Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Polymer clay marshmallows wishing you the happiest of Halloweens!  [Inspiration: Zombie marshmallows by Meaghan Mountford of The Decorated Cookie-permission obtained]Photofunia editing lets me be an angel for the day. hehe.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pencil Drawing

This is my pencil drawing projected up on a movie screen through the magic of Photofunia, a photo editing program. I did this drawing years ago; loved it then, love it now. It is just one of my favorites. And what fun to see it on a movie screen in all its glory. I'm taking a break from non-stop painting, pricing and tagging. October has been a blur. A blissful blur.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Alcohol Ink Beads

Some polymer clay beads I painted with alcohol inks and strung on a turquoise cable. Next Saturday is our Art fair and I am on countdown. Wearable art pieces are pretty much done and tagged. Displays and table covers are done. It's the paintings that are not done. Tomorrow.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Free Form Beaded Heart

I had all my free form beaded hearts hanging on organza ribbon, but have switched to cables. They appear light and free and wear beautifully.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Coffee Cuff Surprise

Not only did I receive my beautiful coffee cuff from Cat Ker of In the Light of the Moon (click HERE), but I got the magazine she was published in, Cloth-Paper-Scissors (click HERE). Her article appears in the Holiday 2011-2012 issue. What a great surprise. Again, thank you Cat.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Polymer & Crepe Paper

I really enjoyed making the paper streamer boxes (click HERE) and thought I would give a roll of crepe paper a try and top it off with a big polymer bead. I would do fine for a couple of inches and then, capoohie! Better I should use the crepe paper for our next party.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Big, Bold Polymer Necklaces

These are over 10 years old, closer to 15. I think I made them in '96. The joy of "playing". Simple scrap clay and swirls. Oldies, but goodies.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Look What I Won!

How lucky am I? Out of all those entries on Cat Kerr's blog, "In the Light of the Moon" (click HERE), I won. I chose a custom made Coffee Cuff with the word "Happy" on it. Because I am happy. Hop on over to Cat's blog and enjoy her artistry and then take a look at her Etsy shop (click HERE). Thank you Cat.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Polymer Crochet Hook

I made this polymer "finger" about 10 years ago and it is still going strong. It's just starting to show some wear, but I love it. I molded it to my hand; super comfortable. I inscribed the size of the hook on the bottom side of the hook. This one is a size 7. Wishing you a joy-filled Sunday!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Toys

I ordered blog cards (mini cards) from Moo (click HERE). LOVE them. A photo of my work on one side and blog info on the other. They were easy to do, fast delivery, great quality, fun and reasonable. Then, I treated myself to some of Crafti Staci's products (click HERE) for my camera and purse. She is great to work with. I wanted pockets that would fit on my new camera strap (click HERE) and Staci had no problems accommodating me. I had one made for my camera's remote control, my camera's lens cover and a pocket for business cards. The fourth one (bottom left) is for my purse and is so lightweight! I wanted the pockets to slide on the camera strap and open from the top, not the side. She made a new pattern for my request and whipped these up in nothing flat. They are so well made. Thank you Staci, I love them.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Polymer Drawer Pulls

I made these polymer covered drawer pulls a while ago for a small cabinet I don't even have anymore. So, here they sit. But I thought I would share a great tutorial from Amy Crawley of Musings From The Moonroom on her drawer pulls (below). Amy's tutorial is wonderful (click HERE).

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Free Form Shoulder Lace

Version 1 - Front Version 1 - Back Version 2 - Front Version 2 - Back. It's funny how this relaxes me. I am working on my entries for the International Polymer Clay Association's Progress and Possibilities competition and am really struggling with them. I had two ready to go and decided to change them on the last minute and now I am struggling to get three done. I sit and crochet these little free form pieces just to relax. I hope to be done with the P&P entry pieces by this weekend. I hope.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Crocheted Rings & Free Patterns

