Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Studio Works

I've had time in the studio over the last couple of weeks and was able to try my hand at Bettina Welker's pixelated retro cane.  I've done a lot of work with extrusions, specifically the retro cane.  What's different about this variation is the smaller circle die to extrude.  The technique was fun and I was able to create a number of pendant pieces with just a few slices of cane.  A little clay goes a long way.

Each pendant (or group) has the actual cane below.  Take thin slices and apply to a thin background sheet.  Smooth the slices to adhere them.  My slices were relatively consistent so I was able to run the background sheet with cane slices through the thickest setting on the pasta machine for consistency.  The red group was made using cutters and my flexible blade to create applique elements that were then pieced together.  The pendant with the metallic insert was made with a metallacized button that shows through a cutout.  I'll try more with the added metal accents for interest

This pendant was made with two sizes of oval cutters; I splurged and bought the nylon cutters so I get a much cleaner cut.  I'm showing the bail.  Very simple fold-over bail that gives lot of options for the type of stringing material to use.  This was a fun project and very easy to create.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Faux Soutache


I love soutache, a type of braided trim used to embellish clothing and to create jewelry.  The 1/8” inch cord comes in a wide range of colors and multiple cords can be used to create elaborate necklaces, earrings and bracelets using beads of all types.  I tried my hand at making a soutache bracelet with black/sliver cords and glass pearls.  I like the way it turned out but not the time consuming sewing.  So, why not try it in polymer clay?  Here are some samples I have created.  I’ll be giving a demonstration to the Eileen J Loring Polymer Clay Guild in Longmont  on August 4.  Join us for a great time unleashing our creativity through Faux Soutache.

Here are samples of my Faux Soutache.  Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal!

I'm a little late posting as I traveled from DC to Denver today.  Have my pics now and am ready to reveal my creations.  I received my bead soup from Denielle Hagerman of Some Beads and Other Things blog. The soup that Denielle sent is delicate and spring-like with flower and polka dot beads, crystals and pearlescent beads with a silver toggle clasp. A garden theme.
And here's the necklace I created with the focal.  I tried a technique I hadn't used in a while - micro-macrame.  I used an ombre thread for the macrame and some green glass beads to make the necklace.  A tassel completes the look.

Then I created a bracelet.  I love this look.

Thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting the blog party.  You can see links for all of the creations here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Focus on Life Week 9 - Knock, Knock, Knock

Week's nine's Focus on Life challenge was to take a photo of doors.  This picture is of my neighborhood church.  Been thinking about going through these doors again.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Tweaking with Gilders Paste

Quite a few months ago I purchased several colors of Gilders Paste but haven't really used them.  I'm back home in my Colorado studio with a couple of days off so I thought I would try out the paste on some components I bought on sale from Joann Fabrics.  The components are by Laliberi and are reminiscent of old lace.  I love the various components and the look of lace and crochet but the finish is a bit too bright and jarring.  I thought a touch of Gilders Paste would tone the brightness down and enhance the look.  Here's my first experiment.

The Guilders Paste I bought so many months ago was dried out but their website says that if you add mineral spirits you can reconstitute the paste.  That worked.  I applied Antique Gold to a bright silver finish and love the new look.  It will work much better with my design aesthetic.  I have several more components to play with and will try alcohol inks and other patinas.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Focus on Life - Week 8 - Monochromatic

There's snow in the air.  I'm home in Colorado this week after being in DC for the last 4 weeks.  I'm snuggled up now but snapped this photo of the tree in our yard this afternoon.  I didn't have to take much color out for the monochromatic effect as there is snow in the air which leaves a white haze over everything.   This is week 8 of Sally Russick's Focus on Life photo challenge.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party

I received my bead soup from Denielle Hagerman of Some Beads and Other Things blog.  The soup that Denielle sent is delicate and spring-like, my picture doesn't do them justice.  Precious glass beads with flowers, polka dots, crystals and pearlescent beads with a silver toggle clasp.  A garden theme. I love it and can't wait to get started. Thank you Denielle and thank you Lori Anderson for hosting the Bead Soup Blog Party.