Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Getting into the Creative Christmas Groove

Every year Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I always have the greatest intentions to get organized before it arrives but never seem to be ahead of the game...still trying to get Christmas cards out and shopping for gifts. I did take a little time out to work on some polymer clay. I have been wanting to make these Christmas polymer clay earrings since last year and I finally got around to making them. These particular earrings were made using the toner transfer method which happens to be one of my favorite techniques.

I also have been wanting to use these wonderful large size silver bells as Christmas ornaments for over a year now...just didn't have any ideas up my sleeve on how to go about using them with polymer clay. Sculpting is not one of my strengths but I like to give it my best shot. I love the Hallmark angels so I tried my best at creating a similar angel with wire wings and attaching it to the top of the bell. I added the little red heart (which says hope). I did add a wire in the body of the angel to give it support. The wings were made using 28 gauge dark annealed steel wire. I plan to gift this one to a sweet friend of mine in my Pay It Forward group. She has had a tough year.  

side view

I sure hope she likes my Angel Bell Ornament. I think I need to go purchase some more of these large silver bells! Maybe next year, I can make more of these cute angels! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!! 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge

Hello again, I finally got around to updating my blog a little. I am still in the process of retrieving my Flickr account which has been frozen. I can't access it and I hope to get that squared away before the New Year. Wish me luck! If you are computer or Yahoo savvy, please let me know how I can do that. I am still waiting on a reply from Yahoo. I would hate to lose all my pictures but I suppose I could start fresh this coming year. Clean slate and all that but still, it would be a shame, all those photos since 2008!

Well, I am not about to let that keep me down...so what better way to start the new year than with a polymer clay challenge. Thanks to Katie Oskin from KatersAcres who invited me to join in the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge. The challenge is to commit yourself to be creative in 2015.  My commitment will be to finish a project within a week and share it here on my blog. What a great way to meet new artists from around the globe by blogging and a great way to get creative and skilled in polymer clay!

If you are interested in joining this challenge, head over to KatersAcres...click here on 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge for more information.

Make 2015 a creative year!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AZPCG Annual Polymer Clay Retreat in the Pines

So good to be back after a long break. I thought I would share some photos of our annual AZPCG retreat up in Prescott, Arizona from this past weekend. What fun and this year we had a celebrity who joined us, Syndee Holt. She has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to polymer clay. It was nice getting to know her. Syndee showed us on the first day of camp how to make a polymer clay bangle using a blank cuff. She made it look very easy. Great timing since one our challenges at camp was a Round Robbin Cuff Bracelet. Here are a few photos of Syndee showing us how to make a bangle.

Syndee Holt showing us how to use the bracelet cuff

Our Show and Tell table with
some of cuff bracelets and other creations...ignore the spider

Other demos consisted of resin application on beads, silk screening (taught by Syndee Holt), faux PC embroidery, scrappy bracelets, and warrior women (mixed media challenge). 

Jennifer Wittick, our vice-president showing us how to measure the resin

Silk screening on polymer clay (Syndee)

Marlene Brady showing us faux embroidery on polymer clay

Michele Norine showing us how to make the Scrappy bracelets

Kat Dickson showing us how to make our own Warrior Woman

Kat's newest Warrior Woman

I wanted to work on creating my own Warrior Woman but got tied up finishing my bracelet cuff and 8 scrappy bracelet links for the swap. I plan on hopefully working on one before our next guild meeting. 

I had two great challenges during this retreat the Round Robin Bangle and the Scrappy Bracelet Swap. The Scrappy Bracelet swap was easier but it was detailed work considering you are working with tiny bits of scrap clay. The Round Robin Bangle challenge was a little tougher. Whatever one added to the bangle had to go along with what was previously placed on the bangle. So the first person pretty much set the tone for what was going to be added next to the bangle. There were 3 gals in my group. I managed to bake the first bangle and burned it on the top (for some reason our ovens kept spiking this time around at retreat...someone even started a fire in my own little oven, which I had to trash after retreat). So, then I had to repair that bangle which was challenging in itself. 

Center front is my bangle and the back cuff is one in which I added the centerpiece on the cuff

This is the bangle that I scorched...not quite a full heart but still looks gorgeous! My work is the purple and yellow flower to the right of the heart piece, bright green leaves and a small trim which you can't see in this photo because it is to right of that purple and yellow flower. The oven scorched part of the heart, so I cut it off and replaced it with more black clay.

So see, things can be repaired with polymer clay...nothing goes to waste!  Great fun we all had...fresh pines, fresh air, good food, and great company! 

I had not realized it has been close to 6 months that I have been away from blogging. I have missed it! We placed my father-in-law in a Alzheimer's unit, replaced an old computer and moved 3 households...very busy six months!  I am still trying to get on my flickr account so I can update it because we lost some stuff when we updated computers. I hope I don't have to start a new account. Wish me luck because it looks like I have two accounts now...hmmm.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day! 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Not Just Playing With Color...Smashing Color With Polymer Clay

I'm finally back in my studio and finishing up some projects that were again at a standstill, which happens to be my life these days. So, now I am trying to catch up again.

In January, I was fortunate to take a class with Maggie Maggio on "Smashing Color". It was two wonderful days of color theory! I learned a lot and so did our guild members. We were told to bring in lots of color swatches, and magazine pictures with variety of colors. So, day one's assignment was making a collage of color. We learned a lot about color theory on the first day...I was like a sponge taking it all in!

My color collage: 

Next we played with polymer clay and made skinner blends. Our assignment for the second day was to make canes with our skinner blends...a flower cane and a leaf cane.

I am sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of my skinner blends but you can view them along with all the guild's (AZPCG) work on Maggie Maggio's Pinterest page...click here to view. You will see my skinner blends on that page and you can see what I made using those blends from the photo up above on my post (my skinner blends are at the bottom of  Maggie's page). 

Here are my finished flower canes after the final assembly and what I created with one of the canes.

It was so much fun playing and smashing color!! If you ever get a chance to take a class with Maggie Maggio, please do it...such a wealth of information and it such a neat way to look at color! 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hearts & More Hearts...International Polymer Clay Swap

I participated in an International Polymer Clay Swap on Facebook (Jan/Feb) which had to do with HEARTS! I know I took a long break from posting anything on my blog. I have been trying to get inspired which is always a problem at the beginning of the year for me, so participating in swaps sure helps get the creative mojo going. Our group took a vote to mail packages earlier this time around, on the count of some of the packages took a long time to get to their partners last time. The group wanted our partners to receive their packages before Valentine's Day since our theme had to do with hearts for February! My partner for the swap happened to be the sweet Katie Oskin from KatersAcres. Katie has a wonderful website/blog which offers free polymer clay tips and tutorials. Her figurines are adorable and just make you smile! I absolutely love what Katie sent me. Her creation was made using a technique that I have been wanting to try...PC Faux Applique and Embroidery (I took a class from Penni Jo Couch on this technique). Katie has done a wonderful job using this technique...absolutely love it!  Please checkout her website for fun polymer clay tips and tutorials here.

Katie's Twinchie (PC tile) and Heart

The Twinchie and Heart came in this cute little bag

This is what I sent Katie using a little of the Crazy Heart Tutorial from Randee Ketzel for my heart inspiration and a cute "gimmie hugs" stamp for the bracelet and Twinchie (PC tile).

I hope you enjoyed looking at our creations! I wish you all could view the other beautiful creations. Some are being posted on various blogs (besides Facebook), so I hope you can catch a few glimpses...look for International Polymer Clay Swaps in the title posts. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!