Sunday, February 19, 2012

Canes and More Canes Part 1

These are the canes that I received at our guild's cane swap on Saturday. They are all beautiful! I can hardly wait to make something with each of them, which is the beauty of participating in a cane swap...a lot of work but well worth it! Just look at all these canes! A lot goes into making a cane. You have to choose colors that will compliment one another, you have to come up with a design and put it together, and be able to reduce the cane so you are able to use it.

We have very many talented artists in our guild (AZPCG) and we are so lucky to have many new members that are enthusiastic and are contibuting to our guild as they learn more and more techniques. Participating in challenges not only helps to increase the artist's potential but also helps in perfecting skills.  I realize the more you practice at creating and reducing canes, the less difficult it becomes...I won't say easy, because I am not there yet. Well, this week I plan to make some items using the canes that I received, just not sure which will be the first cane that I will use. My mind is already swirling with ideas!  Plus, I have to get busy making another pair of earrings!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Cane Swap

I finally got all my canes done for our guild (AZPCG) cane swap but my pasta machine bit the dust after finishing the last cane! It was not an Atlas, but I did come across an Atlas and I plan to send that in to get the blades redone so I can easily take them apart for easier cleaning. I think I have gone through several pasta machines since I took up polymer clay...hoping the Atlas will last longer for me, we shall see.

Here are the canes that I created for the swap. We had to make 12 (I was corrected yesterday, thank goodness I made some extra canes, originally was 11!) canes for the swap, each being at least 3" long and the diameter of a quarter coin. My kaleidoscope canes were huge, so I was able to get 4 canes out of one huge cane. The translucent canes turned out beautifully!  I was able to get 6 petal canes from one medium size cane so I split them and made two sets each having 3 petal canes and one center.  The blue striped flower cane only made one. I ended up using a lot of translucent clay to pack it and it was difficult to reduce for me, because I usually leave them as petal canes rather than one larger flower. This is the huge reason that I left the translucent flower canes as petal canes and the last striped flower cane as a petal cane too. Plus, I think you can use them for more projects if left as petals, and they are much easier to slice thin!

          Kaleidoscope cane and a Striped Flower Cane          

 Kaleidoscope cane and a Shape Shifting cane

    Translucent Flower Petal Cane with a touch of Gold      

                  Translucent Flower Petal Cane with a touch of Silver

Striped Flower Petal Cane

I also included a sample of what can be done with the cane that I created. These creations below are examples of what can be done with each of the canes. All were sanded and buffed for a nice shine! I sure hope everyone likes the canes that I made and the sample creations as well.



I also came across these great cupcake boxes at Michael's and thought they could be used to package the canes (which are also wrapped with plastic wrap and sealed in a baggie).

It took me several weeks to get all of these done. It was fun, but I think it will be awhile before I do another cane swap. I won't show you the diasaster I have in my studio because it is quite messy! I have so many cane ends...guess it is time to make several scrap canes and definitely more translucent canes (for me this time around)! I am also looking forward to all the canes that I will be receiving. I will post them once I figure out what I am going to do with them...that should be fun!

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

The most beautiful things in the world are not seen nor touched. They are felt with the heart.
-- Helen Keller

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I created this heart just for Valentine's Day and used a great new program for editing that I came across today, thanks to Lorelei Eurto (who shared it on FB).  I am thinking since we no longer have PicnikPixlr is going to be a nice replacement. Thank you Lorelei, for sharing it!

There are so many lovely handmade items on Etsy and ArtFire...hope you purchased your sweetheart something handmade with love!

Oh, almost forgot, these are the next pair of earrings that I created for the 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge. I am still working hard on those canes for our swap and I will post the pictures in a few days.

 I had to play with Pixlr one more time!

Have an awesome day! If you don't have a sweetheart to share it with, bless somebody today with a nice will come back to you two-fold! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Two More Pair of Earrings and A Cane Swap

I am happy to say that the earring challenge continues...two more done!  I am also participating in a cane swap for my guild. Now, I struggle with canework. I guess, I am too much in a hurry to put the dang thing together, which is my downfall. But, I thought it would be a good challenge for me since I am trying to participate in more challenges this year. I started with a Kaleidoscope cane (which is one of the easiest for me), but I didn't like how it looked put together at first. So, I was a little impatient and tried putting the whole thing together and ruined it. Luckily for me it is turning out to be a great scrap cane.
Here is the beginnings of my cane:

Now when I went to put it together, I lost some of the detail and just didn't like it as much. I tried arranging it before I reduced the triangles more and well, needless to say, it was difficult to reduce after that. I tried to salvage what I could but in the end it was a lost cause. Everything is a learning experience and practice makes "almost" perfect. So, I am back in the studio working on some more. I am working on some flower petals, and other canes this week. I need to have 11 canes done for the swap. If I can make a long one, I can probably fit two or three canes (3 inches long, quarter coin size), so far that hasn't happened for me.  If I don't get back to post for awhile, you will know why.
In the meantime, I managed to get these lovelies done for the 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge...see if you can tell what cane I used for one of the pairs of earrings (nothing goes to waste with polymer clay)...yup, my kaleidoscope cane. It made a nice swirl bead! Hahaha!

These earrings are hung with brass wire and rubber glass tubing. And the little filigree with the swarovski flat back crystals in the center swirl around too!  I finally came up with great way of hanging some of my earrings. I will definitely use this again!

This pair of earrings is from another cane that was too small...hate when that happens, but it has beautiful 18k gold specks in it. I finally was able to use these lovely czech flower petal beads! Yay!

Well, thanks for stopping by...always nice to share my ups and downs with somebody. Have an awesome day!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Earrings and My New Addiction to Pinterest

If you haven't gotten hooked on Pinterest, you soon will be...I'm certainly hooked! Which is one of the reasons, I haven't posted anything on my blog. I came across it a week or so ago, even though I already knew about it for months...just thought it would be another time-consuming thing added to my already busy schedule, so I put it off. I was searching for polymer clay tutorials for our guild newsletter and went to visit my friend, Cara Jane's Pinterest link and from there, there was no turning back! So, I now have one and you can click on my "Welcome to My Blog" and it will take you to my Pinterest.
I actually did get some work done in the past few weeks, believe it or not. I managed to finish a Faux Bone PC bracelet and finish not one but two earrings for my 52 Pairs of Earrings Challenge. I am almost caught up with everyone else on the earring challenge. Hopefully, I will get another pair done this weekend, if I can pull myself away from my computer and Pinterest.

Faux Bone PC Bracelet strung with elastic cording and beads (Inspired by SC Diva's Faux Bone Tutorial)

This Valentine's necklace was another entry that I submitted for the Polymer Clay Smooshers February Challenge (Toner Transfer Image Technique).

And, here are some more earrings for the 52 Pairs of Earrings Challenge that I created.

Polymer Clay Cane on Filigree, hammered wire, and polymer clay beads.

These are actually glow in the dark earrings (Polymer Clay cane, beads, and chain).

Well, back to the studio for me. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!