Sunday, November 29, 2009
I made a large leaf cane and didn't want to waste the leftovers because I loved the way the colors had turned out. I was tired of round beads and gave this a try. It's comfortable and I love it. I textured the raw clay with the side of my bead hole tool (the grasping part), but you could texture it with anything and it would look great.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I sculpted this in late 1969 from Sculpey.
I don't remember what I used for tools; wasn't much out then. I probably used a toothpick and my fingernails.
But, before I go, here is my tissue blade holder covered in my canes. This too, is old; probably about fifteen years old.
So, on this Thanksgiving Day, I want to say how thankful I am for all my loved ones (family and friends) and the time I have spent with them. Without their love and support, I would not be here. I am most thankful for my husband who has loved me through the worst of times. I give thanks daily for all my blessings, but I am especially reminded today of how lucky I am. I am grateful to have you and this blog which has given me focus and kept me moving forward. Here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Covered a brass oval bracelet blank with one of my snakeskin cane patterns. This bracelet was a first too! Having so much fun making bracelets. Nice when things turn out the first time around.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I made this polymer clay cuff last night. I bent an aluminum band into a cuff and then covered it with a pre-blended jade color strip of clay. Then I applied slices of canes to the raw clay. I had some leftover leaf canes and geometrics (which made some nice abstract flowers).
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
This is knotted polymer clay. I made it in 1998. It was so interesting how these long ropes of clay could be manipulated into actual knots and baked that way. I still wear it and enjoy it just as much as the first time I wore it over ten years ago.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The above pin combines PaperClay and Polymer Clay.
These are little sculptures I was experimenting with to see the differences between using PaperClay and a paper mache' fiber mix. The PaperClay was much easier and cleaner to work with than the Paper Mache' fiber mix. Although the PaperClay dried much quicker than the paper mache', it could be easily formed and sculpted. Achieving small detail with the PaperClay was not a problem. The paper mache' fiber mix was messy and hard to work with. They both dried hard as a rock without any structural cracks. A fun experiment; a not so fun clean up.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Finished the peyote lariat and not that nuts about it. I hate when that happens. But what have I learned from it? That all size 11 seed beads are not the same size. Yes, I knew that; but now I have internalized it. It's one thing to hear and surface understand something and another to REALLY get it--to have that "ah-ha" moment! Now I got it.
When I do another (if I do another), I will use all delicas.
The below crocheted rope has the closure in the front. I use sterling silver components and wire. The closure was a nice heavy sterling and turquoise toggle from Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.
The below two photos are from the "To Be Finished" trays. They are crocheted ropes that I need to fringe. However, one of my friends said she wanted a red one without anything on it; just plain with no fringe. Boy, that made my life a little easier. So I will finish off the threads and see how the "plain" ones sell at the next fair.
I can always fringe them later, so nothing to lose.
Rita Sova's website http://www.sova-enterprises.com/ is one of my favorite sites to purchase patterns and e-books from. She also has http://www.bead-patterns.com/ and writes Bead Patterns magazine. I purchased my bead storage containers and shelves, "Pavillion" through Rita, as well as several e-books and many bead patterns. She also has lots of free information, a newsletter, gallery, swaps, yahoo chat group, 13,000 patterns from hundreds of artists worldwide.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I strung this bracelet on Beadalon and strung a tiny copper charlotte between each disk to eliminate abrasion and to ease the tension in the curves.
The closure consists of looped charlottes on a magnetic closure. I made a Dutch Spiral bracelet (below) and slipped it over memory wire. Glued some vintage roundels and a black crystal on the ends and then glued the end cap on the memory wire.
I bought a broken necklace at an estate sale (took it apart to use the beads) and was told these were "very old" black beads. I used a simple peyote stitch and finished it with a magnetic closure, which if I had it to do over again, I would have finished it in a beautiful sterling clasp.
Below are two embellished free form peyote bracelets I made.
These were four embellished free form peyote bracelets I made and sold in Chicago before our move to Arizona.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I wanted a "candy" necklace for the holidays and went through my collection of beads and found enough to make a cute and colorful piece. Love those lampworked cupcakes and candies!
Above is a bracelet I made to use up a lot of my "orphan" beads. Love it. In the below necklace, the focal bead was a special gift from someone I love very much and I wanted to incorporate it into an unusual design. I am very happy with the end result and treasure it.
Below is a vintage necklace I did not want to take apart, but it just wasn't "me". I found some resin turtles that I could easily drill and attach jump rings to and it is just what I had in mind.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I had a great time creating these bracelets. The base stitch is peyote and then I just started looping through each base bead and stringing a piece of shell in the middle of the loop.
I used a metal button for the closure. I use Silimide beading thread instead of the small spool of Nymo. I have used it for over ten years and have never had a problem (knock wood). Nymo splits and frays too much for me.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I'm working on adding the copper metal leaves to the polymer clay river rock necklace.
Use a thin gauge copper, cut out the leaf shape, lay it on a sponge or something that will "give" when you push on it and use a stylus to impress the lines of the leaf. Impress a nice deep one down the middle so that you can fold and shape the leaf when you are finished.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Yes, I re-arranged my studio and cleaned and sorted and kept and tossed and uh-oh.....got distracted as soon as I picked her up to re-locate her to another shelf. Thought I would just sit down and work on her a little bit, but before I knew it.........today was here.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I know I'm not showing you anything new, so I apologize ahead. Nonetheless, maybe someone will get something out of it. You know when you copy something and you find some darn "mark" or smudge" on it and discover something was on your copier's glass? It got me to thinking that purposely putting torn paper or flat objects (scrapbooking odds & ends, string, ribbon, flat forms, etc.) onto the glass would produce an interesting picture.
I had several reprints of tags leftover from the art fair. Hate to waste, so tore them up and
threw them on the copier. Normally I would have more, but for the sake of this example, there are only a few. The fun of this is not knowing what will show through and what won't and how that will play out and what you can combine that with later. I have files of collage pictures (I guess that would go without saying) so I choose a picture from that and place it over the torn paper.