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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Finished the Polymer clay Martial Arts Sculpture now on to the next


With much trial and error I have finally finished this sculpture. I learned so much in doing this one and made a ton of mistakes. I’m hoping that I remember those goof ups next time.

 

I plan on trying to recreate my Grand-Daughter next and I’m sure that will be full of special challenges too but I’ll give it a go and see what happens. I hope you’ll follow me along the way and maybe learn something too. I’m going to post step by step pics of the process so you can see how I do it from the very beginning. I have ordered some supplies and as soon as they arrive I’ll be starting the new sculpture. Should be around Wednesday or Thursday I think.

A good friend on mine (Harry Wood of Oscar crow) has offered to send me an anatomy book which will help a great deal in getting things right and in proportion. He’s so helpful and knowledgeable. Check out his blog for tons of tutorials.  http://www.oscarcrow.blogspot.com/   I highly recommend it!

This is the photo I plan on basing the next creation from but as you all know that can change when flubs appear..LOL  Isn’t she adorable! This is actually an old photo of her but it’s one of my favorites.

Trial and Error in Sculpting


Well crap! What a frustrating day it’s been. I’ve had to redesign this sculpture a bit and adapt to some mistakes I’ve made. I had intended to have this guy balancing on one leg but I forgot to reinforce the spine to hold the weight. So, I’ll have him kneeling instead. Note to self, always reinforce the spine down the entire leg for this application.

I did make some pretty good progress on the upper body though and can still salvage this sculpture. Sorry for the bad photos but like I said, it’s been one of those days for me today. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

Polymer clay Martial Arts sculpture


Here I go again, challenging myself to do something new and difficult. I’ve decided to try to sculpt a Martial Arts sculpture. It actually didn’t start out that way but since the head was determined to become a male I had to change my plan. I’m so glad I did now but at the time it was really frustrating. So far, I’ve gotten the head sculpted and cured on the armature and the hands are sculpted.

I had a lot of trouble getting the hands correct but all in all I’m pretty happy with them. I might try to do a little more detail work on them tomorrow though. Here’s a photo of the pose I plan to use but keep in mind it will be a bit different, hopefully in a good way.

 

 

Here’s the head I came up with after much pushing and pulling, adding clay and taking it away. I’ve only taken a picture of the left hand but I did get the right one completed today too. I’ve also finished the armature and added a bit of the skeleton to it. I’ll get some shots of that in the morning, time for me to get a good nights sleep so I can work on this again tomorrow without yawning the whole time.

Polymer clay Polar Bear


I’ve been working on this Polar Bear the last couple of days since the weather is so wet and cold outside here in Oregon. It seemed like the perfect subject to go along with the wintery mix. Although it’s not completed, I wanted to share my progress with you.

Polymer Clay Salmon Sculpture


Well here it is, the finished sculpture. The only thing left to do is seal it and send it off to my Dad  for father’s Day. I had fun with this one.Image Now to figure out what to create next, hmmm. I do have a necklace to work on for the AMY Roloff Charity Foundation but it’s still in the design stage at the moment. A trip to the Zoo would be fun and inspiring but we don’t have one close enough for me to go. Sure wish we did though. There’s nothing more fun than spending the day at the zoo checking out the wildlife.

 

 

Messy Workshop Blog Hop


Wow, my space is even messier than I thought, and hey, there’s that wire I was looking for yesterday. I should take pictures of my table more often, might help me find lost items faster. What a great Blog Hop idea Brenda Sue of Bsue Boutiques had with this. I wonder who’s space will be the messiest? Should we have had a contest on that? My guess is the one with the largest amount of space would win it since there’s more room to spread stuff out and lose it in.  

 I know I always wish for  more space but then I look at this mess and realize it would just grow and soon I’d be featured on an episode of Hoarders  I tend to keep everything and nothing is where it should be most of the time. I actually have a spare room I could convert but that’s where my sewing stuff is at the moment. I guess I have too many hobbies and not enough rooms. Yup , that’s right folks Irrysistable Jewels is really created on just a small table in my living room.

I tried to win the lottery so I could have the space of my dreams but didn’t even get 1 number in that. I’ve seen some beautiful spaces, all decked out with pretties on the walls and beautiful stuff to look at everywhere for inspiration. I guess I am inspired by my lack of these things to create something beautiful instead and that works for me. I do have to remember to push the chairs in before I leave since my little dog got up there and ate some yellow clay the other day. Little stinker! So much for my making daffodils until I get the store for more yellow clay anyway.

