Friday, December 28, 2012

Spirited Away

Old Necklaces - I must have a picture - nature abhors a vacuum
This is the longest I have gone with out blogging this year! I am okay – It is just the spirit of the season. My daughter is home from university for a few days and rather then decking the halls we are making a family effort to declutter. Out with the old and hopefully not in with the new. Empty spaces is the goal. Horizontal surfaces blessedly empty. I know that spaces will be filled, nature abhors a vacuum after all but the goal is to hold all off the tide of books and craft materials that have threatened to take over my world in the passed. I have piles on old beads that I am determined to get on to Etsy or gift people with. I want to spin like a Sufi and delight in Zen emptiness – or at least walk down the hall in the dark without stubbing my toe on a box of paint.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Paint Verses Plan

So here is the Chameleon back. I have used paint to drop the back ground back and bring up detail in the leaves. For my next piece I am planning to use a lot less acrylic paint. Funny, but I don’t mind using paint to antique or bring out detail but I definite feel like I am cheating when I use it to change the tone of a whole area. Back to the drawing board – literally.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Just Because You Can ...

This is a mark one and it isn’t even finished yet. I still want to go in with some acrylic paint and define layers. This in not exactly the direction that I want to go in to the upcoming show but sometimes I find that I learn things by just flying at it without much thought. Once again I am reminded of the phrase – “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” – I find this especially true on polymer clay were there are so many possibilities. Imposing limitation on yourself is one the best way to establish continuity in your work. I will still thrash away at this piece because I think that it still has some more lessons to teach me, then I might just hide it.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Olga's Magical Creatures

One of many bunnies - you know how bunnies are.
 This is Mango Snowflake. She is one of Olga's magical creatures. Find out a little more about Olga and her magical creatures go to Olga's Magical Creatures on the Chameleon Blog.

The Chameleon Show is an all polymer clay art show at Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver this coming February. I am suppose to be making somethings for this show too, that is one of the reasons I have had so little time to blog lately.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Last Market of the Year

Some new shawl pins, lots on other new stuff too.
Saturday in my last Market of the year. Join me at the Farmers Holiday Market.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mark One Meets the Masters

My mark one birds and Jem's bowl
Some of Cathy's ornaments
Saturday was the guild Christmas get together. We had a meeting of polymer clay lovers  graciously hosted by Jem, one of our founding members. We had our ornament exchange for which I had hastily thrown together a mark one ornament. It has some potential but this time they were really rough and ready. In contrast members brought lovely ornaments but being in party mode I didn’t get a lot of photos.

We had a chance to meet Cathy who brought a profusion of ornaments – each beautifully crafted. Using square canes and mobius, beads she gets some really interesting shapes going. You can see her magic at here blog Catrinket. I think that Cathy is our first American member ( wee! we are going international.)

Jem showed us more of her amazing little bowls. She has perfected them to the point that they are on sale at Robert Held Glass Studio where they are lucky enough to has Jem as an office worker. How terrific to have your polymer clay art stand up and be proud in the dazzle on beautiful glass wear.

Jem will be one the people sharing their knowledge at Horizons, the guilds polymer clay retreat in February.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Friday, December 7, 2012

Kittens’s Mittens

“Three little kitten’s have lost there mittens and I know where to find them.”

This years holiday decoration tutorial is not very different from last year socks - but it makes a cute a bead that could be used as a decoration for the tree or for earrings -  especially for knitters who knitty sorts of things.

So here we go in search of mittens.

1. Choose bright contrasting colours of polymer clay.

2. Condition and put two sheets together. Reserve a little on one colour to make the cuffs of the mittens.

3. Cut and stack the sheet to make a stripped cane. You will need one for the main part of the mitten and a smaller one for the thumb.

4. Assemble the cane with the extra colour for the cuff.

5. Cut slices from the cane keeping the thumb up and at right angles. I was originally going to call this post “Thumbs up for Mittens”.

6. Now it is time to shape the mittens. You can round the corners, adjust the angle of the thumb and push a hole part way through. I have used a thimble to give a ribbed texture to the cuff.

7. After you have cooked the mittens you can glue cord into the holes. I have used a jewelers glue but there are lots of alternatives.

And that’s all folks. I am off again to move my studio. I hope to get it together in the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Winter Garden

We have not had a killing frost yet and the sun is shining at the moment. A rare occurrence for this time and place. Since the weather is nice I should take the time to move some thing from the old studio.

This morning early I polished some shawl pins and eyeglass holders. I would like to put them up on Etsy but It will have to wait. The clouds a coming in and I had better scramble to get stuff outside done.

Update - Some of the eyeglass pins are ow available on Etsy. Check out the sunflower and others.

Sunday, December 2, 2012