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Candy Look Alikes

These kinda bother me. They came out great, which may be the problem.

I wanted to make these or at least see if I could. Naturally, I needed to do research. Yum.

I did them the same size and close to the same color. After putting a glossy coat on them I had to be extra careful with my “research” supply. I was getting them mixed up… I go see the dentist next week. – T

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Down to the Wire-My Inchies.

48 Inchies for July Swap

I work best under pressure.  I finished my inchies for the swap at about 12:3o on Tuesday, the day they were due.  My oven decided to spike in its heating and thank goodness it did not burn them.  I would have hated to turn in little crispy squares…..  I ended up extruding several different shapes using the Makin’s Extruder.

 I then manipulated some a bit  and then positioned them all into a one inch square.  I took a slice of this and laid it on a solid color of clay so that it would meet the thickness requiremment.  So here is what 48 inchies looks like. They were for the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild’s swap of the month.  -K

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July? What is on Your Workspace? Inchies….

Well I just can’t seem to get going here….  Did you all have a great 4th Of July?  I sure hope so.  I cannot believe it is July!  Where did the first half of the year go?

Well I think that I have procrasted long enough.  I signed up to take part in an Inchie Swap with the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild for July.  Since I thought I could really do something neat with the “Inchies” that I received I decided to make 2 sets.  That means I get to make 48 “Inchies”.  Just in case you don’t know what an Inchie is–it is a 1″ x1″ piece of polymer that can be made using texture or technique I wish to use.  I may do a cane so all I have to do is slice it, or I could do and extrusion and make it into a 1″ square that could be sliced.  I guess I will have to go get busy and see what happens.  Several other artist have mentioned not picking a technique that would need lots of sanding and buffing in the end.  I for sure will not do that.  One group had a color theme.  That would have been a good idea.  Maybe next time.  So I am off to my workspace to create something.  Anything is better than what I have been making lately… zippo.. I will keep you posted. –K

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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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