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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 4:12 PM CST
Here is a very good site to get the basic idea and projects for your clay.
I have used it quite a few times.
http://polymerclaycentral.com/
Let's make a Dragonfly Stake. Need a small amount of clay. I use Sculpyiii or Premo. I love to use contrasting colors ,so for this little fellow I used a light orange and a dark orange with green higlights. The stick is a popsickle stic. So this is sort of a small stake. I cover the stick in a very thin sheet of clay which I have concitioned to make more flexible
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I put a sculpy polymer glue onto stick to make clay stick, on both sides.
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You want to make sure the stick is completely covered in the clay, No airholes. We don't water to fo in and weaken the stick. There is a lot of work but You can do it. Make sure the side seams are smooth.
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Then we create the little Dragonfly body.
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come in three parts , the head , the body and the tail. You form all these by rolling and shaping til you are happy with shape.

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Now we want to give this little faciful fella arms with fingers.
Roll two little clay pieces same size for arms. Take a craft knife and make little fingers, then you have to form the little toes so they will look very much like these
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Press these little arms on underside of dragon body.
Wings are next

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Then we got to decide which shape we want.
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I cut out four little ovals Made a contrasting band for the wings. Then fastened the wings to the DF.
Now we put glue onto the DF back and stick on wings.
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Put glue on the stick and press on DF and arrange his Tail to look the way you want.
I forgot to sign and date these but I usually do that before I put them in the oven.
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Now we bake him.
I put in two so I set oven to 275 degrees for 30 min.
Next step is bake and spray him with a clear acrylic spray.


A very good Reference site: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/masterindex.html
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 4:21 PM CST
I also made a Seahorse.
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In the oven, til done for the both of you....
Now I know you all got questions. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I love making them.
so Ask a way, don't be afraid. I'll answer....
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Name: Jamie R
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JaeRae
Jul 15, 2011 5:53 PM CST
Love it!...just markin' darlin'
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Thank you dear.....
Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Jul 15, 2011 6:17 PM CST
You surely love your hobby! Your visuals are so good, I just might have to start another project. Hilarious!
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 6:18 PM CST
If you have any questions, I'll try to help.
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Jul 15, 2011 6:41 PM CST

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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Sorry I missed this...I had no idea how fast you'd post these!

They are so cute Charleen...and your instructions are so clear! WOW...I can't wait to get some clay and begin. Hurray!

Thank you for your time and energy is teaching us! Big Grin
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 15, 2011 7:10 PM CST
Speedy Gonzales, that's me!!!!!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jul 16, 2011 1:43 AM CST
Great now to Charleen!
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits

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murielw1
Jul 16, 2011 9:30 AM CST
Hello Charleen, lovely to see you at work with your clay crafting little gems, of which I can see Charleens Charley in my craft room each day.
Well done Charleen.
Hugs Muriel
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 16, 2011 10:32 AM CST
Thank you my Dear friend Muriel. I enjoy playing in the clay and shareing my creations with my friends.
Charley is scattered a round the world. such a blessing to us all...
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 16, 2011 10:55 AM CST

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It surely is Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Charter ATP Member Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Purslane Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Boopaints
Jul 16, 2011 12:27 PM CST

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I need to paint Charley for you, Charleen!
Muriel, thanks for joining us! Big Grin
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 16, 2011 2:26 PM CST
I know I love my Charlie. Lovey dubby
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 16, 2011 2:39 PM CST
That is great cause I love the arch of his neck. My boy is a beauty and I am so happy he is so well loved..... Group hug Group hug Group hug
Name: Robin
Pittsburg, MO
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Robynznest
Jul 16, 2011 6:34 PM CST
Great job as always Char. I love seeing all your critters.
Save the planet, it's the only one with chocolate.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 17, 2011 6:28 AM CST
WANT TO WIN THESE GARDEN STAKES. bECKY HAS A CONTEST.
i'LL GET YOU ALL A LINK.... Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! :hurray:

The thread "GA CONTEST #1: shoe art" in Garden Art forum
Good Luck, give it a try. I know you can plant a boot......
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Name: AnjL/Annmarie Bailey
Twain Harte, CA (Zone 7a)
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1AnjL
Jul 17, 2011 12:22 PM CST
oh wow! those are great! Charleen you are so very talented!
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All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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Debbie
Jul 17, 2011 12:52 PM CST
How precious Charleen. You are a good teacher. I am a very visual person and your photos are awesome.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 17, 2011 2:46 PM CST
http://polymerclaycentral.com/
This is a good site. If you have any questions ask away and I'll get back as soon as I can with your answer...
Thank you all for compliments... Group hug Group hug Group hug

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