Friday, January 30, 2015

Some Marbling with Polymer Clay

First, I just wanted to say if you came to my blog today because you are participating in the "Grow Your Blog Party", you can click here and it will take you to the party!

Besides participating in a blog party, I have been busy working with Lynda Moseley's Controlled Marbling Technique Using Scrap Clay.  I purchased it awhile ago and just never had enough time to play around with this tutorial. My problem is that I love tutorials but frequently do not have the funds to buy the necessary materials needed for the tutorials. Sometimes, I will substitute for the things that I do not have on hand. I love Lynda's polymer clay creations, they are just stunning. Here is a photo of her tutorial with her beautiful work!

 Divas Designs Controlled Marbling Technique Using Scrap Clay

Now Lynda just so happens to be the "queen of finishing" when it comes to polymer clay. Everything she does in polymer clay is exquisite! Not only that, her tutorials are affordable with great instructions that are easy to understand and are loaded with photos! 

As I said before, as usual I did not have all the supplies for this tutorial but I did have a boat load scrap clay which is always the case for me. I managed to get a few creations from my scrap clay and ended up making some Skinner blends to match the marbling sheets of polymer clay. My first attempt, I think I had a little too much green scrap clay in the marbling but it still came out nice. I am still playing around with colors. Some of the colors in the marbling gave these earrings a copper tone, so I decided to add some more copper to them (copper filigree and copper ear wire). 


My second attempt proved to be quite a beauty! I think this one by far is my favorite! I added some Premo Pearl Red clay to the marbling.

It has such a shine that it picked up something
on the left side of the photograph, 
(left side of the pendant) probably the light in my studio. 

I made two sets of earrings with the 
marbling effect flowing both vertical and horizontal.

My last piece, was an experiment since this is a controlled marbling technique. I wanted to see if I could go a little further on the marbling to see what the outcome would be. Well, I lost some of the marbling effect but it is certainly turned out pretty too! I will have to say, that you really must sand and buff to really see the beautiful marbling effect in the polymer clay using this technique.


I used her stamps for the shapes of these pendants & earrings.
You can click here to see an illustration on how to use them.

My PC buddies who know me well, know that I love to sand and buff the majority of my creations. All my creations for this tutorial were sanded, and buffed with a little Renaissance wax for a beautiful shine! I really love this tutorial because there is such a wide variation when it comes to the marbling effects! I look forward to playing around with more color blends using this technique...just have to come out with more ideas for pendants and earrings! 

These polymer clay creations also filled my week...so I am also counting them as my challenge for week 4 in KatersAcres 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.

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



Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog...Plus a Giveaway!


2 Bags FullHello bloggers! Welcome to the 3rd Annual 2015 Grow Your Blog Party hosted by Vicki Boster from 2 Bagsful.  I am new to the party this year...my first time participating. This is a fantastic way to meet and greet other bloggers!

I would like to introduce myself since I am a newbie to this party. My name is Lupe Meter and I primarily love creating jewelry. I have always been crafty and picked up beading many years back but never got into it seriously. It wasn't until I became a volunteer at a local bead museum, that I became acquainted with polymer clay. Soon after, I joined a local guild (AZPCG) and that is when my love for polymer clay took off. Shortly after that I started a blog so I could share my love for polymer clay with other bloggers. I have been a polymer clay artist for about 7 years now. I have also been blogging for awhile but life got very busy for me in last few years such that I just didn't have time to blog on a weekly basis. I am finally back to blogging regularly and it feels good! I am hope to make some new friends at this party. Thank you Vicki for giving me the opportunity to share my blog here at this party!

Polymer clay is a great art medium to work with, it is very forgiving and is very versatile. I love that I can create something that is one of a kind.

Polymer clay is great for creating covers on journals.

Polymer clay can be used to cover tins,
in making masks and ornaments.

You can transfer images onto polymer clay
 and you can create some beautiful canes
 which can be used as veneers in creating
one of a kind jewelry.

You can create wearable vessels like these Inros
which are fun to make.

And these are just a few things that you can make using polymer clay. You can sculpt with it, create vessels and plaques, and cover glass with polymer clay, even "paint" with polymer clay...the possibilities are endless! I have only shown you some of the things that I have created over the years with polymer clay. There is still much to learn in the art medium of polymer clay. It is certainly a learning process for me. New techniques and tutorials are always coming up in the polymer clay community. I don't think I will ever get tired of playing with polymer clay! So you can see why I love to sharing it with others. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my blog!

GIVEAWAY

And what's a party without a gift...just for stopping by, I will be giving away this faux shell polymer clay necklace! All you need to do is leave your name, blog and email address in the comment section before February 15th. You don't need to be a follower of mine. I will announce the winner on February 15th!


Thanks again and have a great day!! Enjoy the party!


