Dec 22, 2011

Merry Christmas! GiveAway

I’ve been away from my Blog for awhile, for various reasons, but before this year ends I wanted to do a little GiveAway as I’m grateful for and appreciate all my Friends and Fans. I have a Giveway for 3 of my pendants.
Please read…
While you don’t have to do anything other to post a comment to be entered, if you decide to Tweet, Facebook, Share or mention this Giveaway on your Blog, then you get an extra Entry for each one.
I may not have been clear. Leave a comment for an entry, leave another comment with your Tweet link, leave another comment for your Facebooked link, leave another for your blogged link etc. The Random Counter in the end does not recognize your 1 comment as more than 1 entry
Post the links in your comments so I know where to find it. I’ll also need your email (or let me know if its in your Profile) so I can get in touch with you on winning.
Open until Dec 31st…Winners will be notified on New Years! Good Luck!!
First Giveaway…Pendant #1 Red Batik…based on by Batik and Shimmer technique with a Center Lapis Lazuli nugget.
Red Batik
Pendant #2 …Green Ripple, also based on both my Honeycomb and Batik tutorials.
Green Ripple
and Pendant #3, which is a purple blue based on my Batik Tutorial. The River Channel is inspired by the lovely Julie Picarello.
Purple River
Good luck!!

Nov 16, 2011

Ornamental Party Rings

I’ve had a few request for a tutorial on my Rings, so this one has been a while in progress and am happy to say, it’s up!!
Party Rings Available here
Tutorial is 23 pages, 64 clear steps and 68 photos.
This lesson shows how to create large stylish rings to show off at parties, concerts, dinners or other functions.
Create 3 versions with no molds and no special tools or materials required. All differ in style, some are size adjustable, one has a wide polymer clay band reinforced with wire, a second is size adjustable and a third has a wire band.
Create a shape, then bezel settings for various stone shapes, imbed chain, create faux prongs, rosettes and other embellishments to create a conversation piece. The ring base structure is firmly imbedded into the clay so no glue is necessary between those components.

I've put it on ArtFire and Etsy. Above photo is linked to ArtFire, or visit my Etsy shop in the sidebar for more info.
Here are a few other rings I’ve made in the past…
These ones are a little bit different as I made most of the 'stones' for these rings which is also kind of fun.

Oct 15, 2011

More beading embellishment…

Before finishing the previous polymer clay cabochon necklace, I had started this one and finally completed it. It’s a bit more labour intensive to create and figuring out how to assemble and attach the pieces together. I used Turquoise as the complimentary stone. The clasp cabochons were made from the same polymer clay sheet as the focal pendant. Right now I’m working on a matching bracelet and earrings…

Oct 12, 2011

Autumn Fire Cabochons

With the end of a very busy and routine summer, the fiery colours of the Autumn foliage and freshly fallen leaves have renewed my creative energy. These pictures are free wallpaper downloads and pretty much the colours that are showing up here now.
I had posted on Facebook a few of my Fire cabs and asked what colours were favourites right now. Fiery Orange, deep burnt orange, gold, red, chocolate were resounding answers and added to this mix was a gold, purple and turquoise. I used some of these colour combos for some polymer clay cabochons which I covered with resin and will be using for bead embroidery, but I did finish one…and another is almost finished.
Here are some of the cabochons. I’m contemplating listing some of these on Etsy and ArtFire for others who’d like to use them as additions for their own creative use.
I used Japanese Mijuki beads for the embroidery and added smoky quartz and turquoise. The pendant has a couple of watch gears stitched on the bail for an extra interest. This set is spoken for and already in the mail…

