Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
The above is going to be a pin. I still want to sculpt a small black spider to put on it.
The texture plate produced some nice crisp impressions (above). I did give the baked plate a light dusting of cornstarch before applying my scrap clay.
I conditioned some scrap flesh tone polymer and ran it through the pasta machine on a thin setting.
Then took the laser cut paper and laid it on the polymer and ran it through the same thin setting on the pasta machine. Then I gently lifted the laser cut paper off the polymer and it resulted in the above. I am holding the baked piece (above) in front of a light so you can see the transparency. Kind of fun.
Monday, June 28, 2010
These are laser cut paper cupcake wrappers from Paper Orchid Stationary. I originally ordered a bunch of these to wrap the cupcakes I was going to make with my new Kitchen Aid Pro Line Mixer. But then, I thought "Polymer".
Especially this one. I love this spider web cupcake wrap. So, I got out Donna Kato's "The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects" and followed her instructions on how to make a texture plate from laser cut paper. It worked, as you will see tomorrow.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I sculpted the two peaceful, loving birds from polymer. The Dream talisman is a transfer onto polymer.
I used antique steel cut beads for the neck piece as well as on the front design.
A couple of crystals, seed beads, a piece of turquoise and some fresh water pearls.
The base is Nicole Campanella's Beadwright bead backing material. You can find it HERE (Nicole is temporarily away due to an illness in her family. Please check back again). It was easy to use and I love all the colors it comes in. I made the pocket and lining from material I purchased at JoAnn's Fabrics. I used Krazy Glue to attach the birds and Weldbond glue to attach the material.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
I was inspired by a woman who carried a talisman in her pocket. She chose something meaningful that would help keep her grounded in stressful moments.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Diana Williams of the Arizona Polymer Clay Guild gave a demonstration of Viking Knit and then proceeded to sit with each of us to help us with any problems we were having. She's a wonderful teacher and artist. The above Viking Knit directions are from "Fine Art by Rocio".
It was really fun. I finished the above piece by pulling it through the wooden draw plate (above) and then tied it in a little bow (below) and will combine it with another material to make a pin.
I found the above book helpful also (shown above and below). Right now, Art Jewelry Magazine is offering a free download of a Viking Knit bracelet. You can find it here. You may have to register, but it's free and you have access to all their free downloads. Beading Daily also has a couple of free downloads on how to start, finish and embellish your Viking Knit. You can find it here.
I also found Lois Moon's blogspot to be very helpful. See Lois' blog HERE. It's rejuvenating to learn something new!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Here's wishing all those "fathering" types who are caretakers, fixers, nuturers, comforters, babiers and cuddlers who give their all everyday to their families (with or without children), extended families, adopted families, friends, neighbors, pets, etc. a very Happy Father's Day
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This was a primitive polymer sculpture I did a long time ago. She's bruised, scraped, knicked and torn. She's completely twisted around, confused, sad and scared.
She knows she must let go of all the "faces" she wore to protect herself. As much as she tries to hold on to them, she knows she must let them go. So exhausting keeping up the false fronts.
She can't do it anymore. The worst thing is not knowing how she will manage without them. They are like old friends. They kept her from feeling her feelings.
But, it's time; she has sat on her hands for too long, letting this go on. She can't keep up any longer. She surrenders her control, lets go and mourns their loss. Anything has to be better than living a lie.
Certainly not a pretty little piece. Guess it's not meant to be. It's only 3-1/2" tall, sculpted from polymer, baked and then painted it with china paint, which hardens to a glaze when baked. Then I sanded most of it off to give it the battered effect.