                             




Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rascal the Raccoon

This week became a dual challenge for me. PCA Virtual Retreat's class this week happened to be with the wonderful Katie Oskin from Kater's Acres. This was also my week 3 on Katie's 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge. So I decided for my week three I would show off my little Rascal Raccoon that I created in the retreat. I like using an image or photo when sculpting since I am a beginner at it and a visual person as well. I didn't want my raccoon looking identical to Katie's, so I decided to sketch my raccoon first. I am not a sketch artist but I try. Here is a drawing of my raccoon.


Katie gave us two videos on sculpting this little guy. One was for a regular figurine and the other an articulated raccoon. I thought the articulated one would be fun to make. Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I thought my raccoon should be holding a heart.


I mixed a blend with Premo Clays: black, white, silver, and raw sienna for the body of the raccoon. I followed Katie's great instructions (she also had written instructions as well) in making the body of the raccoon. Overall, I think I am happy with this little raccoon figurine. I think I will try making another one, just because this was fun!

If you get a chance head over to Kater's Acres and check out her adorable Parker figurines and other great tutorials on sculpting and tips on polymer clay. You can also join her Parker's Clayful Tutorial Club or sign up for a free newsletter (polymer clay tutorials, projects, tips and more). 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Busy Creative Week!

I have been thoroughly enjoying Donna Greenberg's Art Jewelry Challenge on Facebook this past week! Amazing work in the polymer clay community and now I am seeing artwork and jewelry from around the world! Got to say that this world would be a boring place without handmade art!

I think this is the first time for me that I didn't start the year in a creative slump...so thankful for that! It has been my goal for this year to stay busy and make a least one polymer clay creation a week. This past week, I think I past that goal!

This will be my second week for the KatersAcres 2015 PC Challenge. For this week, I actually have a few items to show you all which were made earlier this week. One was a bangle bracelet (my 5th one) which was inspired by Syndee Holt's Bangle Bracelets class on the PCA Virtual Retreat.  I call it my Festive Bangle. The other bottom pieces are creations that I made using two techniques: Chryse's Faux Abalone Polymer Clay Tutorial and Dominique Corsica's Faux Mother of Pearl Polymer Clay Tutorial  I have been having fun with these tutorials and want to incorporate some faux stone with the faux shell as well...it is one of my goals for this year.



This year, I would love to be able to help some friends of mine who are in the mission field in Kenya by selling my pieces with proceeds going to their mission. We will see how the year unfolds. I do not have a storefront (no Etsy or Artfire), so I am hoping word will get around. I am hoping this year I will see some creative growth in my polymer clay pieces with more time spent in my studio.

You can click here for a link to the mission (Saved by God's Grace) that I am going to support this year. Any monetary donation would be very helpful, but they could also use your prayers as well! 

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! 




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pines in the Desert

I am going to be a very busy gal this year. Not only am I participating in the PCA Virtual Retreat, but I also signed up for KaterAcres 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.  My commitment for this challenge was to create something in polymer clay each week. Katie was sweet to give us some Challenge Prompts to help us in coming up with some ideas for our projects. So I am following some of her Challenge Prompts besides coming up with a few of my own. There are some great tutorials out there on the web and I still have some tutorials which I purchased that I have yet to try. I am hoping to enjoy a full year of creating especially now that I don't have all the responsibilities that I used to have like a one acre lot. Downsizing to a smaller house does have it perks!

Well, my first week's challenge theme was "pine cones". Believe it or not, we do have some variety of pines that do well in our desert. Though it is not the same as going to a nice forest campground and smelling those pines...nothing like it! I did look around for some tiny pine cones that I could possibly use as a mold but I just couldn't find any. And I am still not happy with my sculpturing abilities so I didn't want to go that route just yet.  Lucky for me, I came across a tiny silver pine cone charm and I made a mold out of it. My idea for a project was to make a simple pendant (sometimes less is better than more) with tiny pine cones and some pine needles. The next step was to decide on the background. I chose a terra cotta background since I live in the desert. This is what I started with: Fimo (Terra Cotta), a thin slice of Premo White Granite, Penni Jo's Flexible Molds (Cabachon molds) and my pine cone mold. I included a picture of that tiny pine cone charm. I think I found it at JoAnn's.


I added some copper embossing powder
and some Pearl Ex Super Bronze mica powder
on the pine cones and pendant

I also made two faux terra cotta beads for the necklace

A fairly simple project for my first challenge but I really like how it turned out! And it is a great way to start the challenge off. A project every week is going to be challenging for me because that means I have to clean my studio after every project...that in itself will be a challenge for this messy artist! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 








Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Bring it On!

Happy New Year, everyone!! My year start out with a bang! I joined the 2015 PCA Virtual Retreat and what fun it is! Our first tutorial (Bangle Bracelets) was from Syndee Holt...what a great instructor and artist!

These are my first two bangle bracelets or cuffs (which I like to call them).


PC Faux Leather Cuff



White on Black Cuff

I am really jazzed about these cuffs and they fit my wrists perfect!!  I think they look western, don't you? Well, I think I am off to do a couple more. 

If you haven't signed up for the 2015 PCA Virtual Retreat, you are missing out on a lot of fun! Come and join us...click here for link.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!