Sunday, October 31, 2010

Resistance is Futile.....

You cannot help but love polymer clay! This post is about a friend of mine who simply couldn't resist and now loves polymer clay, too. Because it's futile, this stuff rocks. And the sheer variety of things that can be made is amazing. So I'd like to showcase my friend Chris, goldfinch4 on Cubits, who thought she had enough hobbies but realized she was wrong ;P It was barely over 6 months ago that I first picked up polymer clay and started inspiring my friend and now here she is, setting out to sell her polymer clay critters! I think she is so creative and talented, hopefully I can direct some traffic to her store on Cubits, Garden Buddies where you can see all her polymer clay creations, that are lovingly named I might add. While there you might also check out her intarsia store, Timber Treasures, one of those other hobbies she has lol




Buy handcrafted gifts this Christmas and support America!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Bees and....the Butterflies?

Well, I made birds last time, right? I'd been sitting on the bee and butterfly for a bit but finally made them. I've got to admit I was iffy on the bee, but once I started working on the design, I knew it was going to be good and it is, I LOVE the bee, I hope you all do, too. I like the butterflies, too, of course :o) Also had a request for a bat that didn't turn out too bad either. I ended up wishing I'd made him a bit more somber, but he's OK.




Purple Steampunk Butterfly Pendant
 

 Steampunk Bee Pendant

I added dragon's eyes and wings to my listings this week for anyone looking for them. I picked up some magnetic stamps to try on polymer clay this last week. Takes me forever to get around to trying new things though, so it probably won't be anytime soon that I try them, but they look fun! Anyone who has used these please pop in tell me what you thought.

Shop for Breast Cnacer Awareness and Domestic Violence!

Still a few days left to shop during Ajdjss Guild's Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Fund Raiser Event 

A portion of all sales during the month of October from participating shops (found in the link!) will be donated to support Breast Cancer Research and Domestic Violence Intervention. Or if you just want to donate, go to the link, there's a button for that!


Terra Firma Good

But that's just me! I like my dirt and I like it underfoot. But inspiration for polymer clay creations can come from everywhere and anything and what an inspiration one can find in the water, around the water, on the water. It's beautiful, I know it is, it's awe inspiringly beautiful. I even know folks who probably would have a hard time breathing if they were too far from a good body of water.

Luckily it takes all kinds to make this wonderful world interesting and I'd to show off a couple of pieces from my fellow Polymer Clay Smooshers that come from, were inspired by, or that just plain remind me of the ocean.

Who doesn't love seahorses, this gorgeous necklace comes from the lovely studio of Art Asylum

An almost steampunk scary mask from the wonderful studio of Bewitching Dreams
 
A gorgeous necklace from the charming studio of  Positively Charming Things
 

And last but not least, you all know I LOVE purple ;) and I love this shop (Desert Wind Designs), too, but this piece does remind me of the ocean, I don't know, why, can't put my finger on it, but it is such a nice piece I had to include it here. 

Thanks for looking and don't forget to look for inspiration where ever you can!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Challenge yourself!

I have never really been one push myself, to strive for things I thought would be difficult, but you know what? All you can do is try, you really might surprise yourself. I am surprising myself! Some of you may have seen me say this, but I have not been doing this for long. I started playing in the clay in Spring of 2010. My first sculpting piece was in oil based clay...it is still not finished (I got distracted lol). I really think my woodworking gave me an edge with working in polymer clay. I designed pieces that were made by building different parts to make the whole, a kind of layering, just like we do with polymer clay.


But I was never a carver! or a sculptor. I always thought that as way too much work, way too difficult. I had a recent for a steampunk crow though and to do it justice I was going to need to step out of my comfort zone! I put it off for a few weeks thinking about how to do. I did finally sit down and make it and it turned out great. It is really an awesome thing to push and challenge yourself and see your skill grow as a result. Or to gain such confidence in your abilities. I highly recommend it ;P
Some more new things ...an utterly awesome steampunk wing
an octopus cabochon with a lizard's eye
 A crow skull cabochon, another request, waiting to hear if they want it or not
steampunk hummingbird
and one more wing, a very industrial steampunk wing

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Masquerade Continues!!!

For the entire month of October you can catch handrcrafted artisan masks on the Polymer Clay Smooshers Blog!

Here are the latest samplings, be sure to to check the blog for all the entries!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Are You An Animal Lover, too?

