Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I decided to tear out the other two Mud Cloth necklaces I started (click HERE) and do one in black and white. I love black and white. It was my first instinct. I love how it turned out. "Mud Cloth" is part 1 of Judith Bertoglio-Giffin's African Stripes pattern. Love Letters is part 2 which I am just starting.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Ever since I sculpted a branch bezel for one of Heather Powers' Humblebeads (click HERE), I've been wanting to create more nature inspired pieces in polymer clay. So, today and tomorrow are a couple of rings I sculpted.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Le Bouton Jewelry is unique, whimsical and inspirational. When I lived in Chicago, Illinois, I never missed one of their shows. I received 4 of their brooches (which can also be worn as pendants) as payment for a sculpture repair I did. I thought I would share these four pieces with you as they are so interesting. Le Bouton creates one of a kind jewelry using antique buttons, buckles, gaming pieces, cufflinks, coins and watch parts. The materials in Beverly Eisenstein and Sonni Helmer's creations date back as far as the 1700's and as modern as laser-cut Swarovski crystals. Le Bouton creates all forms of jewelry including earrings (pierced, clip-on, hanging and post) brooches/pins, necklaces, bracelets, stick-pins, cufflinks and unisex tacks. You can visit their website (click HERE) to see some of their one of a kind jewelry.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
It's a ring...............
It's a bracelet................
It's a necklace..................
It's a brooch.................
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
I entered Dot Lewallen's giveaway and was fortunate enough to win Marthe LeVan's new book, "making fabric jewelry"! It is available through Amazon (click HERE) and at local hobby stores. The first project I want to try is the Chrysalis (second photo).
Marthe's new book has 23 projects by top jewelry designers. It has great photos with easy to follow instructions. According to Dot's blog "Speedie Beadie" (click HERE), you will want to dig into those scrap bags of fabric you knew would come in handy someday, or crawl around on the floor picking up those loose pieces of thread, cut up a pair of old jeans you've had since the disco era, and start hitting the clothes section at the flea market looking for unique fabrics. I will let you know when I receive it and begin a new adventure. Thank you Dot!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
It's funny how a word's definition can be so different from its interpretation. I thought Heishi was the way beads were sliced. A reader emailed to tell me that Heishi meant "shell" and my polymer did not look like shell. Oops. I guess my necklace should be called "Oversized Polymer Disks".
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This is what I was inspired to create after seeing felted dreadlocks. White polymer clay disks fit snugly on the dreadlocks. The top photo has lots of disks, while the below photo has less.
More is more and less is a bore. I love the heavily embellished necklace in the top photo. My bead crochet rope is lightweight and, of course the felted dreads are soft and light as air. For me, it's a show stopper!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Wet Felting. Didn't know a thing about it, but when I saw some YouTube videos (just Google "Felted Dreadlocks) showing how to make Felted Dreadlocks, I had to look into it. I made several dreads and still have tons of wool leftover. It takes a little bit of work to get them to harden. I worked up a sweat!
Like I need another medium to throw into the mix. But, the dreadlocks fascinate me. People still wear them. They can be purchased in bulk on Etsy. You can leave them in when showering and change them out to a different color when you feel like it. My hair is way to short, but I might be tempted if I had longer hair (just kidding hubby-maybe).
To give you an idea of what a full head would look like, the above felted dreadlocks are from Ariana Bauer of Studio Desiree (click HERE). Well, I know this is a bit of an odd posting, but I am inspired by these. More tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This is one of two sculptures that seems to be ongoing. And the strange part is, I like it that way.
It is a non-drying oil based sculpting clay. She's meant to be bronzed......eventually....when I win the lottery. So in the meantime, I add a little here, smooth a little there.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
I purchased these earrings in 2001 from Donna Kato. She, along with many other famous polymer clay artists were teaching at Polymer Clay Haven just outside of Chicago, Illinois. I am still taking Donna's classes through Craft Edu (click HERE). The classes are thorough, entertaining, informative, detailed, .......have I said excellent?
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Jerome, Arizona is an old copper mining town with 80 miles of underground tunnels. It is filled with ghost stories, antiques, art galleries and unusual sights.
I forgot my good camera, so we had to make do. Unfortunately a lot of the great shots didn't turn out.
But, you get the idea that the little mining town is filled with character and charm. In the photo above (click to enlarge), the yard on the left is filled with everything from bathtubs to street lights while the yard on the right is simple and elegant.
And, of course, what would a town with that much character be without an old VW van covered in bumper stickers!
Friday, August 3, 2012
A close-up of the end of a cactus skeleton. Looks like a bird's head to me. I'm "heading" out to Jerome, Arizona today to antique and hit the art galleries, so I leave you with a wish for a great weekend. Head out somewhere and enjoy!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
I didn't double check my stringing on either bead crochet rope. Not on either rope. I was on a roll and almost done with Sections 1,2,3 and 4 and was just about to start Section 5 when I noticed the ropes were not matching up. Ugh. So now, I have to go back, pull out, cut, re-string, tie on new thread and continue. Did I mention....on both ropes? This time, I'm working on one rope, finishing one rope and then working on the other. Although, the more I think about it, the blue one may end up a 30" rope.