Monday, March 31, 2014

April Challenge: Containers

About the challenge: 
For April our members tackled containers. They could create one from scratch or cover an existing container. It could have a lid or not. Yet, as always, the visible part of the entries had to be 50% polymer clay. 

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1. Put a bird on it! by Lisa of HiGirls
All white polymer clay over a small glass votive. Removable lid and little bun feet are both something I've not tried before. This piece is a companion to my "Air flow teapot".

2. Art Deco Egg Shell Bud Vase by Marie of YoungCreative
This piece started with a hollow egg shell that I covered almost entirely with polymer. The influence for the gold faux fabric swag around the top is from Helen Breil's shapes tutorial. The lid is hand-sculpted from polymer as is the base. To see more views visit:

3. Celadon and Black Crescent Box by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
As a relative newcomer to the world of polymer clay I wanted to set goals outside of my comfort zone for this challenge. My goals were:
1. the container must be 100% polymer clay, no covering a container
2. the container must be an odd shape
3. the container must include a lot of texture

The container is 5 1/2" at it's widest and 4" deep to the points, 2" high excluding the handle.
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4. Small Tea Pot by Berit of ClayImages
This tea pot has been covered with Stroppel spiral canes, cured, sanded and varnished. It is completely functional and holds about two cups of tea. It comes with its own sieve.

5. Pastel Box by Marcia of marcymPC
This is a recycled Altoids tin covered with white polymer clay tinted with pastels and set off by thin black lines.

6. Chinese Love Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
For this piece my armature were glass votive. One was dedicated to the bottom and the other to the top, the lid. I love the cinnabar look of antique Chinese bowls and decorations so using my own artistic license (which I keep on me at all times) I created my own version of the rich red stone. I called it the "Chinese Love Bowl" for the 2 red fish swimming together on the top. The bottom part is textured and has a lip to hold the top portion snug in place. I accented the top pieces with silver paste and the inside with silver embossing powder. Read more:

7. Ivory and Snakeskin Bowl No. 142 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I formed this solid polymer bowl in layers over a vintage bowl. Featured are faux polymer ivory and snakeskin, in earth tones. The interior has applied ivory disks, plus layers of copper mica powder. Lots of texture and surface contrast! 4 3/8" dia. x 1 1/2" h.

8. Baubles and Swirls Trinket Jar by Arlene of Ashpaints
This whimsical trinket jar was made for the April PCAGOE challenge - Containers. I used a piece of 3 inch pvc pipe for the foundation and a LOT of small balls of clay, each individually rolled and placed, along with ribbons of clay and, of course, swirls and baubles. This design is based on designs by Chris Kapono which I've been wanting to try for a while now. The top and bottom of the container are made 100% of clay.

9. Clutch in a clutch! by JKollmann
Almost didn't happen in time for the challenge! First they sent the wrong form (supposed to be a barrel) so had to re-design for this shape. Four tries - more fittings than a bridal gown! Whew - just in time!

10. Diamond Box by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay diamond shaped container. Size of this piece is 6" wide by 6" tall. Constructed entirely of solid polymer in values of translucent clay to black clay. It is seated in a metal holder. To read about this piece and to see more photos, please visit my blog at:

11. Sliding Turtle Box by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
This little slide-top box is adorable, if I do say so myself! I did this in dark gold clay with thin black stripes on the bottom, and textured black for the slide top. Two "security guards" adorn the front corners, and a striped swirl decorates the back of the box. The legs lift this up to the perfect height to show off the "roaring turtle" that will scare off intruders and protect the contents inside the box.
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