Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Supaglypta and Anaglypta are highly textured and/or deeply embossed wallpapers. I use various wallpapers in my collages occasionally, but usually use handmade papers......... or natural fibers, such as the ones below. I purchase them from whatever source I like at the time, but I particularly like the companies, Handmade Paper (click HERE) and Collage Art (click HERE). Yes, you know where this is going. Tomorrow a couple more collage papers and then.....to the laboratory for some experiments.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I crocheted this sweet blue beaded crocheted rope and keep it on this antique clothes brush. This type of clothes or vanity brush was popular in the 1920's and 1930's. This one is made in Germany and is hand painted porcelain. Beaded crochet was also popular in the 1920's during the Flapper era when beaded ropes were the bee's knees. What a cute expression. Above is what she should look like in all her glory, but mine is missing her fancy ribbon. Honestly, I love the look of the low metal hip band against the softness of the colors. Yeah, she's come full circle into this century.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Another "Bottoms Up" pin with a magnetic closure. By attaching a magnetic closure, I am able to attach it to a delicate silk scarf........
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Boxes I made from paper streamers with polymer clay embellishments. The original YouTube free tutorial from Manualidades (click HERE) is in Spanish, but is easy to follow as she did a beautiful job of filming. The insides were glued and the outsides varnished. Fabi (click HERE). Fabi has made many of these in various sizes and even some jewelry (brilliant). I had to try my hand at it just based on Fabi's fun pieces. Be careful, they are addictive.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Yes, my friends, one more of the "bottoms of plastic bottles" series. The bottom of this large soda bottle made a nice star shape that was deep enough to push the skull into. I gave this guy spiral eyes, a frilly do and embellished with some simple canes. I glued a magnet on the back and he was ready to go.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I collect Moon Cake Molds that "speak" to me. Like the cat mold; love Happy Cat.
Each wooden mold has a beautiful patina. Worn wood with a smooth as silk feel. I just love them.
The legend goes that during the Yuan Dynasty, China was ruled by the Mongolian people. Leaders from the preceding Sung dynasty were unhappy at submitting to foreign rule and set out to coordinate a rebellion without it being discovered. The leaders of the rebellion, knowing that the Moon Festival was drawing near, ordered the making of special cakes. Hidden in each moon cake was a message with the outline of the attack. On the night of the Moon Festival, the rebels successfully attacked and overthrew the government. What followed was the establishment of the Ming Dynasty. Today, moon cakes are eaten to commemorate this legend.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I finished the kitchen rug necklace. I made some polymer clay beads to complete the design and I have to say, I am very happy with this piece.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
I patted some corn starch on the bottom of a water bottle, squished some polymer clay into it and voila, a beautiful piece emerged.
I used the tip of a ball point pen to make the little circles, a pin to dot their centers and drew some circles in the middle.All three plastic bottles have different bottoms. I'm off to try the one on the right. So much fun.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I used one of the 40% off coupons to purchase one of these cup cozies at JoAnn's Fabrics. Super cheap. That plastic button had to go to make room for one of my handmade polymer buttons.
If you would like to try your hand at making your own, Staci of Crafty Staci.com has a great free tutorial (click HERE) for a reversible cozy. Then you can add your own polymer button to complete the design.