Friday, April 24, 2009

Polymeri Online 24.4.09

Mariya Kulakova from Russia paints beautifully on polymer clay, she is 20 years old.
she makes lampwork beads and and drew her paintings directly on the beads.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28488923@N05/3469265765/

http://k-tata.livejournal.com/

Sharon Henry loves working with wire & artist's focal beads as well as mixing fibers with various materials to create unique wearable treasures, she has used some of a fellow artist beads - Zuda Gay and does wonders with designing them in her creations.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/manamoon/

Christine dumont makes such unique shaped beads, it makes me want to join a polymer clay
orchestra for some reason... do you see what i see? a shape of wind instruments :) her pieces were shortlisted in the Progress and Possibilities 2008.
http://www.allovercreation.net/

Dolores Marple has 3 tutorials in her blog she makes fairies, dogs dragons and anything else that comes to mind.
http://followingtrolltracks.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Holocaust day in Israel

Forgive me for taking today's post to another place, a bit less creative and cheerfull...
Today is the The Holocaust day in Israel.

I heard this story from my grandmother, before she passed away, she was 15 when the holocoust happened, she lost her mother and father, sisters and brothers, she was lucky enough to be so beautiful, the nazi were nice to her and she survived, but i know that her soul was beaten, all her life she cried on those she lost.
My other side of the family also lost my great grandfather, he was killed in Auschwitz.
So many stories... so many lives gone...

Please, there must be another way, no more hate among people, no more wars.

http://www.yadvashem.org/
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=51180&show_panel=true

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mosquito Technique :)

I haven't yet seen PolymerCafe Magazine with my article (it takes longer to get to Israel :) ), but i wanted to tell you some more about it.
It all started as an idea poped into my head, I was looking for something to help me create a thin but strong polymer clay piece/bead that will not break after the first fall of my hand. I knew clay, in general, does not handle breakage well, some items I had broke when they fell on the floor, so I thought i should look for something that can give the clay the stabilization and duration I was looking for.

If you want to know more about this "Mosquito Technique", how and why it is called that way - you are welcome to read the article :)

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Polymeri Online 16.4.09


A great project by Zu - covering altoid tin with polymer clay
http://zuclay.blogspot.com/2009/04/covering-altoid-tin-with-polymer-clay.html

Tilov (boris and dinko) etsy store makes me want to learn Chess! my husband is asking me to make him a chess set for about 5 years now, well, i think i will send him tilov link, maybe he will buy himself a real fancy one!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7458262
and his blog -
http://mythcritters.blogspot.com/

Israeli Independence day is coming soon, blue and white is our color - this site has some nice projects for sugerpaste or other clays but you can surely use it for polymer clay as well.
http://www.kesem.biz/Article.aspx?ID=192

and talented Tal's tzafrir project for a girl holding a flag (hebrew but follow the pictures) -
http://www.amosisrael.co.il/Site/he/pages/inPage.asp?catID=6&subID=37&sub2ID=44&sub3ID=424&docID=4726

Lisa Pavelka has a new Faux Dichroic Pendant Necklace project - and it's on friskar's crafts tv!
http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tv/

For those of us who needs business tips - here's a great blog (and article) of how to price a product.
http://www.sparkplugging.com/craft-boom/craft-fairs-how-to-price-profit-part-1/

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Passover Adventures!


Boy! that was a busy holiday!
Don't get me wrong, i am not complaning at all :) some of them were very positive and fun, but some are less...

My craft fairs were great, although these days people don't hurry and buy, i had good sales, this year it was the popular Keychains & jewelry (last holiday it was Hamsa-mania), every fair i have new suprises, it's ok, the buyers don't want me to get bored...

Then came friends that bought some more, and... i found myself almost stock-less! no more barretes left, no more "disc-chic" necklaces, "disc-chic" rings!
i am parting from my day job these days and becoming a full time artist so i can't tell you how happy i am.

Passover with family was fun as usuall, matzot, kneydalach, i think i gained some weight, oh dear :( i'll have to loose those kg soon! Gym - here i come!

Plus, I had an ASAP custom order of "health" keychains for a local company, they needed it 1st thing on sunday, so i was working to keep the deadline (and finished!!)

We did have some mis-fortunate insident, My 9 yrs son, twisted his ankle when jumping on his skateboard, so now he is resting with his foot up - who said children are easy to raise?

keeping the good spirit, hope every one had good holidays!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Polymeri Online 9.4.09


Cristina Grueso is the fairy catcher in flickr, she is from Barcelona, drawing and
sculpturing.
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=78560
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairycatcher/3414914656/

K. Hernandez is a wife and a stay at home mom, her blog has some of her polymer clay art and she recently published her necklace that will be one of the door prizes at the Christi Friesen workshop that will benefit Ada Silapiruti, the daughter of Ponsawan.
http://khernandezart.blogspot.com/
check out her flickr site too, she has some cool photos and a beautiful Plum Blossom
Neclkace -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/khernandezart
http://www.flickr.com/photos/khernandezart/2902260704/in/set-72157607602861978/

A bit of Inspiration?
Dora Schubert
is a glass artist but her beads is a true inspiration to us polymer clay artists as well, they are beautiful, symmetric and reminds me of Mandalas.
http://www.doraschubert.com/

JoAnne Russo is a basket artist for 3 decades now, i just couldn't ignore her amazing and facinating art, i was drawn into her designs and want to see again and again how they are
combined together.
http://joannerusso.com/Gallery_1.htm

Yesterday we celebrated Pessach, we had a lovely holiday seder and ate great jewish food!
in the meantime, enjoy Shay's good looking pessach kosher matzo! :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shay-aaron/3423631910/

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Polymeri Online 2.4.09

studioatcrowhavenfar m / Michelle Schafer - a self-taught Mixed-Media Artist, she loves working with all types of medium. Especially, Air Dry Clay, Papier Mache, and Polymer Clay. she also loves painting, assemblages, sculpting, and listening to her tunes in my studio :)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/crowhavenfarm/

Kay’s Miniatures Weblog for arts, crafts and Dolls House Miniatures made a cool step by step faux pearl tutorial
http://kaysminiatures.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/step-by-step-faux-pearls/

Karen Park shows us her mosaicon which she made on Laurie Mika workshop last year, just found it now :)
http://artandtea.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/my-finished-mosaicon/

Fun and inspiration using sushi millefiori ! bears, hearts, butterflies - so beautiful!http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2008/05/30/incredible-sushi-art/

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