Monday, August 3, 2015

Polymer Clay Dinosaur Skin

 I am having some serious fun with these textures!  One of the great things about polymer clay is just "playing".  Even if I don't make anything out of these or go any further with them, it has been gratifying to just play!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dino-mite Textures!

 Look at these textures!  I couldn't pass up these toys.  Ran home and made textures of their wrinkly, bumpy, spiked, spiny skins!
 Like I don't have enough texture molds.  Can't help myself.  It's not a phase.  I'm addicted.
Not sure what I am going to do with them, but I did make some sample pieces which will be posted in a day or two.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Clay Carnival Inchies

Heading out to Las Vegas for the annual Polymer Clay Carnival!  So excited. The Grumpy Cat inchies were a challenge.  They look more Grumpy Cat Zombies so they fit right in with the rest of my pieces.  The piggies are a hold-over from the "Bacon Necklace".  Had to throw some of them in.  Thurs. 4hr. class in the morning is with Jana Roberts Benzon, Leslie Blackford's 4 hour class is in the afternoon.  Friday morning is Judy Belcher and the afternoon is with Dawn Schiller.  Saturday's 8 hour class is with Bettina Welker.  Sunday's morning class is with Donna Kato and the afternoon with Natalia Garcia de Leaniz.  Whew!  Since I will be busy with classes and not able to post, I am filling in with some fun mold-making in the next few days.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Polymer Clay Transfer

The polymer clay transfer is about 5"x7" mounted on an 8"x11" piece of distressed wood painted black and sanded.  It makes a nice backdrop for displaying necklaces.  It is really fun doing a large transfer on polymer clay.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Leslie Blackford Workshop

Leslie Blackford's workshop was on June 28.  The Arizona Polymer Clay Guild members learned how to take a character of their choice and create a sculpture based on that character.  I made several attempts at sculpting a girl pulling a wagon, but just couldn't get it going.  I had about 4 hours of sleep the night before and was so tired I couldn't think let alone sculpt.  Feeling punchy and going for humor, I thought I could make an evil bunny with a basket full of skeleton eggs.  Again, not great, but made me giggle.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fishies Workshop

There were 21 Arizona Polymer Clay Guild members making polymer clay pins - Donna Kato's fish pins to be exact. 
Donna Kato taught us cane work, inlay, carving, cut & replace, etc.  
My fishies above and below aren't pins yet and look nothing like they are supposed to, but I'm happy.
With Halloween not too far off in the distance, I tried my hand at a Skeleton Fish.  Not great, but it made me giggle.
Bottom row, second from right……my smiling face.
If you love fish, Donna Kato has a Ziggy Fish Necklace workshop available on CraftArtEdu (click HERE).  

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Miss Bacon's Necklace

A Pig Tale by Marlene Brady

Don’t go bacon my heart--I’m apologizing ahead of time (to save my own hide), but you know what a ham I am.

I’m bacon out here in the desert and got boar-ed. In the mood for some humor, I purchased one of Leslie Blackford’s pig pendants and I made some polymer clay bacon to go with it.  A stroke of Ein-swine, I thought. Squealing so loud, I almost hurt myself and had to call a hambulance.  Strung them on a cable necklace using Hamma Beads for spacers. Oh lardy, lardy, it looks good I thought.  Hogwash you say?  Wouldn’t you hock anything for this?  Of kosher you would.  I knew you could be suede.

So, here’s my pig tale.
I wore it on Fry-day and had an urge to watch Hamlet, but instead, I jumped in my pigup truck and went to Porkopolous.  Parked in a no porking zone and almost got a porking ticket.  I walked in the door and it was a hambush.  I was hogging the limelight; surrounded by bacon admirers.  They never sausage a thing.  I’m not loin. Thank goodness there were no pigpockets.  I left in a hurry, driving like a road hog.

I thought Miss Bacon's Necklace might be featured in “Porks Illustrated”, but, no -- snout their style.

Kevin Bacon wanted this necklace, but I couldn’t part with it if I fried.  I know you are rooting for more, but I’m done ribbin you. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dutch Spiral & Silver Chain

Double your options; long or short.  Dutch spiral and silver chain = versatility.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Polymer Clay Sea Life?

16 x 20 wrapped canvas, polymer clay, air dry polymer clay, PaperClay, felting, beads, dried moss, netting, crocheted wire spirals, leather spirals, string, acrylic paint, glue and I don't know what else is in there!
Sure was fun.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cellini Bead Crochet

I used Alicja Kosarzewska's pattern (click HERE) of 1 size 8/0 round, 3 size 11/0 rounds, 1 size 8/0 round and 3 size 6/0 rounds.  
 Like I said in my previous post, this was my 7th attempt.  The size 11/0's must be consistent in size and have a large enough hole to accommodate the Tuff Cord #2.  I used a size 7 crochet hook.  The start of the rope was the most difficult and then keeping the 11/0's and 8/0's from disappearing to the inside of the core was challenging.  Because of the tight twist, the beads at each curve's tension point wanted to slide to the inside of the rope.  So, every few rows, I had to go back and pop them back in position.