Sunday, May 8, 2016

Simple Polymer Clay Necklaces

Lately I have been on a roll in creating polymer clay necklaces. Sometimes I find it somewhat difficult in designing necklaces for family members because you don't want to disappoint them. It has been that way with my daughter because she has a certain style. She likes simple things but she does love handmade items. So, I finally got around to creating her some necklaces and matching earrings. I thought Mother's Day would be a good day to give them to her.

This past week, I also participated in the FIMO 50 World Project. They extended the registration time, so I was able to create two tiles for this wonderful project. To read all about this project, just click on FIMO 50 World Project. It was wonderful to see all the beautiful tiles that were created from around the globe! Here are the tiles that I created: 

From the quote: "Love, like a river, will cut a new path
whenever it meets an obstacle."

Mosaic Stepping Stone

Since we are celebrating 50 years, I decided to create some tiles that had to do with my creative journey over the years. It began with beading (first stepping stone) and then I was introduced to polymer clay and the doors swung open. It was not only fun but therapeutic for me. I quickly found out how generous the polymer clay community is in sharing their love for this medium. I learned from instructors, from members of my guild, and from all the sharing that happens on polymer clay groups on Facebook.  I found out there is no such thing as "mistakes" in this medium, sometimes our "mistakes" end up becoming some wonderful surprises. I will say that it is a learning experience and it is fun exploring your creative side. I am thankful that I have a hobby where I can use my hands and creativity, and also have an opportunity to bless someone. 

And since today was Mother's Day, I will share a gift I received from my grand kids. I am truly blessed! Is this not cute or what? 

I hope all the moms out there had a Happy Mother's Day as well. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Polymer Clay, Dies & Cut Outs

I have been having some fun using dies and cut outs with polymer clay, thanks to a polymer clay buddy of mine who let me borrow her sets to try them out. They are definitely on my wish list!!

I recently took a class with the wonderful Meg Newberg on Indigo Shibori Canes, and I was looking for a way to use one of my canes from her class, so I decided to use one of the canes in working with the dies and cut-outs. I was able to make two sets of pendants and earrings using the dies and cut-outs. These were made using the Long Cone Trio.

Top portion of pendant is Hidden magic technique
and the bottom portion is the Indigo Shibori Cane

Similar in pattern but the not the of the reasons I love polymer clay, because you can always create a "one of a kind" piece. 

I also wanted to use the Long Capsule Die as well and at the same time make a necklace and earrings to match a blouse that I recently purchased. 

Hidden magic technique and Mica shift

I absolutely love designing jewelry for my wardrobe!!  I will say that there is some sanding and buffing with this method in order for your pendants to shine beautifully. I really like the finished pieces and there are many ways to design a necklace using these dies and cut-outs. I barely touched the surface on what you can do with Dan's wonderful The Cutting Edge Dies and Cut-Outs.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! And a big thank you to my friend Bonnie for allowing me the time to play with her sets of dies and cut-outs!! 

Friday, March 18, 2016

A Fish Swap

I must say it has been awhile yet again...getting to be a regular thing with me these days. Well, I have been busy on making polymer clay creations, but there is just not enough time to blog about them unfortunately.

I recently participated in a fish swap hosted by the International Polymer Clay Swaps on Facebook. My partner was the wonderful Heather MacDougall D'Entremont. She is always such a generous partner. Here is what she sent me:

A lovely fish portrait with stand, a PC bead,
as well as some beads for my grandchildren to string.

I really love what Heather sent me and I know my grandchildren will love these beads. Now to come up with an idea for that wonderful bead she sent me. I love participating in swaps because it is like Christmas all over again! 

This is what I sent Heather: 

"Fish" window decor, fish earrings, 
and a small fish tile.

I am so glad that she loved the fish window decor. I used Kroma Crackle on paint, an eye cane for the eye of the fish, and I used translucent clay and applied some inks to tint the clay for the midsection of fish. I had these glass marbles and I hung one at the bottom of the fins with a regular fishing barrel swivel. For the earrings I used pan pastels and stencils. I had fun making this swap and I usually don't go for fish! 

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by to see my creations!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Stenciled Polymer Clay Jewelry and A Polymer Clay Project

I totally forgot to post my stenciled polymer clay creations that were inspired by Iris Mishly's free YouTube video on faux silk screening on polymer clay using stencils. I took them to my guild so I could show how I made my creations using stencils. So here they are in this collage:

I don't think that I am done playing around with stencils. I still think there is more to this technique and I plan on experimenting with it a little further. I even used part of this technique for a project that I have been working on this past week. I volunteered to decorate a letter for my little town of Surprise community. This letter is part of a signage that is going up in front of a small gallery at our city hall. I chose the letter "T" to decorate with polymer clay and since I love mosaic themes, I decided to do this letter in that theme.

