Thursday, January 28, 2010


Yesterday I wrote about doing the Magic-Glos demo at our guild and wanted to do a follow-up today with some pictures of the final product.  The above pendant was originally suppose to be the front.

When I looked at the back, I couldn't decide which one I liked better.  I did the back of the pendant with Premo, green pearl and ran it through the pasta machine with a texture plate from Helen Breil of Shades of Clay .  I love her texture sheets.  I have a lot of different texture sheets that I use and I just recently got these.  They are wonderful.  Anyway, I decided to put the Magic-glos on the back and I'm going to buff the front.  I sand and buff everything even before I apply the Magic-glos.  Since I did the demo, I've gotten a lot of feed back on different ways to use it.  They all work, it's what you are comfortable with.  I just ordered some new UV Resin that was recommended by another polymer clayer.  I'll let you know how I like it.

Our guild is having a button exchange and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  Michael's had clay on sale and they had 2 packages of the Glow in the Dark Premo left so I bought it.  I thought I would make 55 glow in the dark buttons but haven't decided yet.  This picture is of some of the ones I've made so far and they do glow in the dark.  You have to hold them to the light or put them in the sun before they glow in the dark.  I made about 30 of them and the first night I turned the light off in my studio it looked liked something from outer space.  It was kind of neat.  I really like them and might keep them all to myself and put them on a purse or bag of some type. I think that would be fun.  I should put some on the cat so I know where he is at night.

These two pictures are more buttons that I did.  They are kind of big but I like big buttons.  The top picture is the backs of these buttons.  I really like the way it shows the mica effect from the Premo pearl clays that I used and the Helen Breil texture plates.  Most of this clay is leftover from something because I don't like to waste clay.  I made a couple canes and a couple red, white and blue Skinner blend stacks, just playing and claying around.  I have another batch of buttons in the tumbler.  I figure by the time I'm done, I should have about 200 buttons and I can pick and choose which ones I want to use for the swap.  My friends Rose, Judy and Evelyn are all making buttons too and we are feeding ideas off of each other.  We were going to get together and do buttons but I've had a cold for a week and didn't want to infect them.  I know Rose's will be bright and beautiful, Judy's will be wild and fun and Evelyn's will be something that started as a Natasha bead.  She loves making Natasha beads.

These are some beads that I just finished.  The ones on the left were made from a cane I did with the extuder.  The orginal cane was done by Cindy Lietz on The Polymer Clay Tutor.  However, my cane didn't come out exactly as hers and that's just fine because I was happy with this one.  I really recommend her website even for polymer clayers who think they know everything.  She comes up with new and fascinating and innovative techniques all the time.  You can find her at
Her Friday videos are great and I always pick up a new idea.  Thank you Cindy.

The other beads were made with cane ends from some spliced canes that I did.  I make a lot golf stroke counters and these beads work perfect for that as you can see below.

I'll be so glad to get my studio back.  Since the rain last week, my computer is in the dining room, I had to dismantle my picture taking table and I have to keep passing the refrigerator to go back and forth (kind of).

Must get back to the button making, I only have till the 20th of February and I'm taking a class from Tory Hughes for 2 days next weekend and I'm really excited.

RIP Joey


PolymerClayTutor said...

Bonnie your beads and buttons are fabulous! Love your take on the tribal cane and the beads you made with it. Also love the colors you chose for your spliced flower canes. Very pretty! Good luck with the leak repairs and I hope your photo station gets back up and running in no time.

Thanks for the blog mention, btw. I am so glad you are enjoying the videos! :-) ~Cindy

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi Bonnie saw you when I signed into the newsletter at Cindys. Am always interested or just nosy about people and their blogs, so Hello from me in Australia. Your work is really fabulous and and so colourful.
I jsut dabble as a pastime but do teach a few otherspoly as well.
love the idea of cindys Butterfly earings done you. I am a butterfly gal too. Hope to see you again in Cindys
Elizabeth K.

Fabi said...

Hermosos botones !!!!!
Un abrazo

Anonymous said...

Your buttons are fabulous! How many did you end up making? Now, I wish I would have participated in the button swap. Love them and can't wait to see them up close!

Rose said...

Your buttons are great. like Fabi said "estan hermosos" ademas tu teines muncho talento.
tu amiga