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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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Dragon Attack

The other day I seemed to get a little push from the great beyond or something. I just had this feeling I need to add more stuff in my Etsy Shop. I didn’t question the feeling I just did it. Usually, I will question – is this good enough? I think we all do. Art is very personal. I have so much stuff made and ready to sell at a craft sale.

Digging around I found my Christi Friesen inspired dragons I made a while back. I have all her books, she’s awesome!

I really like this one, he’s my new favorite. – T

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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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Demonstrating at the Fair!

I demonstrated at the San Diego County Fair on Saturday.  The San Diego Polymer Clay Guild Has done that in the Home and Hobby section of the fair for years.  It is fun to show people what the clay is all about and talk with the visitors.  We let them make a bead if they were interested.   Then they could come back after we had baked them and take them home.  They all seemed very excited about doing it.  Most of them couldn’t wait for them to finish baking and cool off.  We had to give their bead in a paper towel because it was still hot from baking….

I had found out earlier in the week that my necklace had places first!  Then when I got to the fair I found out that the bead that I had entered had also placed first. I had posted pitures previously.  Very exciting!  What fun!  There is a lot of fabulous pieces of art in the Home and Hobby section of the fair.  You should go check it out.  People put a lot of heart and soul into their work.  Of course we had to look around at all the other things at the fair.  The worst thing I ate was probably the fried zuchini, and that is just because it was fried.  I did not partake of any of the other “goodies”.  So if you are in the area go visit the exhibits in Home and Hobby at the Fair.  -K

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Classes by Marie!

I have been a bit scatter brained lately.  Not really focused on anything in particular.  I have not even told you about the wonderful classes I took from Marie Segal!  I had 2 day chock full of information.  I was able to read through the directions a day or two after the class.  We had so much fun playing in the class.  First of all she was teaching us how to use the amazing clay Cernit.  It has some wonderful qualities.  One day was devoted to the porcelain effects that you can get from it.  I have lots of fun pieces in various stages of completion.  With Marie you just never know what she is going to teach you next.  Some times the simples thing is a big  “awe ha” moment for the class. 

 We started off Saturday with a somewhat intense button making project.  They all turned out great!  We liked it so much several of us traded samples amongst us so we could go home with different examples. We did beads, caning and tassels  using pearl ex and paint and ink.  So if you ever get the opportunity take a class with Marie.  It is sure to inform and entertain!  -K

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A Polymer Quilt Cane, Part 2

Finally last night I finished all of the pieces to my quilt cane! This bad boy is bigger than any cane that cometh before him(that I’ve done). It weighed in over 2 pounds!

 This is half. As you can see it is too soft to monkey with(reduce) it right now. Did that stop me? Um…no.

I have a ton of this sorta wonky quilt. I hope my friend likes it anyway. You know quilters like to be very precise.

 I’m trying to get over being so fussy with my art that it puts me in a bad mood. I probably should have held on to the fussy for this project! I better get started on a different quilt just in case looking at this one makes her twitch. – T

 

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Beads to go with the Pink Flamingo!

I have been making all kinds of beads.  When I made this bead I thought how well it went with your pink flamingo pen!  The other two beads have the pink, but the little one has the green to match the palm tree!  These were so fun and simple to make.  There are actually 3 different techniques using the same extrusion.  I just love that Makin’ Extruder! -K

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