Friday, January 25, 2013

Dora's Polymer Clay Cane "Behold"

My muse is on vacation.  I want to clay but I can't come up with an original idea.  Every time I go back to clay I end up cleaning drawers and rearranging.... which most likely means I won't be able to find anything... I am my very own Easter bunny.... I  put things away, can't remember where I put them... so I just pretend I'm hunting Easter eggs... may as well enjoy this "second childhood" ....right?

Okay, in order to clay I decided to try another tutorial that I have stored on my Pinterest  "tutes" board.  This time it is one by Dora Arsenault.  She has lots of good cane tutorials on her blog, this one she named   "Behold" cane

After spending 10 minutes trying to decide on colors... I told you my muse was MIA..  I finally said "to hell with it" and  used the same colors as Dora.

Here is the canes I made.... click on the link above for the tute.

I like the "9 square"... here's a close-up.  If you want a closer look just click on the photos.

I used it to make beads.

Close up of a bead.  I like using square canes to make round beads.

That's it for the clay but I did get out my wire and complete a couple more necklaces.

I like this pendant, it went together really well and looks good on.  I used amber wire to fit the pieces together and then strung it on a green waxed cotton cord.

I like how this one turned out too.  I added wire and beads to the center of the pendant then made matching links  to finish the necklace.

Close up of the embellishment on the pendant.

That's it... tine for nap.... or maybe a snack.... probably both.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Adding Wire & Beads to Polymer Clay

I haven't done much claying since Christmas but I did add wire work and beads to some of the polymer clay pieces that I had lying around.

I  added silver tone wire and glass beads to this purple piece to make a mixed media brooch.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

This poor ostrich has been hanging out with the peacocks..... notice his stylish peacock hairdo.....
I used 18 gauge silver tone wire wrapped with 28 gauge wire and seed beads for his head, tail and legs.

I used a simple striped circle of polymer clay as the focal for this pendant framed with amethyst 18 gauge wire wrapped with 28 gauge wire and seed beads.  I made a matching chain with hand made jump rings.

I used wire and beads to add a little bling to this simple leaf textured polymer clay pendant.  I am working on a matching chain.

And last but not least.... this is my favorite.... I strung this mirror image pendant on black waxed cord tied with spaced Chinese button knots instead of wire or chain.  I added a drop of rose quartz beads.  I am pleased with the way it turned out.  Heather listed it, and the necklace above,  in my shop on Etsy, Knightwork Studio

That's it for today.  I joined in another Facebook swap, this time the theme is hearts and a handmade texture sheet.... that is my next project.... along with canes.  I am in a cane making mood.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

2nd Half 2012 Gift Wrapping Contest

Okay lets see if I can get this done today.  Heather, Amanda, Sarah and Lily are all here for a "craft day" , they are down in the basement making "things".  They were going to do it at Amanda's house but Amanda said "let's go to Grandma's, she has more stuff."

Back to the gift wrapping. Where did I leave off?.... oh yeah,  Eugene is up next.  He drew Nick"s name.  Nicholas has started collecting  old record albums,  Eugene got him several and wrapped them in a  antique Victrola style package. Pretty clever don't you think?

For a closer look click on the photos.

Nick has problems wrapping his gift for Roger.  He knew what he wanted to do but couldn't get it to work..... finally it came together.  Roger is a Batman fan so Nick wrapped his gift as a Bat signal reflector thingy.... there is a light inside and it  makes a Batman shadow image on the ceiling or wall.  When were kids. back in the olden days,  we use to use a flash light and our hands to make shadow puppets on the wall.... same principle.

Roger and Heather  made a joint gift for Benjamin and Andrea, a wine bottle chandelier .... I will show you how it was wrapped later... Which brings us to Andrea.... her gift was for Cory.   Cory is a soccer fan and also plays soccer.... so his gift has a soccer theme

Cory made a game of his wrapping for Eric.  Eric likes beer and movies and games..... in order to drink a beer he had to guess the actor and the movie..... he was good at the game, by the time he went back to Portland he managed to consume all the beer.

Heather loves all the Cartoon Christmas Specials... her favorites are anything Charlie Brown... Benjamin wrapped her gift in a Snoopy dog house with Snoopy napping on the roof.

Lily immediately confiscated Snoopy, Heather was left with the dog house.  Look at that dirty little face, she was eating cake I think.  I'm guessing poor Snoopy now has a dirty face too.

Eric put a lot of work into wrapping Brandon's gift as a Tardis from Dr Who.....  I've never understood the appeal of Dr Who,  I apparently don't grasp the plot, just seems stupid to me. ( Don't tell Dr Who fans I said that)  Brad and Brandon are both fans. Years ago I knit Brad a Dr Who scarf which he took to college with him and then lost by the side of the road when he was changing a flat tire.  I am now knitting another one and looks like I will have to knit one for Brandon too.    Eric did a good job on the tardis.

Brandon was another last minute guy... Heather and I were beside ourselves worrying he wouldn't get his done but the boy came through. He knew all along what he wanted to do, took him about an hour and I must admit I was impressed.  He went with a Harry Potter books theme for Sarah's gift.

Side view.... each book is filled with art supplies. Sarah was thrilled with the gift and the wrapping.

