Today's world is a little mixed up and people go nuts when you post something they dont like or take offensively. Personally, I take no offense of other peoples opinions. Its just their opinion so why should it matter to me?
So with that said... I hope everybody in this entire world has a wonderful day, enjoy the spring flowers, and for those who celebrate on this beautiful day...
I decided to write a blurp about my newest creations. I started painting these fun little pendents about a month ago. I keep getting more and more ideas from people I talk to. I have also stopped by our local bead stores and shared some of the finished pieces. Last week, I walked into the bead store to bring a pendent to one of the ladies that works there...she loves my stuff. It was almost time for her to get off work so I hung out for a few while she was finishing up with a couple of customers and she told me to spread out the pendents on the counter. There was probably 5 or 6 ladies there and they were all checking out the pendents...it was quite fun to hear all of the positive feedback.
This little fairy is a special order which I will be taking to her new owner next week...photos are better when they are taken before I coat them with resin
I want to share how I actually come up with the pendents...and how much work goes into them. I purchased a class online about creating zentangles on pendents. After watching the videos, I started to play around a bit with the clay. I have been wanting to paint up some of my photos I have taken over the years and thought...hmm...why dont I just paint on the clay pendents instead of doing the Zentangles... So I painted up a couple of them...liked how they turned out...asked one of my FB groups what they thought... One idea was to make them thicker.. the first batch was a bit thin I will admit. Then another opinion was to seal them with resin...WOW..now that changed the whole way they looked. The first batch I ruined...yea, sad..all that painting and poof...broken nasty pieces of clay. The second batch I did was far better. Then, I decided to make the circles into domes... and that is where I am today...
I was asked to make a hammer head shark...what do you think on this one..very cool? I had a fun time making this one...it has glitter one its belly..
So, the very first thing I do, is pick a photo I have either taken myself, of found on google..or better yet..Pinterest... I basically will change up the image to what I like.. I dont have any examples of my drawn pendents... only the finished pieces... Let me start again. I first sand them after baking. I tried 3 different brands of clay and have found only one that doesn not resist the watercolors. Trial an error is the only way to perfect things..and really my pieces are far from perfect..but its going good so far. So...after they are sanded, I draw on them. I do some shading with pencil to get a good idea of how they are going to look once I start adding the watercolors. Next, I decide what I want to paint first. Sometimes the background gets painted first and then the main object, or visa versa. Either way, its a bit of a process. Most of my pendents take me less than an hour. But if you look at the mermaids..those take me more time.
These are also a special request, they are sisters to the first pendent I made like this.. You see how they are not exactly the same, but they look similar enough...so cute!
I usually paint one pendent at a time. Recently though, I needed to paint 2 mermaid pendents the same design. I prefer not do duplicate my creations but I will if requested. I think mainly because I forget what I did with the first painting...LOL I have posted a couple of pendents on Etsy, but have not had one purchased yet. I have recieved an order though which is just as good. I have since made about 10 special orders with the pendents which I truely appreciate.
This one is a rectangular pendent I made of a horse...I am not 100% sure I like the wire dangles with the beads on the ends...I like the idea of them, but I still am not quite sure. I think there needs to be something to wrap around the pendent or infront like this...hmm...any suggestions?
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Perhaps in the near future I will do a give away...Hmmm...what do you think?
Well, its about time I sit at my computer and start writing about the BSBP bog hop which will be happening before you know it. But before I do anything else, I want to introduce you to my fantastic BSBP partner, Christina Stonefield. She is an amazing mother of 4 young boys which I am sure keep her quite busy. She is also creates beautiful vintage jewelry designs. I love vintage jewelry but have not dabbled in that area much when it comes to designing jewelry. You can find her work here, and you can also find her as one of ZnetShows very talented jewlery designers. We discovered we have a bit in common such as being a designer for ZnetShows, love the beach and the mountains. We both have boys although she has 2 more than I do.
With this in mind, I really enjoyed making her a couple of pendents with those fun vintage colors of oranges, golds, blues and a hint of green. I sent her one package to start off just so she could have a head start...and now I am finishing up on a second pendent I really want her to have.
Below are the beads which I recieved from her...I just love ALL of them...
