Saturday, January 21, 2006

Hearts?


Anyone who really knows me knows that I have this thing about hearts. They are great for Valentine's Day, but that's it. Once Cupid Day is passed you won't see me wearing any. I don't know why. Maybe I just wore too many hearts back in the day when dangle rings were in. Anyway, I found these bead charms at the craft store and thought to myself, "Cool I can cut the clay with these and it will make a cool setting." I thought I was so clever. Then a few days later while paging through projects on HGTV's website I saw a project using the bead charms. Oh well so much for thinking I had a new idea. I told myself I had to use the hearts first since Valentine's Day is coming up and all. I made a flower cane and then purposely stretched out the sheet so it wouldn't look so contrived. I think it turned out pretty nice.....for hearts. Maybe I 'll give it to Mom for her birthday.

The Work Below.....

Everything below was made between January 2003 and December 2005. I have tried to put it in order so I can see the progression of my clay work over the past three years. My first gingerbread and the angel were done back in January 2003. All the jewelry was in the last six months. If you would like to view the work in order scroll all the way down to the bottom first and then go up. Hopefully, with this blog, I will now be able to keep better track and get some feedback from others. Honest feedback please. Yep I'm putting it out there and ready for some constructive criticism. (Please don't be too critical yet, I'm still stretching my claying wings.)

Must Wear Red Shoes...


Its Christmas Eve, my shopping is finished and I have a whole afternoon to myself before the festivities begin. I'm wearing my red shoes with black and grey. I need some red jewelry. hmmmmm....... The shoes kinda look like the color of cinnabar. Faux Cinnabar jewelry in an afternoon.

Mod Blocks Madness 2


Since I'm more of a earthy colors kinda gal I made another mod blocks cane using black, white, beige, and burnt umber. The pendant and earrings are reversible. This is the first time I've remembered to make the backsides nice.

Mod Blocks Madness


This is the coolest process. You alternate colors, shove it in a clay gun slice combine and roll and ta-da!!! Groovy seventies looking squares and circles. This is the pink version.

Faux Ivory Leaves


I learned how to make faux ivory at a guild meeting. I cut out thin circles using cookie cutters and added a leaf to each using liquid sculpey as glue. The holes have eyelets and I strung it on a leather cord. I think I could probably do a better job of the stringing now that I've studied up a bit on jewelry making.

Stamped Leaves


After learning how to make beads I decided to make something that was more me. I used a leaf stamp (yep, leaves) and green mica powder on a silver clay. I really like the concept for this set. I want to remake it however because they are a bit messy. I also want to change the findings to sterling silver.

Red, Black, and White?

picture coming soon...
The guild hosted a red, black, and white bead swap this summer. This was a major challenge for me because I had never made beads before. It was also a challenge because of the color palette. After many mush-ups I finally made these after watching Gwen Gibson's video where she made madcap beads. I added making memories eyelets at the holes. Still can't figure out what I think about them, but they were a good learning experience.

Gingerbread Revisited



Last year I pulled out my gingerbread to hang on the tree and decided that I could do much better. I learned that sometimes sweet and simple is best. Oh and I remembered to poke holes before baking. These I gave away by the dozens. I'll have to make more so that I can hang some on my own tree next year.

Snowflake Box


I think this is one of those times when its a really good idea, but the skill level just isn't there for the execution. The box started as a wooden cigar box from a craft store. I covered it in textured sheets. Then added a snowflake on top. Unfortunately, the box cracked after baking. (oh that's what air bubbles do? silly me.)
p.s. Thanks for the pic. Mom.

What A Flake


There are many projects out there using snowflake cookie cutters. I'm proud to say that I think these are pretty original. I made them a year ago for my mom and mother in law. I made more this past Christmas for friends at school and myself. I like how the lights of the tree illuminate the mica powder used in the textured finish.
p.s. Thanks for the pic Mom.

Turkey Leaves

This one came out really good in my opinion. I only wish I would of muted the colors looking back over a year later. This box had over 50 leaves on it. The turkey is from one of those old project books. I made two of these one for my mom and one for my big brother who hosts Thanksgiving quite often. (He makes excellent turkeys- the real kind of course!)
p.s. Thanks again Dad for the great photo.

Leaf Box with Violets


And so begins the leaves. I bought a set of three leaf fondant cutters at the craft store. I soon started putting leaves on everything. Yes, I love leaves. So what? I've had friends ask, "What's up with the leaves?" I don't know? I like nature- leave me alone about it- okay? This is a paper mache covered box. After I cut each leaf I elongated the shape and added viens. I really regret adding the hideous violets. Oh well. It holds unfinished baked stuff on my clay table. At least it has a use, right.

Trick-Or-Treat, Smell My Feet

This was one of those projects that felt like it was never going to be finished. The mummy is straight out of a project book. The box he is sitting on is a covered wooden box. It took forever and was very fustrating. I put some orange powders on it and textured it trying to hide the mistakes. Its Halloween, hopefully it will just look like I meant it to look spooky (uh, huh, yep, right?). I know realize that it was the hinge that gave me so much trouble. But, I think he turned out pretty cute.

Faux Cinnabar Lightswitch Cover


This is one of my favorites. We learned to make faux cinnabar at a guild meeting. We then covered a lightswitch cover with it. I textured the piece with a butterfly stamp and, decorated it with molded flowers that I altered a bit and hand sculpted leaves (of course). Then I gave it to my mother-in-law. She has it hanging in her dining room.
p.s. Thanks mom for taking and sending the pic.

A rose is a rose

At the next meeting of the guild we learned to make roses. I really like the color and layering but it reminds me more of a peony. One and a half years later I still haven't turned this in to anything. But I like to have it sitting on my clay table for inspiration.

Hello My Name Is....



My sister-in-law convinced me to join the the local Polymer Clay Guild. We made nametags at the meeting, here are my efforts. Never wore any of them. But they really got me experimenting.

Butterfly?

This was some kind of buggy thing in the book but I added wings, changed the color, added antenna, changed the hands and feet and added the tongue. It didn't quite turn out the way I wanted but, I really like the wings even if I did glue them in upside down. I gave it to yet another unsuspecting friend.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not



This is one of my favorites. It was a bumble bee in the book but I changed it for a friend who collects ladybugs. Unfortunately, I didn't know that Sculpey III was so weak and it cracked one day when it fell off her desk. Now I stick to Premo.

Baby Girl



Went out and bought another project book and found out a friend was pregers soooo.... I turned the baby boy into a gril. This one really didn't turn out so good.

Chickens?


Another project from a book. I had so much fun shaving the crayon to include in the eggs that I made six of these! My poor unsuspecting friends and family who had to wear chickens around their necks. Much love guys and sorry about the chicks- you really don't have to wear them ever again.

Happy Birthday Mom

After having so much fun with the ornaments, and so much clay leftover I went and bought a book to tell me what to do with it all. I turned the bald cupid from the book into an angel. Made my first cane and used it to make a present. And of course, gave it to my Mom.
p.s. Thanks Dad, for taking and emailing the great photo.

Cookies Anyone?

This is one of the infamous gingerbread ornaments that started it all. Most of them broke, but the ones that survived were glued onto boxes which held dozens of the improved gingerbread ornaments that I made a year later. If only I knew that polymer clay would be so addicting.