Thursday, May 21, 2015

MORE IS MORE, LESS IS A BORE - MY NEW MOTTO

I've decided that I'm going to start being flamboyant.  Not that I was ever shy but as I'm getting older I seem to lean toward glitzy things.  So, when I over do something and it's too wild I'm just going to say it's from the new flamboyant muse side of me.  You are probably wondering where this is going.

I had mouth surgery two weeks ago and I still feel like there is a canyon in my mouth and helicopters are flying in and out.  My periodontist is one of nicest people I have ever met.  He's kind and caring and is very concerned about his patients.  When I am in his chair however, he starts every sentence with my name which at first I thought was a little strange but now I understand the man and that's just one of his great little quirks.  He belongs to a Christian church and he and his wife do a lot of charity work for people around Phoenix.  He collects clothes in his office for the homeless and they give a lot of their time to help homeless children.  He loves crosses and he's always finding one to give to the wife of the pastor also.  I had 4 wooden crosses here that I haven't done anything with and I was going to put polymer clay on them but the Pebeo paints were sitting there and those things are always calling my name.  SO:




Here are the 4 crosses that I made him.  Most of them I painted over at least twice sometimes 3 times because I didn't like the color or the paint.  They all now have a base paint of Pebeo Moon.  The top one looks like it has wet flour on it but it's white with moon rock which is kind of silver.  The Pebeo paints did something strange when I put them on the cross.  They pulled into the middle and no matter how much I tried to stretch them back across, they still pulled into the middle so I left them that way.  If he doesn't like them he can give them to the pastor's wife.  I was going to glue little animal buttons to the plain blue one but changed my mind.  Might do one of those for myself since I'm the animal lover.


NOW, you have to see this.  My friend Lupe Meter came over yesterday and brought me a salad from Kneaders.  It was awesome.  While she was here I gave her a half of a block of the new Premo Opal clay.  I should have given her the whole thing.  Lupe is working on a faux abalone project with polymer clay and what she has done is incredible.  Check out her blog:

I didn't want to copy the pictures because you have to see the whole blog to appreciate what beautiful work she does.  She really inspires me.

Thanks for visiting, I'll let you know what the doctor says about the crosses.  He's so nice he would say he liked them even if he didn't.  Time to get this helicopter out of my tooth.


Monday, May 18, 2015

HERE'S MY HEARTS


Last Saturday a woman from Beads of Courage visited our Arizona Polymer Clay Guild meeting.  The Beads of Courage program is our charity that we support. Beads of Courage Needs You click here to find out more about the program.  Every child who goes through a procedure like chemo, or giving blood or surgery gets a necklace and they get a bead for every procedure.  Most large city hospitals have this program so you should check with your local hospitals to see if they need donations.  If not, contact the Beads of Courage on the web site.



The picture on the top is of polymer clay heart pendants that I made to donate.  They aren't exactly beads but the heart pendants are going to be given to some of the mother's and to the nurses who are involved in the program.

 The second picture of heart pendants were also made with polymer clay but then I covered them with Pebeo paint and Magic Glos.


This was another heart that I made and gave to my friend for her birthday.


I have been looking all over for the new Premo clay.  The only place I found them was at Sunny Day Crafts http://www.sunnydaycrafts.com/ and I get most of my clay from them because of the price, and I usually get my shipments in 2 to 3 days so I know it hasn't been sitting on a hot truck in Arizona for 4 days before I get it.  Their shipping prices are reasonable and they really package it well.  Unfortunately, they are out of the new clay colors right now but keep checking with them or ask them to send you an email when they come in.

The outer edge of the pendant on the left is made entirely of Premo White Glitter Clay.  This was an experiment that I did.  When you add glitter to clay and try to cut it, the blade usually drags and you are taking a chance of scratching your pasta machine depending on what type of glitter you use.  This clay does not drag, it works easy in the hands and the results to me were great.  The other thing I did by accident was mix some with another Premo color and I was left with beautiful purple glitter clay so I can make my own colors and add this clay to it.  In the top picture there is a black swirl heart.  That has a little of the new Premo Opal, white glitter and yellow glitter in it.  The opal clay does have pieces in it so you need to be careful how you cut it and use it.

I love this clay.  I sanded and buffed both of these pendants and the colors didn't change in the glitter clay.  The pendant on the right has Premo Yellow Glitter Clay in it.  I also bought Premo Rose Glitter which is so pretty in the package I can't wait to use it.  It looks to me like the base of the clay is translucent with a special glitter that is dense and sands and buffs really well.

If you find out some where else where the new Premo clay is being sold let me know.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

THE SLING WAS SLUNG, POLYMER AND PEBEO, HERE I COME

The on-going experiment of using Pebeo Prisme in a mold has come to an end.