Sep 26, 2011

Orinendo Shawl Pins

A few have asked me when I would be doing a Shawl Pin tutorial. What better way to get me to do it when the weatherman is correct in predicting nothing but rain for the week which means I am spending more time indoors again.
Perhaps you are wondering (or maybe not, lol) about the strange name I gave them.
“Orinendo”.  Maybe it’s their shape of the clasp or maybe the Geisha-like pins, but the techniques themselves are actually influenced by Asian Artisan methods, Origami and Mokume Gane. Many polymer clayers are familiar with Mokume-Gane which means ‘wood grained – metal’. Some prefer to call the technique Mokume Nendo when applied to polymer clay, as Nendo means clay. Ori-gami means ‘Folding-paper’. So how does this relate to the pins and tutorial? Well, the pins are made with using my color-gradient blend which I named ‘Origami Blend’ and with the extra steps added it resembles Mokume Nendo, so it seemed natural to combine the names.
Perhaps more of interest will be the revelation how to painlessly make your clay resemble Mokume Gane or Mokume Nendo without the normally required skill of using a thin tissue blade to reveal the various layers of colour. I'll show you how apply coppery patterns and coloured crackle details. The hexagon pin is the one I’m doing in the tutorial, but you can create any shape you like.
Your finished project will be an elegant compliment to any shawl or sweater, especially with the colder season heading upon us…
Look for this collage banner on my ArtFire.
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Sep 18, 2011

Turtle Jewel Pendants

It’s been a busy summer, but I’ve been itching to write another tutorial and must say this one has been a long one in the making. Between computers and lost photos (even though I have an external hard drive), too complicated, but I finally got it done. These can be interpreted any way you like, into a tribal kind of pendant or more classy. The facial features like eyes and beak can be left off for a more serious look or you can add comical Muppet-like eyes for fun.
This tutorial consists of 61 steps, 23 pages and 58 photographs.

This lesson is a detailed step by step how to create a turtle with a textured back with an inlaid polymer clay bezeled or rimmed stone. Slowly but surely (turtle pun) you will learn how to build the head, body, legs and tail, then assemble, sculpt, texture the front and back and turn the turtle into a adorable wearable pendant. You can also choose to create a larger version as a decorative ornament. Give your turtle land or sea legs or a metallic or faux bone body.
I’ve listed this in both my Etsy and ArtFire shops.

Aug 31, 2011

My newest addition

There once was a day when a brayer and my hands were all I had to condition my polymer clay, but I think I can speak for most of us when I say that I very much appreciate my pasta machine and don’t think I could ever do without one now (and I even have a motor on the way thanks to my clay friends)
And speaking of one of my friends, Barb Alexander, she has some very cool jewellery just for us clay enthusiasts.  I just couldn’t resist and had to buy one of these adorable pendants. They are really solid or thick sterling silver. Enough talk… here are some photos from Barb and a video I shot, so you can see for yourself!
Silver Pasta Machine Pendant 4Pasta Machine & Clay Block Earrings 1

1-866-658-2612 or
Above is the toll free number if you want one of these or you can email Barb. I think there are limited numbers available. Earrings are $45 and consist of a pasta machine and a block of clay. Pendants are $35. They come in a beautiful  gift box. Shipping to the US is $6, but more in Canada.

