Monday, January 31, 2011

Pickles & Tomatoes

Hold the Mayo!
Doesn't everyone want a polymer clay Pickles and Tomato necklace?
Instead of the tomatoes, I should substitute ice cream cones.....for the woman who wants to ever so subtly let her man know she's pregnant. An heirloom piece that could be handed down through the generations. I'm being silly. I got some bad news that has me down and decided to sit down and make something funny. I know it's not art, but it's the masterpiece that took me a million miles away.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Free To Be Me

I sculpted this piece over an aluminum foil armature. Her head is oven baked polymer clay and her head piece and body are no-bake polymer clay (air dry).
She has some steam punk detail, long, long eyelashes and glass eyes.
She is holding a free form peyote piece I am still working on. It has a ways to go yet. That's one of the aspects of free form bead sculpting I love. It's ever-changing.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Free Puff Heart Tutorial

This one is from Craft HERE. Combining the polymer puff hearts with the polymer valentine candies would make an adorable bracelet.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bead Crochet

I've been working on some bead crochet ropes on and off. I love making them.
Above are some I sold.
I cover my thin crochet hooks with polymer clay so they fit my "hold".
Julia A. Harper has written some great instructions (shown above) which are posted on The Beaders HERE.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Free Bead Crochet Pattern

Love and Kisses.
This bracelet is done in size 8/0 beads, 7 beads around, 6 repeats and measures approximately 7-1/4". The pattern is from TidesWell Bead and HERE.  Renate of TidesWell Bead and Glass was kind enough to give me permission.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Polymer Clay Valentines

I made these a while ago using simple, basic, brightly colored canes. I love them. Polymer Clay Central has clear instructions on a checkerboard cane....HERE and a striped cane HERE. You can find instructions for the Skinner blend and many others on their main index page HERE. Hope your day is filled with simplicity and beautiful colors.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Gift Tag Tutorial

I LOVE this simple stamped heart tag from the very talented Mitsy at Artmind Etcetera HERE. Mitsy generously shares numerous (and I mean numerous) tutorials on her blog with beautiful photos and clear instructions. That gift tag is so simple and elegant.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Free Pendant & Earring Tutorial

This sweet set is from Holiday Crafts and HERE. I think I would outline the earrings in red also. It's sweet and simple.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Beaded Necklace and Bracelet

I beaded the necklace and bracelet in right angle weave (RAW) in a light blue to dark blue triangle beads.  The Kimono display stand is from Good Will (second hand store). The necklace and bracelet have a very sumptuous feel to them and I love the colors. Here's right angle weave instructions from Around the Beading HERE. They have wonderful instructions and patterns...check them out. Here is the link to their blog....HERE.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Free Polymer Valentine Tutorial

This free tutorial is from Polymer Clay of Julia Sober's designs. Click HERE. Also, here is the link for all their fabulous tutorials, lessons and projects....HERE.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Desert Valentine

Isn't that the sweetest little cactus heart you've ever seen?
We were visiting some family and friends for a couple of days and spotted the desert valentine and gorgeous purple cactus in our friends' landscaping. Made my day.
There's all 6'7" of the hubby so you can see that's a mighty big brown paper bag. We were at a resale book store tracking down some knitting and painting books I saw online. Found the books I wanted, had a great time and got some good photos. Now back to the studio.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Updated Followers' Blog Listing

I finally got around to updating my sidebar. I went through each Follower's info and updated the Followers' Blogs list. If you are not included, please email me. I couldn't leave the knitting class at the yarn store without buying this yummy yarn. Not a clue what I am doing, but I couldn't wait to see how these colors worked out. Good practice anyway.
I want this table by John's called, "The Paint or Die but Love Me" table. Lord help me if I ever win the Lottery.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Windows, Doors & Paths

I notice that I have a "thing" for windows, doors and "paths". Most of my paintings have some kind of path in them. Mmmmmmm, the universe giving me a message? But then again, I get stuck on one thing until it's out of my system--like the animal prints. Ahhhhh, my little world.

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Zebra Bracelet

I finished the 3-drop peyote Zebra bracelet. I have never tried a 3-drop peyote pattern before and am glad I did because it went so fast! The 3-drop really has a lot more texture than the other two. I am still loving the animal prints. If anyone out there knows of any animal skin peyote patterns, please let me know. Can I just say one more time....I am so happy to have my computer back. Yay.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What Did I Create Today?

A headache! I bought the Knix Fix book because I think I juuuuuust might need it.
See that pathetic little piece? That is all I got accomplished in my beginner's knitting class. I did not play well with others. I got frustrated easily. Held everything too tightly and couldn't get the point of the knitting needle into the yarn and ugh, it was pure torture. So much so, I can't wait to go back. Knit wit.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Getting Inspired

A wonderful morning at The Heard Museum watching a basket making demonstration.
Fascinating, beautiful and masterful; she glided through every movement. It was amazing.
Then we headed over to The Tonto Bar & Grill in Cave Creek for lunch. Oh my goodness, the landscaping was gorgeous.
Food was outstanding, the weather was beautiful and I had a great time with great friends.
What a day.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Polymer Cafe Magazine

What a great way to start 2011! Above is my polymer clay chocolate candy centerpiece featured in the current issue of Polymer Cafe' magazine. You can order the magazine HERE. Polymer Cafe' magazine is full of polymer clay information, inspiration, tutorials, resource websites, photos and articles. There is a Readers' Gallery for you to share your polymer clay work and a polymer clay challenge to enter. Lisa Pavelka has an informative section in every issue where she answers your questions regarding polymer clay. There is vendor information on products, retreats, conferences and shows. Polymer Cafe' is published 6 times a year and is a bargain! Can you tell I'm just a little ecstatic?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

From My Studio to Yours...

Happy Holidays! May you have the solace of your studio, the inspiration to create, the confidence to share and the gratitude for your art. From my studio to yours, I wish you the happiest of holidays - Marlene