My friend Martine, a talented gnome sculptress , is celebrating her birthday in May . She is a huge frog lover and I thought I could make her a entirely handmade pendant with a frog on it ,inspired by the polymer art work of C.Friesen but with a Annabel twist of course hihih

I started with a metallic , non flexible necklace ...

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...I sculped a leaf and I carved the nerves with a toothpick ...the top of the leave is then folder over the metallic necklace

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Then, I sculpted another leaf on it ...

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I continued on adding pieces of polymer clay  ....first I had to apply a piece of polymer clay underneeth the necklace creating solid base to sculpt the rest of the pendant on ...

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..en then repeating this as you continue adding other items ...

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ready to be cured ...

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After cooling down , I started painting it with acrylic paints. I used different shades of green and brown to get the most real looking "nature"color shade  as possible ...

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My painting technique consists in applying thick layers of different colors of acryl paint , all crossed over each other and then wiping them off , still leaving some color over . I keep on repeating this untill I get the desidered color shade ...

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Afterwards, I painted the flowers and after the paint has dried I sculpted the tiny frog on the big leaf .Then, I cured this pendant once again .

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After cooling down it was time to paint the frog...I decided to make a red frog with blue and black spots ...

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This is what it looks like while wearing it ....

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I really hope my friend Martine will like her gift ...and if she finds it a bit too "kitch" to wear , I had a great idea : she could cut off the metallic necklace and glue the fimo pendant in a picture frame creating some cool 3D wall art .

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