Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Those amber beads!



I made earrings with them!

retro cane




The Polymer Clay Central is having show and tell today for iotems made and about the retro cane- I love them. I used the whole cane and didn't get a picture of just that but here are somje earrings made with it and more beads- I love retro canes!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

mokume gane pumpkin tutorial






I thought I'd take you through the steps in making my Pumpkin pin.
I started with 3 even slices of clay, white,black and orange. I stacked them on top of each other and ran them through the pasta machine a few times to create a stack of very thin slices as you see. I then made an imprint onto the surface with a wooden cutout I found at Michael's. Press down on the wood to make the open spaces in the cutout cause the clay to puff up and make the eyes,mouth and nose pronounced. Then simply slice the raised portions very carefully and you'll see those areas expose the pattern created in the clay. From there you can put yout own spin on it and create what you wish. Happy claying!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

aaahhhhh!


I'm so proud of this little heart! I simply put a very delicate chain through the hole and whalah!!!!
I turned this piece into my challenge submission for the CGGE November Challenge- what you are thankful for. I am for the opportunity to work with glass, and now lampwork also. I am even more thankful for encouraging friends- YOu know who you are!!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm loving the lampwork today




I am so pleased with yesterday's lampwork results. I made a few hollow beads and they were (to say the least) challenging! There was a lot of praying while I was annealing them so they didn't crack. Here they are!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

spirals!!!



I really like these spirals- they are so fun! I just put them in my etsy store for sale- www.papernclay.etsy.com

Saturday, October 11, 2008

new pumpkins


I was at the Amish store today and they had georgeous pumkins- I had to get some!!
I put some masks on a couple I bought last year on clearance.

some more examples of the stamping technique





rubber stamps and fusing tutorial






It's so easy and you probably have tons of rubber -or clear- stamps around the house already.
I use a regular stamp pad- doesn't even have a brand name on it because I got it at Micheal's in a combination pack with a clear stamp sheet for christmas. I honestly have used other stamo opads and they all work.
I simply clean the glass and stamp on it. While the ink is still moist, sprinkle your enamel powder over the ink and tap it off.(exactly like embossing paper)
Afdter that just give it a quick fuse and use the sheetas you would normally. You can layer them, color them with other enamels, use with dichroics, make ornaments, the possibilities are endless.
I can't take credit for this I read about it somewhere, can't remember but I did experiment and find what works for me. Love to see what you do with the technique.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

We made these in Kids Klub last night


Kids Klub is the church's Once a month night for the kids. We also included making caramel apples, icing sugar cookies, story, and games.

Monday, October 6, 2008

I listed a few things in honor of Breat Cancer Month




50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Society.

new beads



Here a few of my lampwork beads made last week. Thoughts swimmimg..... need more time!

Friday, October 3, 2008

reverse collaboration!




Usually Smokeylady makes necklaces around other peoples pendants...this time I made a necklace using her beads.
These beads are lovely....unique, each one is different just like real leaves.

lampwork class results






here a few of my beads-the good the bad and the ugly!