When I went back to Wisconsin in January for my Mother's funeral, they had the worst week of weather that they had in a long time.
Though there weren't a lot of good days, I did get to have breakfast with 12 of my friends from high school. Some I haven't seen in many years or since the day we graduated.
I brought some Kumihimo bracelets home with me and gave everyone a bracelet. We had so much fun talking and laughing. We were there for 2 hours. I decided I wanted to do something special for them, so when I got home, I made magnetic refrigerator pens for all of them.
If you click on the picture, you can see them closer. At the last minute I decided to make little coins to add to the pens with the year we graduated (now you know how old I am 😛😊.
One of my friends at the breakfast was my best friend in grade school and high school and when we graduated, our mothers let us go to Florida by ourselves. We had so much fun. She has a cat named Jojo who sends Buster gifts so I made a special pen for Terry.
It has a little heart that says I love my cat and and a charm with a cat on the top. I also sent her this little ring dish. It was the first one I ever made and it was the first silk screen I had ever done so that's why there is a little black mess in it but I thought it was special because of the cats.
Now that the pens are done, I've been working on memorial beads made from the roses from my Mother's funeral. I'm making beads to use to make bracelets for my sister, sister in law and 3 nieces so they have a remembrance.
I started out with pearl and translucent clay and mixed some silver foil in it but I didn't get the result I wanted. I took a whole package of Premo White Gold Glitter and added it to the mix. Then, I put in a couple drops of Blue Sapphire and Stream alcohol ink. The white glitter clay really made them come to life.
Once they were baked, they came out a little darker but still beautiful and shiny. It's hard to see the crushed roses in these but there are few you can see little red spots on. I glazed them with Sculpey Gloss Glaze 3 times and then re-baked them at 200 degrees for an hour. I'll post a picture of the finished bracelets when I get them done.
After I did the small blue beads I made some big blue beads and then some white ones. You can see the rose petals in the white beads. I think I'm going to make more white ones but I'm going to put another package of the White Gold Glitter. I don't know why they call it White Gold Glitter, it looks more like Silver Glitter to me.
Have a Happy Valentines Day. Eat a bunch of chocolate and have a good time.
On January 22nd I was suppose to go to Florida to visit my mother who is 91.
On January 1st, I got a call saying my Mom passed away. My brother, sister and I weren't ready for that. She seemed to have been doing good. She had some heart problems but I'm still not sure what happened.
We went to Wisconsin for her funeral. The first day we were there it snowed, the second day we had rain and really cold weather, the third day we had freezing rain and there were tons of cars in the ditches, the 4th day it was 12 degrees and the day of mom's funeral it was sunny but cold. The day we were suppose to fly back to Arizona they predicted freezing rain again. Left 4 hours early for the airport and sat there for a long, long time. Now I'm back in Arizona and it's 30 degrees in the morning with a high of 52.
Going to miss you mom. Not sure I'm still dealing with this totally. There were a lot of beautiful flowers at the funeral and I brought back the tops of some of the pink roses. I put them in a zip lock bag and put them in my suitcase. They looked beautiful when I got them home. I decided to make beads and bracelets from the dried roses and then decided to make key chains for my nieces, sister, sister in law and brother. I used the fresh flowers on baked polymer clay that I put in metal bezels.
Before I put the flower petals in, I put a thin layer of Magic Glos on the pendants to hold the flower petals in place. Then I put them in the UV light. I put two more layers of Magic Glos on them.
As they sat, the flower petals kept getting lighter. I added the words Live, Laugh, Love to each pendant and then another layer of Magic Glos. You can see the difference in the color of the petals in the two pictures. If you click on the pictures you can see them better.
I made this one for my brother. It isn't as frilly but it's still frilly.
The one thing that's made me laugh a lot since I came home is good old Buster. The other day I was talking on the phone and he was trying to get inside an afghan I was making. I started laughing because he got his head caught in the yarn that was on top.
I had John run and get my camera. He just sat there like that and didn't move for a long time.
My mom and her favorite dog Kita. Will be missing them both. I'm sure Kita was up in heaven waiting for her.
Making these bowls is really getting me crazy. I love doing this.
The bowls in the picture above are for my sister and two nieces. My sister wanted something with birds so I used the silk screen that came with the Sculpey kit to make that one for her. She likes blue so the base of the bowl is blue and there are blue Swarovski crystal on it. The top left was done with a stencil and the top right was done with scrap clay. I really like that one and it can't be duplicated.
This is the back of the three bowls. The top right was done with a texture sheet and the other two were done with the extra pieces of clay with the silk screen and stencil. If you click on the pictures you can see them close up and see the details.
Every time I sit down at my table I say I'm going to do something else and then I end up making another ring dish.
I have a great niece that I absolutely adore. She's 17 months old and so happy. I made her this Minnie Mouse hat because that's who she reminds me of.
This was my poor Buster after the Packers lost Sunday. He was so sad but he still loves them. He's hoping they beat the Bears Thursday and that his mom quits putting hats on him.
Welcome to my Blog. I am a Polymer Clay artist living in the Southwest (Arizona). I'm a 12 year member of The Arizona Polymer Clay Guild. I've been doing Polymer Clay for 12 years, jewelry designing, beading, glass engraving, knitting and crocheting. Visit my Flickr page at http://flickr.com/photos/bleekreations/