Thursday, May 28, 2015

2015 International Button Swap

I finally received my buttons from the International Button Swap on Facebook! I am sorry to say we had a small amount of participants for this swap, but we made the best of it. There were five participants (including our host) in this button swap. I made about 16 sets of buttons (5 per card) for a total of 80 buttons!! I had originally created a collage of all my buttons, but there were too small to see in the collage, so I grouped them in two sets.

All packaged

Since we did not have enough participants, 7 packages of buttons were returned back to me. I figure I can always sell them or give them away as gifts! These were the buttons that I received: 

Buttons from Maggie Champion

Buttons from Pat Lacey

Buttons from Heather MacDougall d'Entremont (our host)

Buttons from Bonnita Moaby

Such wonderful buttons from talented artists!!

Heather was sweet to include a gift as well, she sent me a lovely pin! 

Many thanks to Heather for being our host!! I finally have an appreciation for button making buttons! These are the most that I have ever made! 

On another topic, I thought I would have had plenty of time to sneak in another polymer clay challenge this week for the 2015 PCChallenge. Between construction and getting ready to go on vacation, it left very little time. I am hoping to catch up when I return. 

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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The New Premo Opal Clay

I am just loving this new Premo Opal Clay...thanks to my clay buddy, Bonnie Kreger who gave me half of her 2 oz. clay block. I was so excited about trying this clay in my creations that I put aside what I was working on to create something with this clay.

For this week's challenge, I came up with my own blend (using Helene's Faux Mother of Pearl Tutorial) for a faux red abalone shell. I used the same procedure but used different hues of red. So I created these earrings with the combination of the two: Premo opal clay and faux red abalone shell. I did put a thin layer of translucent over the opal clay because the flakes seem to sneak out here and there and I wanted to sand the piece. This was my week #20 challenge for the 2014 Polymer Clay Challenge. My faux red abalone shell looks more like brown here, but it is a red or crimson in color. I am planning to give these earrings to my friend, Bonnie for sharing the opal clay with me. I hope the new Premo colored clay will be available soon at the craft stores because it is too late to order it out here in Phoenix...getting hot!

And here is a sneak peak at some new shaped pendants. I purchased Melanie Muir's new shape templates for her tutorial on Craftcast.  I plan to work on that tutorial with another clay buddy of mine using Melanie's special mokume gane technique. We both have the tutorial and we were fortunate to get it at a great price! So this was a great time to just play with the shape templates until we get together soon.

Faux Red Abalone and Faux Shell in polymer clay

I am hoping to create a necklace with these shapes next come back next week and see what I do with these great shapes!! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Art of Awareness Blog Hop - GEM'S PC Corner

Welcome to The Art of Awareness Blog Hop!! Thank you, Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) and Heather Millican (Swoondimples) for hosting this blog hop! Participants of this blog hop each created a design using a Swoondimples word bead to bring awareness to the different causes around the globe.

I chose the color orange and the word "hope" for my Swoondimples for Multiple Sclerosis. I picked this particular cause because my sister has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Multiple Sclerosis has many symptoms and I recall it took years before she was finally diagnosed with MS. This disease is an inflammatory disease where the insulated covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged (lesions that form in the nervous system), This damage affects the ability for parts of the nervous system to communicate causing mental, physical and psychiatric problems.  The symptoms that can occur come in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) and those that build over time (progressive forms). There is no known cure for MS though there are various medications that treat the symptoms of MS. Some of these medications while effective do produce adverse reactions. 

I have always looked up to my older sister and continue to for the courage that she has shown in dealing with this disease. It has been difficult for her...shots everyday, doctor's visits, and medications upon medications. Some days are good and other days are not. I love her dearly and I pray that one day there would finally be a cure for Multiple Sclerosis as well as for the many other incurable diseases...there is always hope.

I created this necklace for my sister, Alma. Great timing, her birthday is just around the corner. I hope she likes it! I created some orange polymer clay beads for the design but only used the flat orange spacer beads after all. I thought the polymer clay swirl bead would take away from my inspirational "Hope" bead. 

Swoondimples bead with a wire copper bail, turquoise beads,
copper beads, polymer clay beads, 
glass beads, and stone.

Finished necklace

Front of Swoondimples bead

Back of Swoondimples bead

If you would like to donate to this cause, you can go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( click here for the link! 

Please don't forget to check out all the other participant's blogs to view all the wonderful designs on this blog hop!  

