I created these two spring brooch pins for some friends of mine- I was inspired by some ’vintage’ Japanese and Scandinavian textile prints and adapted the designs for polymer clay.
I made an ‘owl in a tree’ cane a few weeks ago. Here’s one of the lapel pins I made for this autumn:
And I finally pulled out a peacock cane I started a while back at Clay Camp. I covered it with a layer of Play-Doh, because I was going to then wrap it in scrap clay, reduce the cane, and be able to peel off the scrap and have a ‘background-less’ peacock. I think I’ve changed my mind and I’m going to put him in a tree, Tiffany-style. So here’s the first photo of my progress. More photos to follow as I work at it… it will be a while, as he’s about six or seven inches high.
This is a bracelet I made from polymer clay ‘disc beads’ in colors inspired by a recent visit to the Mexican coast. I started with simple bullseye canes, then sliced and stretched each disc until they had the organic feel I wanted.
…and here’s a ‘whimsical beads’ bracelet strung on memory wire I made a few weeks ago. My challenge was to create no two beads exactly alike with this mostly neon palette.
… and here is a hydrangea flower I made out of polymer clay. It was a lot of work!
(Just kidding- it’s a bush on my back patio.)
…but here’s some lilacs I made from polymer clay. Really.
I’ve been in a whimsical creating mood these days. A friend of mine asked me to create some pendants for her that showed a “Happy Home”. I decided to challenge myself and only use extruded clay pieces for this playful cane project.
I made the window from fluorescent clay so it would glow, and you can see the triangle extrusions that make up the roof- squares were used for everything else. A friend says these pendants would make great key chains for house keys. Good idea, Shannon!
Last month I created a sitting Santa sculpture at Clay Camp 2013. Dennis Brown was our teacher for this class, and when we walked in he told us we wouldn’t be using any tools except our hands to create our sculptures- ack! I survived, we had a great afternoon learning, and here is my work-in-progress- cured and half painted with acrylics:
And for those of you who have been asking, I will post the progress of the reduction of my ‘Peacock’ cane here, too. That’s one of my next projects! Stay tuned!
Here I am (sorta) with my lovely assistant Lydia at the Northwest Artisan Gift Show last weekend. I was fortunate enough to earn money to donate to Northwest Harvest this year- hooray! Thanks to all the NWPCG volunteers who made this event happen, and a big thank you to the folks who bought my things knowing my proceeds were going to a great cause.
Northwest Harvest is the only non-profit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of more than 350 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. They provide over 1.7 million meals every month to this network- and 92 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to feeding people.
Here’s a few photos of my polymer clay rune and faux stone beads, as promised-
Mermaid scales and rustic green copper swirls…
Autumn colored faux stone beads
Deep red mica-flecked beads
Faux turquoise and copper Celtic beads
This rune is ‘Kenaz’, which represents fire, creativity, and clarification. (It’s on its side in this photo.) I created the faux serpentine bead inclusions with crushed tea leaves and black pepper.
…some faux jade and amethyst beads…
… ‘Tiger cane’ beads, faux sardonyx, and runes…
… faux antiqued silver rune bead with purple accents…
… “ancient” Algiz rune bead, which represents protection and friendship. I embedded copper wire in the clay, which I made to mimic poppy jasper, and then sanded it flat.
…and a faux amber (or peach adventurine) bracelet I made, all out of polymer clay.
I call these “dillstone” beads because I added dried crushed dill to the clay before curing. The rune on the bracelet on the top is ‘Jera’- the rune of balance, harvest and bounty. The runes on the bottom piece are (from left to right) : Jera, Othila, Sowelo, Berkana, Laguz, and Gebo. They roughly translate to Balance, Homeland, Sun, Feminine Energy, Water, and Gifts.
Rustic copper swirls and my signature Celtic crow. (Yes, it’s a crow, Jay.)
Faux green and yellow aragonite beads that I made with crushed tea leaf inclusions (Earl Grey) …
I call these ”Butter amber” beads (made with alcohol inks and different brands of translucent clays), paired with freshwater pearls and copper…
…and a few more strands of my faux stones and runes for luck. To see more of my work, please visit my Gallery page.
I’m excited to be a part of this show once again- it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase my latest stuff! It will be held at ArtWorks, at 200 Dayton Street in Edmonds, Washington on November 10th and 11th.
I’ve been incorporating rune symbols into my artwork, and I’ll reveal some of my latest projects here in the next few days, before the show. Elder Futhark runes are the alphabet used by pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon, Germanic and Norse peoples over three thousand years ago. They were carved onto weapons to give them strength, onto buildings and boats for protection, onto gravestones to ease the departed on their way to Valhalla… many things. Like the Vikings before me, I carve them onto jewelry for good luck and decoration.
My fellow NWPCG members might recognize my ongoing interest in working with polymer to create faux stones- amber, jade, chrysoprase, jasper and the like. I’ve come up with a few new ones, as well as several beach glass variations…
Now I can say that I’m an “Award-Winning” clayer (ha-ha)… I won the ‘Best in Show’ ribbon at our guild’s annual Clay Camp. Sure, the ribbon was laminated cardboard, but hey… it’s an AWARD!
We all were challenged to create a nametag that best represented ourselves. My essence boiled down to a crow eating a bowl of Phở with lots of sriracha!
I also experimented with pearl clay and some tiny ball chain embedded in the tinted translucent. I don’t know what I’ll do with them yet, but I’m happy with the results:
And here’s a bracelet that I made from some more ‘faux river stone’ beads. I think I’d like it better if I oxidized the silver. I guess I have to live with it a while and see…