Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thing A Week Scrap Pendants

Boy did I fall down on my  "Thing A Day" posts, sorry I couldn't keep up. There was just to much going on..... I did manage to make something for all 29 days and post them on Flickr and Polymer Clay Central.  If you would like to see here is a link to my Flickr Photostream. Now why didn't I thin of that sooner!!

We had so much fun with "Thing a Day" we decided to continue with "Thing A Week". We post photos of our creations each Thursday. For an explanation and the rules see Eva's post on Polymer Clay Central.

Here is the pendants I made for the first "Thing a Week"

I was conditioning scrap clay to use for bead guts. After about 10 passes
through the pasta machine this pretty marbled design appeared and I decided
to texture the sheet with my tracing wheel. More scraps were used to make
mirror images. Got out my little heart and oval cutters and made beads to add
to the texture pieces. Then I dug through my molds and used one of the faces
to make the pendant in the center. I tinted the face with chalk.

I also made a layered pendant with a leaf cane and a textured background.
I used a Virginia James  texture sheet for the background and then
 highlighted with gold PearlX.
 I used a button mold for the top of the
center pendant. I 'm not thrilled with the wire hair on the face, may have
to change that.

I used a button mold for the top of this one, tinted with chalk.

Closer look at the layered pendant.

Closer look at the mirror image pendants.

That's it for today.  I think I can handle posting once a week..... if anything exciting happens I'll post more.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Catch up Time for TAD Playing with Polymer Clay

Obviously I can't manage posting every day, I run out of steam when the sun goes down.... so here are my catch up photos for TAD

Day 13
Mixed Media Heart
I  added  Wire and Beads
Back with wire & beads

Day 14
Valentine Heart Beads

Small heart beads with birdhouses,
The beads are about the size of a dime.

Day 15
Scrap Beads & Mixed Media Pendant

Close up of Pendant

Day 16
Mixed Media Pendants using previously posted beads.

Now I am once again caught up.
Thanks for stopping by.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Day 11 & Day 12 TAD Catch up Time

The faster I go the behinder I get!!   Now if I can just remember what I made for Day 11.....

oh yeah here it is.... more hearts!!

I started out with red clay and ended up with these, don't ask
me how. The mirror image heart on the right is from a handful
of scraps.

Close up of the top heart. I see a little crack I need to fix.

I used the end of s skinner blend cane for the stylized flower on this one.

Scrap heart

And Below is my Day 12 entry
This is a Work In Progress. I plan to add wire and beads,, we shall see!!

Good!! Now I am all caught up.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Day 10 TAD Little House Beads

Did it again, forgot to do my TAD blog.  I started to do it and got distracted by my cats. They like to go outside but it has been cold the last few days and they don't like cold.  They either go out and then want  right back in or when I open the door they start to go out, feel the cold and  back up giving me dirty looks the whole time. I'm pretty sure Corny believes I am responsible for the weather, she really gives me a hard time when it snows. We have 7 doors to the outside, Corny wants to check every single one of them.... looking for the magical warm weather door.

So, I made a couple more little house beads for Day 10

These are a little bigger than the cottage beads.

The other side. I used a square cane cut in half
diagonally  plus one of my border canes for the roof

I may add a little bird bead and make earrings.

Be back later with Day 11 .... or maybe tomorrow, who knows?

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Day 9 TAD Church Beads

I am in desperate need of food but I am going to take care of this before I go upstairs.... we all know what happened last time!!   My stomach is growling so I better work fast!

Okay, I made a couple Church beads to go in my village plus an apartment building. I like the first one the best. I used a black permanent ink pen to outline the door on the 2nd one and now I don't like it. I will have to fix it with thin strips of black clay.  

I used PearlEx powder on the Churches and chalk on the apt.

Back of  the buildings

I've had the stained glass cane for several years, made from
Pardo Art Clay, its pretty hard. I had a heck of a time
making a hole for the head pin. I like to feed the pin
all the way though the bead so it won't pull out.

This roof was made from a Kato clay cane, much
easier to work with.

Now I can go eat! No wonder I'm hungry, it's supper time!
Time flies when you're having fun!!

Thanks for stopping by.


Day 8 TAD Polymer Clay Cottage Beads

Oops I forgot to post Day 8. I am so easily distracted!!  I was all set to post on my blog. Got a text from my daughter, went upstairs to check on something, while up there decided I better make dinner and just never made it back down to the studio to do the blog thing. Sorry about that, I will do it now, don't tell on me..... I will post Day 9 later this afternoon.

Okay, yesterday I was looking though my canes and decided I would organize them by color, shape and size. I get this bee in my bonnet every so often, I have yet to finish the task.... and I didn't this time either. I spotted some triangle canes and though "ooo those would make cool roofs for cottage beads" and they did.  See...

