Finally back to creating again!


I know it’s been a long time since I posted anything here but life got in the way. I am back now feeling very inspired and creative, ready to get my hands in some clay. In fact, I have created a couple things to show you. I’ve got so many ideas in my head I can’t wait to get started on them. Hopefully you’ll come along as I re-explore polymer clay. Here’s a sampling of my new works…

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Polymer Clay Swan floral Arrangement


Have you ever had a dream that you just had to create when you woke up? That’s what happened to me with this swan. I woke up knowing exactly what it was going to look like but no idea how I was going to get it there. This has been a mammoth task but I’m so glad I was able to do it. I still have some last minute finishing touches to do on it but for the most part it’s complete.

I handcrafted each petal and leaf from polymer clay and then hand painted some details on each one. Would I do it again, I’ve asked myself that question and the answer is a resounding YES I would! In fact, I will be starting another arrangement soon but it won’t be nearly as complicated as this one was. I have no idea where this new-found art form will take me but I’m enjoying the ride and hope you enjoy it with me. 

Life Size Polymer Clay Flowers


Over the past week I’ve been challenging myself to handcraft a life-like floral arrangement out of polymer clay. It’s had its ups and downs so far but I’m making progress. This will be the most difficult piece I’ve attempted so far. I have always had a love of flowers so I figured why not see if I can do this. I must say the greenery is a hard thing to recreate too but the Tulip is by far the hardest yet. You can follow my progress on facebook too as I post there as soon as I complete a flower. Here are a few I’ve finished so far. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. I’d love to get your opinion and suggestions.

Polymer Clay Flowers/Star Gazer Lily


I’ve been very busy creating some polymer clay flowers the last few days. Taking my cake decorating skills and transposing them into clay has been an experiment to say the least but it does work with a little tweaking. I made this Star Gazer lily a couple days ago and applied some watercolor paint to it. I love the soft effect I achieved.  Today I made a smaller version and painted it with powders so I could compare the two and decide which one worked best for florals. I must say I think I like the watercolor effect best but they both look good. Currently I am working on another necklace for a magazine submission using the Star Gazer as the focal.

 I’m thinking about posting a tutorial on this Lily in the near future so if you’re interested in that  please leave me a comment at the end of this blog.

My Granddaughter’s birthday is approaching soon, so rather than buying her something, I created a special little sculpture for her. Sure had fun with this one and I’m sure she’ll love it.  I can see some Christmas Ornaments coming at some point. Those should be really fun to create. Little kids love to see their names on things and my Grandkids are no different. I love making things for them!

Here’s another floral necklace I created a few days ago. I would do this one a little different next time though. I should’ve surrounded the petals with some baking soda to keep them from drooping. Live and learn I suppose.  I’ll be listing this one in my Etsy shop in a day or so. Still have a few things to finish on it first.

I love working with polymer clay! It’s the best stress reliever around if you ask me.

 

Silk Ribbon in Jewelry making


Silk Ribbon and Roses Necklace

Today I took a very ugly heart filigree and turned it into something spectacular using some embossing powder in white opaque and then rubbing some viva inka gold in green yellow over the top. I love the way it turned out. Kind of antiqued it and totally changed the appearance. I then added some hand wired leaves and a large  green rhinestone flower to the top. Surrounding it are three small pink roses. I just love roses. You can find more photos at http://www.Etsy.com/IrrysistableJewels

heart filigree

The chain was a little bland so I added some Silk ribbon and knotted them with gold crimp beads. Very romantic and ultra feminine I think.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Finished heart filigree with roses

One of these days I’m going to make a video on how to make the wired leaves. They’re fun to make.  I just listed this piece in my Etsy shop today and now I am busy creating something else to make you drool.

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