Millican (hostess) (bead artist)
Laurie Vyselaar
Mallory Hoffman
Evie and BethMcCord

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Polymer Clay Beads Part 2

Well, I think I am pretty much ready for my demonstration on making polymer clay beads out of scrap clay (for Beads of Courage) which I will be doing this weekend at our guild meeting. For this week challenges (Week #19 of the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge), I made Alice Stroppel's famous scrap canes #1 and #2 (spiral) and Marie Segal's African Trade Style Beads. I made an attempt at creating a Chevron Cane (Desiree's Desired Creations), but I don't think I chose my colors wisely. Something to think about when you are deciding on the colors for the Chevron Cane: whatever color you decide on for the middle of the cane and the outer will be the color that shows the most once you are done with the cane. I chose yellow and I think I should have gone with red. As you can see from these photos, the yellow was a bit too much and there is not enough contrast. But, I can still use the cane for beads because the 12-point flower looks awesome on beads!

12-point flower for the Chevron cane

My first Chevron Cane beads which were
not the greatest but I sure love the 12-pt
flower for making polymer clay beads.

The next set of photos are my scrap canes (Alice Stroppel's scrap canes #1 & #2).

And here are my examples of the African Trade style beads (Marie Segal's African Trade bead PC Tutorial).

I really love these African Trade Beads out of polymer clay. I must try coming up with different colors next time for canes so I can make more of these.

As you can see it has been a busy week for me, plus my kitchen and bathroom are getting new flooring this week which I am having to work around the construction. Looks like it will be going on through next week! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Art of Awareness Blog Hop Sneak Peek

I am excited to be participating in Lori Anderson's (Pretty Things) and Heather Millican's (Swoondimples), The Art of Awareness Blog Hop. Participants were asked to create a piece using a Swoondimples bead. Heather creates these one word bean beads (polymer clay). They both teamed up to host this awareness blog hop. Each artist picks a color word bead pertaining to a cause dear to their heart. I picked orange for Multiple Sclerosis with the word "hope". Here is a sneak peek at the beads that I will be using for my design. I have already added some detail to my word bean and created some polymer clay beads to include in my design.

Copper beads, polymer clay, turquoise beads, 
glass beads and stone

I hope you will be back on Saturday the 16th to check out all the wonderful creations on The Art Awareness Blog Hop and to check out my design as well. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Polymer Clay Beads Part 1

I am still trying to figure how my week flew by and when I finally got around to deciding what I was going to create this week, the week was over. I was also a little under the weather with sinus problems. This week has been a windy week, so I must have gotten a blast of pollen from my morning walks.

I am also in the process of coming up with some samples of beads for our next guild meeting. I will be showing our members some ways to create some colorful polymer clay beads for Beads of Courage.

I came across quite a few tutorials on creating polymer beads. Here are some samples of a few different types of polymer clay beads (Butterfly Wing Beads, Spiral Beads and Textured Style Beads). I think some of my clay in the butterfly cane was softer than others, so it didn't turn out exactly like the tutorial but I was still happy with it.

Butterfly Wing Cane and Spiral Cane

Textured Style Beads in yellow, Spiral Beads
and Butterfly Wing Beads

 I created these beads using some
old canes and recent canes that I had in my stash of canes 
as well as scrap clay. 

These canes and beads are my challenges for Week#18 of the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.  I am hoping to create some more polymer clay beads this coming week after I take a break from sanding and buffing. 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day. Wishing all the moms a Happy Mother's Day! 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bangles and Mica Shift

I recently ordered a tutorial from CraftArtEdu (Mica Magic-Triangle Bangle with Carol Blackburn).  This triangular bangle is almost the same shape bangle that I made using Bettina Welker's Bangle Bracelets Book (see previous posts) and it has become my favorite shape for a bangle.  This week, I got around to playing with the tutorial, though I changed it up a little. Carol incorporated the mica shift throughout the cuff. I used the mica shift to enhance my cuff while adding other details to the cuff. I started with a base bangle which was a mixture of Ultralight clay and scrap clay.

Base bangle

Mica Shift in silver polymer clay and Faux Shell

Opposite side of bangle

Closeup view of the Faux Shell and Mica Shift

Mica Shift in Copper and left over polymer clay sheet
 from a previous project (matching front and back)

Closeup of Mica Shift and polymer clay sheet 
(Polymer clay sheet: inks, translucent, paints
and embossing powders) 

These two bangles are my challenges for Week #17 in the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.  I can't decide which one is my them both! Now it is time to give my arms and hands a rest. These bangles required quite a bit of sanding and buffing but I sure love the results!! 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!!