Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Winner Today!

So excited...just won SCDiva's December Blog Giveaway! Lynda has some awesome giveaways and this month was a $25 gift certificate to her Etsy Store. I am still debating on what to purchase with my certificate. I love her tutorials and her creations are beautiful! Lynda has some beautiful holiday creations and a new tutorial on Faux Bone and Ivory...such a tough decision. Here is a sample:

 Gorgeous holiday necklace!

 Well, just went back to her shop and I am thinking the tutorial is a definite choice. I am always looking for new tutorials to improve on my skills and I have been eyeing this tute since Lynda announced it on her blog. Lynda has decided on hosting challenges (regardless of the artistic medium) next year instead of giveaways. I figure this tutorial will come in handy! Please, if you have a chance go on over to her Etsy shop, she has many beautiful creations available...perfect for the holidays!  Thank you so much, Lynda!

Well, I am off to put more items up on my ArtFire studio...Black Friday is coming up and Cyber Monday as well. I am planning on having 20% off with free shipping...time to get back to work! 

Thank you all for stopping by today! Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Face Cane Workshop

I had a blast this past weekend! I took a 2-day workshop with Barbara McGuire on Face Caning. I learn so much every time a take a class with Barbara. This is my second class with Barbara McGuire. The first one was on flower canes and dragonfly canes. I didn't realize how much went into a face cane. I learned so much about tinting, shading, forms, and reducing canes. Our guild (AZPCG) and two of our talented guild members hosted the workshop here in Phoenix. Here are a few pictures from our workshop.

Barbara explaining the process. First we worked on the eyes, then the lips, then the nose, and then the eyebrows and cheeks.

Here is Barbara's cane almost assembled.

These are the eyes and lips that I made.

My finished cane...ready to be reduced.

This is a slice off the end of the cane.

And this is my face finally reduced. I was very happy with the face that I made. I was so worried to cut into it after I reduced it, especially since I had to leave the workshop early on Sunday night and I finished it at home. Many thanks to Barbara who was super patient with all of us!

Well, thanks for stopping by to look at my face cane. Have an awesome day! 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fun with Mokume Gane

First, I want to thank all the veterans out there for their sacrifice! God bless them!

I guess it is also a lucky day as well...have to go and buy a lottery ticket on 11-11-11!  Looking forward to next year since my birthday lies on the 12th of December (12-12-12)...we shall see!  These past few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. I don't know how I managed to get one thing done, but I actually did get something done! I have been working on some necklaces and earrings for my studio. The bad thing is that I don't want to part with them...isn't that terrible?  I love playing around with Mokume gane so I made a few pendants and some earrings. Here is some of the creations that I came up with using that cane.

Love this style...have to make some more of these earrings!

This pendant is two-dimensional. I took a several pieces of the Mokume gane and laid them on top of each other and ran it through the pasta machine and out pops this beautiful design! Then I baked, sanded and buffed it. I then wedged a small piece of clay between the Mokume gane sheet and the black embossed sheet for a two-dimensional look. I am thinking that I have to make some more of these too. I still have another one on my work table that I made using rounds. Well, I have to get back to work!  I also have a polymer clay class with Barbara McGuire this weekend. I will be learning how to make a face cane which is something that I have always wanted to try...should be fun!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!