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Colorful Ocean Creatures Swap at City O Clay

July 31, 2011

This is the post at City O Clay announcing the next swap. In case you do not know already it is a yahoo group focused on clay where I host the swaps that run every two months. You do have to be a member of the group to participate in the swaps. Astrid a wonderful member there helped with the last part of the links I hope you do not mind I left her post at the end.

You guys did it. You chose what we would be making for the next swap.

And the winner is Colorful Ocean Creatures!

This is a great chance for you to do what your muse is guiding you to create. This is a chance for you to really take a chance and create something that is one of a kind and you!

You can choose what you make. It can be beads, a cane, a pin, a whatchafrazen whatever it is that your muse is telling you to create.

You must make sure that your creation fits into a small priority box and gets to me by the due date of October 1 2011 with a mail date of Oct 15. Those are the only two stipulations for this swap. Sound like fun? Sign up at

cityoclayswaps@yahoo.com

or

julie.samara@tdbanknorth.com

Email your

name

address

and e mail

In gathering links for this swap I wanted to inspire you with colorful ocean creatures and this is a great way to do that.

http://www.google.com/search?q=colorful+oceanic+creatures&hl=en&biw=1366&bih=582&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=uZEsTuujO8rq0gGCtLDkDg&ved=0CDoQsAQ

If the link does not work then just go to your favorite search engine and type in colorful ocean creatures and voila. It was hard finding links of things for you to make with tutorials and that is why this is really an inspirational swap. Muse get over here we have some work to do!

This if from the Daily Art Muse

http://dailyartmuse.com/2011/07/22/joe-peters-underwater-life-as-seen-through-torch/

If you want weird sea monsters you can find them here.

http://weirdseamonsters.com/

how to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mRMYuUxsh8

turtle

http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-sculpt-a-rainbow-trout.html

make a trout

super simple wormie thing

http://dragoncave.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/clay-sea-monsters/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex6sTouFA0w

seahorse

http://www.hgtv.com/handmade/how-to-make-a-polymer-clay-window-fish/index.html

window fish

http://kimcreates.com/cane.html

colorfish

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK4iyVcqtis&playnext=1&list=PL390D21BC5532A0CD

How to make a shark

http://desiredcreations.com/howTo_CAWoodFish.htm

fish cane

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinaholden/2552852792/

sea urchins and starfish

Deviant art search

polymer clay fish

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=polymerclay fish&order=9&offset=0

Lot of mermaids

http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=polymer+clay+mermaid

http://www.amaco.com/amaco-lesson-plans/lesson-19-coral-reef/

exploring life in the coral reef

Inspiration overload

http://www.skygrazer.com/polymerclay/resources/sculpturelinks.htm

http://search.elfwood.com/search.jsp?query=ocean
creature

Ocean Creature

http://www.davesfimofigures.com/

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356085.0

Another sculpt:
http://www.davesfimofigures.com/

Ocean Scene with simple but cute fish, octopus etc.
http://www.michaels.com/Ocean-Scene/e09206,default,pd.html

This might give you some ideas of the fish living at “crushing depth”
http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/MidwaterRealm/09CreaturesoftheDeepSea.pdf

Since it is hard to find clay related Ocean Creatures I looked at tons of pictures of what lives in and around the oceans.
Besides the fantasy ones like mermaids and mermen, I’m thinking about Manatees,
Sea Otters, all sort of seals, sea turtles, all things in and out of
the ocean, different shells and conches, Starfish, mollusks and
crustaceans (crab, lobster etc), ocean fauna like anemone, seagrass
(and sea cows), the octopus, different sharks (there you go, Luny!
LOL), colorful fish like the Butterfly Fish, Dragonets, Rock fish,
Lion Fish, Tangs, Angelfish (juveniles with their “brain-cane”
pattern and the colorful adults) etc.

I’m going to the library
tomorrow and get me some books on the many colorful fishies ūüôā

Hope
this helped some ūüôā

*Hugs*
Astrid

Swap Pics

May 31, 2011

Yea another swap is finished and you get some eye candy.

Fred

Leila

Mozelle

Julie

Luny

Janice Beads

Janice Ladies

Beth


Beth Close Up

I want to thank all the participants who were able to participate in the fun. I am sure the individuals who get our beads will feel like it is their turn at Christmas as it is for us when we open our swap packages. This time I want to thank you for donating your beads to the Beads of Courage Charity.

http://www.beadsofcourage.org/

If you want to join in on our next swap stop by City O Clay. Kick your shoes off, grab a beverage¬†and stay a while just do not drink anything when you are reading one of Luny’s posts. If you do I am not responsible for any damage to your keyboard or computer.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

Have fun claying!

