Monday, February 20, 2012

I'm Looking At You

[caption id="attachment_1058" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Dragon Eye Brooch"]Polymer Clay Dragon Eye Brooch by FantasyClay[/caption]


This weekend was another time for just enjoying myself. I made a few things but this dragon eye is what I really had fun making. I was going for an old wise forest magic in this pin. Amazingly this is exactly what I got out of it. You don't know how often I have an idea the feeling I want from an item but never quite get it. Or the cute playful piece looks like it actually an axe murderer in disguise. But this one came out just as I wanted.

This eye looks dark and misty to me, I was going for wooded forest. When it was done, I attached a pin-back to make it a brooch. No use making things, it you are just going to leave then sitting around in the back of a drawer. And like most stuff I also listed it in my shop - Dragon Eye Brooch on FantasyClay

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Intrigued by Hearts

[caption id="attachment_1040" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Red Polymer Clay Heart by StrangeWhimsy"][/caption]

Aside from dragons, one thing I really love making is hearts. And not just because red is my favorite color or because Valentines Day is almost here. Hearts, like dragons, are wide open doors for just plain creativity. You can do so much with such a simple shape. Who needs anatomically correct hearts when there is so much more to them.

I know hearts don't have to be red but I was in the mood for red, so I went looking for some red hearts to see what others have done with them. I had better brush up  own creativity.

This one by StrangeWhimsy on Artfire just caught my attention with the combination of different pieces, a delicate flowery shape, deep red heart, wings and then some crystal bead,together they come together beautifully.

[caption id="attachment_1037" align="alignright" width="228" caption="Steampunk Heart Pendant by ArtmakersWorlds"][/caption]

Then this Metallic Steampunk heart by ArtmakersWorldsjust blew me away. If there is one style that always catches my eye is steampunk. I like that mix of old and new with an industrial feel. It's kind of like home to me. the red is hidden under a silver shell. It feels like clock with a mix of the old and the new.

I love how the red just seems to hide but it catches your eye more than if it was front and center. Excellent design.

[caption id="attachment_1038" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Red Heart Pendant by DesertWindDesigns"]Red Leafy Heart Pendant With Swarovksi Crystal on Choker Cable[/caption]


Then comes this heart by DesertWindDesigns. It looks like as mass of squiggly veins and tubes as they wander across the heart. This one is a one of kind creation. She says it wasn't made using molds, but looking at it, do you ever have to be told that? It just twists and turns until you just can't stop looking.

It is the time of year to celebrate heats and to celebrate red. Actually every day is a day for red as I sit here typing with my red fingernails and red sneakers. What other color is so vibrant and so full of life - like the blood pumping in your heart right now.




Saturday, February 4, 2012

Purple and Green Creeping Dragon

[caption id="attachment_1031" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Winged Dragon"]Polymer Clay Winged Dragon[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1033" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Polymer Clay Silver and Purple Dragon"]Polymer Clay Silver and Purple Dragon[/caption]

It's been a while since I just took the time to sculpt a dragon without worrying about making it for anyone else to like and just enjoy what I make. He's not cute or nice, in fact he is kind of dark and creepy as he glowers as he lays in wait.

I make the skin textured and the wings wrinkled. It is make of gray clay with mica powers for color and shimmer. His body is a shimmery purple while he wings and spikes on his back are deep green. He is different from most things I do. Even when I play around, I still tend to think of what is going to sell. I need to take more time to do dragons like this. It is so satisfying to just build the parts and solve the problems of how to do each part without having to worry if someone else will like it.

He is guarding my living room now, even though he is only 6 inches long. He looks like he might attack at any minute. At least until someone else decides they need to have him guarding their house. I decided to list him in my Artfire store. Check out this dragon here.