Two little rings I crocheted. I used cotton thread for the gray one and gave it a crocheted band. I used button hole thread for the white one and glued it on to a ring blank. I have lots of free flower patterns on my Pinterest board (click HERE). Click on the link below the photo to access the tutorial. And here is a favorite of mine; one of Mayae's gorgeous crocheted "doily" ring patterns (click HERE).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Three Ghosts Hanging Around

A Fall leaf painted white to look like a ghost (click HERE) inspired me to make a few leaves in polymer clay for a necklace. Wish I could come up with a way of making them into a writing pen!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Polymer Gingerbread Skeletons

I seem to be on this "food inspiring polymer creations" kick. I saw some real gingerbread skeleton cookies (plus the recipe) by Amy Kaldo-Bul that she made for Family Circle Magazine (click HERE) and wanted to make them in polymer. I liked them so much, I made some skulls and bats too!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Repetitive Design Pin

I had some questions on what type of cutters I used for the Repetitive Design Pin. They were a gift from a good friend for my upcoming birthday. I received two sets. They are a de Buyer Plain Square (set of 9) and a fluted (set of 7) Boat cutters from Sur la table made from heavy weight plastic and are heat resistant to 320 degrees. They run about $58 each set. As with any product, many variations can be found on the Internet at more reasonable prices. I used the boat cutters for the Repetitive Design Pin.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Polymer Zombie Marshmallows

Polymer Clay Zombie Marshmallows!
I saw some real Zombie Marshmallows on Meaghan Mountford's The Decorated Cookie (click HERE) and became inspired to create them out of polymer clay. I emailed Meaghan asking if I could create them in polymer and she said yes.  Meaghan is also the creator of the melting snowman cookie!  She is an amazing artist.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shoe Pixie

Cleaning up my workspace and re-organizing my cabinets and ran across an old friend. I sculpted Pixie from ProSculpt and used some scrap cane for the wings and dress. Since I didn't have a decent photo of her, it was perfect timing. Now, back to work.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Skeleton Crew Jewelry

I pulled out my Skeleton Crew canes and have been making some spooktacular Halloween jewelry (if I do say so myself). Having fun.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Polymer Candy Corn Bracelet

I made these polymer clay candy corn charms a while ago and finally got around to putting them together. I even have some leftover for earrings. I used some vintage crystals, faux pearls and some old black plastic beads from my stash to complete it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Bandage Jewelry

Yes, I need help. Polymer Clay Anonymous. I was in recovery last Friday after a minor procedure getting the IV removed and looked down at the bandage. I said, "Ooooo, I like that texture, could I have some new pieces of that bandage?" I cut four strips and made a two-part silicone mold of them lying side by side. After pressing the polymer into the mold and removing it, I cut out shapes, baked and highlighted the texture and voila! Bandage Jewelry. I get the biggest kick out of how fascinated I am with these textures and how happy I am with the finished pieces. Pretty funny.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Free Beaded Patterns

Cute little black cat earrings from Bead Jewelry Making (click HERE). Marjorie from Living With Three Moon Babies Blog designed these witch earrings. You can find the free tutorial HERE. Hope you are having a creative weekend. I have been sewing up a storm making a fitted floor length table cover for the table I use for the art fair. Made a new polymer necklace, earrings and bracelet and more polymer decorations and then crocheted some new pieces I am loving. I will post starting tomorrow.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Polymer Bones and ....

I used a stuffed stocking face in the specimen jar, polymer for my witches fingers and broken bones and added some paint to the cheap Walgreen's skull. The "Scrumptious Earth Worms" label can be found at Coco and Bella's (click HERE). I printed and cut it out, stained and painted it, crumpled it and glued it on the jar. Then added some "bloody" fingerprints on the jar.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lifesize Polymer

The beginning of "Broomhilda". I applied paper mache' over a balloon. When dry, I popped the balloon and cut a hole for the pvc pipe. I applied polymer clay over the paper mache', sculpted the features, inserted the glass eyes and baked. I made this life size polymer head a couple of years ago for a 7' sculpture to go in my art fair booth. I've used it a couple of times, but am liking this the best. The wrecked face fits Broomhilda the best. I definitely need to get her a broom and a hat!