Friday, November 18, 2011
Yesterday, big heavy and wet snow fell from the afternoon until
evening, blanketing me in almost a foot of soft white snow. Branches
bent under the weight and the white made the night bright and crisp. This
morning, I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise on the snow. The blues,
greys, browns and pale oranges began to shed light over the fields and
because this was a treat for my eyes, I grabbed my camera and tried to
capture the colors. The mountains lit up with the morning sunlight and because it was s... » Read More
New Polymer Clay Flower Canes for November 2011
New canes! I have been so busy doing so many silly things
that I have gotten zero clay work done, so, I made it a point to take a
lot of my extra clay pieces that I have had sitting here and make
flowers. I ran into some problems with sticky clay when I started
working on my kaleidoscope canes, so I went with flowers, they were not
annoying me. :) I have a half a dozen kaleidoscope cane designs
created and I am determined to get them done, but I have to leach my
clay and that requires me to know what the heck colors I am going to
work with first. This is more trouble t... » Read More
As I previously posted about the backgroundless canes, I told you I would post some photos of them as I finished them.
was surprised at the size of the purple flowers when I finished them.
They were smaller than I had anticipated, although ALMOST the size I
needed for the project. The thing that keeps throwing me, and I mean
throwing me, is the bulk of the play-doh in addition to the outer wrap
of scrap clay.
When I cane now, I use a thinner wrap of
translucent or color that I can not only see, but can visualize as my
project. I know how much clay it takes to get a 20mm face or a 10mm
face. And ... » Read More
I am trying my hand at the backgroundless canes using the playdoh as seen on
Backgroundless Canes by Idit Zoota.
I needed a boatload of little 10mm flowers that I could cut for small beads and this is perfect for that.
had to go out and buy playdoh and should have shopped price before I
picked it up at Jo-Anns when I got my micro crimper today. I paid too
much for it and used my 40% off coupon and still paid too much. It's
less than 2 bucks at Walmart and I paid 3 bucks WITH the discount.
But I digress.
smell of playdoh will take you back to your childhood, but the real
shock is the difference in consistency whe... » Read More
Playing With Palettes
I have a book that is fast becoming worn around the edges
as I spend a lot of time simply leafing through it. I take it with me
when we go somewhere and I glance through it while riding along in the
car. I like to look at the photos and the different beaded images and
then look at the scenery around me and find a palette based on what I
Margie Deeb has put together this book, The Beader’s Color
Palette, to inspire us to take a good look at the world around us and
find the natural palettes to use in our art. Whether beading or playing
in clay, I am always trying to find new ... » Read More
Polymer clay canes have a way of both multiplying and scampering off
to far away corners of a drawer somewhere. There they get forgotten,
overlooked, a bit mangled or abandoned. For awhile now, my boxes of
flowers have been conveniently sitting under my desk, where I prop my
feet up on them, drop my blade on them, drop my clay on them, and many
times, drop all my beads on them. But, I knew where they were if I got
the time to create more beads.
In perusing ebay and etsy, I see
people selling beautiful floral canes and I admire them and favorite
them, and ooo and ah over them. Occasionally, I will buy some canes... » Read More
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