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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My neighbor was having a garage sale back in November and had this fabulous dresser that I could refinish. I decided that since my daughter is in college now that she needed to not have the dresser that she had painted purple with flowers. Besides, one of these days maybe I will get her room for my crafts… I want to be able to enjoy it too. Well I had just gotten her room back in order after doing some major cleaning and organizing. But had someone who wanted the purple dresser for their 2 year old so it was High time for me to get the dresser done. So Heidi and I got busy. First we emptied the shelves which sit on the dresser and what was left in the dresser. Then we decided to paint the wall as well. So here is a picture of the dresser before we did anything to it, but after we took it apart. I have a picture in my mind of what I think I want, but whether it will happen I am not sure. I have visions of a somewhat distressed slightly white washed in places finish.. But only time will tell. I will keep you posted. -K
I have been a little delayed with posting these shots that Tina and I got during the photo shoot. It was such a beautiful day! I hope that you enjoy them. What would I do with out Tina showing me the ropes. She has a good eye for picking nice shots. Thanks Tina. This is a pair of earring I made using extruded clay. I like the colors. -K
Several people from the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild have become, should I say involved with Zentangle. You may not know that you have been doing it for years… What is it you ask? Doodling. Well there are some guidelines out there, but that is a different post! Several of us decided that we wanted to try a Zentangle Canes with Polymer Clay. We decided that we would all use Black and White Premo clay. We were to make a cane which was approximately 1″ X 1″ and about 3″ long. We would bring it to the next guild meeting and I would put them together. in one Zentangle Cane. We ended up with six people taking part in the cane. We did not have any idea what each other would be making with the clay. We just hoped that it would all turn out. It was very fun to see what each of us came up with. Here they are….
Each of the six people will now be able to take a portion of the cane and create something from it. It will be interesting to see what the all come up with. -K
The last two days a friend and I have been pulling out all the different containers I had of clay and baked beads and unfinished projects. It is still not complete. But I do have a clean work surface! I have a couple of pieces that I started for my next project. I cannot believe how much stuff I had stuffed here and there. It will be so nice to start a project and know exactly where to find the tools and findings I need to complete it. I could not have done it with out Heidi’s help. Thanks a bunch Heidi! Don’t forget to come back and help me finish….I hate throwing stuff out and she helps me let go of things. So if you need a certain item I probably have it and could even find it for you! Whether it be beads or sanding and buffing. I have all my paints and inks together. All of the different findings for jewelry or other accesories. I probably have it! I have all the canes together and all the texture sheets. All the clay is organized by colors. Boy will I be able to produce from now on. If Mz Defiance doesn’t try any new moves….-K
Its only taken 11 months, but I finally finished Mz. Defiance. I started her last year in Feb. at Maureen Carlson’s Stacked Doll class. I loved the class and have made other dolls since then, but she was never quite finished. Her arms were not attached and she was never antiqued. One of the fun things about the dolls is that you can restack the components. I did not like the rack that I had made for her. So I took it off and substituted something else. It feels good to finally have her finished. I pray it is a symbol to myself to stop being defiant with my art and other things in my life. As we start a new year I will go forth and concur! -K