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 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.

 

How to Create a Polymer Clay Sea Dragon


Ok, so last week I showed you how to make a polymer clay sand dollar. Would you like to learn something to go with it now?  I had intended on showing you how I used the Sand Dollar but I have submitted that necklace to a magazine for inclusion and am unable to reveal it until I get a yes or no from them. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I will get something published before the year is over, that’s my New Year’s resolution.  I’ve been very sick the last ten days so I haven’t felt up to creating or working on my website or Etsy shop. finally feeling better and ready to show you something else to try.

OK, back  to the lesson now, I have designed a Sea Dragon for you today. I made a beautiful Seahorse to share but that one is on the necklace mentioned above. I promise I’ll share it when I can but until then we can make this little guy. There’s no right or wrong way to do this so put your fear aside and just have fun with it.

First you’ll need some conditioned clay. Here I am using a bright yellow (shows up well for the camera) but you can choose any color you’d like.  I then flattened it with my pasta machine on the highest setting but a rolling-pin works too, just takes a bit longer. I bought this great texture mat from a wonderful little shop called BSueBoutiques and figured this was a great time to use it. Anything that will give you some texture will work though. Lace, brass stampings,just about anything will do. Look around your house and you’ll be surprised what you can find that will make a pattern in your clay.  

     There are a few handy tools I use, but mostly I use my hands. A razor blade is something you will need to cut out the shape or a very sharp knife. I started out with a toothpick and a pocket knife for tools so use whatever you can find and remember there are no right or wrongs here.  

Now let’s cut out the basic shape of our little  Sea Dragon. Yours does not have to be exactly like mine, in fact, it’s better if it isn’t since this is your Creation and it should reflect you. Just play around with the clay until you find a shape that works for you. That’s the best part of working with clay, you can just ball it up and start over if you don’t like it. Here’s the shape I ended up with. Feel free to print this out and use it as a template if you’d like. Lightly roll the edges with your fingertip to smooth out the blunt cut a bit. Now comes the fun part, Let’s decorate this little beast. I formed a mane using small balls of clay rolled into a cylinder shape and pressed onto the head. Make your Sea Dragon with as big or small a mane as you please, or maybe not at all if that’s what you like. 

Try not to make these too thin at the tips or they will not be strong enough after baking. I start out with a long pretty thick layer of tendrils on the bottom and keep adding tendrils varying in size from large, medium and finally small in the direction of the face. This adds lots of dimension and a little drama to the creature. When you are satisfied with the way the mane looks why not go for a little on its tail as well like I did here.

I like the way he’s taking shape now. Now comes the really fun part. Let’s embellish him with pearls, crystals, beads or whatever you’d like (but remember he needs to be baked so keep that in mind when you add things). Here I’ve added some pearls and a few small crystals. When adding beads and such that will be baked into your creation you’ll need to adhere them with a little extra clay. I simply wound a couple of pieces of clay like the tendrils we made around the bead and then smoothed it down with my fingertip a little. You could also just make an impression with the stone or bead and glue it in after it’s baked if you so choose.

 

I plan on adding some chain or beads when I’m finished so I created three holes for that in the tail. Better to add your holes before baking I think. You can see I used some tendrils on the body in a curly fashion but I didn’t like the look and have removed them from mine. Needs a little more bling don’t ya think?

Now that’s better! I also did a little fixing on the face too. I used a red crystal for the eye and built the area up with a small amount of clay. Just make some very small tendrils and adhere them above the crystal or bead and smooth it down a little. I did the same for the nostril too only a smaller crystal was inserted. I hand formed a small fin and attached that into the middle of the back toward the edge. I think mine is done.  How bout you?

 I always paint mine before putting it in the oven but you can certainly wait and paint it after baking if you’d prefer.

I think I’d like my Sea Dragon to have some splashes of orange and red on him. Choose whatever colors you think would enhance your Sea Dragon and give him a little sparkle. I love adding fine glitter to my creations too! This yellow was just a little too bright for my liking so I went over the body and face with a touch of Viva pearl precious metal colour. I then added some orange and a little red acrylic  paint to the mane before putting him in the oven on 275 degrees for about 35 minutes. Here’s my finished Sea dragon.

Would you like to see more lessons? Leave me a comment and an idea about what you’d like to create and I’ll do my best. We can learn together. Sounds like fun to me. Can’t wait to see what ideas you suggest. 🙂

Polymer clay Lion Necklace finished


Here is the Lion attached to a Russian Goldplate plaque and set into a necklace. The soft green jade beads and added touch of the flowers added a more feminie touch to this piece. I get most of my supplies from BSueBoutiques and she has some really awesome findings there and her Etsy store too. Great prices and truly good quality stuff.

I will be adding a new section to my Etsy shop soon to include my polymer clay works.  Trying to get an inventory of great pieces to include in that section  will take some time so keep checking for updates on that venture.