Rock Purse Pics Finally

April 15, 2011

The international participants have their rock purses by now hopefully so here are the pictures of the participants. Enjoy!

I am going on vacation to Dallas and will not be posting for a couple of weeks. Stay creative and productive!

Rock Purse Tutorial

January 14, 2011

Next swap is a Rock Purse Swap at City O Clay

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

Since I felt my free tutorials could use a good one since last weeks inspiration I have been contemplating doing one. I really thought about it and was going to do it, then I changed my mind to maybe, then I definitely was not going to do it, then the blizzard of 2011 hit. TDBank America’s Most Convenient Bank never closes and they did the day after hubby went out-of-town. There was no reason NOT TO DO IT!

 I mean what could my tut be that has not already been done, do I have anything new to say or do that has not been already seen? When I realized that was the fear in me talking (I could list 10 reasons for why not) I got over myself and just did it. I can tell you there were a couple of times I sat there looking at my clay table, or just after I messed up a step (mess up kept in BTW) I could have quit but did not. I encourage you to face your fear and just try something, anything you would not normally do. The sense of accomplishment you will feel will give you the power to succeed in life no matter what you try. As my clay mentor Nj says Baby Steps.

For your claying pleasure on behalf of the snow here is my version of a Polymer Clay Rock Purse. This is the no frills version to school you on the basics the touches are yours to interpret. Next time you have a snow day consider trying one for yourself. The worst thing that could happen is that you learn you do not like making rock purses, but at least you know how to make them!

I decided I would take what I know and sit down and work with the clay¬†the way it felt it needed to be worked with taking pictures along the way. ¬†Please note there were times son was not receptive to the scream from mom “Fouad can you come in here and take a picture of ….me holding the pliers trying to yank the rock out under the water” lol. Some are taken by me when clearly I could have used another set of hands.

Step 1. To make a rock purse start by choosing a rock. You need to consider the size of the rock and the end result which I can tell you is a heck of a lot bigger than what you start out with. Consider that very carefully before proceeding. Also when choosing a rock you want one that is smooth and uniform in size. The first rock I chose was too big when finished so this time I used rocks that were 2 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide and another that was 1 1/2 inches long by 1 inch wide. I am trying two to see which finished size I like best. And if I mess up on one I will have the other to teach you with lol.

Again you want to make sure you get them as uniform as possible. I can not stress enough how important your rock choice is. 

Here is an example of a bad rock choice.

Step 2. Okay you got your rock now you need to roll out your inner layer mine was rolled on 3. I chose black and blue because I think that inside color will work well with my designs. You can use any coordinating colors that you want. This layer will be the inside color of your Rock Purse.

Step 3.¬†You need to use a release agent so your clay won’t stick to the rock. There are many you can use cornstarch, armour all, repel gel, I choose Pearlex because it would give my rock a nice inside color. Thanks Kay for the tip.

Step 4. Wrap your clay around the rock but leave any excess at this time. Your goal in this step is to see how much clay you need to cover your rock.

Step 5.  Now ou will cut away the excess clay. You want enough to wrap fully around the rock so do not cut off too much.

Step 6. Flatten the edges where the clay meets. No not worry you have too much or if it is square the idea for this step is to get the two sides to go together even with the Pearlex powder you put on. Remember that is a release agent so squeeze hard.

Step 7 Cut away any excess being careful not to cut too much off with your Exacto knife.

Step 8.  When you cut there may be areas that try to separate. Dont worry, just keep squeezing them together until they form together.

Step 9. Continue to smooth until you get the ends to form around the rock. Your fingers will work well for this step. If the clay gets too warm then just throw it in the freezer for a few to firm up. I just sat mine on the stairs in the snow lol the clay wanted to play in the snow :).

Step 10. When trying to mold and cut the base layer you will feel the clay not totally going to the rock. This is okay it means your release agent is working well. Keep forming and squeezing and trimming excess until you like the form around the rock and it is smooth. If you get air bubbles while working then just poke with your knife or some other sharp object to make a small hole for the air to escape through.

Cutting information is varied and the decision to cut before baking or after baking is yours as are the holes for your string. There does not seem to be much difference it is more of a personal choice. I am choosing to cut BEFORE I bake and to drill my holes. If you do not want to then please change the directions to suit your claying style. I am choosing to cut before I bake because I feel this will give me more control to get a straight line and if I mess up the cut with unbaked clay I can fix it easier. I am choosing to do my holes after with my Dremel because that tool gives me what I need for the finish. Some want to cut and do the holes differently do what you think will work best for you and if it does not work for you then try it the opposite way.

Step 11.   For my cut I do a pre cut or score with my blade and make sure I like the way it looks. This is just a light mark to see where the cut will be.

