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Extrusion Distortion!

Extrusion Kaleidoscope Canes

Have any of you gotten addicted to the Makin’s Extruder?  Every time I play with it I discover new and exciting things that it can do.  I love making canes.  Kaleidoscope canes never ceases to amaze me.  I have found that if you make Skinner blends and roll them up and put them in the extruder you can come up with different effects depending on the disc you use in the end.  By combining several different extrusions you can make some fabulous canes.  I am teaching some of these wonderful techniques coming up in one of our Round Robin classes.  If you would like to check it out see the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild website www.sdpcg.org for more information.  Tina is also teaching her “Non-lethal Steampunk Jewelry” class the same day.  It all happens July 16th.  Check it out!  -K

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Polymer Clay Ribbon Candy

More Christmas candy! This might be my favorite candy to have around at Christmas time, not so much for the taste but for the look and shape. It looks happy to me. I think I’m going to make other colors too.

This batch was made from Cernit also, just like the mints and corns. I like using this clay because it does have a translucent look, like a lot of real candy does. I do mix in a bit of white to brighten up the colors, just not too much to lose the candy look.

I used white(porcelain) with a little opaque white mixed in, red and green.

I am so on a roll, I’m going to need more clay! Hey, Howard can you help a girl out here! – T

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Bead for the Fair

Lathe turned Bead

I promised I would tell you about my second entry for the San Diego County Fair.  I made a bead that had a beach theme.  It had a big wave, a sand castle, some footprints in the sand and a big sun.  But it did not excite me.  I had initially wanted to enter one of my beads that I turn on the lathe.  So I looked around to see if I had one that was nearly finished.  I found one that I really liked that just needed to be sanded and buffed to a nice shine.  I wanted to add some wire and accent beads to dress it up a bit.  I used some crystals.  Give it a little Bling!  I even created the Bead Stand for it so it can be displayed at the fair.  You can check it out there.  -K

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You know it is almost summer when….

Kaleidoscope Bead Necklace

It is that time of year again.  Soon the smell of deep fat fried everything… will fill the air.  I am talking about the San Diego County Fair.  I entered two items in this year.  First a necklace made from my Kaleidoscope cane beads.  I had a particular vision in my mind.  I kept thinking I should have taken pictures along the way.  I would get the chains strung and then I would think of an idea that I thought would make a better design.  So I would change it to the new idea.  I think I went through at least 3-4 different variations.  Even after I took pictures of it so I would have them to show you I changed the back necklace.  I didn’t like it having the clasps on each side of the end of the three strand chains.  I changed it to a single lobster claw clasp which hooks in the back. So if you want to see the final product you will have to visit the fair.  Next time I will tell you about the other entry.  It has a story also…. -K

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I Have Corns!

Yes, I do! Lots of POLYMER CLAY CANDY CORNS! Still on my candy kick, I’ve been working with Halloween colors. I need to be ready when the holidays hit. So far, I have itty bitty no hole corns, small corns with holes running across, medium corns with holes across and some vertical, large corns with vertical holes. I should have taken the picture before separating the different kinds, sorry, I am not letting them get mixed up again! I made these using Cernit brand polymer clay, I think it looks the most like the real thing! I bought the clay from Clay Factory Inc. in Escondido.

I used white porcelain, orange and lemon

Whew, that’s a bunch! … or is it a bushel?

I wonder if I have enough to part with on Etsy?  – T

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New Pieces On Artfire!

Kaleidoscope Pendant

 

I have An Artfire Site where you cannot only see the things I am making, but purchase them. 
Tina and Marie have been encouraging me to get going for some time now.  I am a slow starter. 
The above pendant is just on of the items available to you. 
There are crosses and hinged pendants and other Kaleidoscope pieces.
You may just find something you can’t live without!
Please check it out and tell your friends.
I am always available to make special orders.  I plan on making beads and canes for use in your pieces too. 
Thank you for looking it over.  Let me know what you think!  -K 

 

 

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Guest Teacher at The Bouncing Bead

This should be fun! I am going to have a steampunk class at The Bouncing Bead. It’s a great bead store in La Mesa, CA. I shop there more than my hubby knows…shhh. They have lots of goodies that make me drool. I put up the times and dates for this under the tab Events/Classes.

 

Here’s what we’re going to be doing. A little clay, some steampunky stuff…

They have so many cool things to play with…. wheeeeeee! – T

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Extrusions and Space…

I have been busy doing all kind of different pieces these days.  Trying to discover what I like the best.  I love to do canes and the extruder works well for doing some of that.  You can play with the extrusions and get all kinds on neat things from them.  This piece is one of those extrusions. -K

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Easter Is Near!

Easter Cross

 

I have been working on lots of things.  Easter is just around the corner and I came up with this pattern for a spring colored cross.  You can add your own bail or chain. 

It is fun getting out of the darker colors and into some bright and cheery ones for a change!

I should be out working on my yard.  But I guess I will leave that to the bunny who has been making it home all winter…. -K

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The Versatile Blogger Award!

 

Wow !  Thanks a bunch E.C.  Look what we got a “Versatile Blogger Award”!  That is very nice for you to think of us.  We like making stuff up and posting it for the world to see, or at least those of you who read our blog.

We are supposed to post 7 Random facts about us.

1. I have kissed my cat on the lips.  – Tina

2. I will cry watching sad movies even if they are animated. – Tina

3. I am a chronic license plate reader. It will bug me if I can’t figure that personalized one out. – Tina

4. I Would like to know why people think holding their cell phones away from their ears while driving  think it is using their phone “Hands Free”? – Kelly

5. I sometimes find myself getting excited by thinking I can have certain foods, cus I am now an adult and I don’t have to have my Mom’s permission. – Kelly

6. I grew up in Wyoming.  We all thought it was the Midwest.  But since I move to California, Wyoming is not considered the midwest. – Kelly

7. Blogging helps keep us on our toes! – Kelly and Tina

Thanks for giving us this award E.C.  We appreciate it!

Check out another blog….  We pass the award to:

http://fimofanatic.wordpress.com/  Charlene  A.Therien  Aka:  CAT  She has a very funny blog and links to all her other fabulous sites.

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