Aug 19, 2011

Tofino Mini Retreat Treat…

Yes, what a treat that was. Since it is rare for me to be able to get away, 9 fun people decided to come and spend some time with me. There were some new faces whom I only knew from online, and a few others whom I had the pleasure of meeting again. There was laughter (my cheeks got good exercise), fabulous food (diet gone to the dogs), drink and more nibbles and of course we were claying for a whole weekend plus…where do I begin?
4 Vancouver Island Clayers came up from Victoria (about 5 hours) and Nanaimo (3 hours) and 5 others from Vancouver and area which besides the 3 hour drive involved a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride. But the drive to Tofino is very scenic, and especially nice without snow, lol. On a couple of turns the road is very narrow, for those that are familiar with the Road to Hana on Maui, haha.
A few stayed at the beautiful Botanical Gardens Ecolodge and others rented the Botanical House where all the gourmet meals were cooked and I was invited to (soooo nice not having to cook, haha). The Gardens are just amazing and have it 'All’. The Ecolodge isn’t just economical to stay in, but was built with Ecomaterials. It isn’t the way we imagine a Hostel at all as this one is not only clean, but super modern with all comforts and well, go visit the site. Students and people from all walks of life come to work  here as WWoofers . When I first heard the word I thought of a speaker stereo sub woofer, but here is meantWorld Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’…Wwoof! lol
For us clayers, the Lodge provided breakfast and the Workroom was just perfect! There is Darwin’s Cafe with delicious Latte of course, the Gardens…Sometime if there are enough people, we can rent the whole lodge for 32 that would allow us access to all amenities plus 5 people could stay in the house.
(special thanks to Barb Alexander and Lawrence Smith for providing these photos and of course Thank you! to the owner George Patterson, to Chenoa, Sabrina and all the staff at the Botanical Gardens).
On Friday night I handed out ‘Challenge Bags’ (which not everyone was pleased about at first) and a Champagne glass to all the Attendees since I was going to be busy at our local Market on Saturday. The challenge bags contained a small glass bottle, a test tube, a glass bauble, some glass bits, a cork coaster, a round piece of needlework canvas and a CD to cover. Throughout the retreat, the laughter never stopped. And the Challenge bags were well received. Challenges can be intimidating at first, but let the Muse do the talking…
Here are some of the Islanders cooking dinner for us all on the first night and the rest of us chillin’. (that frying pan looks dangerous! lol)
Both ‘teams’ served up delicious meals both nights. Omg…Paula! That Kahlua Chocolate Mousse…
Sat. Night Dinner taken by Barb.(from left: Lawrence, Janet, Paula, Tina, Eileen, Irene, Ruth, Nancy and Deb. Photo taken by Barb)

Nancy sorting some of the Twinchies for your swap.
So….what is a Twinchie??
A Twinchie is a larger version of an Inchie. But what is an Inchie you ask? I didn’t always know either, lol. The Twinchie is a 2 x 2 inch tile made from various media. In our case it was made from Polymer clay and the theme was ‘ocean’.

Here are all the Twinchies which I mounted on Canvas. Some of us graciously donated an extra one so it would ‘fit’ better.
Group Twinchies Mounted(top left row: Barb, Lawrence, Janet, Tina. 2nd row from left: Eileen, Paula, Deb, Irene. Bottom from left: Tina, Nancy, Ruth, Janet) Some close ups….
IMG_3444Love the fish and mokume gane! by Janet Bouey.Twinchies-BarbBarb’s shooting stars and moon rise. Lawrence’s Underwater Gardens and Ocean Colours by Ruth.
IMG_3442IMG_3443 (I think you can click on the pics to make them bigger)
The challenge turned out quite well also. Most got something finished, like these goblets. Aren’t they great?Goblets ok…hard to see…closer versions….
Goblet byGoblet by JanetGoblet by BarbGoblet by Lawrence From left: Ruth, Janet, Irene, Lawrence) Am missing the other enlarged photo, I believe it is Nancy’s)
Bottle by Janet Bottle of Hope by Janet. I also demoed various things regarding surface treatments and techniques, such as Resin, Pearlex, Paints, Silkscreens, Liquid clay and Varnishes and my Landscape Jasper technique. Sounds like a lot and it was.  The beads below are examples the Group made (3 left are landscape beads) and the textured piece of clay is one of my demo pieces.
Rocks by GroupIMG_3451
Lawrence  and Janet studiously at work…
Some worked at on the Challenge or spent time on their own project which this Retreat was also about, it was supposed to be at a relaxed pace after all. These are Barbs nifty Bobbin beads…
And then while we were chillaxing in the evening on soft cushions in the comfy setting, sipping on Lawrence’s fabulously tasty and yummy Sangria, the Group surprised and presented me with a card. It immediately brought tears to my eyes as it was completely unexpected. I was not only presented with plenty of happy anniversary and birthday wishes, but with a Pasta Machine Motor!! OMG! (I must have been complaining about a sore shoulder at some point, lol). In more than 20 years of claying, I guess it is time for one! Thanks so much Gang!!
On Monday mid morning it was time to pack up…the sad part. But, let’s do a Repeat!! It was so much fun to have spent this time with you my friends! Thank you!
About Pasta Machines…stay tuned for a Fun Fun Fun blog…
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