Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I also ran across a site where you can virtually design you own piece of mudcloth. You can try it here. I had fun with this, but I don't believe I'll be making any real mudcloth any time soon.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
As I understand it, this is a musicians' term that means "going off to hone your skills". It's typically used by jazz musicians when they need time off to work things out. Well, since the celebrating and visiting quieted down, that's what I've been doing, woodshedding.
I'm practicing some new techniques , working out some ideas, just experimenting at a nice slow pace. I am excited to see what will will come of it. Maybe something, maybe nothing. But that's okay. The joy is definitely in the journey.
Right now, my mind it still working on slow, but my hands are getting pretty restless. So I am keeping my hands busy until my mind catches up.
And you can bet, I'll share it here. Until then.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A chance for all you bloggers out there to win a basket full of wonderful gifts! WOW! You can't pass on this unbelievable giveaway!
So here's the deal....
The Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy is having a Mother’s Day gift basket giveaway, and all you have to do for a chance to win it is…
1. Post a comment on the PCAGOE website with two links: a link to a PCAGOE item you like (just search “pcagoe team” on etsy) AND a link to your blog.
2. Agree to make a blog post about PCAGOE if you win the prize.
It’s that simple! (One entry per person. Thanks.)
Comment any time between now and midnight EST on Mother’s Day (May 10, 2009) to be entered in the drawing. A winner will be drawn on May 11.
The prize is this gift basket full of goodies from PCAGOE artists.
Visit the PCAGOE blog over the next several days to find out about the beautiful handmade items in the basket and the artists who created them.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
And earrings to match-
And more-...earrings too-There's more, but I'll stop here until another time. In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away at that pile!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Well, I guess I'll have to get to work now. Enjoy these in the meantime.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The theme for the March challenge was cane work. The winning entry is this amazing set of pomegranate cane work by Cristalline.
This gorgeous Rainbow Suncather by polymerclaycreations took second place.
Needless to say, as always there were so many fantastic entries as always. Coming in third, fourth and fifth, all within one vote of each other, were Rainstick by divadea, Madame Butterfly by beetreebyme, and Winter? I Scoff! by cocojaneandme.
Read all about the winners at PCAGOE, and the upcoming April challenge theme "faux".
Monday, March 2, 2009
Once again, another great challenge from the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE). The theme for March is canework. Here is a collection of cane work challenge entries. To view the entries close-up, you can click on the mosaic. To vote for your favorite entry, visit the PCAGOE website and complete the form at the bottom of the post then hit SUBMIT. That's it!
You could be a winner of one of the three fantastic prize packages. Prize winners will be randomly chosen from all of the voters. You can vote once between now and midnight EST on Saturday, March 7, 2009. The challenge winners will be announced on March 8 - there are prizes for the first and second place vote-getters! Thanks for voting, and good luck!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I would venture to guess I am not alone in being an artist/crafter with a collection of unfinished projects that I am going to finish "someday". Since I have not been sparked to attempt any new techniques this week, I have decided to pull out some of those unfinished projects. "Someday" has arrived.
As you can see from the sample of my collection in the photo, I have bracelets, earrings, pendants, and half painted boxes waiting for my return. I think this is a worthy endeavor for the next few days.
Of course, I'll share it all right here!
"Someday is not a day of the week." ~Author Unknown~
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Once I had cleared my head and sorted the transfers, I realized I would like to have a variety of transfers available to apply to other projects. So, if they are flexible, and light in color I will have more options when I am ready to use them. I proceeded to transfer images from each type of paper onto white clay, translucent clay, and liquid clay. Most of the images were transferred onto very thin sheets of clay.
The black and white toner copied images were easiest. Burnish, wet with alcohol, then pull off. For the color copies I used the burnish, wet with water, and SLOWLY rub off method. And last, my favorite method was applying several layers of liquid clay to the image, bake between layers, then soak in water and rub off paper. The liquid clay worked well with the magazine images. I love them! They are thin and flexible and should apply easily to a variety of projects.
In the end I would say I was somewhat successful. I finally figured out what method worked best for each type of transfer. I paid close enough attention to remember how I did each type transfer, so I will not be starting all over again next time.
And one other very important thing I learned about transferring images - patience is required.