I love sculpting Polymer clay and thankfully it doesn’t require too much room to do it. When the weather is nice I can take a TV tray and sculpt out on the deck in the sunshine. Feeds my creative side and feeds my body with Vitamin D to boot! See there, now I’m trying to claim the porch for my creating space, Ha, hubby better watch out or he’ll be out in the dog house soon. I’d love to move all his tools out of the shed and set up shop in there as well but I think he might protest that idea. He’s very good-natured but I could be crossing a line there for sure!

I’ve been selected to showcase my creations for RAW Artists in Portland Oregon on May 24th at the Bossanova Ballroom so my workspace is especially messy at the moment in preparation for that event. I’m extremely excited about it and nervous at the same time. Tons of work to get finished for that so it’s keeping me away from creating for now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete the Booth part of it and get back into sculpting in a few more days. I’ve got a few ideas for new creations rattling around my head that are just dying to be created. Here’s a few pieces that will make it into the show.

I know I’ve said that I plan on developing some tutorials for you and I DO intend on completing those when I get back. Looking forward to getting some of those done as well. I’ll be listing some new items in my Etsy shop when I return too so keep an eye out for those. It’s been a very busy couple months for me but I expect things to slow down enough soon for me to accomplish all of my ideas.

Last month I entered the Polymer Clay Central challenge and won 2nd place with my Bird in the nest piece. I am entered in the PCAGOE Monthly challenge this month too. I’ll post the link for that challenge when it’s up and running. Should be in the next couple days.  Visit my Facebook page for more information on Challenges as well.  

You can follow my blog for pics of the show in May and the tutorials coming soon. I also have a website  http://www.IrrysistableJewels.com

I should really think about cleaning this up a bit now. Hmmm, nope, I’m going blog hopping instead! See ya there! Tamara

MESSY WORKSHOP BLOG PARTICIPANTS

Brenda Sue Lansdowne

http://www.bsueboutiques.typepad.com/

Robin Delargy:

http://looloosbox.blogspot.com/

Kim at Cianci Blue

http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Jazwick-Smith

http://hudathoughts-jennifer.blogspot.com/

Mary Shannon Hicks

http://www.uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Tracy Swartz

http://tracyswartz.com/category/blog

Jacqueline Marchant

http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/

Lynnea Perry Bennett

http://designsbylynnea.blogspot.com/

Terry Matusyk

http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/

Laurel Steven

http://laurelsteven.blogspot.com/

Dr. Brassy Steamington

http://drbrassysteampunk.blogspot.com/

Pamela Takeshige

http://www.crittersandthings.blogspot.com/

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

http://www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com/

Outre Art

http://theartistspaintbox.wordpress.com/

Linzi Alford

http://www.magpieintheskyspoilheaptales.blogspot.com/

Deb Davis

http://naturaltreasuresbydeb.blogspot.com/

Tamara Jones

https://irrysistablejewels.wordpress.com/   <—–YOU ARE HERE

Harry Wood

http://www.oscarcrow.blogspot.com

Gerry Nickerson

http://gersgems1.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

http://www.thepolymergeek.blogspot.com/

Georgene Lockwood

http://sylvanavintagedesigns.wordpress.com/

Charisa Sloper

http://www.blog.obsidiansoda.com/

Jennifer Justman

http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/

Beanzie

http://the-vintage-heart.blogspot.com/

Mary Deis

http://mdeis.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed

http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/

Sondra Kolner

http://scrappybydesign.weebly.com/index.html

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille

http://www.dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/

Lori Anderson

http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Sandra McGriff

http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca/

Shelly Joyce

http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/

Joan Williams

http://www.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kashmira Patel

http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/

Deb Beechy

http://beetique56.blogspot.com/

Ginger Bishop

http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/

Kelli Jacobson

http://creativemoonjewelryandthings.com/

Natalie McKenna

http://www.grubbi.co.uk/

Andrew Thornton

http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars

http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Kate Mulligan

http://mulliganstewjewelry.blogspot.com/

Lisa Lodge

http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/

Tami Luchini

http://ssprocketsmetal.blogspot.com/

Monique Lula

http://www.moniquelula.com/blog/

Lee Koopman

http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Jayne Capps

http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Susan Lloyd

http://designsbysusan-dbs.blogspot.com/

Cynthia Wainscott

http://www.exoticperujewelry.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Amanti

http://www.stephaniesjewelrybox.blogspot.com/

Alicia Marinache

http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Sam Hamp

http://hampgirl59.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier

http://www.windbent.net/

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.

 

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