Friday, October 2, 2015

Clunky Bangle Bracelet & Mixed Media Pendant

I don't wear bracelets, as a result I rarely make them.  This is my second attempt at a bangle.

I also made a complimentary pendant with scrap clay, wire and beads. I don't think I could live without scraps!!

In order in reinforce the bracelet I started with 3 rings of 18 gauge wire.

Then I condition scrap clay and wrapped it around the wire. I wasn't trying to be neat as I wanted the bracelet clunky.  I did make sure the wire was covered and there was no air pockets.

Next I made a red Skinner blend cane and used slices to completely cover the clay.

After smoothing the cane slices with an acrylic rod I used a cherry tomato mesh bag to texture the clay.

I save all the mesh bags veggies come in, they create interesting designs.  I think this one looks like reptile skin. I blogged about using mesh bags a few years ago, here is the link Mesh Bags Textures

Here's how it looks after curing.

I had the end scraps from the Skinner blend cane and some odds and ends from another project so I made a couple beads.

I added wire and beads to the one on the left and made a pendant to wear with the bracelet.

Here is the back side.

I will add wire and beads to the other scrap bead this evening and will post photos next time.

Thats it for today. If you have questions or comments, I will do my best to answer.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Heart Swap that wasn't

It's chilly this morning, the days are getting shorter,  autumn is on the way.  Makes me smile, fall is my favorite season. Takes me back to my high school days, football games,  camp fires and hay rides.

 My creative juices start to flow when the fall colors begin their dance across the hills and valleys that surround this little town.

I am working on another bangle bracelet, while it is in the oven I decided to do a little house cleaning on my computer ..... I was attempting to downsize the number of photos in IPhoto when I ran across the hearts I made for a Heart Swap on Facebook.  I signed up 2 years ago.... Yip, almost 2 years to the day,  Sept 28, 2013.

The rules were simple, 10 hearts in each group and you could sign up for as many groups as you wanted.  I had a lot of time on my hands and  my Muse whispered in my ear "Sounds like fun, lets do 5 groups." Okay, why not, 50 hearts, I could do that. We had ample time to make the hearts, they had to reach the swap host by Feb 28, 2014.  It was an international swap so I was excited. Yipee! hearts from artist around the world.

I planned to get mine done by the end of I could take part in the annual "Thing A Day Challenge" on Polymer Clay Central.  So I started making hearts. Got them done in plenty of time and mailed them off, I think it was the first week of February.

If you have ever taken part in a group swap you know not everyone gets their items mailed by the deadline plus this was a large swap so I knew it would take time for the host to get the groups organized.  I figured it would be mid April at the earliest before they would be ready to mail.

Then things started to go wrong big time, folks weren't mailing their hearts, some were dropping out, some hearts were damaged when they arrived, the Host was trying to repair the damaged ones and make extras sets to fill in for the ones that didn't show up. Other folks in the swap offered to make extras, all  that was going to take time. Okay, we'll just have to wait. Then the Host began to have health & family problems that complicated things.

Over the next several months some of the swappers got a little testy and to be honest I was getting a little impatient myself but I held my tongue..... just twiddled my thumbs and waited.  Finally in Nov 2014 I did email the host telling her I assumed, because of all the problems,  she would be unable to complete the swap, I expressed sympathy for her health and family problems and asked to have my hearts returned.  She said "No" she could not return my hearts, they were already placed in groups and it would "mess up all the hard work" if she pulled them out. The swap would be done by the end of the month and the "auction"  would take place in Dec. Her final words were "The nonsense with delays were out of my control. I would never steal anything from anyone."  Please know I did not accuse her of stealing, really, that thought never crossed my mind.

That is the last I heard from her. I did see a post of Facebook, I think in April or May 2015 she stated she once again would be working on the swap in June & July.....

I am curious if anyone received their hearts? She did mention at one time she was combining the hearts with orders from her ArtFire shop to save on postage so maybe some of the swappers received theirs.

I know I am not suppose to post photos until everyone receives their heart..... After 2 years I have given up .... and I want to show you my hearts so here they are.

                                           Group 1: Theme is the Pink & Silver colors.

                                            Group 2: Theme Textured and Layered Hearts. 

Group 3: Hearts on Hearts

Group 4: the theme "Scrap Hearts, Colorful & Fun" 

Group 5: Mixed Media Hearts Wire & Polymer Clay

My bracelet is done, I will show you how I made it tomorrow.... or the next day. 

