Thursday, October 4, 2012

What a Great Polymer Clay Retreat!

I got back this past Sunday from a terrific 4-5 day polymer clay retreat (AZPCG). It took me awhile to unpack everything and download some pictures of the retreat. Looks like I will have to be purchasing another rechargeable battery for my camera...just wouldn't keep the charge for very long. I have several used ones, and unfortunately they just couldn't keep up with all the picture taking. I am thankful that quite a few members took their cameras! We had several great demonstrations which kept us busy throughout the retreat.

United Christian Youth Camp--Prescott, Arizona

                                                               Inside our workroom

As you can see we definitely brought a lot of clay and tools! We had three meals a day which was way too much, but we had tons of time to play with clay! These were the two most popular canes we all wanted to try out: 1) Bettina Welker's Pixelated Retro Blend Cane...

Two different color canes

These pieces are not sanded and buffed yet. 

 2) The Barbed Wire Cane from (a Czech blog).

The original cane looks like the rectangular pieces. I took the cane and laid it out into a circle and made a hollow donut pendant and took leftovers from another barbed wire cane that I made and made a swirl bead as well. We had tons of fun with these two canes! I definitely want to try out other colors with both these canes.  The hollow donut pendants or air filled circular clay beads  (depending on which tutorial you follow) was also very popular too!

Well, I have tons of things on my To Do list which includes yard work, a guild newsletter, polymer clay earrings, and two jewelry designs.  I was excited to get picked for the Kalmbach Bead Soup Party. I received my beads just before going on my retreat. I have till the end of this month to design a piece. My bead soup came from Beads Galore.  Thank you, Beads Galore!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

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