After 72 hours I tried to pop the paint out of the mold,  it didn't pop.  It shredded and was a mess.
I cleaned the mold with alcohol and Armor All.  This is what was left.  I put some Magic Glos in the mold and left it in the UV light for 30 minutes.  When I took it out, the side that touched the mold was really sticky.  I put it back in the UV light but that didn't solve the stickiness.  I cleaned the mold out again and put clay in it and it came out fine so the mold is not a loss.



This is the resin pendant I made after pulling the paint out.  On the sticky side, I painted it with Pebeo Vitrail paint which is a translucent paint.  Then I put Pebeo glitter paint on that.


After the glitter paint dried, I put Prisme colors on the other side.  I waited 2 days for it to dry and then I sprayed both sides with resin spray.  The back with Vitrail on stayed sticky for 2 days and the side with the Prisme wasn't sticky at all.  Might be the glitter paint.  I guess I'll have to put Magic Glos on that side.  The resin spray is really strong smelling.  The colors in this are emerald, violet, cinnamon and egg shell.

So, the moral of the story is, don't put the Pebeo paints in flexible rubber molds.

If you are interested, the molds come from Best Flexible Molds  These are my favorite molds.  You can use UV resin in them but not two part resin.

This is a set I just finished using Cherry Blossom and turquoise Prisme.  The great thing about these paints is, if you don't like how the pattern turns out or the color, you can pull it out and start over.  Unfortunately, you can't do that on a canvas.

The sling is gone so I can clay but I have to use a motor so it's very noisy.  I'm working on little bowls to put rings in.  I need one for my rings and my favorite earrings.

Four more weeks of therapy and I'll be able to iron, vacuum and mop floors. OH BOY!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

THE MAD SCIENTIST IS FREE OF THAT NASTY SLING

Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy.  I'm so excited, I just can't hide it.  That nasty sling is hanging on the door.  I don't have to wear it during the day anymore, only at night so I don't forget I can't roll over and use my arm and shoulder to lift myself up.  Can't bowl or golf yet but soon I hope.

Anyway,  I decided to try something with these Pebeo paints.  As you know, I love flexible molds but mostly  Best Flexible Molds.  I put the paint right in the mold.
When I first put it in, it made it's little cells like always but the next day, this is what I found.  It takes 72 hours for the paint to dry so tomorrow I'm going to try to get it out of the mold..  I'll let you know how it works.

Since I can't do clay because I can't use my shoulder, I'm still making pendants with the "magic paint".  I have 4 types of the Pebeo paints that I'm playing with.  The pendant on the top right has 3 of the 4 types of paint in it.  One of the paints is called Vitrail and it's like a translucent glass paint.  I love the lemon color.

Stay tuned for more of the Mad Scientist.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ANOTHER ADDICTION ---- I'M RUNNING OUT OF ROOM

About a month ago I saw something on facebook that a friend did.  I was absolutely fascinated.  I knew it wasn't clay but I couldn't figure out what it was.  Then someone mentioned the word "PEBEO".  So off to Google I went. 30 minutes later I ordered two sets of these paints.  After seeing this youtube I knew I had to try  Pebeo Youtube.  THEN, I saw something on facebook about two groups all about these paints.  Well, you saw a few things I did on the previous post.  I made a cross with Magic Glos in one of the Best Flexible Molds cross molds.  I put the paint on top of the resin and then put Magic Glos on the top of the paint.



So, I then I watched this video again and saw that she was using another Pebeo Paint called Cerne.  It comes in little tubes and it can be used for outlining or separating the paints.  So, I got myself a tube of gold, black and silver.  They come with two tubes on top.

The writing on the back is so small I couldn't read it and there were no instructions.  I took the gold tube and removed the black cap, squeezed it, AND, the whole bottom of the tube blew out.  I had gold paint all over my glasses, all over the floor, on my table, my clothes and in my hair.  Since I'm still wearing a sling, my husband came in and cleaned the floor.  Then he took me in the bathroom and used odorless mineral spirits to get the paint out of my hair.  Wasn't exactly odorless.  He could not believe what a mess this little tube of paint made.


Well, couldn't let it go.  It was operator error so I took the silver tube and poked a hole in the top of the foil, put the tubes back on and tried it in the rectangle pendant.  Worked great but I had to do two layers because the pendant was so deep.  The green and midnight blue pendant has a black squiggly line down the middle.  I don't really like it but I'm becoming the "MAD SCIENTIST" with all these paints.  Pebeo also makes two other paints called Moon and Vitrail.  Watch for upcoming posts about those two.  Hoping I won't be wearing them.

Now, where am I going to store them?