Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Art Bead Scene Blog Challenge: Jewelry Designs from Nature

Art Bead Scene is hosting an awesome challenge based on Heather Power's book, Jewelry Designs by Nature. 

All you have to do is comment on the Art Bead Scene Blog to say that you are interested in participating. She is picking 10 participants on June head on over there (you must have a blog to participate) to get all the details of this challenge. This should be fun since she is mailing out packets of her Humblebeads just for this sweet is that!! 

Look for Heather Power's book, Jewelry Designs by Nature, it will soon be available at your local Hobby Lobby and Michaels! 

In the meantime, I have some projects on my table that need finishing. Between traveling and teaching, I haven't done much. Hopefully, will have something to talk about soon.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Few More Toner Transfer Projects

I finished some last minute additional toner transfer samples for the class that I am teaching today. It is at a retirement village (Sun City West) here in Phoenix. Some of these women probably haven't worked with polymer clay, so I am trying to make it as simple as I can get it. There are many projects out there that make use of transfers on polymer clay. From covering a tins, tiles, bottles, to making jewelry, polymer clay is a very versatile medium. I hope to get these gals hooked on polymer clay!

A covered mint tin and a pin

Bracelet (Translucent overlay)

Transferred photo of my grandchild

Pendant with Steampunk and Magic Glos Resin

It was a windy day yesterday here is Phoenix (and HOT as well), so I decided to use my UV lamp instead and wouldn't you know it, there must have been a little lint inside my lamp. So, always good to check your UV lamp for dust particles. Not sure if you can see it but there is a little piece of string on my pendant. It will be a good example to show the gals about using resin.

Well, I have got to pack for my class. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nice Giveaway on Love My Art Jewelry

Love My Art Jewelry is having a delightful giveaway: Melinda Orr's beautiful Turtle/Cross Copper/Patina Earrings. Melinda Orr's creations are awesome! She creates some beautiful copper cuffs and jewelry. How generous of her to donate these earrings especially for this giveaway. I am crossing my fingers that I win these beautiful earrings!

I've got a niece that would love these as well! Hurry and head on over to Love My Art Jewelry blog to get all the details!

For Melinda Orr's shop click HERE!  She also sells tools to create these lovelies as neat is that!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Toner Transfer Images and Lacy Wire

I have been busy working on some new creations for a class that I will be teaching in a couple of weeks. It is going to be on toner transfers on polymer clay. I love digital images especially those that I acquire on Etsy. The colors are just beautiful. I will be teaching several ways of applying toner paper images on polymer clay from easy to more challenging. There are many tutorials out there for transferring images onto polymer clay as well as beautiful work done by many gifted polymer clay artists. I have practiced enough and have found ways that suit me well. I tend to be impatient sometimes, so majority of the time, I tend to go the easy route when it comes to transferring images. By transferring an image onto clay, one can create a beautiful pendant and even earrings if you happen to have two identical small images. Here are a few projects that I have completed:

"My Lovely Rose"
This image was transferred with water onto a sheet of polymer clay with a thin speckled gold leaf translucent sheet applied over the image before baking. A filigree sandwiched in between two sheets of clay and Magic Glos applied over the baked piece.

These identical transfers were rolled onto cylinder shaped polymer clay unbaked beads and then baked. I wanted them to look like firecrackers in the little tubes, if you get where I was going with the shape of these. I am not sure if you can see the number "4" (for the 4th of July) in red clearly since the image is rolled.  They are sealed with PYM II. Even though PYM II tends to be a little more expensive compared to other sealers, I find that it is the best and quick drying.

              Transfer Earrings for the 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge
These earrings were also done with the same transfer method and sealed with PYM II. The bird earrings are hollow beads.  I added wire and pearls to the daisy post earrings. I hammered an oval metal link and sandwiched it between two sheets of clay so that part of the link is exposed just as the filigree on the top photo. I used the lacy wire techniques to wrap the wire around the link. I purchased Lacy Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee awhile ago and have just started using the techniques in the book this year. A wonderful buy and the directions are very easy to follow. I guess it always takes a challenge to start taking the books out! I love books and I tend to buy a lot of books that sometimes end up on the shelf...what can I say. I guess, I have them on my shelf so when I run out of ideas I have them available...silly me!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!