Drum roll please.....  This years winner in a land slide was our talented daughter Heather.   I mentioned earlier  she and Roger made a joint gift for Benjamin and Andrea.  Roger made a gorgeous wine bottle chandelier... pictured here.  That sucker is really heavy!

and Heather used a Grinch theme to wrap it up...... hey, it just occurred to me by having a joint gift that sneaky Roger managed to wriggled out of wrapping a gift..... and somehow managed to get a vote anyway.  I'm keeping an eye on him next year.

Heather used air dry clay to fashion the face, felt for the hat and shirt and tissue paper for his hands.

We forgot to take a photo of the presentation of the Santa trophy being passed from last years winner, Patty, to the new reigning "best wrapper" Heather.

So that brings to an end another fun Christmas for our family.  We are blessed with great children,  delightful grand children and wonderful in laws... all are warm hearted caring people who enjoy being together.  We are already looking forward to.... and making plans for, 2013.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

1st Half 2012 Christmas Gift Wrapping Contest

Sorry for the delay, I'm a little late this year. I have a head cold,  my nose is drippy, my eyes are itchy,   and all I want to do is sleep.  Plus our cable service was spotty for the last couple weeks and finally went out completely for 3 days.... let me tell ya, being without the internet and television for 3 days was traumatic... what was the problem? you ask... Squirrels.  Yip thats right, squirrels.  Every couple years they chew though the cable outside.  This is like the 3rd or 4th time the squirrels have snacked on our cable line. You'd think by now the folks at Charter would take my word for it when I say it's squirrels but no, they do not.  We have televisions on all three floors of the house, practically one in every room ... not really but it feels like it when the "technician" on the phone has us running up and down the stairs, my hubby with the phone in one hand and a flashlight in the other, me trailing behind swearing under my breath and grumbling about  "damn squirrels"... checking numbers on the cable boxes, plugging an unplugging, sorting out miles of cable and wires... we were both getting a wee bit cranky, not to mention worn to a frazzle before they finally admit the cable is definitely out and agree to send a "technician" to the house. The first available appointment....not for 2 days, Now that I think of it, it's probably a good thing I had this cold.... the sleeping and cd's of two seasons of "Justified"  kept me sane.  I also had NPR on the radio and games on my iPad....  I tried claying a couple times but I'm not very creative when I'm sneezing and snorting.

Okay enough complaining.... Here goes, I'm ready to show you the gift wrapping. We had our family gathering on the 28th. As some of you know several years ago our family decided to draw names for Christmas and to make it more fun we came up with the "gift wrapping" contest.  Much to my surprise the family, including most of the guys really got into it....the gift wrapping has become much more important than the actual gifts.. we have a couple whiners.... well really just one this year...the two usual grumps did a terrific job.... the lone complainer had plans to do something so disgustingly gross we would ban him from the contest for life.... fortunately the womenfolk got wind of his plan and cut him off at the pass.

First up was the gift Brad wrapped for his dad.  Lynn is a big fan of science fiction or anything to do with space. Part of the gift is the head phones the robot is wearing, there is toy ray gun on his side, the rest of the gifts, all space related are inside his tummy.  There is a light on top of his head and another inside to make his eyes glow.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

Lynn's gift was for Patty.  Last year Heather and I pretty much wrapped the gift Lynn gave Eugene...this year I told him he HAD to wrap the present by himself.  He put if off to the very last minute.... and I do mean the last minute. We were suppose to be at Patty's by 6:00PM... at 4 he ran over to Walmart  and this is his "New Years" themed present.  Not bad considering he was threatening to wrap it in a torn Dr Pepper box.

Okay I must admit I was a litte skeptical of  Lynn's gift wrapping abilities so I wrapped a back up gift..... just in case.   Good to know I won't have to worry about it next year....

I did  a "Little Drummer Boy" theme  for the "just in case" gift.  I'm happy I saved all those old hat boxes.... they came in handy this year.

Now this next gift needs some explaining.  Patty's gift is for Brad.  When Brad was 9 Lynn took him and the girls to see the movie "Alien".  Scared the beejesus out of all of them but it terrified Brad and the girls used it to torment him for years to come.   All they had to do to send him screaming from the room was utter the words "In space... no one can hear you scream"  and do the "face hugger" thing with fingers spread over their faces.  There were times when having two older sisters was a bit of a trial for Brad.

 Patty wrapped his gift as the "egg"  in Alien.  She used pipe cleaners to fashioned a "face hugger"  then put it on a spring so it would jump out when he opened the top of the egg or pod.

Next up is this fantastic paper mache tree made for me by my beautiful granddaughter Sarah.  The lovely wall art owl at the bottom is part of my gift and the rest are inside the tree trunk. Click on the photo to take a closer look.... I love it.

My gift for granddaughter Amanda was wrapped as a Fireplace decorated for Christmas.  The little stockings have the names of their two dogs as well as ones for Amanda and Cory.  As you can see it has a blazing fire, nothing like a toasty fire in the fireplace.  I ordered LED lights from Think Geek to make the embers glow but the lights didn't arrive in time.  Amanda and Cory were married in April.... Amanda refused to change her last name.... said "Smith" is to boring. Being from the old school of traditions  I  put a little "Smith" wreath above the mantle.

Zachery loves lizards and skateboarding.  His gift from Amanda is a lamp made from a skateboard all wrapped up  in a lizard designed box.  The lizard has a really neat tail but none of us managed to get a good photo of his rear so you'll just have to take my word for it.  I love the scales, don't you?

Zachary wrapped his gift for his music loving father  as a musical note.  I like it.  Take a look.

That is it for today.... more to come.... I will show the rest as well as the big winner tomorrow.

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