Hi Everybody- I have been MIA for a while. I sure hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season. We still need to remove the lights from the outside of the house. We can then get all the Decorations stored away in the attic for another year…. Jen goes back to college on Tuesday. ugh. So what have you all been making? Anything exciting? I might get inspired by your projects. I am really trying to get my head on straight.
At this moment Yahoo says that they cannot retreive my email. That I need to walk away from 10+ years of contacts and other info. I have been making a list of places I need to contact. Ugh. That does not help my Head… But it does clean out my old emails…. So if you are reading this and have tried to reach me by email you know why I have not responded.
January is running fast and I pray you are all having a great time making things. Is it sewing, painting, drawing, what kind of textures or glitters are you working with? Christi Friesen Blathered about playing with glitter. Check out all of her great work! http://www.cforiginals.net/ I know my friend Dawna has a clean work surface she was bragging about today on FB. Maybe I could start there.
Happy New Year! 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
After teaching a few classes at The Bouncing Bead I couldn’t help getting back in the steampunk mood. I’ve made some rings and pendants for my Esty Shop. Back to silver overlay bottle caps, you know… fancy recycling.
Notice the little flower swirl in the pendant? I got that from one of Marie’s Etsy Shops – The Hoarder’s Closet. I kinda like that bit of pretty in it.
I thought all bottle cap jewelry was the same until I held other brands at the craft and hobby trade show last January. The ones from the scrapbook companies were really light weight, they almost felt like soda can metal.
I did not buy any.
These are from a jewelry manufacturer, Amate Studios. Big difference, these feel so much sturdier.
It looks like I just can’t get away from purple and blue. I’ll try to force myself to expand my color choices on the next thing I make…really! – T
While I was working on steampunk pendants I wanted to put a little more meaning into this little art piece. Maybe a thought or message. Keeping in mind that with this one I only had one inch square to work in. No way would I be able to rubber stamp any words longer than two letters. This really limits my choices in English.
In my stash of rubber stamps I have a secret weapon. One that will help me convey what good vibes I was concentrating on while making the pendant…muahahaha…Chinese characters!
This one is Happiness. The copper of the finding and purple compliment each other, add the sparkle and shine from the watchworks. I’m good with this. – T
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
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.
As I have mentioned before, I have a problem with wearing steampunk jewelry that can be lethal. I don’t want to wear a necklace that may sever my jugular if I turn my head too fast. Yet, I love all the little bit and pieces of antique watches. Now I have them trapped…muahahaha… in a generous coat of resin. Nice and smooth
In the center of this pendant I put a layer of polymer clay with a load of watch parts imbedded then a thick coat of resin. The metal pendant itself I got from Marie Segal. She has so many cool things for sale in her supply store on Etsy, The Hoarders Closet. I bet you could find some treasures too!
I also got these hair pins from her. These are very easy to work with. Fill them up with what ever you like.
These two are so smooth that in the picture they pick up the reflection of the patio and the sky! They look better in person.
These finished pieces are for sale in my Etsy shop! – T
Arrgh! Yes, this be treasure for certain! ….and the brooch isn’t bad either!
Um…yeah, back to the post.
This is the same kind of brooch as the beaded one, in the previous post. Only this time I steampunked it and put a coat of resin over the bits and pieces.
It’s one of the latest items in my Etsy Shop. Stop in Johnny is waiting… – T
I really like these bottle cap rings from Amate. They are better quality than just the regular caps from craft store, these are silver overlay and look a lot shinier. Ooo, aah…. There is lots of room in the cap to put lots of goodies too!
Funny thing, in this picture you can’t even see the resin I used. It’s all the way up to the rim! I may have to break down and buy a UV lamp to cure the resin. I am getting a little burned out on running back and forth outside every time I make something. Or even curing only between 11 – 2 (if I’m lucky). I didn’t realize how much of an angle the sun is in the winter and you can’t cure the UV resin outside in the rain either, huh, go figure. Well, that’s what I get for being such a cheapo.
Off to steampunk more goodies! – T
Today I think I’m finally back home. It was a long weekend for me, being away and all. I went to CHA (Craft and Hobby Assoc.) Trade Show from early last Saturday to late Monday night! For me, it’s a long time to be away from my family and home. I originally thought I was just going up for a day to help my friend Ellie…HA! As it got closer I found out it was 3 days, 2 nights and at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Plus, I was the one driving!
We were demonstrating what could be done with the products from Amate Studios. Here are a few things I made before we left. It was a lot of fun at the booth showing people from all over the world their findings, glaze and our artwork! Amate Studio’s products made our art look great!
Thank you Armando, Jason and Ellie, I am grateful for having the opportunity and pleasure of working with all of you. – Tina