Thank you for putting them in amongst such a beautiful riot of colour I'm fine, and happier than I've been in a long time - just extremely busy & haven't had time to do more than read messages on DA. I've got lots of things to upload, people to feature, journal to update, messages to answer, devwatch to go through etc. I should get a bit more time soon
Yes the balls are made of clay too. I made the balls first then while they were still damp modelled the hippos onto them. The two end ones are decorated by a different technique to the two middle ones. Thank you for liking them
I glazed the ball with a glaze that crazes on that clay. When it had crazed a bit I dipped it in another glaze that then picks out all the little cracks. During the firing the two mingle a bit. The hippo has to be waxed to protect it while the ball is glazed and vice-versa.
Actually, I never paint my polymer clay (well, almost never) because it comes in so many cool colors and stuff. And if you are very good about sanding and smoothing it, you can get a pretty good shine on it.
But I would really like to see if I could come up with a way to capture the lovely surfaces on those ceramic hippo balls. Wish me luck!