Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
This is an Altoid tin covered by a very good friend and fellow PCAGOE member Linda of NKDesigns. I just absolutely loved this unique pattern so much I had to know how she did it. She has a tutorial on how it was done on claylessons.com. In the tutorial she explains in very easy to follow steps on how to achieve this gorgeous pattern. She also has a couple other tutorials worthy of checking out. She is such a kindhearted and giving person, I feel blessed to have known her for the last couple years.
Please check out her Etsy shop for some of the most beautiful creations in polymer clay you'll ever find.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The theme for this month's challenge is "Texture". I had so many ideas running through my head. It was hard for me to pin down any one. I finally desided on this:
It is a mirror that I first covered with a layer of polymer clay. I then made each individual tile. There are 4 tiles with molded roses. They were painted with a metallic paints and then baked again with some purple micro beads added to highlight the roses. The other tiles have either a floral or butterfly theme done in a mica shift, or ghost technique. I then added the tiles to the mirror frame with some marble clay "grout". Lastly I added some flower stems, also finished with some micro beads. There is plenty of "texture" going on here, from the smooth ceramic feel of the mica shift tiles, to the bumpiness of the micro beads. I titled it "Picture Yourself in Spring" because I am so ready for spring. Ready for warm sunshine and flowers blooming. It can be used either as a mirror or picture frame.
The voting for the challenges are from the 1st of every month through the 7th. The winners are announced on our guild website on the 8th.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I have been a artist and crafter as long as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is designing clothes and shoes for my Barbies. After I was let go from my last job after almost 12 years, I needed something to occupy my time and mind. I discovered polymer clay. I've used several mediums and done lots of different crafts over the years. I've got to say polymer clay is the most amazing medium I've ever come across. The possibilities of what can be made and done with it are endless.
I first started selling on eBay as a way to make up for my lost income. I found there was actually a market for the things I was making. I never had any trouble selling. A little over 2 years ago one of my customers told me about a site called Etsy. I fell in love immediately. It is a wonderful market place for handcrafted things. I sold my first item 5 days after joining, and haven't looked back since. Here is my store, if you'd like to take a look.
I joined a team on Etsy called the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE for short). I mainly joined as a way to help market myself. It is more than just a street team on Etsy. It is the most talented, wonderfully giving bunch of people I have ever met.
This is my very first blog post. I hope to make it a habit to post something every week at the very least. Thanks for looking and have a great day!!