Majestic
Majestic closeup

This year I plan on making some tutorials so you can follow and learn this craft with me as I explore the wonders of polymer clay. I have a few ideas already rolling around my head.

 
 

Polymer clay Lion in progress


I’m working on a polymer clay lion at the moment and I think it will become a great art necklace when finished. I’ve decided to take some snapshots along the way to share with you. I’ve been forming the head today and it’s ready for the oven.

sculpted lion head

I started with a small ball of clay and formed it with my fingers and some carving tools until it looked about right.  Added some small cup ears and voila, we have a lion head.

 
In the oven for about 60 minutes on 275 degrees and now it’s ready for more sculpting. I think I’ll add some highlights now to get a better grip on the face texture so I know what needs to be done next.
 
HIghlighted lion head

Looking good so far. On to the mane…stay tuned for that in the next post.

Favorite things contest


Hop on over to this blog to find out the details of this cool contest. http://bsueboutiques.typepad.com/bsue_boutiques_jewelry_su/# Just look at the prize, it’s  Wow piece isn’t it!

Featuring B’Sue Boutiques..come on in and meet her. You’ll love her!


Ok, today I am going to tell you about a Wonderful Lady I have met recently. Her name is B’Sue and she runs B’Sueboutiques. I can honestly say that she is the nicest person I have had the pleasure of dealing with since I started my Jewelry designing venture. You just have to go check out all the informative videos she has on you tube. I have learned so much in a short amount of time and my creative juices are on overdrive now.

Her jewelry is outstanding too and she’s just an inspiration to me what can I say, I really, really like this woman. Not just becasue she is so helpful and nice but because she loves what she does and it really shows in her work, videos and the way she deals with people.

One of B'Sues beautiful pieces

 

I spent hours last night just watching her videos and  learning as much about my craft as I can. They’re fun and informative, so do yourself a favor and check them out and then head on over to her boutique and grab some terrific things at GREAT prices and start creating. 

A few days ago I joined her new Creativity group on Flickr too. You should come join.  B’Sue makes these all so much fun you just can’t stop wanting to learn more. I’m telling ya, she’s the bomb guys and I am so thankful to have found her and you will be too if you are a jewelry artist, especially if you are  just starting out.

A Gorgeous Necklace by B'Sue

My Awesome Discovery


I found some awesome new products to use in my jewelry design today and I can’t wait to try them.  Have you ever heard of Gilder’s paste? Well it’s fantastic stuff and fun to play around with. Looks like shoe polish. I can see all kinds of possibilities using this to create some one of a kind pieces for my shop

You can change the color of anything, now how cool is that? My head is exploding with ideas. I’ve been so busy lately getting my storefront up and running that I haven’t had much time to be creative. I’m ready to jump back into the designing side of the business now and couldn’t be happier.

My ideas tend to come just before I fall asleep so I keep a small notebook beside the bed to write them down before I forget them. My poor hubby has to deal with a flashlight flickering and the sound of the pen scratching out a picture of what’s popped into my brain while he’s trying to sleep. He’s been very supportive of my new-found destiny, so I don’t think he minds all that much. I’m so lucky!

 

 

 

 

 

Opening an Etsy shop


I’m so excited tonight! I’ve finally gotten everything together and am now ready to open my new shop on Etsy tomorrow. I’ve put everything into this, money,time and my soul. Hope it goes well so I can continue to Design and create one of a kind pieces. I so love designing Jewelry. It’s become part of me and I can’t see myself not doing it daily. My creative side is doing the happy dance right now.

The Crystal is really a very deep purple

I’ve been reading and watching tons of videos trying to learn all I can about this art.  I must say there’s a lot of information out there and my mind is absorbing it like a sponge. Can’t seem to get enough. Sometimes it feels like my head will explode with all the stuff I’ve been cramming it full of, but I love it!

Endless Possibilities


I love it when the creative juices are flowing like wild fire and things just seem to come together perfectly. A week ago I put together a necklace and just haven’t been happy with the way it turned out, so last night I reworked it and can’t believe what the changes have done for the piece. I guess I am obsessive over my Creations. Really, I just want them to reflect my vision for my shop. Today I will be starting something new and that’s always exciting for me. I’ll lay out all my crystals, findings, gems, ect. and let the process unfold.

Adventures in Photography


I’ve been trying to get the most out of this new camera and make my Jewelry really sparkle.  The Austrian crystals are beautiful so I use them alot in my Designs. Someday I’d like to have enough money to use the very best metals and gemstones. That day WILL come for me I just know it! I am eager to learn all I can about  Creating Jewelry and I now realize that includes photographing them.  

I like the way these photos turned out but I might use a different background next time. Maybe something a little darker would be better.

When one door closes another opens…just walk through and believe


I’ve found my true calling in life and I’m loving it! I can hardly wait to see what the next creation will become as I plunder through my stash of findings and treasures. Sophisticated bling..it’s what I love! 

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