Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot like...


Finally feeling a bit of Christmas spirit creeping in, now that we have been back from Cabo for almost a week. I wanted to make some Christmas ornaments using polymer clay, but haven't seen any examples that were quite right. I happened upon Tooaquarius's excellent tutorial, though, and decided to give it a try. Elaine has done a great job showing the process, and figured out all that bothersome math, too! The tutorial is here. I used a clear glass ornament from Michaels, but I suppose you could cover any round ornaments you happen to have.
Here is my second attempt (the first got toasted because it was too close to the element in the toaster oven). I added a little finial to the bottom, and also decided to cover the metal ornament top with clay. Really pleased with the result, and am now teeming with ideas for more!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Farewell to Website

I have made the difficult decision not to renew my website this year. Although I loved having it, and it was ultra easy to update, I just couldn't justify the cost since nothing was selling from it. So, I will now attempt to post regularly on this blog, and post lots of pictures of my work here and on my flikr pages. By the way, if anyone is looking for a fantastic, reasonably priced website designer/host, I highly recommend Websites.ca.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Inspiration

Have been sadly lacking in creativity since returning from Thailand. I decided to try a couple of things to tweak my muse. I follow a group in Flikr called "Color Palette a Week", where Chris posts a colour palette and people send in pictures of what they have made using that colour group. I loved this poppy so decided to try to duplicate those colours.Then I tried a tutorial I bought from Yonat Dascalu on etsy. It was fun to try, but don't like how prominent the orange elements are: they look like a bunch of carrots to me (which wasn't what I was going for!)Next time I try I will have a better idea how to place the elements.
Then I got out the extruder and ran the colours through to make snakes of shaded clay, and arranged them in a filigree pattern. This result I am very happy with, and this will become a cuff bracelet when I get my bracelet blanks. I will continue to play with these colours and see what else I can come up with. So, all in all a good day in the studio.




Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beadstar



I am back from Thailand, after a fantastic trip, and now that I am finally over my jet lag it is time to begin posting and creating again. I was very happy to discover that two of my jewellery pieces have been chosen for Beadstar this year. As in the past, the entries with the most votes win each category. Here is the link: http://www.beadingdaily.com/content/BeadStar2011.aspx
Have a look, and vote for the pieces that appeal to you, but if you should want to cast a vote for me, I would be most appreciative!

I entered the Heart category with "Amore".
And the Metal category with "Thai Bouquet".

Friday, April 1, 2011

Art Bead Scene

I was very excited yesterday to see that Art Bead Scene published a picture of my challenge piece.
http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com. I am now anxiously waiting to see what the April challenge picture will be. Hmm, do I have time to do a piece before we leave for Thailand on Monday?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

GoodVibrations

GoodVibrations by susanwhitestudio
GoodVibrations a photo by susanwhitestudio on Flickr.
Had a hard time naming this piece, but decided it has a 60's kind of psychedelic vibe happening. Just finished entering it in Beadstar, will keep my fingers crossed that it makes the cut. That makes 5 entries for me this time.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Oil Slick Beads

Untitled by susanwhitestudio
Untitled a photo by susanwhitestudio on Flickr.
A set of polymer clay beads and a matching toggle clasp I finished yesterday. Plan is to make a bracelet from them, and enter it into the Beadstar contest. I had planned on submitting the necklace I posted about last time, but ended up thinking it was pretty blah. These have a lot more colour. Last year I didn't have any of my submissions chosen, am hoping for a bit better luck this time.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sacred Spring



Here is the necklace, using the polymer clay beads I made a couple of days ago. It could be a little brighter, to be more like the painting. However, it gave me the incentive to get down to the studio, so it's all good.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Challenge Beads

Challenge Beads by susanwhitestudio
Challenge Beads a photo by susanwhitestudio on Flickr.
As promised, here are the beads I made for the challenge. I also filled a bezel toggle clasp with clay to go with the beads. Now to root through all my bits and pieces to find some appropriate accents to pull it all together.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Monthly Challenge 2011

Well, after a long, long time, I am making a return to blogging. What have I been doing for the last 2 years, you might ask? Over the past year, I have succumbed to my long-running fascination with polymer clay, and it has more or less replaced making lampwork glass beads (for now, anyway). Needing some incentive to get down to the studio, I was inspired to try this monthly challenge over at the Art Bead Scene blog (now there are people who blog with impressive regularity!) I love this painting by Gaugin. It may have struck a chord because My DH and I are off to Thailand for a month in April. I have created a set of beads in polymer clay, and will post pictures of them when I get a chance. Then the challenge is to make something fabulous with them. Stay tuned!