Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fantasy Vessel PC Swap, Part 1

I joined a polymer clay swap this month....International Polymer Clay Swaps on Facebook. The theme is anything fantasy-like container of sorts (vessel). My partner for this swap is the lovely, Nettonya Ryane from Surrey, British Columbia, in the Vancouver area. This is my second swap with this group and it is always fun to see what you will receive from your partner.

I gave this plenty of time and really tried my best to make a vessel. I even used two different tutorials but I wasn't pleased with my four tries, so I gave up on it and decided to cover a tin which was also permitted in the swap. Perhaps, I was trying to make the project too difficult, but I haven't given up entirely on making a Polymer Clay type Inro. Here is a sample of what I am talking about for those who have no idea what the heck I am talking about...Bettina Welker's tutorial on a Polymer Clay Pebble Amulet/Inro.  

This is picture of a vessel (in this case an Amulet/Inro). The top actually pulls out and it is hollow inside. Pretty neat! Looks like a fabulous tutorial and if you click on her name, it will take you to her Etsy Store where you can purchase the tutorial. I actually used one of Donna Kato's (click here for a link to her gallery of gorgeous Inro Boxes) tutorials for my attempt at making a Inro Box.. I tried using a digital transfer method on mine, like Donna Kato's, but next time I think I will try making one without adding a transfer to it. Then, when I have mastered that, I can attempt to add a transfer. It is all a learning experience and that is why I love participating in swaps! 

Moving on to the piece that I made for Nettonya...a polymer clay covered tin. Covering tins with polymer clay is something I am familiar with and have done several times before. We also had to make a Twinchie (Like an Inchie...tiles, like ceramic tiles that can be used for wall art and can be grouped or mounted on canvas) to include in our swap.  A Twinchie is 2 inches square.

Titled: Night in Day

I sealed both images with PYM II before applying Magic Glos. I also used mica powders and alcohol inks for the stamped areas. I have to say, that my sun stamp is probably one of my favorite stamps which I have used for several of my polymer clay projects.


A gift for Nettonya
inspired by one of Randee Ketzel's  tutorials

I thought the pendant had that same fantasy-like feel to it and went along with our theme. I sure hope Nettonya was pleased with the swap that I sent her. 

I am headed out for a little R & R in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico this weekend to get out from out triple digit temps here (118 degrees this weekend here in sunny Phoenix, AZ...scorching HOT!!). My wonderful hubby set me up in the beautiful resort. I am thinking that I will take advantage of a back massage while I am there. Then back down to my hometown of Las Cruces to give my dad a hand with my mom. He desperately needs a break from caregiving. So, unfortunately, I will not be able to see what I receive from Nettonya (perhaps I will on Facebook) till I return in a couple weeks...reason why this post has two parts. When I return, I will post the lovely swap that Nettonya sent me. We both gave our best to get it to each other before the end of the month. You can never tell with the mail and customs...praying and hoping she receives her package before the end of this month as well! 

Thank you for stopping by...have an awesome day!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Workshops and Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

From the looks of things, I have been M.I.A for a couple months now...WOW!  Life as usual has been busy...I started a garden, yard work just about everyday now since the weather is hotter, workshops and tutorials, plus playing with my grandkids! I guess, my blog has been at the bottom of my to do list...sorry!

Last part of March, I was fortunate enough to take a workshop with the lovely, Barb Fajardo.  She taught our polymer clay guild several techniques which were very fun and addicting. Here are a few items that I made during the workshop and some that I completed at home.

Here are some more photos from the workshop (work of the AZPCG members that attended the workshop).

I made several bracelets using Barb's technique and gave one to my daughter. This is the one that she wanted.

My daughter, Rachel is usually a hard one to please and because she loved it, I decided to make more bracelets. I really like the multi-strand bracelets and it seems everyone is layering their bracelets, so I decided to have some fun with the bracelets. It is nice to be able to make your own focal pieces and add the desired amount of holes for the design.

This is a new shape that I have been working on and trying to perfect. Sanding is a bear, especially the dark colors like this purple one below, but I really like them.

I was inspired by the beads that I came across on Facebook, American Trade Bead. I almost thought they were polymer clay, when I first came across them, but they are GLASS!!! Awesome work by some very talented glass artists!! They hold auctions for these beautiful beads. I would love to try and make some more fun shapes. Here are some links: Homepage and Online Store. What did I tell you, gorgeous collection of glass beads!! 

I have also been busy trying to get some kits together for our annual polymer clay guild retreat. I am in charge (alongside our AZPCG Vice President, Dara Meunier) of the goody bags this year, so I have to make a total of 25 kits. I have been contacting lots of companies that would be willing to donate items for our goody bags. Some companies have been very generous. The guild is also asking retreat attendees to make handmade items (which is always the best type of gift to receive) or purchase items for the goody bags! I am so excited, I can hardly wait...hoping the next several months fly by!  

Well, off to get started on a swap that I signed up on Facebook to do...only a couple of weeks to get it done. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!