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Polymer clay altered strawberry blossom box

May 19, 2009

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A couple of months ago, Ellen Kelsey, a member of my North Texas Polymer Clay Guild, demonstrated how to cover wooden boxes in polymer clay. Ellen often transfers beautiful fairy images to white clay which she then surrounds with faux wood clay treatments.

Since I had spring fever, my box turned out to be more fruit/flower inspired. Who knows, maybe I was just really hungry that day?!?! *lol* The box was covered with a mixture of gold and brown Premo! which was textured with a basket-weave texture sheet from Studio by Sculpey. The flowers and strawberries were then hand-sculpted with Premo! as well.

polymer clay strawberry box

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NTPCG Bottles of Hope Challenge Winners

May 18, 2009

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Wow! All I can say is wow! This year was our first annual North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope challenge. For those that are not familiar with Bottles of Hope, it is a charity program where artists cover small glass medicine bottles with polymer clay which are then donated to cancer patients and survivors as a symbol of hope. As the chair of this program for our guild, I was both excited and nervous about our first big event. We had 23 gorgeous submissions that were truly some of the best I’ve ever seen! I thought I’d share the winners with you below. Pics of ALL of the bottles are available on our NTPCG website . Enjoy the talent of these amazing ladies!

Best of Show – Elpida: Keeping Hope in her Heart by Dotty McMillan

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Best Expression of Hope – 1st Place: Raising Hope by Lisa Pate

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Best Expression of Hope – 2nd Place: The Cow Jumped over the Moon by Nina Owens

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Best Expression of Hope – 3rd Place: Wings of Hope by Tricia Dewey

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Nature – 1st Place: Mr. Mushroom by Nina Owens

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Nature – 2nd Place: God’s Garden of Hope by Dotty McMillan

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Nature – 3rd Place: Rainforest of Hope by Lisa Pate

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Texas – 1st Place: Texas Armadillo by Nina Owens

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Texas – 2nd Place: Texas or Bust by Sherri Sneed

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

Texas – 3rd Place: Cowboy Courage by Lisa Pate

2009 North Texas Polymer Clay Guild Bottles of Hope Challenge Winner

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Donna Kato Workshop

May 17, 2009

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of taking a 2-day polymer clay workshop from Donna Kato. For those of you that may not know Donna, she is one of the pioneers in the PC world. Not only has she developed her own line of clay, but she is an incredible artist and designer. Her work is always professional and finished perfectly to the smallest detail. During the course of the workshop, we learned how to make fluid caned bracelets as well as a variety of organic pods.

Here are some of my creations from the two days.
I stretched myself and used pretty bold colors that I might not normally work with…

Donna Kato polymer clay workshop bangle bracelet

Here’s a side view with some of the canework…

Donna Kato polymer clay workshop bangle bracelet

I made a matching pendant using a mirror image technique:

Donna Kato polymer clay workshop bangle bracelet & pendant

And experimented with a “squiggly bead”:

Donna Kato polymer clay workshop squiggle bead

And finally, here’s a beautiful pod brooch I purchased of Donna’s:

Donna Kato polymer clay pod brooch

I’m looking forward to trying some of the techniques I learned on new creations soon. Will post them when I do!

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It’s that time again…yay for CHA!

January 23, 2009

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I had every intention of posting some new card designs this week but haven’t had a chance to photograph them yet as I’ve been prepping for CHA. They will be coming soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

For those of you that are not familiar with CHA, it is short for Craft & Hobby Association. The winter trade show is the main event of the year & is currently held out in Anaheim,California. Imagine walking into a convention center & seeing product booths from every manufacturer in the arts & crafts industry…around 3,000 of them! It can be overwhelming at first, but is always a blast, and it’s great to run into familiar faces of designers I’ve met through the years. There’s always a chance to make new friends in some of the fantastic classes they offer as well (can I tell you how excited I am about taking Kelly Rae Roberts creative collage class?!?!!!).

CHA is also a great chance to get a pulse on the year’s upcoming trends, see new product releases, etc. I’ll be taking a point & shoot camera with me, so I’ll try to take a few shots of my fav items to share with you. Check back for the full report next week.

Hugs,

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Altered Polymer Clay Gift Basket…

January 16, 2009

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In a time where there is a much-needed focus on “being green”, I’ve been thinking more & more about how to use the existing supplies around my house before running out to buy something new. In fact, I may start some new weekly challenges to that effect.

To start off with, I thought I’d share one of my latest “recycled” creations.

I found this beautiful mahogany-colored basket in the attic of my mom’s house. I decided it was begging for a new life… and what better way than to use some polymer clay to spruce it up again!

I think it will make a great gift basket for someone (perhaps with a bottle of wine & some cheese), or maybe it will see life in a bathroom holding washcloths, towels, etc. Who knows?!

Here is a close-up…

For those that are interested, this is very simple to make. I used Studio by Sculpey polymer clay (made by Polyform) in Clover, Coffee Bean, & Iris along with a grape leaf template created from a chipboard cutout from one of my Cuttlebug Fall Leaf dies that looks like this:

The leaves were rolled out to about a #4 on the pasta machine, then I used a craft knife to cut out the shapes. The spirals were snakes of clay wrapped around a knitting needle, then gently removed & attached to the leaves before baking. The grapes are just small round balls rolled to approx the same size & placed on an Iris-colored backing sheet. I added a small loop of clay to the back of each bunch of leaves/grapes so that after the pieces were baked & antiqued with brown acrylic paint, I could insert a piece of dark wire, and attach them to the basket. What do ya think? ๐Ÿ™‚

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