Look at those beautiful vintage buttons...I need to think about how I can create with those babies...
I love this huge clasp...I have always been attracted to the clasps almost as much as the pendents...LOVE!
See the beautiful handful of wooden beads...Hmmm...what to make with those!
One of my favorite colors...bright apple green...yuuuuummmy!
THANKS AGAIN to Lori Anderson who put this fantastic BSBP together...
Be on the look out for May 1st for the reveal!
Oh..and finally one last note...I think I forgot to photograph the soup mix I sent Christine. I can not find the pictures on any of my sdcards...UGH..my big camera was in the shop at the time so maybe I just forgot.....but thats ok, I know she will take pictures...
UPDATE: Well, I actually got a few nice shots of my room. I actually have gotten a whole lot done but I am only going to post this one shot for now. I have big plans for my work room. IKEA has become my new best friend, and eventually I will have a lot of their shelving units and cabinets.. I am just waiting for that day...first we desperately need to remodel our bathroom. Baby steps...LOL
total mess and cluttered to the point where I can barley do much of anything...
ahhh, elbow room although the space is a bit small but definitely improved!
WOW...what fun this blog hop is going to be when I sit down and check out all of the fun re-organized work spaces. I unfortunately have a little issue which I hope you will forgive me. My best of the best cameras had broken earlier this week and I ended up sending it to the shop (about 3000 miles from my house) good thing its under warranty UGH.
Although it is not here for me to take amazing pictures, I do have my baby camera. I have not had a chance to take all the pictures at the moment, but I do hope to have mine up by Sunday...so please check back...SORRY...
In the mean time, check out all of the other blogs listed below...and enjoy the results...
Well, I think I got the right mix of things now with my newest creations, Cabs! Cabochons have been very interesting to me these days and I have seen sooo many beautiful ways to make them. I decided I would put my own touch into making these little creations. I have had several rejects which I will share with you here... But now that I think I have it going good, I went ahead and listed them on my etsy which I will give you the links below
This is my first piece. It looks great, but is too thin...but its still a nice piece.
This is really pretty but when I put the resin on top, I did it wrong and the resin ended up being really thick and has a lip on it that I need to remove.
Basically I still have these 3 pieces. The orange starfish I made into a pendent and its going to be on a beautiful necklace which you will get to see soon.. I promise, it will be well worth the wait!
In the first batch, I lost 2 pieces due to the resin leaking past the tape. I learned later from an awesome group of ladies on a facebook group I belong to, how to do the resin the correct way. Phew! So glad to have beading buddies!
What I do, is hand draw on the piece with pencil, shade it in with pencil, add the water colors, then spruce it up some with white acrylic paint and a hint of ink pens. Heat set them and put a layer of resin on top to add that extra shine and it also helps with the durability of the cab. I tried 3 different brands of clay. One, which I have to order is the Kato clay...love it! Second is the Craft Clay which is the Michaels brand...HATE IT! and Sculpy 3 which works really well but is not quite strong, but I do like how easy it is to work with. I have used Sculpy clay for a long time with just other stuff, but not as a cabochon. I think since I dont have to order the clay and its easily found at Michaels, I will just continue to use this. I will do a clay comparison later..
So, now for the final fun creations... Now available on my Etsy shop...
Yes, time is running out for Valentines day...I think I am going to go to Rocky Mountain Chocolate and find something a little fun for hubby. He is a chocolate-aholic. Hehehe..
I recently posted a few of my heart designs in my Hand Made Artist shop if you want to take a peek! They are sooo pretty. I really think the bracelet is fun. It makes a little music when you wear it...the beads have a tune of their own!
Since I have been trying to work more with polymer clay, my hands have been getting so tired of cranking the handle of my pasta machine...the worst part is that I somehow managed to lose the clamp, so it makes it even more challenging to crank that ole handle. Its not bad if you just have a few crankings to do, but when you have to condition Kato clay, it takes forever to condition. Trust me, I have experienced the challenge of conditioning Kato clay..love the stuff..but wowsa!
