Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paper Clip Swap Part 2

I survived my demo last Saturday despite how tired I was last week. I think it went well and I am hoping to see if any of the members complete a mask before our next meeting.  I thought I would show the paper clips from our guild swap from last Saturday. I love receiving creations from our guild members...that is the best part of being a member of the guild. We have so many talented artists in our guild. It is also fun to see what everybody comes up with for the swap.

These are fantastic paper clip/book marks! Everyone did such a great job!  Well, I am busy working on my creations for the goody bags...a long process. I sure hope I get them done in time...can you tell, I am having a little anxiety. I've also been having problems with my blogspot. I had to remove my "Followers" gadget because I couldn't post any comments on some other blogposts and even mine! It's difficult when you can't talk to an individual to fix the problem. I ended up going to a forum and after going through several of them, someone mentioned that deleting this gadget would fix the problem that I was experiencing...sorry to hear other people having the same problem.   I am a little perturbed about deleting my followers, because it is always nice to see who is following you. Oh well, at least now I can reply to comments on my blog.

Well, back to work. Have a great weekend and stay cool! Yesterday, we had 114 degree weather!  Usually, I see a lot of ants in my garden...I think they must be hibernating to try and stay cool.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Paper Clip Swap

I always look forward to our monthly guild meetings. Besides giving a demo this Saturday, I am also participating in a paper clip swap. There were only eight of us this time which made the project very easy to complete. I have never done a paper clip swap, so deciding what to put on the paper clip took some time. The first batch I did, I wasn't sure if they were too big, but I liked the idea of giving each of  the participating members a collector's item. I have dozens of stamps. My mother-in-law used to collect them. So, being the only daughter-in-law, she gave them to me. I store them in a box because I never got around to putting them in an album...perhaps some day I will. I have seen artists use stamps with clay. So, why not try them on the paper clips. Here is what I came up with...they may be a little big but they turned out great.

Since, I wasn't sure if these were the appropriate size, I decided to make another batch. I recently received Julie Picarello's new book with tons of ideas and techniques to use with Mokume Gane.

So, I took some of her techniques and put them to good use. These are a few that I created. I am thinking that the right ones look a little patriotic...just in time for the 4th of July!

These were slightly smaller that my first batch. Hopefully, the members will like them especially since they will be getting not one but two from me!

Well, enjoy your weekend and stay cool! It is hotter than hot here in sunny Arizona...please keep the people in the fire's path in your prayers...we still have 3 wildfires going!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Masquerade Display Masks and Brooches

Well, it has been awhile since I posted anything. I have been really busy...mostly gardening and trying to get ready for a guest who will be staying with us for some time. Not only that, I am participating in paperclip swap at our guild (AZPCG) this coming Saturday. I actually made two different kinds...couldn't decide on which one I liked the most. I plan to post them on Friday or Saturday. Meantime, I am also working on getting my demo ready for our guild meeting as well. Some of the members really liked the mask I made for a challenge on Polymer Clay Smooshers awhile back ago. So, I decided to do a demo on masks for our guild and I wanted to come up with other ideas to incorporate into the demo. Last month I rented an older issue of Belle Armoire, Art to Wear (Spring 2001) from our guild. An artist by the name of Carol Heppner gave a nice tutorial on how to make Mardi Gras Mask Brooches using WireForm. I decided to try out the tutorial but instead of using the WireForm, I decided to use the same procedure I used to make my Masquerade Mask that I made for the polymer clay challenge. Instead of the WireForm, I used regular small metal tubes to shape my masks. These were fun to make and there is no sanding!  These brooches are about 1 1/2" to 2".

Now for the displays masks, this is the first display mask that I created for the challenge.

This is a second display mask that I created for this Saturday's demo using some different techniques.

A string of beads are included on this mask instead of the ribbon.

I am still in the process of creating something for our goody bags for our guild's fall retreat...hopefully I will get them all done before August arrives.  Next month, I am having knee surgery and I will be in crutches for two whole weeks. I am hoping that I will find time or be able to play with clay during that time. It is not a good day if your hands are not busy with clay and creating art...ask any clayer! 

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!