Thursday, March 12, 2015

Small Woven Bags and Some Natasha Jungle-Style Pendants week turned out to be two weeks of woven bags! These small woven bags are quite addictive especially when you can create your own buttons and beads to go with them...the possibilities are endless!! First I want to thank my PC buddy, Pat Sernyk from Fish Wife Tales Blogpost.  She showed me how to make them at one of our guild meetings. She creates some beautiful small woven bags as well as some other beautiful polymer clay creations! Here is a picture of one her small woven bags from one of her posts.

She came across the directions for this bag from an article from Belle Armoire (Winter 2002). Since then I have come across other tutorials as well off the web. One was for a seamless woven bag which I intend to try out as well.  Here is my first woven bag that I made:  (Week #9 of the 2015 PC Challenge)

Beads I made to go with my woven bags.

For my second bag I got a little daring and tried some some different weaving techniques (this was after I researched weaving on the web) on my second bag.

 I added a Rya weave on this bag.
Click here to see a video on Rya weaving.

I had so much fun hand weaving these bags that I am now interested in a regular loom but I wouldn't know where to put it now that I have a smaller home. Hopefully this weekend, I will try making the seamless woven bag (Click here for directions on a Seamless Woven Bag). Susan's blog also has some photos of different seamless woven bags: click here to view them. The directions are quite similar to the seamless woven bag only that you don't make slits or cuts on your handmade cardboard loom...the yarns just loop around the edge of board. You stop a few inches before you get to the top, cut the threads and tie off cut threads two by two. Plus, this seamless woven bag has a drawstring added to the bag. Pretty simple either way you go. 

On to my current challenge of this week: a cane which I was not that thrilled about turned into Natasha Beads, more like cabs for pendants. Here are a few YouTube videos on how to make them: Polymer Clay Tutor  and Polymer Clay Studio Course. Basically, it is taking left-over clay and mushing them and twisting them together, then slicing that piece of clay down the middle. When you slice that piece of clay, you turn them in on their sides and you end up with mirror images that you align together. A great way to use up scrap clay or old canes. Most people mold the clay piece into a rectangle shape so it is easy to align the sides together. I like shaping them into either squares or ovals. This time around I made cabachons out of my Natasha beads...a little tricky but can be done. I made these Natasha cabs and created some "jungle-style" pendants...the name I am calling them because of the striking colors and designs. These pendants are being submitted for my week #10 for KatersAcres 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.

I even made matching bails for two of my pendants!

Looks pretty good with my peasant blouse! 

Wow...what a busy two weeks this has been which is why I am late in posting! This is what happens when you start off with a cane that was intended for beads for woven bags (but you change your mind) and you get sidetracked with making Natasha Beads. It is always a win-win situation working with polymer clay! 

Thanks for stopping by to see some of my creations...have a great day!

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