That's it for today. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Mixed Media Necklace & Earrings

We had weekend visitors so I haven't had time to blog.  If you want lots of company move to a resort area.... folks love it here and we enjoy showing them around.

My daughter, Heather, and her best friend, Ginny, (actually she is a family friend, we all love her) stopped by on their way to Texas for their annual YaYa retreat & stayed  here for a couple days. They arrived on friday and left this morning. Some old guy was following them around ..... I told him we were full up but he wouldn't go away so I finally gave in and let him stay .... Yes Roger, I am talking about you!!

I did get in a little clay time, this is what I am working on now. I've had this pendant for quite some time, couldn't decide on a chain or cord finally settled for a simple faux suede cord that compliments the colors in the pendant. Still working on the earrings,  I have to finish the wire work, so far they look pretty good.

Here is how I finished the back of the pendant. I like for my pieces to be finished on both sides.

And I completed another Memory Wire Bracelet with matching earrings. I like these beads.

It is pass my bedtime, I keep nodding off so I better call it a day. The girls texted me,  they made it to Texas, I can now go to bed.

That's it for today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Polymer Clay Earrings & Bracelets

Ok I lost a day, don't know what happened, it came and went without my even knowing it.

I think it rained most of the day yesterday and I was upstairs unpacking  boxes of antiques I had stashed in the closets. It was like a surprise birthday party, I swear some of that stuff I have never seen before, I was having a good time!!  Going to unpack some more tomorrow.

Here are photos of some of the earring I made to put in Fantasy and Stone Gallery in Eureka Springs Arkansas.  I hope to take photos of the Gallery to show you one day soon, it's a really nice shop filled to the brim with wonderful handmade items. The owner, Theresa, does an outstanding job displaying all the marvelous pieces.

1. Brown & Yellow Cane Work Bead Earrings with 2 dangles

2. Green Cane Work Earrings with 3 dangles

 3. Red & Green Cane Work Earrings, round beads with asymmetrical drop wrapped with copper wire.

4. Red Cane Work Earrings with 3 round bead drops.

5. Brick Red & Ecru Stripe Cane Work Earrings, round beads accented with copper coils.

6. Red and Copper Swirl Earrings accented with red glass beads.

7 Pink Flower Cane Work Earrings, round beads with matching tube bead dangles.

And here are the Memory Wire Bracelets. Nice thing about memory wire bracelets is one size fits all. I have a fairly big wrist ands my daughter is a skinny little thing, we can both wear these.

1. End of Day Beads separated by red, pink and white coral beads.

2. Green Pillow Beads separated by yellow glass bead. Includes matching earrings.

3. End of Day Beads imbedded  with copper micro beads separated by red glass and copper beads.

4. Flower Cane Work Beads accented with red glass beads.  Includes matching earrings.

I hope to get more pieces done tomorrow.

Thats it for today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I'm back with a Bangle Bracelet and Beads

I know it has been a long time. I've had problems with my computer, my camera and my back.... all are better now... knock on wood!!

I am so out of practice I thought I'd start out with a short post and ease my way back in to blogging.

I used my extruder to make simple canes:

I used the cane in the center to make a bangle bracelet and matching beads. I will use the beads to make earrings to go with the bracelet.

This is my first bangle bracelet. It is reinforced with 3 rings of 18 gauge copper wire so I don't think there is any danger of it breaking. 

I am working on earrings and memory wire bracelets to take to the gallery,  if all goes well I will post photos tomorrow. 

That is it for now, thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Week 6 Project for the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge & Catch up on TAD

I know, I have a LOT of catching up to do.  I did make items for Days 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 for Thing A Day and I did post the photos  on Flickr and Polymer Clay Central.... I just didn't have time to blog about it.

I had company the 9th through the 12th, not sure what I did on the 13th and today, but I know I was busy..... either that or I napped a lot.

So anyway I am about to get caught up.... Get a snack and a drink and settle back, this may take a while.

Day 9 TAD

I made a couple of hearts with a little bling down the center and used jump rings for the bails.  I need to hit them with the heat gun so the micro balls in the center will show up better.

Day 10 TAD

 A small grouping of large Focal Beads with an organic or rustic look.  I'm not through with the first one.