Tinted with colored chalk.

The other side. I gave them a rustic look.

Looks pretty good with my tree!

Now I need to make more trees!

The start of a village, reminds me of Eureka Springs!

Now I need to work on my Day 9 entry. See you later.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Day 7 TAD Polymer Clay Tree Pendant

For Day 7 I made a Tree Pendant, it's a work in progress, I still need to make a backing and bail and do a little sanding. I painted the tree and background with chalk, used chalk on the leaves and PearlEx powder on the berries.

I am getting ready for Spring!

I made 4 more bird beads too, a Robin, a Yellow bird & 2 more
Cardinals. I used black eye shadow on the Cardinals, it worked
a little better than chalk.
I finished early today so I'd have time to go to the store, I'm out of important stuff like milk, bread, beans..... and cookies. I'll need those cookies later tonight when I'm watching Downton Abbey!

Hope you are enjoying the weekend... see you tomorrow,!!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Day 6 TAD More Little Bird Beads

Another quick post..... I need a nap!!

Pathetic I know, only 4 more little bird beads. My muse is on vacation.

One little yellow fellow (I'm feeling poetic!) and 3 little cardinals with dirty faces. Black chalk is a pain to work with, gets all over the place.

They go well with denim 
Closer look at the yellow bird. 

Here is their other side

I have no idea what I'm making tomorrow, it will be a surprise.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Day 5 TAD Bluebird Beads

Quick post today,  want to show you my fun little bird beads. It's hard for me to make more than one of anything but I do like these little birds, I have more in the works, will post photos tomorrow.

I cut these out with an X-acto knife ,shaped them a bit and then tinted with chalk.

Birdie earrings.... yip that sounds good.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Day 4 Thing A Day Sorry, More Hearts

I made a couple more Heart Pendants for Day 4.  Both are a little weird so I decided to take a break from hearts..... tomorrow I will show you the little bird beads I'm working on.

I think I have the hang of down loading photos from my camera and then importing them to Flickr and my blog.....Don't hold your breath..... here goes....

Wow, so far so good, I did it, that was pretty cool!!

Close up of 1st heart. I didn't care for the yucky peachy background so I used PearlX powder to change the color and tinted the decoration thingy with chalk. It's still a little weird... but better.

This one is a little darker but I like it better than the first one.  I might outline the little decorative hearts with gold... can't decide. 

I also made some changes in this pendant from yesterday. I outlined the hearts, tinted the frames with chalk (which doesn't show up well in the photo) and changed the background to silver plus added a backing and bale. Now all I have to do is sand the edges and add a chain.

I know my photos are not the best,  I could edit better with my Mac, so far anyway, maybe I will get better with practice. I'll just keep plugging away!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Day 2 & Day 3 Thing A Day Polymer Clay Hearts

We had internet problems last evening so I couldn't post my Day 2 until today.

I had lots of scraps on my work table so I made hearts.

Close up of heart 2

Close up of #3 with three scrap hearts. I need to put a back on this one.

And here in the heart pendant I made for Day 3 Of TAD
It's a black and white branch & antique gold leaves on a multicolor background.

I am not even going to tell you how long it took me to add the photos to the page..... there has to be an easier way!!   I know, practice makes perfect. Maybe by the end of this month I will know what im doing.  (yeah right!!)

That,s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Day 1 of 2016 Thing A Day on Polymer Clay Central

I got a new computer for Christmas..... went from a Mac to a PC .....,  I am so confused! This old dog is not enjoying learning new tricks.

 I 'm pretty sure I have photos floating around all over the place. ... first of all it took me forever to figure out how to download from my camera to the computer even with written step by step instructions from my son, I can't tell you how happy I was to find a few of them on my desk top and then somehow managed to transfer  them into a "picture" folder. And to think I have to attempt doing it again tomorrow..... maybe rum & coke will help.... or just  rum.

This is the first day of the annual "Thing a Day" on Polymer Clay Central, I look forward to TAD every year and  would love to have you join us. It's a fun way to chase away the winter blues and get the creative juices flowing. Hope you will at least stop by and see what everyone is working on and leave a comment or two.

Okay I did mange to find a couple photos and stick them in a folder...

I've had this pendant for a while and finally got around to stringing it, I tried it with different chains and cords but didn't care for the look..  First I was going to braid the faux suede cord , nope, didn't like it, tried weaving it with wire and yip that looked pretty good.

Click on the photos for a closer look.

I like the back .... guess it could be worn either way.

Now all I have to do is add a clasp.

That is it for today, but I shall return..... if the computer gods are kind!!

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow!!