Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Polymer Clay Bowls

Polymer clay bowls.  These are so addictive to make.  A great way to use up all those canes!  I love making these.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Video Tutorial

Want to learn how to sculpt translucent clay on glass?   I'm teaching how on Polyform's Polymer Clay Adventure for 2017.  A 3 payment plan is now available.  And think of the holidays - a great gift of over 20 video classes for a beloved family member or a really good friend or......treat yourself - you deserve it!  Read more about it here - http://bit.ly/Brady17!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Textured Paintings

 I'm so happy with how these turned out (if I do say so myself).   They are both 15"x30", acrylic on canvas.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Santos Art Dolls

 I altered these dolls to create Santos figures; or, as some people refer to them as cage dolls.  I have always been fascinated by them.  Could never afford one, but I am pretty happy with these and will keep one for myself.  I learned a lot in the process of creating these and look forward to experimenting more.
Saturday, Nov. 5th is our local art fair here in Sun City West, Arizona.  It is held in the RH Johnson parking lot and the Rec Center area.  I hope we have a good turn out and the sun stays out.  I also hope I move some inventory.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Polymer Clay Carnival Las Vegas

I finished the polymer clay pendants for Clay Carnival's artist swap.  I made 100 and then I made more for myself and for an upcoming sale.  Driving out in the morning and should be to Vegas in about 6 hours.  Classes start on Wednesday and go through Saturday.  Can't wait to see everyone and learn new techniques.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Polymer Clay Adventure

CLICK HERE - http://bit.ly/Brady17 to find out more. Join 2017 Polymer Clay Adventure between Oct. 4 and Oct. 7 and be entered to win 50 bars of clay and a $50 gift card to shop.  There will be promotions and drawings all along the way.  Sign up so your name can be included in each drawing.  And, as a member, you get 15% off in the PCA Shop!  Such a deal!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Today is the Last Day!!!!

 CHECK THIS OUT (HERE - http://bit.ly/Brady17 Translucent clay on blown glass. I'm teaching an online class using translucent clay on glass called "Sea Life" (the pink vases featured below) at Polymer Clay Adventure. Join me and 23 other polymer artists in a year of classes all inclusive for $99. Today is the last day to get in on the Golden Ticket tucked in one of the goody bags. Sign up today to enter your name in the drawing for a goody bag and a chance at the Golden Ticket!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Overseer

Every once in a while I work on the 40" altered doll.  I found some great tattered wings in the Halloween section at Goodwill.  She's high up on a shelf overlooking my work table....reminding me to get busy.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Toot-Toot My Horn

A very nice article in our local newspaper.  Sun City West Independent does a spectacular job in promoting our local art fair which is coming up Nov. 5th.  They feature various artists in the weeks leading up to the fair.  I am thrilled to be included.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Spiral Icicle Pattern

 I found the below spiral icicle pattern (click HERE) that is very similar to the discontinued Bead's Knees' crystal icicle ornament pattern I used in the photo above (click HERE).  I will be making some of these for the holidays.

Monday, September 12, 2016


 Sculpting translucent clay on glass is one of my passions.  This vase was purchased by a very good friend who fell in love with it.  It made me feel so good.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Black & White Bowls

 A 3" glass bowl covered with slices of the black and white polymer clay canes I received in the cane swap at the AZPCG Prescott, AZ retreat.
And a tiny 1-1/2" glass bowl covered in more black and white canes.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Black and White Canes

 I participated in a Black and White cane swap at the Arizona Polymer Clay Guild's Annual Retreat in Prescott, Az.  I have not done any caning in a long time so I kept it simple.  My hand is still not OK, but, boy, it felt good to work with clay again!
 I was happy with what I accomplished and had fun making a huge mess.
 I'm using some of the canes to cover glass bowls and some to cover eggs.
I ran the black and white scraps through the pasta machine until they were a beautiful gray color.  And then......made gray and white canes.

Friday, August 19, 2016


http://tinyletter.com/MarleneBrady  This is a link to my newsletter.  Click on it and type in your email.  I’m trying something new.  Sometimes there just isn’t enough room on Facebook or my blog to share supply resources, explain a process, show a technique or share what’s going on in my studio (works in progress).   To be honest, it may include more than polymer clay at times.  I love creating jewelry, art dolls, assemblage art, journals, paintings, shabby chic art, etc.  I’m preparing for the holidays soon with lots of polymer, art dolls and mixed media pieces so, if you are interested, sign up.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sole Sisters

 I was inspired by Gwen Murphy's shoe art.  I could not find a website for her, but if you Google her name, you will see some crazy whimsical shoe faces.  Love them.  I made mine from PaperClay and a pair of black flats.  I added eyes that open and close.  I may switch out the colorful earrings for some black and white ones.
I may hang them on my closet wall or maybe set them on the floor by the front door...haven't decided yet.  But they do make me smile.  My right hand and elbow are still painful and numb, but I am getting back to my art and feeling better.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Bead Crochet Beige & White