I will add some texture with circles and rings like I did on the round bead here:

Day 11 TAD

I made beads to go with the Open Heart pendant I showed you earlier.

Here's a closer looks at the beads. I have to finish making the wire links so I can string the necklace. I am really bad about having several projects going at once.... now I have to make myself finish them.

I also made swirl beads from scraps to go with the hearts I made for  Day 9

Day 12 TAD

The heart is in celebration of finding my set of stylus.  I have been looking for them for months, really it's been months. When I was packing up my studio for the move I can remember  clear as day putting them in their plastic holder and putting them I'm a drawer.... I have searched every drawer more times than I care to admit.

On tuesday Heather and I made yet another search.... still nothing. Then for some reason I picked up this little box of odds and ends sitting on my work table. I've looked in this box before for other things.... and way down in the bottom I saw the blue one peeking out.... they were not in their plastic holder and they were not in a drawer....  I tell ya, I can talk myself into anything,  I hope I never have to testify in a court of law!!

Here is a closer look at the heart, I had fun adding texture with my new found stylus set and blinging them up with PearlEx metallic powder.

Day 13 TAD

The colors are a little weird on this  bead and pendant set.... but I like weird,  always have.

Close up of the beads, they remind me of spring....  not that we've had much of a winter but I'm looking forward to spring with longer days and the return of my hummingbirds.

And a better look at the pendant.  I used a rubber stamp for the design on the back that folds over to form the bail and a mirror image over another mirror image for the body of the pendant.

And that brings us to Day 14 of TAD and also the same piece I used for Week 6 of the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge

This is another Heart..... well it is Valentine"s Day.... I had to make a heart.  I'm not into the traditional red and white and pink hearts,  mine is more of a Crazy Heart.   The center is a mirror image. I do love mirror images, it's fun to wad up a handful of scraps, roll them around, give them a twist and then... in anticipation... cut down the middle to reveal the fun image inside.  I am rarely disappointed.  Next I have to sand it and come up with a creative way to string it.

Now that wasn't so bad, didn't take as long as I thought it would and I am all caught up once again!! Three cheers for me!!

That it is for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Day 8 Thing A Day Rustic Focal Beads

Late again,  but I have a good excuse.

My grandson had to work Thanksgiving so missed the family dinner. He and his mother are coming for a short visit tomorrow so I thought it would be nice to fix a turkey and all the trimmings..... which includes cranberries.  Fresh cranberries are out of season but I thought frozen ones would be available.  Looked in all the local stores and then finally went on line and discovered they had them in 2 Walmarts close by, one in Cassville, MO and the other in Pea Ridge, AR.

So we set out on our search for cranberries . Both towns are about the same distance but the road to Pea Ridge is scary, lots of hills and curves.  Most the roads here are two lane with curves and hills but that particular road is scarier than most.... so we went to Cassville. The ride over was pleasant and the Walmart was a new super store and very nice.... but it did not have frozen cranberries, just a Fruit Medley that included a few cranberries.  As a back up I did buy dried cranberries.... and as we were already at the store I bought sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocados,  bread and a few other items.  Not a total loss.

We were closer to Pea Ridge so I decided  for the sake of cranberries I could put up with a scary ride just this once.... who eats turkey without cranberries, not me!   We leave Cassville and as we are passing the tiny town of Seligman, Mo we are pulled over by a highway patrolman. Neither of us could imagine why, we were going the speed limit, last sign I saw a short distance back read 55 and we were going 50, maybe our tail light was out. Turns out we had passed though an area where the speed limit was 35 for a very short distance, I swear neither of us saw any signs, in fact we didn't see any town, the patrolman said there are two 35 mph signs.... the result was a ticket for going 52 in a 35 zone.  $144.00.  Holy cow, speeding tickets have gotten very expensive.... sure killed my craving for cranberry sauce. Forget Pea Ridge, we went home.

The dried berries will have to do, I'll let you know how they turn out. Oh, and to add insult to injury when I was unpacking the groceries the avocados were not in the bag. Agggh!!

So... for my Day 8  I made a hand full of rustic focal beads inspired by the rocks and crystals I find in our yard.

I  like the purple veins in these

This remind me of a polished river rocks.  I like it.

Okay, that's it for today, it's late and I'm tired.   I am off to bed.

Thanks for stopping by.