So, I did the hunt...and found a set of pasta attachments for my kitchenaid...(gotta love Amazon!) OH ME OH MY...I LOVE IT!! If you are a polymer clay artist, I would definitely invest in this handy tool. I hooked it onto my kitchenaid and turned that puppy on..and within minutes my clay is ready to play with. Even the Kato clay is easier to run right through the machine...Ahhh, what a relieve it is!
My hands are so much happier. It has all of the same settings as the old hand crank pasta machine...and its easier to use. You just pull out the knob a little and it pops into its place. I can say that this is my new best tool... Its not cheap mind you...but you have to consider what your hands go through. Trust me, your hands will be so happy when you decide to give up the old hand cranking pasta machine...
Well, I kind of forgot about the awesome blog hop, GROW YOUR OWN BLOG...and I knew I was forgetting something...and you know how it goes...I think I had too many things going on at the same time...and poof..time flew and next thing I know I got booted from the hop! Im not angry or anything like that...its my own fault. But I am still going to keep the link on the side bar and hope that you will be able to take a peek at the hop. Some blogs are even offering free give away's. I think next time this hop is offered I will need to put a huge post-it notes on my forehead, my calendar, my laptop, maybe one or two on my cats...Hehehehe
If you have never seen this magazine, it is a MUST! First time I saw it, I was in LOVE..really, it is so loaded with wonderful creations from phenomenal jewelry designers. I feel so honored to have my necklace included in this magazine. You can find me on page 18. I have a long ways to go to be in the same league as these designers but someday I will be there in the spotlight...LOL Enjoy the amazing magazine, and you can see older issues on my link Art/Digital Magazines You will also see another amazing digital magazine from ZnetShows where I have some of my designs and tutorials shown...
Actually the reveal date for the WINTER FOREST challenge was yesterday, but you know me...always a day behind. I decided to join this challenge because I fell in love with the painting which we had to get our inspiration from.
I thought it would be great to sort of recreate the painting and turn it into my own. I have been interested in learning more about working with polymer clay and making pendents and when I saw Dini's painting I just had to do this.
So I made a simple drawing, then got to work. I made the cab from polymer clay. I then drew on the cab and added some soft pencil blending to help deepen the colors once I started painting them on. I first sprayed the pencil with Flexatif spray so the pencil wouldn't rub off.
I then misted the piece with water and added the paints little at a time and heat set in between the layers....
Next, I drew darkened the shading with pencil again, and wrote Winter Forest on the bottom with permanent ink, then heat set that.
I then painted white acrylic paint blops to create the snow and drew more lines for texture. I sealed the pendent with 3 coats of high gloss spray.
See the snow...and the fun heart on the trunk?
Then it took me a day or two to decide on how I was going to finish on the pendent. I have done beaded pendents before, but not using the embroidery beading technique. So I challenged myself a bit when I decided to learn to do embroidery beading. I made a quick pit-stop after work on one of my crazy days...lol...and picked up some leather scraps at Joann fabrics...ran the rest of my errands and when I got home, I got to work. I had all the beads on hand so that was the easy part. It took me, well, lets see, maybe 3 or 4 attempts before I finally got it working smoothly. Im still not 100 percent happy with the results of the bead work, but I think it turned out ok.
Then, today, when I got home and logged onto facebook...there it was! The reveal post...and my mind was a tad on overload! I was not finished yet with the piece. I didnt have the bail beaded, I didnt even have the chain or rope or what ever I was going to use to hang it onto! Then, suddenly, the light bulb came on...I had made a rope with denim one day for fun, before Christmas, and it was sitting in my kumihimo box. That is what I needed..that is why I made that rope! So, once I got that all figured out and put together... it was time for the photo shoot. Thank goodness that was a quick ordeal. I loaded up photoshop and did my quick crop and sharpen and any other little fixes and posted the final picture on the challenge page.
But before I posted the picture, my mind started playing games on me. I was thinking...OMG, maybe Dini will think I was copying her painting...maybe I was in the wrong for making this.. So I asked for some advise from an awesome beading artist and she was kind enough to tell me that she felt the pendent was beautiful and if it was her painting, she would have been happy with what I have created from the painting. I hope Dini feels the same...
Thank you for reading all of this...and I hope you go to the hop and vote for my piece... XO