Thursday, December 11, 2014

THRILL AND SURPRISE

The mail brought an unexpected surprise this week.  The winter 2014 Polymer Arts Magazine had a picture of one of my pendants in it.


I really like this magazine, it interviews and covers articles and artists from around the world.
This month Julie Cleveland of Blue Morning Expressions wrote an article called "FRAME IT!".  She discusses bezels, frames and cookie cutters to use for frames for polymer clay.  She asked if she could use a picture of mine from a polymer clay pendant that I beaded around.

This is one of my favorite pendants and necklaces.  I haven't done any of this in a while, I guess it's time to start beading again.
This is the entire piece.  I love doing Herringbone for the necklace part, it goes fast and is easy to finish.

Thank you Julie, I really love your articles and the Polymer Arts Magazine.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NO SENSE OF HUMOR

After I made the 3 foot eye cane, I had some end pieces from the cane so I made a pendant and put some steampunk watch parts on it.

I covered it with resin.  When it was finished, I took it into my husband in his office and showed it to him.  I said "do you know what this is" he said "it's a big eye with steampunk parts on it".  I said "no, it's watch parts so it's "EYE-m WATCH-ing YOU".  He said "please get out of my office".

I got a new camera and it has an app for taking pictures of animals so I thought I would try taking a picture of Buster.
 I usually use Picasa to fix my pictures but when I downloaded this I thought it was pretty good without fixing.  I took a movie of him when the aliens were here invading his head but it was too long to upload.  One permanent feature in the hallway of my house is my vacuum cleaner.  I have never had a cat that spread so much cat litter.  Got any ideas, let me know.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'M WATCHING YOU AGAIN

I asked everyone who took the face cane class if they still had the instructions to just make the eye.  I can't find mine and neither can the 5 people that I asked.  So, I thought I would look at the pictures from the class and see if I could recreate what we did.  I tend to take a lot of pictures when we have classes or demos.  Now I know why.  So, I got out my clay, AND;

now I have 3 feet of cane because this one will get reduced down to about a 1/4 of an inch in order to use it on my pens.  I wish the eyelashes would have been thicker but I found out that you can use a Sharpie marker to darken and lengthen them and it doesn't come off after it's baked and sanded.  I tried it with one pen and it worked great.

The one on the left is a Kumihimo pen, the two in the middle were made with left over eye and mouth cane.  The second one from the right which is my favorite was made from pieces of a braided cane that I made and the one on the right is from a silver, white and translucent Mokume Gane.  I get these magnets from Stateside Bead Supply.  They are so strong the refrigerator comes out when you pull on it.  I love them for bracelets but  I found they pick up the silverware if you have one on while you are eating.


Had to put pictures of Buster in too.  He runs through the tube and then pushes the ball around.  He cracks me up.  However, he was doing this at 3 in the morning so I had to get up and turn the ball thing over.

Have a great Thanksgiving and don't forget to turn your scales back 10 pounds.

Friday, November 7, 2014

I'M KEEPING AN EYE ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

A couple years ago our guild sponsored a class with Barbara Maguire and we spent two days learning how to make a face cane.
That was one of the most intense classes I've ever taken but when it was over, I had 8 inches of face cane.  Not sure what to do with it, I made a couple pendants.
On this one I used some Stroppel can that I had made.
This is the second one I made and called it "Please don't leaf me".  Nice eyebrows huh?
I made this necklace and earrings and put this in our craft fair and a young girl bought it first thing.

While we were doing the face cane each part of the face had to be done separately, my biggest problem was the mouth.  The eyes are a little wonky but I think every ones eyes are a little wonky.

I ended up having eye canes and mouth canes left after putting the face together.  I was organizing my canes the other day and came across these two canes and a big piece of the face cane.  Hard as I tried, I couldn't get them to reduce very well.

I had an order for my magnetic, refrigerator pens. A lady in Tempe wants to sell them in her boutique and I showed her the ones I made a couple weeks ago and she went crazy over them.  Bought 5 right on the spot.  I was making the pens and saw the face cane parts sitting there, just couldn't leave it alone.


She asked me to make more of these but I couldn't find my directions on how to make an eye cane.  I asked 5 other people and they can't find their's either.  Good thing I take pictures.  I found the step by step details when we were making the canes in my clay class pictures.  If you click on the picture you can see them closer.  The one on the top right was taken from a whole piece of face cane that I cut the eyes out of.  It's funny, I hung one on the refrigerator and it really looks like it's following you around the kitchen.  Well, maybe the wine had something to do with it.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

HOW MANY BEADS DO I NEED?

Not too long ago I taught myself how to do "netting" with beads.  I ordered 1,000,000 little black beads because I was tired and didn't quit hitting the "0".  I decided to make a necklace not knowing what I was getting into.
About half way through, I asked myself why am I doing this because my eyes were burning and the cat was trying to get thread away from me.  I think I used a 300 foot spool of Fireline.  I'm not sure but I think there are at least 2000 beads on it.  I originally put a piece of wire through it and put beads on the ends with a lobster claw.  I finished it, put it away and forgot about it.  I found it the other day when I was looking for something else and decided I wanted a different end on it.  I like this a lot better.  I took the wire out and it hangs softer and lays better.  I made a pair of earrings to match but then realized I don't have a tee shirt that goes with this.  I brought it to a vendor fair to show my friend who was cooking there and a lady came up and was admiring it.  She asked how much I wanted for the set and I said $60.  She told me that wasn't enough.  I put it away but was wondering how someone who does reverse mortgages for a living knows how much a necklace should sell for and went and got myself a hot dog.