Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sneak Peek: PC Covered Spice Jars

Well, just as I promised, here is a sneak peek of my polymer clay covered spice jars. I have been working on these every time I have a few hours to play with clay which has not been very much these past weeks. I can usually get one done in a couple of hours without interruptions and then tack on the baking time and another hour for smaller details which I usually do another day. I have been doing them in stages. First, I do the transfer image, then I make a skinner blend to somewhat match the colors in the transfer image...then frame the the image with the blend. Two sides of the spice jar have the images and the other sides have stamped polymer clay. I first tried making one to see how it would look like and I posted it in an earlier post. I figure these would make great containers for toothpicks, beading needles, etc. There are a total of 25 of us going to the retreat, so these are only half of them...still working on the rest. I have had fun making them. I hope people will like them. I am excited to see what everyone made and/or donated for the goody bags. That is one of the best things about the retreat!

Well, back to work on some more!  Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Beads from Norma's Clay

My beads from Norma's Clay arrived several days ago. I have been wanting to show them off but my internet has been down two days in a row...mostly in the afternoon from 12-5 (plus my hubby hogs the computer when he gets home from work), so they must working on something in my neighborhood.  My mornings are spent watering the lawn. We've also had record heat here for the past two days...115/116 temperatures! I still have two more weeks of physical therapy which cuts into my studio and computer time, but my knee is mending quite nicely. I was excited to get my beads from they are!

The far bottom right pendants are presents from Norma...isn't she sweet!  So, I will be designing a piece using the these as the focal beads for the Bead Soup Blog Party.

These are kind of earthy...which will be a little stretch for me, but I have already started and I like the looks of my piece so far. It is funny how some people tend to work with certain colors. My colors tend to be purple, greens and blues. So, it is fun playing around with colors that you don't typically use. That is why I love challenges!  It makes you think outside the box and I need to practice that a whole lot more...but I am learning. I love that little owl that Norma made, it's adorable! And well, I have a fondness for dragonflies so, I'd say they are both perfect gifts. Thank you Norma!  Well, back to my studio. I plan on taking pictures of those spice jars I will probably post those tomorrow if I don't have repeat of the last few days without the internet...ugh!

Thanks for stopping by and have a super day! Stay cool!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Polymer Clay Meets Metal

I was overdue for another post. I had wanted to finish another piece before posting my latest creations, but I am afraid that piece will have to I decided to post two of my latest creations. About a month ago, I came across an interesting post on Art Bead Scene, Finding Worth Finding: Russian Goldplate Filigree (one of my favorite blogs that I follow). There was a link to a tutorial on Cagework Beadery Miriam Haskell style...this intrigued me. I have been trying to figure out ways in which I could incorporate polymer clay and filigree together. So, I went down to one of my favorite stores, Michael's and bought some filigree while I waited for the filigree that I ordered. In one of my pieces, I weaved the beads as instructed on the tutorial.

It is fairly simple. The tutorial mentions using another filigree to cover the wire. I happened to use polymer clay to cover the wire.

I haven't decided what I will make with them...brooches or necklaces. I am sure it will come to me in time. But, time I do not have...between doctor appointments, physical therapy, and house stuff, and other projects, it will have to wait a little while longer. Perhaps if I wait a little longer, you all can give me some suggestions on what to do with them.

Well, almost ready to give you a sneak peak of my polymer clay covered spice jars. I have a couple more and I will be half done...I know, working till last hour on these. I have received several nice compliments on them...mostly from family members, which is nice.

Well, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner

I am so excited to be participating in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party! This is the second one this year. I missed out on the first one and this time I made sure I didn't miss out on this one. I had a great time looking at all the lovely creations from the last one. Well, Lori partnered me up with the talented, Norma from Norma's Clay. Norma is a Puertorrican artisan in the art of polymer clay. She has been claying a little longer than I have and her work is beautiful. I have been following her blog for awhile now, so she is actually not a complete her work! Norma designs some beautiful polymer clay covered pens. Here are a few items from her Etsy store.

And she also designs some beautiful this one!

I am pleased that Lori partnered me up with another artist that does polymer clay. I can hardly wait to see what Norma sends me! I will post the photos of the beads when I receive them.
Meantime, I am back to working on covering those spice jars...half-way done. Maybe, I will give you all a sneak peek at some of them. I have to take some photos first, so give me a few days.

Thanks for stopping by and if you get a chance, please check out Norma's Clay on Etsy!
Have a great weekend!