Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EAR WARMERS AND HALLOWEEN JEWELRY

Even though I live in Arizona it gets cold here in the morning.  Today it's 58 but in no time it will be in the 90's.  But, in the winter, mornings are pretty cold and when I play golf I take the golf cart and my ears get cold or when I walk my friends dogs my ears and forehead get cold and then I get a headache.  While I was down with my foot surgery I decided to make myself an ear warmer.  My friends saw them and asked if I could make some for their grand kids back home in Wisconsin.  We are meeting for lunch today and they are leaving to go back in a week so I had to hustle.  They all have handmade buttons. The dog and duck button have been altered slightly.  Most of them are from polymer clay.




This is a Green Bay Packer ear warmer for my friends grandson.

I was sewing the buttons on with Nymo thread because it's so strong.  One night we saw Buster running around with something hanging out of his mouth.  We chased him around the house for 5 minutes before we finally got him.  He took the thread off my table and there was a needle on it.  The needle was hanging out of his mouth.  He had swallowed the thread.  I pulled on the needle and got the thread out.  When he was little he would get in the garbage cans and take the dental floss and eat it.  He also loves Fireline so I can't leave that out when I'm beading.  Most cats like yarn, NOT HIM.  He's going to drive me to drink.


CLAY CAMP

This is the first time in 8 years I've missed going to camp with my clay guild.  That foot surgery really did me in.  I'm just now able to put shoes on and not for long.  The nerves are still making sure I know the foot is there.  My friends have been sending me pictures and it looks like I missed a great time and a lot of great demos.  Hopefully, I'll be able to make it next year and things stop breaking on me.

HALLOWEEN JEWELRY

My niece goes to a lot of dress up Halloween parties so I thought I would make her some jewelry.

The bracelet was done with Kumihimo.  Now I only have 12,000,000 Megatamas left to work with.






Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MEMORY BEADS (Continued)


I made this cross for my brother in law from the rose petals from his mother's funeral.
I embedded the petals in pearl clay.  The Celtic cutter is about 4 inches long so I laid sheets that I textured on the top and bottom before I cut through it to make it thicker.  I baked the cross and then made the base the same way.  I embedded the cross in the base with a generous helping of Genesis to make sure it stuck and then baked it.  It's antiqued with gold iridescent paint.


I made a stamp on the back that says 1913 to 2014.  It's very tiny and I had a little trouble with the paint in order for the numbers to be seen.  You can see the rose petals in the clay in this picture.

I put the petals in a glass jar and they sure do have  strong odor.


The lavender beads in these bracelets are made with translucent clay and rose petals.  That's the color that the clay turned from the rose petals.



Monday, September 8, 2014

MEMORY BEADS (CONTINUED)

 These are made with white and pearl clay and green alcohol ink.  They also have the crushed rose petals in them.



These are made with pearl clay, the crushed roses and cranberry alcohol ink.


I used some of the pink beads to make a Shambala bracelet.  I promised I would make at least 20 items with the rose petals and I'm trying to make different pieces so each one in the family can take their choice of what they would like.  This has been a challenge.


This is a key chain/purse bling and I used one of the pink rose petal beads with some great white caps but I can't remember where I got them.  I think Michael's but not sure.



This is a polymer clay cross that I had made and it has glitter and resin on it.  Can be a purse bling, key chain or wall hanging.


This silver bezel has white clay with the rose petals in it and resin on the top.  The white cord is made using Kumihimo.  

It's pouring here in Arizona so taking pictures is difficult today.  I usually use natural sun light.  I bought one of those picture taking set ups but the little lights that go on the side are so hot I'm afraid they will cause a fire.


I had to put a picture of Buster on here.  He loves this afghan and on this day he took a four hour nap with his foot sticking out.  He cracks me up.

More to come when the sun comes out.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

MEMORY BEADS

My sister's mother in law passed away about a month ago.  She had just turned 100 in October.  We sent a large bouquet of red roses which she loved.  I had my sister send me the tops of the roses so I could make Memory Beads for the family.

These are the flower tops she sent me.  If you want to dry flower petals, here's the easiest way.

Take a large piece of paper towel and take the best of the petals.  I had to throw away the ones that were brown and I managed to save more by cutting off the tops.  Lay another large piece of paper towel over the petals and roll them in from both sides till it meets in the middle, flatten the two side together so they lay flat in the microwave.  Put them in the microwave for 2 minutes at power level 3 or 4 depending on how strong your microwave is.  Keep your eye on them.  Take them out, unroll and give them air.  Roll them back up and put them back in at the same power level for a minute or a minute and a half.  You will be able to feel if they are dry.
Once they were dried, I put them in a plastic container and snipped them into small pieces with a scissors.

When you incorporate them with polymer clay and run them through the pasta machine, they break up even more.
This is Pardo Translucent clay and gold embossing powder with the dried roses in it.

These are the raw beads before baking.  Notice how white they are.
This is what the beads looked like after baking.  I put 3 coats of glaze on them and re-baked them for an hour.  There was no color added to these.


This is the jar of rose petals that I have left.  I dried 3 sheets of rose petals and got about 3 cups of petals out of them.

This saga will continue another day.  But now you know the quick and easy way to dry flower petals.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Where Did All That Clay Come From??????????

I was looking for something in my studio about 2 weeks ago and realized I had 4 scrapbook containers full of clay ends and pieces.  Thinking about what to do with them was over-whelming.  I bit the bullet and sorted them out by color and made clay slabs.  Good thing I had a 200 foot roll of plastic wrap.  I ended up with two scrapbook containers of conditioned polymer clay in different colors and a box of canes.  I started using some of the canes to make beads to make golf stroke/walking counters that I sell on Artfire and Etsy.




  • These are a couple of the ones I made.  There are 10 more and, I covered some crochet hooks.


Now I only have about 200 pounds more clay to deal with.  I really like making flower canes so I used some of the pieces to make these:





I started making beads with the cane and the left over pieces.  I saw a lady in an internet shop who was selling polymer clay beads and she sold a ton of them and they weren't cheap.  Not only that, they weren't finished.  Tell me if you think these should be shiny or dull after they are baked.  There are 14 good sized beads here.  She was selling 10 small beads for $15.  I'm perplexed, someone please help me.

Click on the pictures to see them closer and then tell me what you think.  It's raining here so I have all day to make a decision, at least till I get the ironing done.  LOL