Monday, 30 May 2011

Millie

Ah to be a dog and just so happy in the outdoors with a good stick!


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Rose Gone Wrong

I made this rose cane yesterday from a tutorial by Iris Mishley. I didn't quite get the shape of the outside petals right, but I think if I layer over some leaf cane slices it will look pretty good and much more like a rose. I would definitely recommend getting one of Iris' tutorials.



Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Back to basics with Pavelka Canes

I like to go back to basics occasionally when working with clay. I always pick up some new tips plus I remind myself how to do something I had forgotten.


Recently I went back to basics with Lisa Pavelka's latest clay book and worked through her millefiori caning section.  



A better view of those flower canes. As you can see I felt like using Christmas colours that day.

This is my first basket weave cane, so I really did learn something new. 

The top right cane is made from scraps of clay. I am thinking it will make some really nice beads. I'm not overly keen on my colour combination for the other two so I might make those into some scrap canes too. 



Sunday, 22 May 2011

Polymer and paper punches

I had a play with polymer clay and paper punches recently. I made some ice cream pendants with a few variations and I'm pleased with the results - they are simple but eye catching I think.


These look better if you zoom in!


Although I am not so sure of the following one!



Thursday, 19 May 2011

Resin & Polymer

So I'm sat here thinking about what to blog about with one eye on my dustbin - It is rubbish collection day and I'm making sure some ignoramuses who live nearby don't put their recycling in my general rubbish bin. Honestly, aren't we trying to help save the planet here?


So whilst I am glued to this desk, which overlooks said rubbish bin I think I will post some more pics of resin experiments. This time coupled with some polymer beads. 


I love a little wire wrapping!
Wire wrapped resin star with FloSquiggleMe polymer beads & wooden beads.


Upcycled sead beeds and upcycled red polymer beads!

I'm working on the photography, really I am!


Iccle polymer and resin chunks.




Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Resin pendants

I've played with resin before, but never remembered to take any photos. Here are some pics of a couple of resin pendants I created last year and finally put together in a necklace.


Making bead clusters is a great way to use up old beads. 




Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Golden Oldies

Aaah, look what I found in the cupboard today - preparing to move house certainly means rediscovering old treasures...



These were some of my first  adventures in polymer clay (I'd been using it about 4 weeks!). I get really frustrated with how much weddings and anything related to weddings cost so decided that I would try and make some things to save a bit of money. Armed with a 50% off voucher, I headed off to Michaels to see what I could find.    


Well I found Sculpey III, a brand of clay I could easily condition and use and a book on how to make polymer clay flowers!


Don't you just love how polymer clay can save you money??

Monday, 16 May 2011

Chunky lino plug beads

I couldn't think of anything else to call these beads except chunky lino plugs because they were made using a lino tool and the extruded bits are really chunky!







Thursday, 12 May 2011

A Place for Polymer Pebbles

If you remember, some time ago I made some polymer pebbles



Whilst I was pleased with the general look and shape of the pebbles, if you look closely you will see that the pebbles are somewhat cracked and browned (I am guessing I used FIMO in the mix and forgot, baking it at a higher temperature).


So I couldn't use the pebbles for jewellery as they were damaged, but after all that work I didn't want to just throw the pebbles away. Then I had the idea of using them to display some of the jewellery I have made. 


Taadaa, finally a use for those little pebblies. Of course I have to arrange them properly and they  do slip a little when I am putting the jewellery on them, but I'm pleased that they are not just going to a landfill site. 


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Early Morning Rose

Some time ago, I made a simple rose out of polymer clay. As always, I am just getting round to making this into a piece of jewellery. 



I used the rose to make a simple necklace. 


I was really pleased with how the rose turned out. Although I have made plenty of polymer roses before, this is the first time I have achieved a "glistening" rose. It reminds me of roses when you see them early in the morning and they are moist with dew. 




Polymer Clay Tutor's Teardrop Blend - II

Another necklace made using the Polymer Clay Tutor's teardrop blend. 

Flame drop necklace.

The drops are curved and an element of the back is visible. So that the back didn't look "rough", I put the blend on a granite look clay and cut out the flame shapes. This is a really good way to create a neat back, especially where you have dangles which often twist as you wear them. In this case it has also made the necklace reversible. 


I'm going to highlight any tips from now on so that readers can quickly view and refer back to them. If you are like me, you don't always have time to read a full blog post so this way you can look at the good bits quickly!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Polymer Clay Tutor's Teardrop Blend

Hurry, this tutorial is still available to view free of charge! The website is here: http://www.beadsandbeading.com/blog/teardrop-blend-shift-video/13074/


The tutorial shows you how to quickly blend colours and offers some great jewellery ideas.


I had a go at the blend and using some of the Clay Tutor's stripy inspiration, came up with the following pieces. 

Necklace and earrings set


Leafy dangles with swarowski beads and swarowski drop earrings

Sunday, 8 May 2011

I felt the need - improved pics

Now that camera is back from its little jolly, here are some improved pics of those beads I made the other day.




Friday, 6 May 2011

I felt the need

the need for beads



my camera is on holiday at the moment so I am taking even worse photos than usual.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Needed a focal

I was searching for a new project to take to my bead group the other night. I found this one in an old issue of Bead and Button and really fancied having a go. 

The trouble was, when I found the pattern I realised I didn't have any focal beads to go with the seed beads I intended to use. So I thought what better way to get the focal I want than to use my favourite canes....and here is the finished focal.

Beading the rope might take me quite a while but I'll pop it in a post when I'm done :)