Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Little “How To”




Like the look of these? Want me to show you how I did it?……OK




Condition some black clay. Keep your Pasta Machine on the widest setting.




Smear the sheet with chalk. I’ve used a light grey Pan Pastel. Do front and back of the sheet.




Texture the sheet, I textured the front and the back as well.




Put the sheet back through the PM on a number 2 setting (second widest setting on my Atlas). This flattens out the texture and depending on how heavily you apply the chalk little cracks appear giving it a nice textured appearance.




Turn the sheet around and put through the PM on a number 3 setting.




And this is the look you get.  You could try all sorts of combinations of colours. Light clay with dark chalk would work well too.




I’ll keep exploring this with different colours and textures and see where it leads me.


Happy claying!


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fixing Things

Remember this…….


……… was a little blah and ordinary. So I’ve been playing around with it this morning and I think I’ve spruced it up a bit.




Added a filigree flower that I painted black.




And added black to the edges of the pendant.






Made another brooch. You’ll probably get heartily sick of them, but until my obsession wanes you’ll just have to bare with me.




I was a bit disappointed with the colouring on this. I was hoping for a brighter telephone box red but it’s more a maroon colour.




Added a few dangles but I thing I might lengthen the middle dangle just to add a bit more interest.




I’ve also finished off a couple of other necklaces that have been sitting on my desk waiting patiently for me to get to them. I’ll post pictures of them another day.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brooching The Subject

This started as a ring. But things got slightly out of hand (or finger) when it became obvious it was really too big for a ring, even by today's standards of big is better for rings. So then I thought pendant, but I hadn’t put a whole in the largest circle before baking. I could add a bail but I only had silver ones which just wasn’t the right colour. I could make a bail out of clay but then I’d have to wait until I’d made a whole lot of other stuff before it was worthwhile putting the oven on.


So I’ve decided it will now be a brooch and I’ve also decided brooches will be big this autumn/winter in the southern hemisphere. I’m starting a trend and if you want to be trendy you’d better follow me……ok?

But what combination of circles looks the best.




Big circle with little circle.


Medium circle with little circle.


Big with medium……..


….or all three together.


I think I like all three together.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Playing with Pan Pastels

It’s amazing the amount of scrapbooking and ATC stuff I’ve found in my stash that can be used with polymer clay. That’s if I haven’t given it away or sold it before I realise it’s usefulness. Take Pan Pastels for instance, I bought a whole heap ages  ago BC (before clay) and not realising their potential for clay I sold most of them to a dear friend. Anyway long story short I ended up buying some more and I’m glad I did because they are fabulous with clay.


Here I’ve laid sequin waste over the clay and stencilled three different colours over it.


I textured the clay then smudged over a light blue pastel to just colour the raised parts.


These are my favourites. White clay with pale grey and denim blue flowers.


Foam stamps were another find amongst my stash. I just colour the stamp with pastel and stamp onto the clay. No mess, no fuss, easy clean up and striking results.

So now I’m off to look through all of my old stuff that’s packed away to see what I else I can find that can be adapted to clay. It’s like a treasure hunt!

Monday, March 7, 2011

You Know You Love a Giveaway


But it’s not me having one. It’s Tish. She’s having a doozy of a giveaway just because it’s spring. You can win one of three gorgeous necklaces or a grab bag of beady goodness. Hop on over and leave a comment for a chance to win.


Also just wanted to leave you this you tube video. It’s a hoot especially if you’ve ever tried finding “cheap” airfares. My good friend Joanie sent it to me and I had to share.




Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Peak

Some things I’ve been working on now the weather has cooled slightly…very slightly I might add.

Rub on clay pieces

Got a fabulous tutorial from Missficklemedia on applying rub-ons to clay, top right and bottom left photos. I’ve also got a thing for white pendants at the moment.
Have some more to photograph and hopefully list in my Artfire store over the next few days if the weather co-operates. I’m such a wimp in the heat.

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