Sunday, June 26, 2011

Make friends from Polymer Clay

My Polymer Clay FriendsMaking friends is easy when you have polymer clay. I have such a collection of figures and animals I've made in polymer clay. This is just a tiny selection. I can't fit them all in one shot.

I think my favorites are the silly, goofy ones, not always the cute ones. I don't think I'll ever get tired of making figures even when I experiment with different techniques and make some practical stuff, I still always get drawn to these little guys.

They're cute, often quick to make and all fun to do. Take a basic idea and then run with it. Most of them fit into a few basic shapes:

  • A hershey kiss with arms and legs, like the pixies

  • Simple ball will added pieces to make animals

  • A thick snake to start a dragon.

  • Lump to make critters

These shapes cover most of the simple pieces. From there add details, use different colors, some embellishment, beads or buttons and you have a the beginnings of something good. Starting with these basics, anyone can going really far. It's like being a kid, just playing and having fun.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Multi Colored Life

[caption id="attachment_752" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Cascades of Color"]
Susan's multi-colored scarves[/caption]

I love colors, brights, muted pastels, warm colors, cool colors, just about every color excites me. Some days I like wearing brights, others I like soft romantic colors.

I guess the one thing that turns me off is neutrals. I can deal with them as a back drop but I always need something to brighten it up. Summer is really my favorite season cause colors are so much a part of it. Everywhere just abounds in it and I add to it with my clothes.

I guess I really do stand working in the city, in fact mid town. If you don't know, this is one of the most conservation, business-like areas. So often I feel like a walking rainbow amongst all the blacks and greys. Even in the summer, they still dominate. At the very least I have on a bright scarf; usually it's mixed with even more colors.

It comes down to embracing it all the colors of the rainbow and polymer clay just feeds on that love.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Patterns in Polymer

Purple and green polymer clay beadsI love playing with new techniques and ideas with polymer clay, there are so many different even basic techniques to to try, it is taking me forever to get to them.

Often I'll see something I want to try: surfaces techniques, miniatures, colors and on and on. So often, I will buy a book with the best intentions but don't get to really making anything with it, never mind actually trying it.

This time it was different. I bought Patterns in Polymer by Julie Picarello. I can't help myself, I keep buying more and more books. While some books make me ooo and ahh over the pretty creations, too often like I said, I read them and put them aside

Patterns in Polymer just deals with what she calls imprints in polymer clay. It is more like a modified mokume game, which I haven't really done either, but the beauty and apparent ease of it made me have to tried. I haven't tried much but basic technique making the stacks of different colors of  clay, imprinting a design and then cutting slices off the top. Which seems pretty simple, except cutting an even slice, but Julie Picarello devotes an entire book to this. Just learning about her mix for Jecru  (ecru, translucent and pearl) that she uses to mix so many colors is worth the cost of the book. She gives a basic recipe for the colors she uses in the her projects.

The pieces I made up top were from my first attempt. I also used the slices with a Cabezels mold to make the cabochon and bezel on the right side. I want to keep doing this. It was like a palette cleanser, it was so easy and comfortable to try on a Friday night.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Witches are Here

[caption id="attachment_736" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Green Baby Witch"]Polymer Clay Green Baby Witch by FantasyClay[/caption]

Already starting to think of Halloween, it really is my favorite holiday. I love being able to pretend and act silly. Making polymer clay items for Halloween really is fun. I love the possibilities of it all: spooky, scary, cute or funny. Oddly I love the mix of green, purple and orange - they clash and add a vibrancy that no other mix gives since they really clash with each other.

This little witch with her cauldron of bubbly green potion is not for sale, I made her for a friend but no fear, more will be coming.