I cover wooden disks and squares with canes. After they are cured and cooled, I paint the back of the tile black and then store them until I need a few to use in a wall piece.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This is my first attempt at bead embroidery. The large circle on the right is a Mandala done in Peyote stitch. Mandala's are said to have healing powers and at the time, I was needing some healing and this piece evolved.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I reduced some of my complex canes, rolled out some scrap clay for the bases and got started. I layered the scrap clay so the above ring would "dome" out of the ring. Than I applied the canes and crystals and then baked.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas! Remember these from the 50's? Vending machine toys that would come in little plastic capsules. The ones above are actually mine that I saved all these 50 some years.
I liked the little yellow wooden yo-yo with the string dangling. But I think my favorites were the glow-in-the dark toys, the light bulbs and the lanterns. I was fascinated with those.
The little pocket knife was neat too. It opens and has a dull blade. The watch with an elastic band, the toilet seat (what was with that?), false teeth, kazoos, telephones, plastic picture frames with Gabby Hayes picture inside (light blue frame in first photo above), little trophies and medals; boy, they bring back so many memories.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Since all Polyscape pieces are pre-baked, I can lay out the pieces in a rough draft and take a digital picture. I do this several times until I like what I see on camera. Using the camera helps me see the color values and balance of composition.
Monday, December 21, 2009
The above photo shows the baked pieces I have left in the three main colors.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This is another holiday pin I created using a skinner blend plug for the background, the snowflake cane from 2goodclaymates, a skinner blend single vein leaf, tiny balls and a tiny log rolled thin for the tree trunk and bow. My favorite Christmas Cardinal pin. It was made the same way as above except I textured the leaves by drawing lines on them with an Xacto knife.
A small dog tag pendant using a different cane for the tree but the snowflake cane for the background.
This is the cane from http://www.2goodclaymates.blogspot.com/ that I used.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This Polyscape is an abstract expression of different symbols, such as the circle of life, feathers of courage, the sun depicting growth, paths with obstacles, contrasting colors that show the dark and light moments in life. And, of course, textures; lots of textures representing the different patterns in life we go through.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This is the second posting in the series of Polyscapes. Again, this one is of a backyard pond we had in Chicago before moving to Arizona. My husband grew everything in that pond. There was color and texture galore. It was a source of daily inspiration.
The koi grew big and fat. In late afternoon, the sun would cast a purplish pink shadow on the water that gave the fish a murky glow.
To get the effect of the fish in the water, I used a rubber stamp of koi. After I marbled the polymer clay and rolled it to a #4, I pressed the rubber stamp into it and then cut out the koi shapes using an Xacto knife.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Earthtone colors rolled through the pasta machine until they were muted enough, then I cut out leaf shapes with an Xacto knife and drew veins on then with the blade point of the Xacto knife.
I used one skinner blend plug cane for one leaf. Some Artistic Wire I coiled, then coiled it around itself (below).
Monday, December 14, 2009
Three dimensional polymer clay wall hangings I create called "Polyscapes".
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Yesterday I made some faux turquoise and coral beads with the bead rollers. How quick and simple to use; love them. The plan is to sit and string them this afternoon while I ice the foot.
The mess on my worktable yesterday. The messier it is, the more fun I've had.
This is the temporary handicap scooter I am using while my foot heals. This is how I transport my glass baking dish to my polymer clay oven in the garage. I set the glass baking dish in the scooter basket and off I go. The scooter even has a hand brake. Which I don't mind admitting as come in handy more than once.