Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tooting My Horn

 The Polymer Arts has a magazine for professional and aspiring polymer clay artists ... by polymer artists for polymer artists.  They also have a blog and a Facebook page.  I was thrilled to see one of my pieces featured July 26 on their Facebook page and then realized I was part of their Design series on their blog.  You can read more about "Mixing Elements" HERE.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ladybug, Ladybug……...

 More summertime bead crochet; sweet little ladybugs, yellow flowers and green grass.
 I found the pattern on the internet, but could not find the author.  I used a #7 crochet hook, Tuff Cord #2 and size 8/0 Japanese round seed beads

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watermelon Pattern

To download the pattern, right click on the above photo and choose "download".
It took me four times to see the rhythm of the zig zag pattern.  I feel funny saying that because it is probably apparent to anyone else, but for me it was trial and error.  Anyway, it is a fun pattern for summer and I hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Watermelon Bead Crochet

So, on the 4th try of drafting this pattern, I think I have it.  And, yes, it took crocheting about 3" to 4" all four times before the mistakes surfaced.   Rip out, re-string and start again.  Happy now.  I will clean up the pattern and post it sometime this week.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Clay Carnival Inchies

 Last year I was one of the lucky recipients of a partial scholarship to this year's Clay Carnival 2014, so I'm heading back to Las Vegas for another creative, crazy, wild and wonderful good time taking seven  polymer clay workshops.  Last year for Clay Carnival I made my first series of inchies, "Monster, Robots and Zombies, Oh My!  This year's Clay Carnival is sold out so I am making my second series of Monster..Inchies - around 100.  So far, so good, I only have about 20 more to go.  I like making a few extras just in case.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Loom Sample

Playing around with color samples.  I ended up tearing it out because I wanted a more complex pattern, but then regretted it.  I had photographed it, ripped it up, put away my loom and thought I would post later.  Now that I see it, I love the bold colors with this pattern.  Pattern is from CraftsPeople (click HERE).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Little Taylor Ann Snyman won first place in her age group in our local Art Club's poster contest.  I loved her design, composition and sentiment. 
Wishing you a Happy 4th of July and a great weekend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Polymer Clay Pendant

 I made this polymer clay pendant from parts of other molds and then made a mold of it.
 Needs work.  I thought I would like the solid color, but no.  Guess I will have to darken up the background and highlight here and there.  The fun of experimenting!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gecko & Cactus Vase

I added a polymer clay gecko to this old vase.  I had this plain vase 16 or so years ago, but it cracked in the move from Chicago to Arizona in 2002.  I warmed up some polymer clay and filled in the crack from the inside to the outside and then "finger painted" with the polymer clay.  Applying it in layers and pulling it with my fingers and "smudging" it into the ceramic vase's surface.  Just like finger painting; it was really fun (click HERE).   I was aiming for an abstract cactus and really liked the way it turned out.  But, over time, I have wanted to do something else with it.  One of the advantages to polymer clay is the ability to change (add to) a finished piece even after many years.  The little gecko adds just the right amount of dimension I was looking for.  So, for now it is going to stick around for a little while more.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Polymer Clay Cross

 I made a silicone mold of a purchased rhinestone cross.  Then pressed the raw polymer clay into the mold.  I then sculpted tiny roses and added some yellow and blue detail.  Cured it and strung it with some 4mm coral beads.