Thursday, August 29, 2013

August Challenge

I always like to see what the monthly challenge is at Art Bead Scene.  This month's painting really spoke to me,  with its deep reds and purples, against pale yellows and smoky greys.  It's always a good incentive to get me down to the studio to create something.  This month I actually got it together enough to complete the project before the end of the month!


I started by making a crackled sheet of inked and foiled polymer clay.  I thought it turned out perfectly!

 Unfortunately, after it was cured it became quite a bit paler, and not as red as I would have liked.  Oh, well, must forge on, the end of the month is approaching and I am out of time!  I made three etched brass pendant pieces, and riveted the polymer pieces to them.  The title of the painting is Tres Personajes, (Three People), so thought this kept to the theme.  Here is a detail of the necklace.


 And here is the whole thing.  I strung it with some czech beads and tiny brass disks.  I also got fancy and soldered and forged the back links and clasp of the necklace.



All in all it was a good exercise, and I am happy with the finished product (even though it isn't as dark as I wanted).  

Friday, July 26, 2013

This is a 4" by 4" polymer clay tile that I created with the theme of Alberta wild rose.  I am one of over 300 artists donating pieces that will be combined into several assemblages.  These will be 10 tiles by 10 tiles, and will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Red Cross, for Alberta flood relief.   I am excited to see what everyone else did, and how the pieces all will look together.  Here is a Swerve article about the project: Alberta Flood Wild Rose Project



I thought it would be an interesting challenge.  I never work this large (not too many people want a 4" pendant!) and I don't really "do" flower canes.  So I went to my usual mokume gane technique.  The roses ended up being pretty subtle, but there are three of them there if you look hard!  I imagine most of the submissions will be little paintings, but I always like to take an opportunity to show what can be done with polymer clay.  This was a win/win: poked at my creative muse, and will raise money for a good cause.  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Spring Calyx Show

Hi, everyone.  I just wanted to let you know that I have been accepted into the lovely Calyx show again , and I will be exhibiting on April 21.   I have been busily making some new pieces for it, in bright spring colours (while trying to ignore the endless snow outside!)  I will try to post pictures of the new things between now and the show.



Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Process

I follow the Art Bead Scene blog, and they have a monthly challenge to make a piece of jewellery using a painting as inspiration.  This one is by Erte, and the warm red of the dress against the cool blue of the sky really appealed to me.  I had lots of ideas percolating in my head, and finally forced myself to go down to the studio and try to make some of them happen (the deadline is tomorrow).  None of my original plans happened, as it worked out, but I was determined to finish this challenge.  The central bead and the blue bead are polymer clay, made by me, as are the two etched metal rings.  The red focal pendant ended up with a distinctly Asian feel, but I feel it captures the motifs in the dress.  The blue bead represents the snowy sky. 



 And, the aftermath.  Some trays of beads that "auditioned" for the piece.
 My very messy worktable.  Creativity is NOT a tidy process!



Sunday, December 23, 2012

On the twelfth day of Christmas....


my true love gave to me: nine pairs of Christmas tree earrings!  I have been busily making these for my co-workers.  I don't really bake, except for polymer clay, so this seemed like a good way to go.  The first pair were the red and white striped ones, inspired by a pair I saw on Polymer Clay Daily.  Then it became a challenge, how many variations could I come up with, and still stay within the Christmas tree shape.  






Sunday, December 9, 2012

Must be the Christmas spirit

I have been enjoying having time to get down to my studio on a regular basis.  Can't say I miss the relentless grind of Christmas craft shows at all!  Apart from making beads to sell on etsy,  I can just make whatever I want.  

 Wanted some Christmas coasters, so why not make my own out of polymer clay?
 3 of the ornaments I have been making.  They are polymer clay on a glass ornament base.  They share the same palette of colours, yet they all look different.  
Ornament with a base of red and gold foil, covered with a crackle cane.  

The whole gang, hanging out on the coffee table!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day After Calyx

The Calyx show was yesterday. Thanks to everyone who braved the snow to come and see me.   I worked really hard to get ready for it, that looming deadline always seems to inspire me to create new things.  Here are some pictures of newer work:
 Domed polymer pendant necklace.
 Pendants strung on hand-painted silk ribbons
 Elastic strung panel bracelet.
 Etched brass with faux ivory panels riveted on.  I really like how this one turned out.
Very long lariat style necklace, with polymer and embossed brass leaves.