Friday, June 29, 2012

Polymer Clay Smooshers Ocean Theme Challenge: Seashell Frenzy

We have been in the triple digits for the past week and I am trying to cool down anyway I can. I thought participating in the Polymer Clay Smooshers Monthly Theme would help a little since this month's theme is anything to do with OCEAN. Boy, would I give anything to be at the beach right now. I am an early riser and usually get up at 5:30 AM to walk to my Curves gym, but lately I have decided to skip the walk. The temperature is up in the low 80's by 6 AM!  I love everything about the beach and would love to learn how to scuba dive one of these days before I get too old to try it out. One of my favorite things to do at the beach is to walk on the beach and hunt for sea shells that wash up from the ocean. So, I thought wouldn't it be neat to glue some tiny seashells on a polymer clay pendant and enclose them with some resin...something fun to wear and casual. No beach close by, so I went to Hobby Lobby and they had a nice collection of seashells!

I  found a little white stone dolphin bead in my bead stash to go with this fun piece. I also came across some white silver plated netted round beads which I thought would look nice with necklace...something that dangles and gives a little movement to the necklace.

Decided to call this piece, "Let's Splash" because of the dolphin.

And I didn't stop there, I came across some beautiful digital images from one of my favorite Etsy stores, Aenota. She has some beautiful digital images!  I usually like adding semi precious stones or seed beads to many of my pieces but the pendant was perfect by itself, though I did add a couple of mood beads...perfect on cable cording. 

"Ocean Blue"

I was glad that I had a little extra time to participate in a Polymer Clay Smooshers Challenge. It had been way too long since the last time and I am glad I had time to make two creations!  Our photos for this challenge will be up soon, so head on over to Polymer Clay Smooshers blog and check out the other entries! 

Well, this is it for me, today I started packing up my studio stuff to get ready for construction and vacation. In few days, I will hopefully be in cooler weather!  I will be back in three weeks time depending how fast I have my studio up and running again after construction. Next on my agenda is Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party!! Yeah! 

Take care and thanks for stopping by...have an awesome day! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Can't Wait to Check the Soup!

I actually ended up with a little more time for a few more blog posts before I leave for vacation. I managed to get my beads all together for my Bead Soup Partner, Kelly Hosford Patterson from PyxeeStyx, Traveling Sideshow and I can't wait to get them shipped off to her later this week. I am excited to participate in Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Hop Party this summer! There are 399 attendees, that is quite a number...beat our last record! Lori was generous and wanted to include as many artists so there are three reveal dates. I opted for the later reveal date (Aug.25th) since I will be out of town the early part of July plus construction going on at home.
I am so excited to have Kelly Hosford Patterson from PyxeeStyx, Traveling Sideshow. Kelly is a Mixed-Media Textural Artist. She specializes in Eco-couture in which she utilizes many recyclable materials to create one-of-kind pieces. I only wish I had her imagination, definitely would love to reuse a lot of items that I have on hand!  

Hand spun and hand woven halter top with a nuno felted silk skirt which was hand dyed in the microwave using grape Koolaid! How awesome is that...never would have guessed that!  I wish I still had a nice figure, I wouldn't mind wearing that skirt! 

Love, love this cuff!

Check out this Bohemian style copper bracelet! 

"La Fleur de la Mer" - sea urchin blossom pendant...beautiful! 

As you can see, Kelly is very creative and quite talented! She will definitely have me thinking outside the box which is a good thing for me...I love challenges! To check out more of Kelly's work, you can go to her Etsy Store, PyxeeStyx~Traveling Sideshow and to see a nice slideshow of her work you can click here!

If you have time head on over to Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog to see the list of attendees and reveal dates! I hope you can all join us in the blog hopping...should be a whole lot of fun! 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Getting Back to My Latin Roots

Lately, I have been having a blast with wire and polymer clay. One of our guild members, Kathy Canuel (Paper Sensei) gave us a thorough demonstration on wire wrapping at our last monthly guild meeting. I made a couple pair of earrings which I gave away in late May, early June. Here is a picture of one the of the pairs.

I was trying to get these done in a hurry and noticed I was short on crystals on one pair, so I had to take the wire-wrapping out and start over...good lesson to learn, make sure to count the number of beads/crystals used. This is the before picture. I am sure you can probably tell now that I pointed it out, though I am getting better at it!
The end of May, I went up to visit my brother who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was sweet to drive my hubby and I up to Santa Fe for the day. It has been about 8 plus years since I last visited Santa Fe...beautiful as always! We went to visit the church with the famous spiral staircase (Loretto Chapel) which was my second visit there.

Loretto Chapel Spiral Staircase

Old Town Santa Fe

As always, I had to go and browse at all the beautiful sterling silver Indian jewelry. Lucky for me my hubby was with me and purchased this beautiful collection for me!

This beautiful piece of jewelry was made by Lorraine Martinez (The Journey of Life) from the Santo Domingo Pueblo. Unfortunately she does not have a website or I would have included the link. Her work is absolutely stunning. She uses porcupine quills in her jewelry, and well black onyx is one of my favorite stones so I just had to have it!  Black Onyx is supposed to enhance steadfastness and determination...setting one's mind to the task which is probably why I love this stone!  I always seem to gravitate to this particular stone as opposed to Turquoise which happens to be my birthstone though I love it as well, just happen to have more Black Onyx jewelry than Turquoise jewelry.  
I also came across some Peruvian style jewelry while I was up there which got me thinking of ways to incorporate that style with polymer clay. So here are a few styles that I came up with.

These earrings are all part of the 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge.  I sure hope you all don't get tired of reading about this challenge, since right now it is all that I can keep up with these days and I will probably be running a month late again. As you can see, I have been using wire wrapping techniques and I am trying to make my own style of ear wires as well. And I am happy to say that I am half way there...up to 23 pairs of earrings (Frida Kahlo earrings are my 23rd pair)!  I wouldn't say that I am a big fan of Frida Kahlo but she is a very big part of the Mexican culture. She was actually one of the weekly themes for our challenge. Since, I am trying to get back to my Latin roots, I decided to go for it. I actually bought a bag of these paddle spears just for these Frida Kahlo earrings...guess I will have to make more Peruvian style earrings. 
Well, in about a week, I have to pack up all my polymer clay. I am having some remodeling done and there will be tons of dust which I'd rather not have on my clay and clay tools. I am also headed up to Portland, Oregon the beginning of July and then out to visit my folks while all this remodeling is getting done. I probably won't have time to write any posts for awhile but I will be back in a month or so...unless some great giveaway happens to pop up that I just have to share!  

Take care and thanks for stopping by!