Saturday, December 31, 2016

Texture Maison

 My friends at Creations Fimo and one of my favorite blogs, the Art Bead Scene, have proposed challenges that piqued my interest this month. At CF the challenge was to make our own textures in  polymer clay.  Please come see all our creations on Parole de pâte here.  At the Art Beads Scene blog the challenge was to make art beads using Marc Chagall's America Windows as our inspiration.

My favorite way to make textures is by using wax.  I melt paraffin wax in a shallow wooden box, let it cool and harden, and then carve out the texture I desire.  If I like the design I can keep it forever by using the wax as a mold to make a cast and another mold in polymer clay.   Of course, if I don't like my design I can always grab my heat gun and erase it in a matter of seconds.
Here are some of the results of my participation in these challenges:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Round and Round We go

Today on Parole de pâte you will find a collection of creations in polymer with one common motif, the circle.  Our group, CréationFimo, has been busy creating and today is the day to share the fruits of our labor with everyone.  You will want to see the many unique interpretations on this theme.  My own contribution is a neckpiece.
I enjoyed texturing and highlighting each of the circles with metallic acrylic paints. I was inspired by colors found in rusted metal as in this photo

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Art Bead Scene June Challenge

This month at the Art Bead Scene the artwork of John Louis Rhead has been chosen as inspiration for bead makers and jewelry designers.
The New York Public Library
I chose a polymer and wire pendant that I made several months ago since it seemed to have all the colors I needed for this challenge. 
I then picked some lovely glass beads made by Chic Elbert. Her beads are the six disk-shaped beads.  They have a beautiful iridescent glow with warm blue, yellow and orange glass that shines through from beneath.
I feel that Chic's beads give my piece just the right sparkle, don't you agree?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Challenge de couleurs - le bleu et le rose

Maryy has proposed a challenge for us at CréationFimo. We were to use only pink and blue to create something new. 
You can see the results of her challenge on Parole de Pâte today.  

I started  with a transfer of a photo I had taken  of some daisies I in my my garden...
I turned it into black and white and made a transfer on clay with t-shirt transfer paper, and then I used ink to tint the flowers pink and blue.
Well, I went along my merry way coloring and scraping and coloring with ink as I focused on not making any purple.  Oops, I made white instead.  I had forgotten that white was as bad as purple!

So I tried again...
I used the same process except that I didn't scrape all the way down to the clay and made certain to avoid white.  Some of the color is actually made with metalic acrylic paints.  

Challenge Multi Couches - Multi-layers

At the francophone forum Polym'air de rien we were working on perfecting the technique of layering with clay and stamps and liquid clay and more!  I didn't get a chance to enter my piece, but here is a link to the other participants' work.  
As usual I made the challenge more challenging than it needed to be.I began with white clay that I made colorful using a batik technique with paper and ink.

I saw a little bluebird among the random designs, so I made it my focus.  I then picked out some of my favorite translucent canes and made some more using my oil paints as usual.

After adding some cane pieces and curing, I gouged out a few lines for fun, then I painted some more and sanded.

I then encircled the piece with metal tape used for soldering stained glass in order to prevent the liquid from running over the edges.  I also added some wispy dried leaves of a nigella plant (love in a mist). Before putting it back in the oven to cure, I carefully set the liquid clay with a heat gun making certain not to make any "waves".
After this I sanded it and made a beaded clay frame.

I learned many things from my Polym'air de rien friends along the way - in particular that one can sand and buff cured liquid clay.  After sanding and buffing I think it came out pretty nice.

Stripes! plus Colors! Challenge

Challenge - des rayures et de couleures
The francophone group, Créations en Pâte Polymère ou CréationsFimo, has been working on one challenge after another.   Schoolwork kept me too busy to blog for a couple months, but now I can share what we have been doing... 
This challenge was twofold.  We needed to use the colors in the palette as well as make beautifully strait and parallel stripes. 
I never find it easy to make anything perfectly anything, so this was an especially difficult challenge for me. 
First my blue was too green and then my stripes went wonky.  So, lucky for me there was a thing called poisson d'avril! (fish of April = April Fools!)
That’s okay, I tried again.  This time my colors were better and my stripes more parallel.  

I made several pieces for the challenge, but my bracelet was the one I entered.  
I never did get the stripes perfectly aligned, but I had fun with the scraps. I made many more earrings and beads...
This is a whistle necklace made with the technique from this tutorial by Joan Tayler Design. My friend who is an artist and art teacher, Chic Elbert, bought it to wear to school.  She might use it to get everyone's attention.