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
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
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about fantasy themed things. You know, one inspiration leads to another.
I was looking for a quick polymer clay fix. The steampunk lead back to a heart pendant. Only I didn’t feel like doing a basic red.
Hearing the growling behind me…
…my son is playing World Of Warcraft. My work space is in the same room as the computer. WOW is loaded with awesome creatures! Yes, a dragon heart! Then I thought of that movie with the same name – DragonHeart. In the movie Dennis Quaid becomes friends with the last dragon and there’s an issue with the dragon’s shared heart, the king, good and evil. That’s why it’s stitched up.
I guess I could do red too. – T
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
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
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
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
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
Drawers before Stripping
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