Thursday, November 27, 2014

Polymeri Online 27.11.14 | Pam's Millefiori haute couture, Molds and cookies and buttons, Make your own sculpturing tools, Polymer belts, Masking tape to the rescue & De-stashing sale in my "garage"

Pam's Millefiori haute couture
Pamela Carmen’s flickr gallery is full of colorful animals decorated with endless blooming millefiori canes.
Fish, owls, birds, hens, frogs, all of them gets their coat of flowers.
In her owl sculpture she mentions ceramic as her base while only the veneer is canes.

Molds and cookies! :)
Nerd Ecrafter posted a video for creating your own molds using only liquid translucent clay (she is using TLS by Polyform). She took an oreo cookie, embedded it into the liquid, baked it (twice) and created her mold instantly. You can use this technique to create any mold of your choice from your found objects as long as they are oven proof! yay!



Molds and buttons
Talking about molds, here is another example by artist Elena Semin, taking a button with a nice pattern and creating 2 molds/casts to form a double-sided bead with a pre made channel –
Don’t forget to take a look at the glowing snowflake tutorial– fun and easy project just in time for winter!


Make your own sculpturing tools

Ever wanted to create your own sculpturing tools? Diane Foster‎ published this PDF file on the “Polymer Clay Tutorial Collectors” FB group showing how to transform simple tools into sculpturing tools! The ebook is written by G. Schellert.



Polymer belt necklace
Ingrid Ulrich’s belt accessory is beautifully adapted to polymer clay. Stamped and antiqued it is giving the impression of the real thing. Located in Germany she is playing with various techniques in her designs.



Masking tape to the rescue
Remove excess polymer clay powders
Christelle Van Lingen shared in her Pinterest gallery a tip she credit Christie Friesen. By using a masking tape you can take off any excess powder left on your stamped image. I learned this trick from Laurie Mika when I was her student several years ago, when she used it on extra foil left on a design. That is really a neat trick.


I am de-stashing some of my extra tools and findings, if you’re interested you can take a look of what’s left, in my FB gallery –

Have a great thanksgiving holiday if you're celebrating, and a great rest of the week :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Polymeri Online 10.11.14 | 3D polymer illusions, Ziggy the whimsical mask, Free geometric jewellery patterns, Find your findings, Miniatures stories and Animal charms donation

3D polymer clay bracelet by Tanya
Take a look at Tanya’s 3D bracelet. Looks like the shapes are popping out – right?
Tanya Mayorov is playing with shapes, textures, colors, illusions and creating big beads, small beads, big bracelets, small mosaics, all in vibrant, heavy beautiful antiqued techniques. Her colors are dark and earthy. Love it. 
Don’t miss her gallery on livemaster site –

Wonderful necklaces patterns
for your polymer clay designs
Geometric jewelry patterns are a great option when you’re out of ideas for a pendant or necklace designs. Circles, triangles, squares, pentagons and other shapes can easily and beautifully create a harmonic design.
Kokolat blog posted several options for you to try. Just print and trace!

Wendy's Wall hangings masks
Masks! A bit late for Halloween but these masks will inspire you to use yours as wall hangings.

Ziggy, Joy, Bali and Forrest are all mysterious creatures with a face, expression and a lot of humor. 
Wendy Sollod has been working with polymer clay since 1993. She is a self-taught artist, she combines her delicate patterns of polymer clay into whimsical riots of color- masks, sculptures and wearable art that are each as vibrant and individual as the customers who collect them.

Belkomor hollow polymer clay end caps
Belkomor, already featured several times in this blog, posted several of her recent designs including ink stamping; carving and creating gradient chip beads. Her inspiration for this piece was paper.
Note the hollow cone (end cap) at the end of her necklace, which she created herself. That can be an option when you are looking for matching “findings” and cannot “find” it.

Kseniya's animal kingdom
Kseniya Dolgopolova’s art room is full of fairytales and animals.
Each pendant/brooch of hers is a full story in miniature dimensions. 
Note the small details, every little thing is being planned carefully into a perfect creations.
She is a “frequent poster" in the LiveJournal forum, which is great because we can enjoy more of her creations and her previous feature was her turtle pendant.

polymer clay animal charms
donation to 269life sanctuary farm
I have been playing with some of my old designs. A sanctuary farm in my town organised a fair to raise money to help rescued farm animals. They are just starting their way and already have young cows, hens and baby lamb. 
It's amazing how friendly, peaceful and kind these creatures are. 
In all my 40 years (43 but not counting) I've never seen them so close.

To help raise money I've donated charms, keychains and pins.
They are a similar version to a set I made a year ago to a theatre show finale. Here is a video showing how I made them last time.

In every day that goes by I feel obliged to do something so the world will be a better place for us, for the animals; dog, pig or cow they all deserve respect as living beings.
polymer clay animal charms
donation to 269life sanctuary farm
In the next couple of weeks, I will be donating 10% of my site sales to the 269life farm. If you're interested in helping you're welcome aboard.

See you soon!


Friday, October 24, 2014

When "Brocade Collection" purses met "Moon Rock" beads - Polymer Clay Playtime

Floral Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Combined into a zippered purse
life has a funny way sneaking up on you.
I find it more and more difficult to find time to do my favourite things these days (blogging, claying more).
Becoming a vegan 3 months ago (along with 2 family members) demands its adjusting and more kitchen time.
I lost 10 kg due to this change and added physical activity to strengthen my muscles and body.
Being 43 demands maintenance!... :)
Too bad we have only 24 hours a day (or maybe we're lucky to have just 24?)...you'll decide.

BUT!
I did have the opportunity to work with clay the previous weekend, with a wonderful group of ladies from the Netherlands - Skyscraper beads and Brocade-Cosmic purses.

New Samples were created to adjust the combination and techniques mix. 
I called it "When Brocade Collection purses met Moon Rock beads", adding flowers and other inclusions. 

It's incredible how fun it is to mix tutorials, blend materials, "stir" techniques and create a completely different project every time - chalks, paints, pastes, powders, eye shadows, sponges, oil pastels, with just a bit of imagination (and trial) it all combine in a perfect harmony.
Don't be afraid to experiment!

The Dutch guild ladies were so creative with their Skyscraper & Cosmic Brocade purses projects, 4 different surface effects were introduced in the class and each student took her favourite technique and created a purse out of it (or 2, or 3!).

As always my classes are free of boundaries. 
I love to see how my students take a technique or an idea to their own creative voice. Even the same materials, instructions and steps, looks different in any artist hand. (Don't tell anyone but sometimes I see my students creativity and ask myself "how I didn't think of that?!" ;) 

You're welcome to lean back and take a look at the students gallery also in Facebook - Here 

See you soon!

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CLASS SAMPLES
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Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Inside
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Combined into a zippered purse 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Combined into a zippered purse

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STUDENTS WORK
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Polymer Clay Moon Rock Beads inside the oven 


The Complete collection of the polymer clay Moon Rocks purses
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay by Pris Wijnberg
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay beads by Rian Schreuder-Sanderse 
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay beads by Pris Wijnberg 
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay beads by Alexa Axart

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