My transfer successes!
My Bob Marley Inro with a transferred image.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This is a challenge for one - me! I love transferred images on polymer clay, and I have tried my hand at it from time to time. A real "hit and miss" endeavor I must say. I have to decided to concentrate on a few image transfer techniques this week.
So, now I will gather up all of the transfers I have collected over time, on various types of paper, needing various techniques to get the image to the clay. The first challenge will be to remember which technique goes with which transfer. I have water slide transfers, toner transfers, ink jet transfers, photo transfers,... I could go on. Once I get past that hurdle, this should be fun. Hopefully, I will get the hang of it once and for all.
Maybe I will eventually use a transferred image in to create a piece as beautiful as this one by Katherine DuBose Fuerst. Her "dragonfly II" pendant is my inspiration for yet another attempt at this. You can see more of her wonderful work here.
Check back in a few days when I will be sharing my success, or not!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Here's what she had to say:
The Dog Ate My Homework !
The PCAGOE challenge is to make an ACEO !!!
I don't know a thing about them !
I 'll need to do some serious studying !
I'll have to learn all I can asap !
But, what if I can't get this assignment finished by the deadline?
I'll just say " the dog ate my
Click here to see all the winners.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I think I have finally satisfied my texture itch. Here are a few texture plates, texture wheels, and molds I have created over the past week or so. Also, a few small textured treasures made with my newly designed texture tools. Mostly all of this was done with scrap clay too. What could be more fun! I will definitely be making a few projects with these soon.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I have bought many texture plates in my time. As a clayer I am sure I am not alone in this. Still, there are those times when I just don't have the one I really need. Don't laugh! No matter how many great tools you have, you know you are always missing the one you need right now.
So, we'll see where this week's exploration leads me. Texture plates can be made with scrap clay, baked clay, artist carving blocks, mold compounds, who knows what else. And the objects that can be used to create the designs are endless.
If you have and ideas or suggestions, I'd love to hear them. When I come up for air I will share it all here. See ya'!
Friday, January 9, 2009
My intention at the start of the week, to explore one technique, has led to my learning a few new things. I had not planned to use ink in creating these faux enamel pieces. But I ended up combining two techniques I had read about and I loved the result. The colors are deep and vibrant.
I think I had the most fun creating the texture plates. I have so many ideas for ways to use this. So no sooner than I get started, my list of things to explore grows even longer.
I am far from perfecting the faux enamel look, but now at least I have the "how-to" on file for later use.
See you next week .
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I loved the idea, plus I figured I'll make heart shapes this go round because Valentine's Day is around the corner. But, after completing a couple of surface designs I thought, "Aha! Why not create a mold from a piece that I like and use that to create the surface designs on my hearts, or whatever shape I choose".
So, I have been sidetracked for a minute making molds. Now that I have a few designs I like I can go back to faux enameling, for now. I think I will explore more mold designing next week.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I have decided on my technique for this week. I have seen many articles on creating a faux enamel look with polymer clay. That's what I'll try first. Why did I pick this? Well, the technique I'd like to try makes use of scrap clay. Don't we clayers have tons of that? The idea of making something pretty with that scrap clay appeals to me.
I have seen different variations on this. While most use liquid clay, there are different surface techniques used to get the desired effect. I am not sure which technique I like best so I'll just get started and see where this takes me. Check back in a couple of days when I share my explorations right here.
In the meantime I'll leave you with a wonderful inspiration piece I found on flickr. This faux cloissone pendant is by Sherri Sneed. You can see more of her wonderful work here.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The other challenge I'd like to dance with is actually doing something with that long list of projects and techniques I have been so eager to try. The list has gotten so long I feel overwhelmed just thinking about it. It's so easy to slide back into my comfort zone, back to what I think I know.
So where do I begin? Every journey needs a starting point. Or better yet, maybe the point is just to start. As a polymer clay aficionado I have collected more books, tools, supplies, and to-do projects than I care to count. So why not start by picking just one idea or technique and exploring it. I think I like that as a place to begin. I will pick one technique to focus on for this upcoming week. And, of course, I will share it all right here.
How's that for a start?
Happy New Year Magnets by rayfa of Etsy