay and baked. Card background made by stamping four blocks of color using a foam square and Ranger Paint Dabbers. Card assembled onto varying colors of Die Cuts With A View cardstock and punched circles added to finish.
You’re Quite a Catch card
by Michelle Zimmerman and Helen Bradley
using
AM208 XLge Tropical Fish
AMKT6 X4Lge Wave Texture

Ranger Gloss paper was dabbed with Ranger alcohol inks and then dabbed with Blender solution. The texture sheet was used as a rubber stamp to stamp the waves. The cutout shape was applied to a card made using Basic Grey papers and Die Cuts With A View cardstock. Tim Holtz Distress inks used to distress paper edges. Amaco Fun Wire used for the fishhook and Beadalon elastic beading wire for the fishing line. Fish cast in Kato Polyclay and painted with Jacquard Lumiere paints and Piata inks.
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Fairy Flights of Fancy Pin
using
AM033 XXLge Swallowtail
AM278 Lge Mini Ginko
AM314 XLge Mini Baroque Beauty By Michelle Zimmerman

Extra bits: Premo! clay, Swarovski crystals, my rendition of a horse head and a dare from Kim Cavender.
Wild Californian Ginko Leaf Lizard Paperweight
using
AM244 X3Lge Ginko Leaf
AM272 XXLge Lizard

Extra bits: Fimo clay, Plaid Glaze medium mixed with white paint.
Mosaic Photo Frame
by Helen Bradley (Guest DT) and Michelle Zimmerman (DT)

using
AM038 Lge Roman Fragment

Roman fragments were cast in varying colors of Fimo clay, cured and the finished pieces were cut into small tiles. A purchased frame was covered in white glue and the mosaic pieces attached. Amaco Stonex air dry clay was pressed into the gaps between the tiles and the excess wiped away. When the clay was dry, loose pieces were brushed off and the frame was finished with Golden Gel medium.

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Fredric among the Gum Leaves
using
AM182 XLge Stylized Gumleaf
AM211 Lge Stylized Gum (Small Version)


Extra bits: Kato Polyclays, Pearlex
  Wavy Choker
by Michelle Zimmerman (DT)
using
AMKT6 X4Lge Wave

Extra bits: Premo! clay, Beadalon beading wire. The pattern is from very thin horizontal cane slices sliced from a stack of textured layered clay, then layered on top of each other to best show off the pattern.
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Maisie's Delight
using
AM111 XLge Maysie's Key
AM161 X3Lge Medieval Keyhole (1)
AM244 3XLge Gingko
AM310 X3Lge Tweenie Baroque Beauty

Extra bits: Premo! clay
The "Blue Period" bracelet
by Michelle Zimmerman and Helen Bradley
using
AM243 XLge Floral Cab

Kato Polyclay, Plaid glazes and jewellery findings. The focal bead is the full mould back to back and the remainder are just the centre of the shape moulded and then placed back to back with a long pin in between them for easy hole drilling after curing.
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Grapes of Wrath
using
AM284 X5Lge - Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman

also: Sculpey clay, a Polaroid emulsion transfer bathed in a vinegar solution to bring out the reds and reddy-purples.

Lilac
using
AM284 X5Lge - Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman

using: Premo! clay, a Polaroid emulsion transfer
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Naked Lady
(Naked Lady is a type of house style in San Francisco)
using
AM284 X5Lge - Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman

This beauty is made from Sculpey clay, covered with Pearlex and a Polaroid emulsion transfer. Michelle has won numeous local awards with this one!
Sunny
using
AM284 X5Lge - Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman

using Premo! clay, a Polaroid emulsion transfer
Dark Home
using
AM284 X5Lge - Baroque Beauty by Michelle Zimmerman

using Premo! clay, a Polaroid emulsion transfer


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