Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's Raining, It's Snowing

We had some good rain the last few days (temps in the low 80's) and snow in northern, Arizona, (Flagstaff). Since, all we got was rain here in the valley, yesterday I decided it would be good time to make my own snow...that is, polymer clay snowmen. For some reason, cloudy weather really revs up my creative mojo. I was inspired by Cindy Lietz's Snowman bead tutorial that was featured a week ago. I loved her snowman and I decided that I would personalize my snowmen and also make them into Christmas ornaments, something new for my ArtFire studio. Since, I have curly hair, I thought my snowmen should too...thank goodness for wire!

I made one ornament for my grandbaby, Ella. Figure I can personalize these ornaments with the year and name.

Just finished this one this morning. Can you tell that I am addicted?

Made this little snowman pendant and added the glass snowflake which I think I purchased at Michael's last year which I finally getting around to using them.

Thank you Cindy for this inspiration!  Sometimes I just need a little push. I have been wanting to get these done but with my hands in so many projects, well, I can say is, glad that the Lord gave me great weather to just stay inside and get all my projects done! Well, now to put these up on my shop...that will take a few days.

Thank you all for stopping by and have a great day! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

ABS October Challenge: A Hedgehog in a Landscape

This month's Art Bead Scene Challenge is titled, "A Hedgehog in a Landscape".

A Hedgehog in a Landscape by Giovanna Garzoni


This is the color pallete we needed to follow.
The challenge was to come up with a design based on this painting and color pallete using at least one art bead.

And this is the multi-strand necklace that I created for this Challenge: Wintery Leaves



I created this ivory-colored polymer clay leaf pendant. I added a little white glitter to give it a wintery effect. The acorns, round mauve colored beads and cone-shaped beads were also made by me. Some metal tendrils add a nice touch to the wintery leaf pendant. I think this necklace is perfect to wear in the fall or winter. I think it would look great with a sweater...just in time for the holidays! 

There are many beautiful entries...please, if you have some time, head over to their Flicker group and view all the lovelies!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Polymer Clay Delights

Halloween is just around the corner and all the haunted houses and cornfield mazes are pretty busy. I have never attended any of these since I'm not much of a fan of scary stuff...I prefer not to pee in my pants, thank you. I actually celebrate Fall Harvest instead, with lots of pumpkins, leaves, and cute little scarecrows...much safer that way. But for today, I will be sharing some great Halloween treasures made by some of our very talented Polymer Clay Smooshers for our blog roll topic titled, "Halloween". Enjoy!

This cool Halloween pendant was created by MandarinMoon.

Here is an adorable creation from Buttonwilloe: a miniature black cat and jack-o-lantern
 http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/buttonwilloe/1861019/miniature_black_cat_with_jack-o-lantern____1_inch_in_diameter/handmade/dolls___miniatures/animals/polymer_clay

Here is a fantastic jack-o-lantern jar made by CreativeCritters, and the ghost glows in the dark!

This awesome steampunk bat pendant was created by DesertRubble.

And this cute little witchy mouse with Boo banner was created QuernusCrafts.


This little guy is just way too cute...so I had to show its backside! All of these creations would absolutely be great for Halloween...to wear or to display on a table or desk. Please take some time and take a look at these studios and many more from our Polymer Clay Smooshers...click here to see the whole listing of studios.

And if you are one who loves spooky things like attending haunted houses, don't forget to take an extra pair of underwear!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

AZPCG 2011 Polymer Clay in the Pines Retreat, Part II

I finally was able to unpack my polymer clay stuff and clean up my studio somewhat...plus finish our quarterly guild newsletter. I think I took everything but the kitchen sink up to our retreat! Here are some things that I made up in the retreat.


Some Halloween pendants which I plan to list on my ArtFire studio.

 Some cross pendants...which I also plan to list on my ArtFire studio.
 Canes

Pendant and beads that I made using the above cane.

Earrings...these are cute and I will have to make more! 

 Some disc pendants...thinking about using them for some bracelet designs.

Mokume Gane pendant and beads

I just finished the above piece. I still have plenty of cane to make some more creations. I am really happy with way it turned out. I also made quite of few transfer images to use for some future pendants. All in all, I think I made some great creations up at the retreat. These are some of the things I learned through demonstrations up at the retreat:
  • Basket weave, Metallic Ribbon (using Lumiere Paints and glitters)
  • Transfer images
  • How to make a Slide knot
  • Proper way to apply Magic Glos
  • How to make a totally new cane out of an old cane
  • Proper way to reduce a cane
  • How to make kumihimo braids
As you can see, our retreat was jam packed with great demos and plenty of time to work with clay. I came back inspired and ready for the upcoming holidays! 

Thanks for stopping to see all the fun I had up at our retreat!  Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

AZPCG 2011 Polymer in the Pines Retreat, Part I

Well, I am back from a great weekend in the pines. Unfortunately, I am still unpacking my polymer clay tools and nursing a sore lower back which could be due to sleeping in bunkbeds. That was probably the only downside of the whole trip. Our goody bags were a hit again especially since mostly all the goodies were handmade by each of our members. Some useful items were also donated to the bags as well. Here are some pictures.

We had this plastic bag with all these goodies in it. Some of the handmade items were neatly packaged.

Some of the smaller items: Key chain, brooches, pendants, and small tools.

A handmade item (flower pot)

A mini flexible mold donated by Penni Jo Couch (Best Flexible Molds).
 And a neat magnetic tool to pick up fallen blades. The magnets are at each end of the tool.

A carving hand tool

A cardholder and blade holder, plastic gloves, and wooden beads.


A Kumihimo necklace

Nice small containers for beads, findings, glitter, and a bar of Scupley clay.

A giant scraper with a nice PC covered handle.

A small mirror...this is the backside of it.

A PC covered box.

This handmade tool is for attaching your clay at the end to make a texture or type of a mold. I will have to demonstrate this later for you. A pretty neat tool to have.

As you can see we have some very talented artists in our guild. Please give me a few more days to unload the rest of my stuff and I will show you some of the highlights of our retreat and some creations that I made. I just had to show you all these first. A lot of work went into each of these items. We had several days of beautiful cool weather with one afternoon of rain!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!