Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Little Crackle!

I have been having loads of fun with Tina Holden's Crackle Tutorial! She gives several recipes in her tutorial on crackling and I gravitated to one...so I know there is still more to check out!  This tutorial couldn't have come at a better time because my mind has been blank as to what to do next for my 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge. I still have a crackled pendant and another set of earrings on my work table using this same technique. I am hoping to get them done in a few days. But, since I am still a little behind the earring challenge, thought I would post my next latest ones and show some work using this fun tutorial.

I added some brass charms behind the the crackled PC flowers which I embossed and added some alcohol inks to match the flowers.

The crackle technique worked great for these dragonflies out of PC. You can really see the crackling in these.
The resin really makes the colors pop...I've really got some crackling and popping going on! Thanks Tina for a delightful tutorial, can't wait to create some more.

Last but not least (really doesn't go with my post)...since springtime is here, thought I would post another pair of earrings that I made using a toner transfer technique on polymer clay.

Well it is back to my studio and cleanup!

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

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tree Wing Studio Bead Giveaway

Rebekah Payne from Tree Wing Studio is having a fabulous giveaway. Rebekah is a polymer clay artist and has been playing with polymer clay since 2005. She is quite talented...take a look at what she is giving away!

This is one of the three assortment of beads that she is giving away, titled "Pretty Ponies" which is my favorite! I would love to win these lovelies, and if you also want a chance at her Giveaway head on over to her blog (Tree Wing Studio) for more details on how to win these beautiful beads as well as the other assortment of beads on her blog!  Her giveaway closes on March 20th.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

March ABS Challenge

This month's ABS Challenge was based on Vincent Van Gogh's oil canvas painting, Street Scene in Montmartre: Le Moulin a Poirvre...one of my favorite artists.  

ABS later posted several color palettes thanks to contributor, Brandi Hussey on their March 6th blog post. I fell in love with this color palette, so I decided to give this challenge a try. The colors that stood out the most for me were the blues, reds, greens and browns. So, I started with the the reds and blues first, and created a stripped cane that went along with the vertical lines in the painting (the fence in the background). 

The next thing that stood out for me were the windmills, but I thought along the lines of pin wheels which spin around just like the windmill...after all we are in the windy month. So, I made a pin wheel out of polymer clay for my focal bead and attached it to a wire bezel.
And to tie in the green, I purchased some olive green suede pre-cut flower petals and added small red polymer clay beads for the centers. A little yarn and material at the bottom of the wire bezel softens the focal piece while adding additional color to the focal.

And here is my finished piece! I am not sure what to title it yet. Any suggestions? 

As always, thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog! I hope you have a creative fun day and don't blow away! 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Canes Part II

Well, I haven't been playing much with polymer clay for the last couple of weeks. I am so behind on my 52 pair of earrings challenge...just finished pair 6 this week! Actually, I am so behind on yard work as well...not sure if I am going to do a vegetable garden this year.

My pasta machine is not working the greatest these days and I shipped my other two Atlas machines to Mona Kissel for modification (removal blades) and it will take several weeks before I get them back. I did manage to get a challenge done before I went out of town last week. I submitted an entry for the Polymer Clay Smooshers March Challenge which was titled, "Celtic". It took me awhile to come up with something even though I love anything Celtic. One of these days, I would love to visit Ireland or Scotland...that would be my dream vacation. I did manage to use a lovely cane that I received from my cane swap for the piece that I submitted. The Kaleidoscope Cane was made by Evelyn Bakos, a friend of mine and a member of our Arizona guild. Her cane was added to the Celtic stamped polymer clay piece and it made a wonderful necklace and beads. Evelyn's cane just reminded me of stained glass which is just beautiful!

After returning from my short trip of visiting my folks in New Mexico, I decided to make some matching earrings to go with this Celtic necklace. And since we are pretty close to St. Patrick's Day, I made some polymer clay shamrock earrings...my 5th pair of earrings. 

The centers of the shamrocks are from another cane that I received in my cane swap. This Extruder Mod Cane was created by one of newest guild members, Dara Meunier. I absolutely love the colors she used and they work perfectly for the centers of my shamrock earrings. She did an awesome job for her first swap! 

As you can see, work has been slow for me, but I am able to incorporate some of the canes that I received in my swap. I am also hoping to speed up soon once I get my modified pasta machines from Mona. In the meantime, I will think of more creative ways to use up the rest of my canes from our guild cane swap and add some items to my studio that I keep saying that I will add to my studio but haven't. That always seems to be the last on my list...why, I don't know. 

Well, I am having a birthday party for my granddaughter, Ella on Sunday. She will be one on the 13th of this month! I've been trying to get ready for that all week! It has been fun shopping for her and I will try and post some pictures of her birthday next time. 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!