Thursday, April 14, 2016

LET'S GO GOLFING-------FORE

Many years ago a friend of mine bought me a very expensive golf stroke counter and it was made of plastic.  It was nice but my friend said "why don't you make some of these with your polymer clay beads?"  The first time I put them in my Etsy shop I sold 10 counters in a week and got orders for more.  For a while, I wasn't keeping up very well with my Etsy shop but I decided it was time to get back into it.  I sell the counters for $15 and shipping and I know with all the work I put into them I'm not making any money but if I raised the price, I wouldn't sell any either.


These are a few of the latest ones I put in my shop.  I make the beads, bake them, put three coats of glaze on them and bake them again.  Every counter has some glitzy beads on the bottom.  They can be used to keep track of how many times you walk around the block and how many times you let the dog out.  


Here's my Etsy Shop check it out.

I'm going golfing.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

BEADS, BUTTONS AND KUMIHIMO

Ever since I was a little girl I loved buttons.  I have cans of them that I've collected but I've also given a lot away.  I use to do a lot of sewing and thought I needed a lot of buttons but I was wrong.

Then I learned how to use buttons with Kumihimo to make bracelets.  Since I have 2,000,000 beads this was a great fit.  I've given away more than I've put in my Etsy shop shop so far but I'm working on it now.  Here are the 5 I put in yesterday.








I think this is my favorite.

I need to make some polymer clay buttons.  Just not enough hours in the day.  If I could just teach Buster how to iron and do dishes I would have more time.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

PEBEO AND CLAY, DOING IT MY WAY

Every year I try to make a few things to donate to the Oklahoma Clay Guild.  They do a lot of good work for the high school girls in Oklahoma.  This year I tried to do a few different things.


This is suppose to be Steampunk.  The heart is clay and the center is Pebeo and Magic Glos.

This is also polymer clay with Pebeo and Magic Glos.



The top heart was done with a Randee Ketzel tutorial,  The bottom key chain is a swirly lentil bead that's been sanded and buffed.

This is also done with the Randee Ketzel tutorial.  It's one of my favorite.

Now I need to clean off my work table and start making some canes and get more stuff in my Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

MORE IS MORE LESS IS A BORE

Seems like since I've gotten older, bling, glitz and more glitz is what happens every time I sit down to do something.  I just don't want boring any more.  I've tried to do polymer clay, beading and all the other crafts I do and not be so flamboyant but I guess that's not going to happen.  I've been making some pieces to donate to a picnic I'm going to this Sunday.  I'm originally from Kenosha, WI and every year here in Phoenix we have a Kenosha Days Picnic.  Of course, most of the people attending are Green Bay Packer fans.  We are doing raffles to offset the price of the hot dogs, bratwurst and meat.  Everyone brings a dish to pass.  I made my famous coconut-oatmeal crisp cookies.  They are my husbands favorites.  I'll publish the recipe if anyone wants it.

I made these key chains for the raffle.

And this bracelet.  I found the button in an old button box.  I covered the white part in Modge Podge and then put the Green Bay Packer sticker on it and covered with the Modge Podge that has glitter in it.

Of course I couldn't just put them in just plain jewelry boxes,,,,,,,,so, I got a little carried away.  MORE IS MORE, LESS IS A BORE.


This is the Kenosha light house on Lake Michigan which is a landmark.

I am very lucky to have 6 friends from high school that live out here in the Phoenix area.  We get together once a month for lunch and talk to each other often.  They are all working on this picnic so I decided to make each one of them a steampunk pendant/necklace that says "I Love Kenosha".


If you click on the picture you can see them up close.  I did one with a Kumihimo necklace but then I ran into a door and got a big bump on my arm and a sore shoulder so doing Kumihimo was a no-no.

I'm taking a Meg Newberg class Saturday.  It's a caning class.  I'm really looking forward to it and meeting Meg.  I love her canes.

I need to condition a lot of clay for Saturday but now I've got a migraine and have no clue what it's from.  Maybe from inhaling too much glitter.  LOL



Sunday, February 7, 2016

THE RESULTS OF MORE FLUXE TESTING

In my last blog I told you about this product I bought called Judi-Kins Fluxe.  I did more testing.




In the top picture, the pendant farthest left was done with too much glitter and then Fluxe on the top.  I did find out you can keep adding the Fluxe if need be.  The second pendant from the left was done with just the right amount of glitter and Fluxe.  I think it turned out great.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge them so you can see them better).  The heart pendant third from left was polymer clay and it had Pebeo Prisme paint on it.  The color of the Pebeo changed so much from putting the Fluxe on it and then putting it back in the oven at 250 degrees.  The picture underneath is what the heart looked like before it had the Fluxe and went back in the oven.  The pendant on the right is polymer clay.  It was a piece I received in an exchange that I did on a group in facebook.  That one turned out great.

So, the Fluxe is a wonderful product on anything that didn't have paint on it.  I'm going to do some testing on pendants with paper pieces in them.  Based on the video for Fluxe, you can use it but the paper has to be coated with white glue or Mod Podge.  I'm going to try some PYMII and see what happens.