Polymer Clay Turtle Baked Ala Christi Friesen

Polymer Clay Turtle Baked Ala Christi Friesen

So here she is, my first Polymer Clay Turtle! She is made out of Mont Marte Make and Bake Clay and some Sculpey III and I brushed on a teeny amount of Pearlex Turquoise. Yesterday after work, I went to Selonj Beads for the first time, after viewing their stock online a few times. They have all of Christi Friesen‘s books and have also hosted workshops of hers, so they had a copy of the book I wanted and it was signed!!! yay! I also grabbed some micro beads (teeny teeny beads smaller than seed beads with no stringing hole, used for eyes in little figurines); 3 containers of Pearlex Mica Pigment Paints (Antique Silver, Turquoise and Antique Copper).  Selonj beads was clean and well layed out and I will definitely go there again!  They also had their latest newsletter on the counter and are expecting Christi to visit Adelaide and host a workshop in September next year (2011), hopefully I am not Friesen-ed out by then, it would be so awesome to meet and learn from her in person. Though, if you have read any other stuff about Christi I am sure you know her books and tutorials feel very personal anyway.  She is highly entertaining in prose.

Christi Friesen Under the Sea Sculpture Series 3

Christi Friesen Under the Sea Sculpture Series 3

So I bought a copy of Under The Sea you can purchase signed copies direct from Christi and she also has a deal if you purchase all of the series in one go.  I peaked inside a few times on the way home (at red lights ok?!) and read it cover to cover when I got home.  The book is sized between an A5 and A4 and has 47 pages, it feels a bit like a good magazine quality wise, but its not about what the book looks like in this case, it’s about what’s inside it. [Well actually most good books are!]

I made my first turtle today.  Her name is “Christi Turtlington” what do you think?

Polymer Clay Turtle UnBaked  Ala Christi Friesen

Polymer Clay Turtle UnBaked Ala Christi Friesen

Polymer Clay Turtle Baked Ala Christi Friesen

Polymer Clay Turtle Baked Ala Christi Friesen

“Christi Turtlington”  is about 2 inches (5cm) from nose to end of her rear flippers. She has two rows of seed beads on her shell and blue wooden beads for eyes.  She was a lot of fun to make and I am looking forward to making lots of friends for her to hang out with!
She still has to have patina added but for some reason (well ok I know the reason) I can’t find my paints…. Reason – I have been living here for 18 months and still have not unpacked properly 🙁