Friday, April 11, 2014

GOOD LUCK MY DEAR FRIEND

Not all people are lucky enough to have the same mail person deliver their mail every day but for some reason the lady that delivers my mail has been on this route for a long time and we've gotten to be really good friends.  She is always here at almost the same time every day which is great for me.  When she's on vacation sometimes the mail comes at 8 in the morning or 5 in the afternoon.  Anyway, she told me the other day that she's retiring the end of April.  I gave her one of my pens 2 weeks ago and since then she's ordered 6 more.  Yesterday she asked if I could make a masculine one for her husband.  Talk about a challenge.  Most of my pens have pretty, sparkly beads on them.  Well, I found some fish beads last night and I really like this.  I think I'll make one and send it to my brother since he goes fishing almost every day.
On the tail of the fish is a heavy duty magnet so he can put it in his work shop or on the refrigerator.  I thought this was pretty masculine.
 
Dee (my mail lady) is very glitzy and carries a very big purse that is copper, gold and silver so I made her a purse bling as a retirement present.


The heart is polymer clay and I used the Randee Ketzel tutorial "Crazy Hearts".  There is Magic Glos on top.  The beads are done using Kumihimo and I attached a heart shaped lobster claw and a heart shaped split ring.  I love Randee's tutorial because you never know how it's going to turn out.
 
 
Four weeks till foot surgery, hope I can hobble into my studio to play with clay.
 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEW STROPPEL CANE

In February, Alice Stroppel came up with another new way to use up old canes and it's really great.  If you want to see how she does it, watch this tutorial.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwSolMWyo3k

Of course I had to try it.  My first one came out really interesting.  I thought I took a picture but I can't find it.

The Orlando Clay Guild is having a big Clay Fandango and asked if I would donate something so I made a pendant using the new Stroppel cane and used one of Penni Jo Couch's molds.  It's my favorite one actually.  So this is going in the mail today.
Wish I was going to Florida to be with all those fun girls and do clay.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GOLF IS IN THE AIR

At least it's in the air for people who don't live in Arizona and Florida who can golf all winter long.  I usually quit golfing in May when it starts to get in the 90's here in Arizona.
For a long time I made golf stroke counters and put them in my Etsy and Artfire stores and then I got lazy.  It takes a long time to make the polymer clay beads, bake them, varnish them, bake them again and drill the holes in them because I did it by hand.  I now have a new Dremel that my husband bought me so that's one step that is easier now.  Last year I sold 27 golf stroke counters which I thought was pretty good since they were just a side line for when I got bored.  I just sold another one and have requests for more so here I am making beads again.  I go back and forth from the golf stroke counters to the Kumihimo pens.


A lot of people buy these for purse blings and walking counters too.  I have to get busy and make a lot more.  I have a guy in Connecticut who ordered 5 for his wife and her friends.  Got the feeling he thinks they need to keep better track of their golf strokes.


This is the Green Bay Packers pen I made.  It has bling on the top with a great magnet so it can be put on the refrigerator or a metal lamp on a desk.  I sent my friend one in the nursing home and she has it on her wheel chair because she does crossword puzzles.  I've made about 20 so far and I think it's Kumihimo that gave me the tendonitis in my rotator cuff.  Oh well, lots of Biofreeze and Advil.

Have a good week, I have to go walk the dogs.

I love it when the 3 of them walk together.  The little one on the right gets pushed over some times but he still holds his own.  I'm getting to be a Master Pooper Scooper.


Friday, March 28, 2014

INTERNATIONAL POLYMER CLAY SWAP---BEAD SOUP

My partner got my package today with my pendant, beads and toggles.  I wanted to do more polymer clay beads but I have a tear in my rotator cuff and I have tendonitis there too so sitting and making beads has been a problem along with vacuuming, bowling, golfing, ironing and sleeping.  Anyway, I did the best I could and here's what I sent her.


 
I finished that pendant and decided on silver components.  We also had to send a twinchie.  I made a rainbow Skinner blend and put some of Christi Friesen's new powders on it.  Then I textured it and put Magic Glos on it.  Put the black and white picture on it and put another layer of Magic Glos.  I used a 2 x 2 inch cutter that I had.  The purple glass beads are fossil glass and the green are turquoise.  I gave her a choice of toggles.
 
Can't wait to see what she does with them.

Monday, March 24, 2014

COLOR ME CRAZY

A few weeks ago our clay guild had Maggie Maggio here for 2 days for classes.  Unfortunately for me, I couldn't go to either of them.  Lucky for me, the first day was a free class and there were handouts.
Most of you are familiar with Maggie Maggio and Lindly Haunani's book "Polymer Clay Color Inspirations".  Well, when I do clay, I mix what I'm familiar with and add a little white, translucent, pearl or ecru to pull all the colors together.  I learned about Julie Picarello's "Jecru" and love it too.  Normally when I'm confused about colors I call my friend Evelyn who taught art for 35 years and she brings me back to the reality of what happens when you mix some colors that you shouldn't.  MUDD, MUDD and more MUDD so I end up with a lot of clay that I can use for the inside of beads.  I was looking at the handouts from Maggie's class and something caught my attention.  BOINNNNG,,,,,, the light went on.  I took her book and some things in the packet, cut up some clay and made myself a little chart with my favorite colors.

 
With the left over pieces of the clay I made some Skinner Blends....


When I made my Skinner blends, I took a very thin sheet of pearl and put it on the back before I ran it through the pasta machine.  From these two sheets I made pendants using a tutorial by Randee Ketzel.

I have a different view of mixing clay colors now.  At first it was a little over whelming but boy I feel smarter just looking at her book again.  Based on her color mixing, I'm going to try different types and different colors to see what I can come up with instead of using clay out of the package.  Most of the clay now is very pretty and the colors are great.  I understand Premo is coming out with a new clay called "Souffle".  Sounds like it's going to be like the old Studio By Sculpey, I sure hope so, I really like that clay.  It's suppose to have s suede finish.  Let me know if you see it anywhere.
If you have a little time, open Maggie's book and try mixing some colors yourself.  It's an education to say the least about what you can do with a few colors.
 
 
 
I'm still making pens.  This one is for my friend Marie.  Her and her daughter both volunteer at a kitten and cat rescue place back in Wisconsin so I put the little cat on here.
 
 
 
Last Thursday I dog sat for my friend Beau.  He likes laying on my couch.  I guess he likes my pillow too.  LOL

How cute is he?