I can’t believe how long it has been since I have posted. I have been living life. Whatever that means. I have a dog now. Did I tell you that. That is a new experience for me. Ginger is great. We are learning all kind of new things. She is a pomeranian. But without the yip, all the hair and the short nose. We think she must be a throwback to before they were bred smaller. She is about 12 pounds.
Ginger strikes a pose.
San Diego Polymer Clay Guild’s Sandy Camp 14 has come and gone. 50’s Rock and Roll. We had a great time. I dressed up as “Lucy” I never did find “Ricky” for those of you who asked. We had some rain, but nothing we couldn’t handle. It was better than too much heat. We had lots of friends from all over and learned some new techniques.
It is hard to believe it is mid October. Time flies. But soon the temperature gauge will dip below 90 and we will again enjoy or San Diego weather we pay for…. It has been a hot one. I came away from Sandy Camp with lots of new thing I want to try and all those that I didn’t get done before I left.
So what is everybody else up to these days??? -K
Hi All! I have been living life. Not doing a whole lot of art lately. Unfortunately. I did before a church retreat, but then nothing since. I have lots of ideas, but life keeps getting in the way. Bad excuse I know. I have to get some Bottles of Hope done before Tuesday’s meeting along with finishing up some fair pins. The San Diego Fair started yesterday. The San Diego Polymer Clay Guild will be demonstrating in Home and Hobby on several weekends. I will be there next saturday. I love doing that. It is a lot of fun. Drop by if you are at the fair. The theme for the fair is out of this world. Which is very different. I will be interested with what they have come up with….
I am enspired by other neat things. I have been checking out some changes in diet. Marie Segal is trying out an all Raw food way of life. She was doing Gluten free. I applaude her. Tina Goodrich keeps doing her art and her daughter is graduating from high school. Go Tina!
Our Guild has a Round Robin event coming up in August so I am part of the committee to get that a going. I am teaching a class. So I should have things to show you soon.
Sorry for my long absence. I miss you all. -K
Angel in Cernit
The San Diego Polymer Clay Guild Gift Exchange was last Saturday. It had been a crazy week after returning from my trip out east. I had a great time! I had not been very productive throughout the week. I wanted to make an angel. I had it in my head, but had not actually sat down to do it. Once I got going on it I had a good time. It seemed to come together as I wanted it too. I want to do more. This is how it turned out. I think the person who received it appreciated it. She is made with Cernit clay and then highlighted with pearlex powders. I used a texture sheet for her Wings. Next time I think I will try more color, maybe some canes. I like how she came out -K
We survived another year at Sandy Camp. We had lots of laughs and late nights. My Bug Demo went well. Everybody seemed to enjoy it. Several attendees through the weekend tried their hand at making bugs. I made more bugs while I was there and gave the other artist that did demos their choice of my bugs as a thank you for their time and effort along with a card. They liked picking a bug out of the collection. I really enjoyed the different variations that people came up with of making the legs and antenna. It was fun! We had lots of crazy Halloween costumes at our Friday night Trick and Greet movie night. The room was filled with people enjoying candy and lots of popcorn and the movie “Young Frankenstein”. Now we need to recover for next year…
I taught the Extrusion Distortion Class a few weeks ago at the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild’s anual Round Robin. Here is the cane that I ended up making from the extrusions that I made. The gals that took the class seemed to really enjoy the class. They came up with some nice combinations of their own canes. The Makin’s Extruder is fabulous. I even literally dreamed up another technique that I have to try the next time I am working to make some simple beads. If it works like the dream it will be some really beautiful beads with very little work. I will let you know if it works like I hoped.
In the mean time get out your extruder and see what you can make. -K
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
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
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
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
This is one of the pendants that I made with the 6 canes that the SDPCG members put together. I like how it came out. It is definitely one of a kind. I might get a pair of matching earring, but that is all. It gives me a little bit the impression of a pomegranate for some reason. One thing I learned is that it is a good idea to make the initial canes with larger contrasting areas, because they become very small when combined in this manner. So you get lots of miniature patterns. I want to do more black and white, but I have some quite colorful canes started on my workspace today! -K