Friday, March 27, 2015

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 12

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For Week 12 of Katie Oskin's polymer clay challenge, I am doing a super fast post as my internet is kinda iffy this week. Fingers crossed. I skipped Week 11 since my son (the one in the military) and his girlfriend were here for a week-long visit (yay!) 

This is Meg Newberg's Cane Builder design for April 2015 (available by subscription at the link or individually at her Etsy shop). I literally sat down and started to build it within minutes of receiving it. Sorry about the photo quality. Overdue for a new camera and accepting recommendations :)


Hope to see you next week!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 10

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For Week 10 of Katie Oskin's polymer clay challenge, I am continuing on my quest to use canes I have been collecting or neglecting. This week I had a special request for custom buttons! 

Unlike me, my sister is a knitter. She got the WHOLE knitting gene from our Mum and knits compulsively. I "think" this is a sweater and headband for one of her great nieces (I'm not sure, because her knitting output is huge and so is her hubby's extended family LOL).

And now for some button closeups:

Buttons about 15mm, 1/2"+

The little petals are from a peach blossom cane I whipped up as part of my bee and flowers charm (2014 Art Charm Swap). It is adapted from on a technique by Meg Newberg; the free Youtube video can be viewed here. I wrapped the petal cane in a thin gold-ish layer so it wouldn't disappear into the white base layer.

As with most of my sculptural items, these were baked in three layers, beginning with the central "base" layer, then adding the shank button back covered with a textured bottom layer, then finally the flower parts were individually attached. I love that each button is a definite OOAK. There won't be my usual conservator's wax finish as these will need to be washed occasionally.

Hope to see everyone next time for Week 11 of our challenge!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 8/9

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

For Week 9 of Katie Oskin's polymer clay challenge, I actually MADE a cane! I'm not sure what this one will be used for (that's almost always the case, I tend to make canes 'cause they are "fun" and good relaxation therapy). 

I'm not sure, but I think Week 8 may have evaporated LOL. These past 2 weeks involved my youngest son moving out (again) combined with my decision to reconfigure my craftroom/sewing room/studio, so when I got a precious few minutes, caning was the therapy of choice. Allow me to introduce the "Pirate Cane": 

Thought I'd share my vintage 1950's dining table as background

This is an easy original design by one of my favorite PC gals, Cindy Lietz. You can preview and buy a tutorial for this (along with two other cute projects) at Cindy's website here. I've had this tutorial for a long *ahem* time, but had forgotten about it. Love when that happens LOL

Hope to see everyone next week for Week 10 of our challenge. Uh... if no "moving of significant others" is involved :)

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