Saturday, February 23, 2013

Busy with Swaps, Part 2...and Stirring up Soup

I was so excited this past week...first snow in the downtown area, which has never happened since I have lived here in Phoenix (25 plus years). I was able to see it on the television, but I could have taken a 30 minute drive to see it in person. Phoenix weather can be really weird sometimes from our dust storms to our rain pours. We were actually expecting rain but we received rain, hail, clouds, thunder, sunshine, rainbows, and yes, snow but not the fluffy kind. Our desert and freeways were covered in white, but on my side of town, we received rain and then sunshine. So while it was snowing in the east side of town, it was sunny and windy on my side of town. People were not ready and many were still wearing shorts and flip flops, since it never really gets that cold here even in the winter.
My second surprise is that I received my texture sheet and heart from my Polymer Clay Swaps (Facebook Group) partner, Dakotah Flannery. She did say she was definitely the queen of textures and I can definitely agree with her. Here is what I received...

Three awesome texture sheets and heart!

A closeup of her beautiful heart pendant...WOW! 

Just had to check out this particular texture sheet...Yum! 

Impression of the above texture sheet 
made into a thin Mokume Gane veneer using

Some earrings to match using part of the veneer that I made.

I will definitely be using these texture sheets a lot...thank you, Dakotah!  This was a fun swap and I hope to participate more in these Polymer Clay Swaps!

My next project is Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party. I received my beautiful bead soup from my partner, Suzanne Fragiocomo, aka Fragiocomoglassart on Etsy.

Some metal spacer beads, a beautiful silver flower toggle,
glass bead spacers and glass focal bead.

A closeup of this beautiful glass focal bead.

Hopefully, I can come up with polymer clay beads that will work well with this beautiful glass bead...wish me luck!! 

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome day today! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Busy with Swaps Part 1

I have been really busy this month with a couple of swaps: Tina Holden's Heart and Texture Sheet Swap (Polymer Clay Swaps on Facebook). I am still waiting on my texture sheet and heart from my partner so, that will be Part 2 of this post...should be in my hands sometime this week! The next swap was a cane swap through our guild (AZPCG). I also got sick with a cold in between doing both swaps, so I really worked hard the week that the canes were due. I had to make a total of 11 and I even made an extra one just in case. Here are the canes that I created. I started making pendants of the canes that I made for the swap, but I quickly had to change my plans since I ran out of time. So, I ended up taking a slice of the cane and baking it. Some of these canes were inspired by different artists (free tutorials). You can click on the names for the links.

Tuto Cane Vermicelle  (Inclusion Cane)

Triangle Pattern Cane (A couple different variations)

Several different canes: Zipper Cane, Square cane (using different colors instead of gold and copper), Kaleidoscope Cane

My packaging for the canes

Now these are the canes that I received from our cane swap.

I was very happy with the canes that I received. We have artists in all different levels in caning and everyone did a marvelous job!!  Now I have to start thinking of ways to use these beautiful canes.  Swaps are so much fun, they challenge you and when you receive them it is like Christmas day all over again! 

Well, I'd better go...tons of stuff on my work table. I also have a Bead Soup that I have to start working on. I will post the picture of the bead soup that I received from my talented partner next time. 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!