Sunday, October 09, 2011

Fun and Frolic with Polymer Clay

My Steampunk Butterfly Tutorial is featured in a new treasury by RoyzleDesigns.

I think this treasury is a perfect illustration of polymer clay's versatility. Don't you agreee?

Saturday, October 08, 2011

From My Studio:
New Bead

This polymer clay bead I actually made quite a while ago.  It is an experimental one - I was just playing with a new technique.

Overall, I am pleased with the design, but have two problems it.

First, the shape is not ideal.  I think I got a bit carried away with the details and perhaps misshaped the bead in the process.  Or I was not careful enough during baking.  Whatever the problem was, this is the one easy to fix.

The second thing is more serious - I do not remember exactly how I've got this effect with the dimensional details.  I know what tools I used, but I seem to be missing some crucial step (or steps?), and because of that the whole technique fells apart.  I just cannot reproduce it!

Back to the studio...

...And take notes next time...

Forgot to say: the bead is about long 1.5" and  0.5" in diameter (4 cm by 1.2 cm).

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Gold and Brown Autumn

My polymer clay buttons were featured in this beautiful Etsy treasury
by Binster.

Thank you!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Pictures of Finished Works from the Faux Cloisonne Class I Gave in Texas

I have to apologize...

These pictures of the beautiful Faux Cloisonné pendants made by the people who attended my class in Texas this Spring, were sent to me a while ago.

I should have posted them earlier...

These heart pendants were made by Sandy Williams.
The pendants with faces are by Mary Vanderwood, of cause.
A whole collection of Faux Cloisonne pendants with various shapes and designs by Sherri Sneed.
The necklace with a Faux Cloisonne face and Swarovski crystalls is by Babette Cox.
And these pendants (Faux Cloisonne and cane work, all with the resin finish demonstrated in class) are by Ruth Steiner.
Seeing what other people do with my technique is my favorite part of the whole process of teaching.  I am always learning something new from my students...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of your works, ladies!
Sorry again it took me so long to post them - I am in a rough spot in my life right now, and finding time and motivation for my art is not an easy thing to do at the moment....

Monday, April 04, 2011

Faux Cloisonne Class
in Dallas, TX

I just came back from Dallas, TX, where I taught my Faux Cloisonne class this Saturday at North Texas Polymer Clay Guild.

Below are a few pictures I took during the class.  The works shown in the last three pictures are not finished yet - there are a few more steps left, namely finishing the edges, pouring the resin, and incerting the bail.

My students usually do not finish their projects in class, because the resin takes so long to cure. They do get to practice how to mix the resin and how to pour it over a polymer clay pendant, but they use some mock plastic heart shapes I bring to class (not their freshly-made faux cloisonne pendants). I would love to see the pictures of the finished pendants, and hope to get them in a few days.

From what I am hearing, the class participants seem to have a really good time in my class. I certanly enjoed teaching it!

I want to thank Babette Cox, who did so much work to organize my class for the guild, and Mary Vanderwood, who was my warm and gracious hostess. I enjoyed staying at Mary's house so much! The night before the class, we stayed up until 2 or 3 am, talking, and not even realizing what time it was. Mary is a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul and many amazing stories. Her house is full of character, with an astonishing collection of polymer clay works – both by her and by other artists...
...I am getting too tired to write this post properly, so I will probably have to edit it later. I just wanted to say thanks to all my students from Texas for a wonderful time at their guild.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Faux Cloisonne Class
in Dallas, TX

I will be teaching a class on my  Faux Cloisonne technique next Saturday, April 2, in
North Texas Polymer Clay Guild.

There is still room in the class.  If you would like to join us, please contact Babette Cox.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Featured in Jewelry Maker's Newsletter

I've got a note that my story was featured in the Fire Mountain Gems Newsletter (click the link to see it).

To be honest, I did not even know they had a newsletter.  It must be something that this company just started recently.  The one I've seen looks quite interesting, with lots of good information.  I am going to subscribe!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Donations

Orlando Area Polymer Clay Guild in Central Florida, is holding the Sixth Annual Fandango Polymer Clay Retreat at the end of May this year.  Charline Ahlgreen, OAPC Guild President and Donations Chairwoman, asked me to donate a few of my works to be used in teh auctions and "goody bags" for participants.  Charline says, that the proceeds from the auctions are used to fund their polymer clay community outreach programs (Central Florida Fair demonstrations, public library classes, Bottles of Hope for cancer patients and Beautiful Baubles for hospice patients). The guild also provides two internal scholarships annually that enable their members to take master classes so that they can expand their polymer clay skills, which in turn benefits their more than 40-member organization.

I gladly doated a few of my works for this even, and here are the pictures of my donations.

Indian, Faux cloisonne polymer clay pendant

Red Hat, carved and back-filled polymer clay pendant on a black organza necklace

Yellow Swirls, carved and back-filled polymer clay pendant with an antiqued sterling silver frame

                                                                                                 Sculpted Lily, a polymer clay pendant with genuine Baltic amber, fresh-water pearl, and amazonite beads

Pink Beauty, hand-sculpted orchid over a polymer clay base

Ivy Leaves, Faux Art Glass polymer clay pendant

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

This polymer clay heart and orchids necklace and a step-by-step tutorial explaing how to make it are available in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New Necklace...

I realized I did not show any of my new work for a while, so here is a polymer clay and metal necklace I just finished last week. It is a study of various textures, with every bead being unique and different from all others. The beads are tied together by their common shape and color scheme.

...And Disaster

This is what happens when an old oven is not replaced in time. The last couple times I baked in it, I suspected there was something going on with the temperature setting, but never got around to actually check it. This time, there is no doubt. I wonder just how high did the temperature spike to turn one of the last sections of my necklace into this ugly blob (I took a picture of it next to the other sections for a size comparison)...

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