I find the people I like most and click with best are animal lovers. I am always amazed to find that someone I really enjoy talking to has a household full of pets that are all awesomely taken care of, and yet I shouldn't be surprised, it happens all the time and I love that! I have about 40 lovebirds, a dog, a cat, and currently 4 baby tortoises, those are stats that have changed dramatically over the years and will change again soon, or is already changing- it is breeding season in the aviary!

Boozer, my precious pooch, has excelled in the fine art of sniffing...in, um, private places. It is what it is. He's an awesome dog. But I always know the animal lovers from those that aren't when they enter my home! Oh, and when someone enters and thinks it proper training behavior to bring their knee up into my dog's chest, believe me, I realize why I have never really clicked with this person. I love that darned dog so much, never thought I would love a dog so much, he is the sweetest little guy.

My cat would love to go in the aviary. Silly, silly, cat, not for the birds mind you, but to follow me lol I feel like the pied piper sometimes the way he and the dog have to follow me around. My cat, Peso, was traumatized early on by mockingbirds,  now I hate mockingbirds to the center of my being and they are not welcome! They were nesting somewhere out front and would swoop down and peck him when he would be out there. It was a really long time before he was comfortable in the front yard again. So I don't know if it was that or if it has to do with him being a boy (female cats are always the serious hunters), but he is not into the lovebirds. I've had a baby land right in front of his face before, woke him up and boy did he give me a nasty look! This summer I had a family of towhees in the backyard...he'd be sleeping between the aviary and a large cage of birds off to the side, and the 3 towhees would be pecking the ground right in front of him...he'd eventually get up because they were noisy and interrupting his naptime....I love that cat.

Back to polymer clay! If you've been following me, you may know I don't really make a whole lot of stuff that is realistic. Making things that are not real gives me a whole lot of lee way, let me tell you. So I am in awe of those that have the skill to sculpt realistically, it's an amazing talent! So I will showcase some of these talents from the Polymer Clay Smooshers this week, I hope you enjoy them!

From Blue Jane, Fantasy Art by Jane Priser
I think this is so cool, the eyes really make it, but I love the whole effect.

From Tamed...creations by D. Lovegrove
This is so cute! Reminds me of that commercial where the bunny is laughing at the rattlesnake, I swear this bunny is laughing!

From Creative Critters
These are amazing. Such an amazing and awesome talent.

From Dana's Jewelry and Etc.
OK, I had to throw this in, I just think he's so cute, a polymer clay sock monkey, that's awesome!

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

of Dragon Tails and Wings!...and other things

I have not viewed myself as one who was going to be doing a lot of actual sculpting and was in awe of what I saw others doing, but I am growing in my skill or maybe just getting more comfortable with it, I don't know, but I see changes in my work and I like it! From simple hearts to bonafide sculpted creations :)

This dragon wing pendant is a total prototype and I am in awe of how good it came out. One thing I have learned is you just to be brave with polymer clay, don't be afraid to make something awesome!

 This Silver wing turned out so cool!
  
The dragon tails didn't come too bad either ;) See them

I made 4 new fairy door pendants, too, they are very cool as well! Thanks for looking :)

The Masquerade Ball Has Begun!!

The 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball has begun! you can keep up with all the entries and entrants on the Polymer Clay Smooshers blog. In case you're not familiar, Polymer Clay Smooshers is an Artfire guild and they are currently accepting new members, but I think for only one more day, so act quickly to get in on this chance to participate in a great group!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A New Shop, A New Guild!

I'm sure most of you heard about the Artfire deal, yes? And a lot of you probably took up the offer, I know I did! Well, I hadn't joined any Etsy Teams yet, but I saw the Polymer Clay Smooshers over on Artifre and I joined. I had seen the name before and quite frankly I like the name :)

My new shop on Artfire and The PCS blog links for anyone who dares to check us out!

Like any good guild or team the Smooshers have their own events and challenges...can't believe I just missed the darned steampunk one and medieval one to boot! During October they're having their 2nd annual Masquerade Ball! You probably already guessed the challenge is for masks...can't believe I'm missing this one, too...I had been thinking of doing a few mask pendants, too, wouldn't that be cool? Here is one of last years entries, I think this is my favorite!

I believe they will be showcasing all of this year entries on the blog through out the entire month of October, so you'll want that blog link up above! Oh, and the entries are coming from fans as well as guild members, how cool is that? Can't wait to see them all!