Can you pick out some of the details? I used the new Scupley Opal clay, faux turquoise, canework, brass and copper pieces. I also used some polymer clay techniques like Mokume Gane and polymer clay stenciling. I embossed the round copper piece and applied some ink to it and with the small square brass tiles I added a little of the Gilder's paste. This project lasted about a week in between watching my grandkids this past week and running errands. Lately this grandma has been busy with both sets of grandkids but I don't mind...I love it! At least I can get in some of my walking steps in too!  I have started to walk about 4.5 miles a day (4-5 times a week) in hopes of losing some of the weight I gained over that past 6 months.

Well thanks for stopping by to see some of my creations! Have a super weekend!!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Little Christmas Polymer Clay Cheer

Wow...can't believe 6 months have past since my last post!! It has been way too long but I won't go into sad details only to say I had to say goodbye to two wonderful people in my life. Life certainly gets busy and pulls us in many directions, up and down.

Christmas time is one of my all-time favorite holidays, so it was simple to come up with some polymer clay pieces. This first creation was a holiday necklace that I made for our church's Women's Christmas Tea. I had four other necklaces that I donated and added this Christmas themed one to the bunch.

The next creation is an interchangeable bracelet I made for a Christmas exchange for our polymer clay guild Christmas party today. I will definitely need to make more of these.

Left over Mokume Gane beads ready to give to Beads of Courage

 I also created these earrings for some dear friends of mine for Christmas. I am going to have to make some for me as well. These earrings were done with stencils and Pan Pastels. They were fun to make. I have to thank Iris Mishly PolyPediaOnline free tutorials on YouTube, "How to create quick polymer clay quick silk screen patterns with stencils".  I am starting to collect quite a few to come up with some more ideas!

Thank you for stopping by. I know I took off quite a few months from posting on my blog, but I am glad to be back. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fun Shapes in Polymer Clay

Well, I am finally back to post a picture of my next challenge. Yes, I am running behind now due to illness, home construction, and grand babies, but I will catch up.

I posted a fun shape for a polymer clay pendant on my last post and I made more shapes to go with that pendant. I recently bought one of Melanie Muir's shape templates for an online class which I am waiting to do with a polymer clay buddy of mine since we both purchased the same class. In the meantime, I thought I would have some fun trying out this shape template. I am in the process of creating two pieces that I am donating for an auction back in my home state to help a friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This necklace is my challenge for week # 21 of the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge and one of the necklaces that I will be donating for the auction.

Faux shell and Faux red abalone shell pendants

I also created some earrings to match this piece, here they are with the piece that I created. I would have done matching earrings, but I thought these carved round beads would be an excellent match. Plus, you can wear them with another outfit and necklace! 

Earrings: Carved cinnabar round beads

I had some little challenges this week. My toaster oven spiked and burned the first set of pendants, so I had to start all over. That has not happened to me in a long while. I was angry because I was on the last stage of baking them. It is tough when you work hard at something and then have to throw it away and start over...not fun at all. Well, I am off to start on the second necklace...wish me luck! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 International Button Swap

I finally received my buttons from the International Button Swap on Facebook! I am sorry to say we had a small amount of participants for this swap, but we made the best of it. There were five participants (including our host) in this button swap. I made about 16 sets of buttons (5 per card) for a total of 80 buttons!! I had originally created a collage of all my buttons, but there were too small to see in the collage, so I grouped them in two sets.

All packaged

Since we did not have enough participants, 7 packages of buttons were returned back to me. I figure I can always sell them or give them away as gifts! These were the buttons that I received: 

Buttons from Maggie Champion

Buttons from Pat Lacey

Buttons from Heather MacDougall d'Entremont (our host)

Buttons from Bonnita Moaby

Such wonderful buttons from talented artists!!

Heather was sweet to include a gift as well, she sent me a lovely pin! 

Many thanks to Heather for being our host!! I finally have an appreciation for button making buttons! These are the most that I have ever made! 

On another topic, I thought I would have had plenty of time to sneak in another polymer clay challenge this week for the 2015 PCChallenge. Between construction and getting ready to go on vacation, it left very little time. I am hoping to catch up when I return. 

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome day!!