Archives for June 2010

Polymer Clay Day #40: Zebra Print Framed Marathon Medallion

Hi friends. Movers to arrive in 1 hour! I am so excited. I love Bloomington, IN.

Here I am just posting all of these clay creations, without step by step instructions for you all. I am really just learning. I promise tutorials are to come after I get settled in the new place. Thanks for the love and patience…

Polymer Clay Day #39: Green and Orange Cherry Blossom Pendant

It should be illegal, how much fun I am having with clay. How awesome is it that I can combine my love (obsession) for stamping with polymer clay? Happy crafter alert. The earrings were super fun to make too. The green bead is from clay, the rest are czech glass beads. What do you think? This medium is uber forgiving, and cheap. I am on day 39, and I have yet to have a complaint. I thought this was going to be a difficult challenge, but I am digging it so far. Tomorrow is moving day. Argh. I have officially packed my crafts, clay and all. Sigh. It had to be done. First priority upon arrival to new home… craft room.

Polymer Clay Day #38: Aqua Granite Bead Embellished Grace Pendant

Grace: an unearned gift, without which I am sure I would have self destructed. One of my favorite parts of the Bible is Ephesians 2:8-10 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
This was explained to me in September of 2009 and was a huge part in me coming to Christ. I love that God saves us not because of anything we have done. A free gift that I can’t strive for, compete for, use to feed my ego. Brilliant.

Polymer Clay Day #37: Aqua Granite Bead Embellished Marathon Pendants

Did you know you can put coffee grounds, sand, dirt or whatever into the uncured clay for this speckled effect? Crazy, I know. Looking at late September. early October for full marathon #3. This is going to be quite the adventure. I may need to figure out a method for running, claying and blogging simultaneously. Moving to Bloomington on Wednesday. If, and I mean if, I am quiet this week, understand why. Then again, I may just be as bloggy as ever. You just never know. Off to run. Blessings…

Polymer Clay Day #36: Mushroom Pendants

This is a gift for my rockin’ nephew Taylor, whose high school graduation open house was today. I can’t quite get down with the fact that he is an adult just yet. I fed him his first bottle at the hospital and lived with him for his first couple of years. One of the most beautiful people I know, that boy.

Back to clay – this is the first time I have used clay to make the hanging mechanism for a pendant (see the blue mushroom?). I got the idea from this tutorial by Ponsawan Sila. She has amazing FREE poly clay tutorials that are so very cool. The beige pendant above (with the jump ring) was my initial attempt at the built in hanger. It took awhile to create, as I tend to be annoyingly perfectionistic. I took it out of the oven and let it cool while going for a morning run. I returned, anxious to sand and buff my new piece, only to find the pendant minus its lil’ appendage. Turns out my husband was absentmindedly fumbling it around in his hand while engrossed in a work phone call and… yep, he broke it. I was able to poke a hole in it for a jump ring, so all is not lost. I will be more careful about where I place my mushrooms next time 🙂

Polymer Clay Day #35:

There is a bead embellishing my handmade clay pendant. Didn’t see that coming, did you? Stepping out of my comfort zone, pliers in both hands, makin’ wire loops. If you are a jewelry maker, you are probably thinking “newbie”, and you are right. This is unexplored terrain for me. I am a neuroscientist, for crying out loud. I should totally make a clay brain. Hmmm.

Its Friday Follow Time! Oh Yeah.

My 3rd week of participating in these blog hops, and I have made some seriously craftyfrugalawesomefun friends.

Polymer Clay Day #34: Shimmery Turquoise Dove

Another custom order – my first experiment with bordering a piece. Loving it. On an unrelated but exciting note, I was featured at Infarrantly Creative, here. Short and sweet entries for the next week, as we are moving. The up side is that some serious home decor tutorials are in the near future as I transform our house to home. Stay tuned!

Polymer Clay Day #33: Father, Spirit, Son Cross Pendant

This is a custom pendant. First time I have used embellishments in the clay piece. See the three crystals? Father, Spirit, Son. Remember to make sure the embellishments are bake-able, like glass or metal instead of plastic. Plastic in oven = Bad. I figured out a solution for the imperfections I inevitably get on the backs of my pieces. Texturizing them instead of leaving them smooth blends any fingerprints or gashes right in. Brilliant.

Polymer Clay Day #32:Zebra Print AA Circle Triangle

The thing with canes is… they are kinda big. And since I am moving, not real into starting big new canes. What I am saying is… get ready to get your zebra print on, friends. Good thing it is a print I find pleasing. Have a rock out day.