Art Elements Theme Challenge – August – Swirls

This month Marsha Neal chose swirls as the theme of the month! I’m enjoying the challenges as themes. I’ve been giving my wrist a break because of perceived carpal tunnel, so I’ve been doing a lot in polymer, and by a lot, I mean when I have a few half hours of time!

Here are the swirl themed polymer items I made for this month!

This first one reminds me of a fiddlehead fern, all closed up. I painted it with alcohol inks.

This next one is the before of the ammonite hearts I did. Two of my favorite things, ammonites and hearts! Colored with alcohol inks.

 I made two, the colors turned out very different!

More spirals in the form of polymer clay ammonite cabochons. I really love mixing the paints to color these! Plus you get a gratuitous flower shot!

 More ammonites colored with ranger patina inks and alcohol inks in that order.

 My fave, I think – I love the colors! Alcohol inks.

This next one was made with acrylic paint and I tried crackle on it, didn’t work out too well but gave it a texture, then sealed with liquitex.

And finally, a sort of work in progress. The idea is to looks a little like Van Gogh art, the swirls and the sunflowers. Not quite what I had in mind, but I just added it to a very short lampwork session so I’ll probably explore this more – I don’t have much of the sunflower cane so I have to be careful what I do!

Many of the polymer clay swirls are available in my SueBeads etsy store. I hope you visit the other blogs to see what everyone else made, and thank you Marsha for an inspiring theme!

Guest Artists:
Cat 
Art Elements Team: 

 

Art Elements Theme of the Month – Seed Pods

The theme for July was seed pods, chosen by Jen. I made a Pinterest board for seed pods – I seem to be using Pinterest a little bit more lately, although it’s such a time suck! Not sure how to get the image to appear, though, so you’ll have to follow the link I guess!

https://www.pinterest.com/suebeads/seed-pods/

I have made many headpins that look like seed pods, and wanted to make more, but just didn’t have time to do it in glass.  Here are some photos of ones I have made in the past.

I really really wanted to get some done, but I didn’t get to. What I did get to do was experiment a bit in polymer clay.  These beads were made using the “salt method”. You roll the polymer in salt (not the super fine salt but a little bit bigger grain) and then bake it. When they are done baking, you rinse them off and the salt melts, and you get this impression in the clay that makes them look like seed pods! The top bead is just a pretty orange/ochre color that I highlighted with bronze gilders paste. The bottom ones are made with a mica-y looking clay, and highlighted as well.

 I made a pile of “pod” shaped beads, impressed them with a plastic knife, and baked them. Then I used Burnt Umber Genesis accent medium, and quickly baked them again!

I sanded the extra umber color off, then started experimenting with all my different coloring mediums.  I used chalks, wax crayons, alcohol inks, acrylic paint, gilder’s paste and a Martha Stewart Glaze I picked up a long time ago at Home Depot.

Here are some of the results!

 In terms of the pods, this one above is my favorite! It reminds me of some sort of sea pod.

Then I made this pendant-style pod, literally using every single one of the above listed coloring elements!

As you can see, I favored a certain color scheme. My next polymer clay adventure will be to try different colors – I really enjoy mixing colors for a certain effect, so I think I’ll continue to explore that!

One last “fantasy” pod that I tried to experiment with – I was going for a sort of magnolia type pod look, not sure that I nailed it, but I’ll keep trying!

I hope you enjoyed our theme this month, and please check out what everyone else made. Thanks Jen for a great theme to work with this month!

Guest Artists:
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AJE Component of the Month – Jenny Davies-Reazor

It’s time again for the Art Jewelry Elements monthly challenge, and this month, Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with the component!  She made these amazing escutcheon molded polymer clay pendants, with a word saved inside with resin!  She made this one especially for me, as I am having a few health issues of late.  I always forget to take a photo before I start working on the piece!

Mine was in colors of olive green, verdigris and blue.  I love it!  As I didn’t have any beads in my stash to really match well with the pendant, I had to go to Michael’s to find something.  I found these blue/green glass rounds and they really went so well there was no way I couldn’t purchase them!

 Then I looked down and saw the buddha head beads!  I knew I had to have that as well! 

 I used a turquoise teardrop from my stash as well as titanium hematite beads I picked up at Bead Fest and had the bottom done!

 I’ve also been dabbling in kumihimo lately, since I won an amazing prize package from Beadaholique last year (yes, LAST YEAR) and ordered s-lon cord to make these braids in the colors of the clay pendant.