 Goes with everything.....love basics.  Still recuperating from hand/elbow surgery.  Can't wait to get back to bead crochet.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Christmas In July

A good friend gave me the crystals from her mother's antique chandelier.  I wired a small hanger and hung them on spiral ornament hangers.  I also hung all 35 of the spiral icicles I beaded.  The tree is so pretty with or without the lights on.
And, yes, the ornaments were carefully packed and the tree dissembled, awaiting the holidays.
I found yards of long blue fringe at a second hand store.  It made the most luscious little tree.  It's all texture and bouncy little strings.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Christmas In June

 I found lots of goodies at Goodwill.  The nutcracker is in almost perfect condition; a few spots of worn paint and a ball is missing on the crown.  Easy peasy.
 The doll is a 1983 Bradley Doll "Send In The Clowns".  I removed the costume, washed it and then I washed the doll (carefully).  The wooden sleigh is going to become a centerpiece filled with fruit, ribbons (the black & white) and greenery.  The sleigh is going to have a few black and white touches here and there; MacKenzie Child's inspired (click HERE).  And the doll is going to be part of the arrangement after I embellish her costume (the black & silver material & ruffle).
That's the plan anyway, but you know how that goes, right?  It will take on a life of its own.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Polymer Clay Embellished

I used up some really old canes on this ceramic cowboy boot.  Didn't even make a dent in the cane stash.  I made this while ago before surgery.  I'm still in a half cast recouping from surgery at the elbow and wrist for an entrapped ulnar nerve.  Recovering soooooo slowly and can't really do anything.  Typing this left handed is hard - thank goodness for auto correct.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Polymer Clay Mermaid

I'm sculpting more mermaids. I'm using translucent polymer clay on glass vessels.  I'm trying to finish some projects before I go for elbow and wrist surgery on Tuesday.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Polymer Journeys 2016

 I am honored to be one of the polymer artists featured in Sage Bray's beautiful book on the Art and Craft of Polymer 2016.   It is a must have for every polymer artist.  Full of educational information and inspiring photos.  What a wonderful experience this has been; thank you Sage Bray!
You can order your copy here:  http://www.polymerjourneys.com

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Polymer Arts

 I am thrilled beyond words to be included in the Spring issue of The Polymer Arts Magazine.  What an honor!
I recently had successful knee replacement, but developed a skin infection and ended up back in the hospital for several days.  So, when this arrived in the mail today, it made my day. If you love polymer clay,  you will love The Polymer Arts Magazine.  You can also follow along on Facebook: The Polymer Arts

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Needle Felted Bunny

Much to be learned about the art of needle felting.  It's fun learning.  I finished bunny, satisfied with it and then thought, "It needs a bit of blush".  I couldn't get the blush applied evenly and applied too much in some areas and not enough in others.  By then, I decided to chalk it up to a learning experience and leave it well enough alone.  Thanks for lending an ear.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Felted Mice & Cheese

 I made some felted mice and a wedge of cheese to go with my Wine & Cheese centerpiece.
I am having so much fun with this needle felting.  I joined the Arizona Felters Guild.  I'm still sculpting with polymer clay and beading, but couldn't help giving this a try.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Doll Head Pincushion

Felted pincushion in altered doll's head, Apoxie Sculpt base.  This pincushion is more "me".  It's happy face and funky hair sits on my work table.  I loved making this.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Felted Pincushion

Felted pincushion: Air dry polymer clay roses, lace, bee brooch, glass head pins, tart tin, roving wool, glue, craft pearls.

Monday, February 8, 2016


Wonderful paperwhites!  I got these over the holidays.  Their beauty and aroma lasted a long time.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Clowning Around

I made these fun Clown Rings in the wonderful Leslie Blackford's workshop at Clay Carnival last August.  You can read more about Clay Carnival in LasVegas, Nevada by clicking HERE.  It is tentatively set for October 12 - 15, 2016.  I'm hoping to go again.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Google Friend Connect Discontinued by Blogger

"...starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers."

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer


This has been happening over time. I have lost a lot of followers and couldn't understand why. Now I know. At this point, I don't know what good it does to post this in a blog post when those affected will not be able to see the post. But, I will do as Mr. Goddard suggests and hope for the best.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jewelry Displays

I purchased two large and one medium Craftable Foam Torsos (on the left) from JoAnn's Fabric.  I used handmade papers to cover them, sanded and applied another layer of the papers.  I sanded one more time, then sealed them with Mod Podge.  They fit perfectly on tall candlesticks.