Thursday, February 19, 2015

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 7

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*Still hopping for the GROW YOUR BLOG 2015? Click here please*

Hello everyone! I fell victim to the winter flu season and have been under the weather for the past few weeks, but I'm hoping that is done, so I can start being creative again (not that I particularly cared about that while ill!) So as near as I can figure, this would be Week 7 (but someone can correct me if needs be). 

**I thought I had posted this last night, but apparently I missed the step of hitting that PUBLISH button**

For Week 7 of Katie Oskin's polymer clay challenge, I am continuing on my quest to use canes I have been collecting or neglecting. This is the case for a very specialized cane I made for a blog hop back in September 2012, for Erin Prais-Hintz's Challenge of Travel. The design came from satellite imagery of the African continent. I loved my Africa cane, but whenever I picked it up afterwards, I was utterly uninspired.

Slightly distorted cane end. Kindly ignore the wrinkles!

Enter the "Natasha" method. Not sure which Natasha this is named for, but she did the PC world a solid:

Beads #1 and #2

Each side of these four beads display a unique mirror image, formed by cutting lengthwise twice and inverting all the inner surfaces to the outside. The final shape is of a four-sided prism surmounted by a four-sided pyramid on each end. I've searched in vain for the "official" name of this 3-D shape... if there are any geometric wizards out there, I'd love to know. Otherwise I may have to make up a name for these. Which could be fun :)

Beads #3 and #4

The pendant was also a quickie method: take a length of cane, torture it a bit to distort, form into triangle, cut, cut, cut... and voila, instant (if very basic) kaleidoscope design:

A very loooong (30"+) necklace design with copper rolo chain. Lately I have been working a lot in sterling, but copper will always hold a special place in my heart :)

Hope to see everyone next week for Week 8 of our challenge (barring more illness, of course)!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Announcing my GYB Winner!

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Here's the giveaway prize:

Thanks to everyone who visited (346) during GYB 2015, took time to comment (104)... and a special thanks to my new followers (34) :) I have been under the weather for the past few weeks, but I hope to get back to normal very soon :)

Here's my winner!

I'm always surprised when RNG selects one
near the beginning or end, as if those aren't
"random" enough for me LOL

Number 3 corresponds to... the lovely Maggie Bryant of Normandy Life. In case you missed her GYB 2015 post, you can read it here :) 

Maggie is an English expat, world traveler, gifted writer and photographer and avid gardener, collector/crafter and foodie. She writes the following about her home base in Normandy, France:

"Home is a 16th/18th century former Presbytery 
situated in a tiny village, 
surrounded by beautiful Normandy countryside. 
I share it with my lovely husband 
and best friend of over 35 years, 
and M'selle Fleur 
our gorgeous Berger Allemand."

Doesn't that sound like a spot you'd love to visit? Well, now you can (at least virtually!) Maggie's blog is a welcoming spot, filled with beautiful photos of the famous, the less famous, the sublime and the engaging. Do drop by for a visit anytime! 

Maggie, I hope you don't mind my sharing just a few of your wonderful photos for the benefit of those who haven't yet discovered your blog :)

Maggie is *ahem* traveling in Cyprus these days, so I look forward to reading about her trip and viewing more amazing photos (a bit jealous LOL).

Thanks again to everyone who participated, commented and/or followed :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Last Day to Enter My Giveaway!

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This is just a quick reminder! If you haven't yet entered, you have until TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 14TH AT MIDNIGHT E.S.T. (Eastern Standard Time, New York) to get your name in the hat. You could win this sterling silver necklace and earring set, featuring the beautiful lampwork hearts of UK glass artist Jolene Wolfe

(not this post):

**No strings attached! You don't need to follow me, share or jump through any hoops. Just comment at the link to my GYB 2015 blog post above. Gift-packaged and free delivery to any international location!**

Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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