 The colors of the glass beads also go amazingly well with the cord.  During this process, I figured out a way to make looped ends for the braid without using the caps you normally use with kumihimo braid.  I have no idea if this has been done with cord before, it’s new to me!  I’ll post a tutorial on AJE for it in the future if you’re interested!

 The final piece!  I’m in love!  It’s a long necklace that goes right over your head, no need for a clasp.  And it’s so special because Jenny make the pendant especially for me!

Please stop on over to the AJE blog and see what everyone else made with Jenny’s wonderful pendants!

Polymer Clay Word Beads

I’ve not been blogging or checking blogs or much of anything since probably the beginning of October.  Even really before that, with getting ready for Bead Fest and ArtBLISS and another bead show I did.  But my boyfriend’s father fell and became ill in the beginning of October, and sadly passed at the beginning of December.  Then there were the holidays.  Then I got really sick with what I think was pneumonia.  I am still really tired, having been given blood pressure medication due to my thyroid issue – I’m wondering how long the fatigue will last before I get used to it.  But I’ve been slowly working on polymer clay, as you may have noticed, simple things, not very complicated yet, as I really don’t have a dedicated work space for this.  My kitchen table it covered with polymer stuff!  But I think these rustic word beads turned out pretty nice!  You can get them in my SueBeads etsy store a little later today!

 I also added more ammonite connectors, this time with ranger patina in three different colors – I like the deep from the sea effect with these!

 And I added some paired charms, a swirl pattern in two colors of blue ranger patina, and a pair of ammonites in three colors of rust patina.  I really like how these turned out.

Alenka’s Blogoversary Challenge and Blog Hop!

I met Alenka (Pepita Handmade) through an earring swap.  She makes some really great polymer clay creations.  She was having her year blogoversary and asked for participants to create something with a random component she would send. She didn’t even know what she sent each participant, so the reveal was a surprise to hear too!  I received this bracelet bar:

Now, I had several ideas of what to make for the big reveal!  However, I did not have the right materials to make what was in my head.  And then when I decided to make something with parts I did have, it just didn’t turn out the way I wanted. 

I made this bracelet, so that I would have something for the reveal:

I used three different kinds of antiqued copper chain, and an antiqued copper clasp that mimicked the lines of the bracelet bar.

However, this is not what I wanted to make.  I have an idea, and hopefully after Bead Fest I will be able to make what I really wanted to make.  I will show you when it’s done!

Thank you so much to Alenka for providing us with the parts for this challenge!  Here’s a list of all the participants – please visit them and Alenka!

Ginger Bishop           
Susan Kennedy         
Becky Pancake          
Evelyn Shelby –> Ev received a broken piece, so I’ve sent to her another one. Hope it arrives in time.
 
Dini Bruinsma           
Penny May     
Carolyn Lawson       
Ana Cravidao                        
Dolores Raml                        
Cynthia
Machata –> Cynthia will use one of the components she won in my previous giveaway.

Alenka’s Blogoversary and Blog Hop

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Alenka (Pepita Handmade) through an earring swap a few months ago!  She makes amazingly cool polymer clay creations.  She announced a giveaway and blog hop a few months ago, and I am in!  She selected some components, put them in envelopes, and mailed them off to us, not knowing who got what!  This is what I received!

Alenka didn’t even know what she sent me, so she’s surprised reading about this!  I have an idea already, incorporating my own lampwork beads!  I also know these colors happen to be Alenka’s favorite colors, so I think she’ll like what I make!

I have to say, I really love this global community of beaders we have all created!  Alenka is really such a sweet wonderful person and I would have never known her or her art if it wasn’t for facebook, blogs and blog hops!  It’s fun! 

Please stop back on August 11th to see what I have made!

Bracelet

I just made this bracelet (my daughter took the photo for me); the main piece I was designing around was an oval polymer clay asian-themed tab by Lynn Davis of expeditionD. I really love the things she makes – I have bought several pieces, including a heart that I can’t wait to make a necklace out of! The bracelet here was made with brass findings, and some wood beads, a vintage red plastic bead and some crazy lace agate. The little charm dangly was made from czech rondelles and a brass saucer bead. I really like how it turned out – it’s a little bit different for me, because I usually try to include some of my lampwork beads in anything I design! However, I think this one really works! You’ll have to click on the photo to see it bigger, I don’t know how to make it bigger on blogger here yet! Sorry!