Step 12.  Can you see how there are two lines? The top one did not meet up around the rock. So I just made it lower, made sure they met all around and was even. I just smoothed away anything that was not right.  You can not do that if you baked it already.

Step 13.  Now you make your cut all the way to the rock following your score lines. 

Step 14. Mark your front or back with a small score line. This will be important later on when you are working with your rock. You want to make sure the side is put back together correctly.

Step 15. Bake at your clay’s manufacturers settings for the correct time and temp.

This is the moment of truth. I was so scared with this one. Not sure why exactly it is just scrap black clay around a rock but I digress….. You need to do it while the rock is hot so running water is the general recommended suggestion. This way you will not burn your hands while your holding a hot rock. Remember even though you are seeing mostly pics from the black rock I am working with two of them a black and blue.

Step 16. Grab your hot rock and put it under running water and separate the two halves.

Step 17. If your rock gets cold before you get it off throw it back into the oven for 8-10 minutes so it can heat back up again and try these suggestions.

Hands- use your hands to wriggle the rock loose.

Use your pliers to pull one end of the rock out if you got one side to come off but not the other. That did not work well since my rock was smooth. The pliers kept slipping off.

Use your Exacto Knife and stick it between the clay and rock as much as you can to loosen it.

Step 18. Next we will cover the bottom half with black clay rolled out on 2. If you notice in the picture I forgot this step and went straight to covering with my finish…again since I did not bake I just removed the clay as best as I could and then applied the black layer. Do as I say not as I do right? I cut around and joined the two sides here are the cut pieces ready to be joined.

Step 19.¬†When adding you want a lip on the bottom piece so make sure you do not cover it all you want to leave space I left about 5mm.¬†I took one side (whichever was smaller)¬†folded it over, then took the other one and folded it over gently, pulled it back and cut on the indent lines where the two met. This is done in the same way you mark a bull’s eye cane.

Step 20.  See the bottom with the lip you can not tell I messed up can ya? Unbaked clay is your friend because you can fix it easily.

Step 21. Using your cane cut thin layers to cover your bottom half.

Step 22.  Here is the bottom half with the lip covered.

Step 23. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Use your hands, roller, knitting needle whatever you can to get that baby smooth without ruining the lip.

Step 24.  Smooth with the clay shaper and trim anything needed to ensure you have a smooth level lip.

Step 25. Find your repel gel luckily I had mine in a marked drawer after the last time I could not find it.

Step 26. Put repel gel or another release agent, on the bottom lip before moving on to the next step. I do it now so I do not  forget to do so later.

This is where I started getting punchy. I had taken a break after shoveling snow for an hour and a half and really was starting to feel my muscles hurt. I forgot to take several pictures and then when I realized it I had to dig in my container for another rock to re shoot the pics.

I reached in and grabbed one and this is the one that came out it could not have come at a better time.

Step 27. Cut around your top half making sure you leave room for the lip that this time will stick out over your top half of the Rock Purse. I cut the clay so the seam would be in the middle which led me to cut it this way which in the end really worked well.

Step 28. I used paper towels and stuffed them in the middle to give my lip support while working with it I also wrapped half of it without taking any pictures. Directions in the next step :). You get the idea by now hopefully fold one side over and then make an indent and trim the other one.

Step 29. Fold the smaller of the two sides over and then wrap the other one over and get an indent or cut line.

Step 30. See the indent line that is one good line if I do say so myself not only that I did it but that when I took a picture of it with the camera in the phone it showed up so well. Cut along your indent line.

Step 31. Where they meet smooth the seam out.

Step 32. Put slices on the top the way you did the bottom, being careful not to mess up the lip that sticks out. Every once in a while I placed the pieces of the rock purse together to make sure I did not mess them up and they still fit together. When doing this go back to the score lines to help you with getting the two sides together correctly.

Step 33.  Again smooth, smooth, smooth. Whatever worked for you last time do it again. Make sure both the top and bottom are smooth and go together and come apart easily. If you need more release agent add some.

Step 34.  Once your done handling the piece take apart the two halves and smooth any joints with the clay shaper so they look nice.

Step 35. Using your stylus tool or some other sharp object make the indents for the cord holes before baking it will make it easier to drill later, and if you do it on unbaked clay and mess up you can fix it.

Step 36. Now you are ready to bake per your clay settings for the correct time. This time let your Rock Purse cool before working with it.

Step 37. Drill your holes for your string.

Step 38. See the nice holes?

Step 39. I placed my glue on some wax paper and used some unbaked clay to kind of grip my eyelet. Dip the part of your eyelet that will go into the Rock Purse in some glue.

Step 40. Place your eyelet into the hole and remove carefully so you do not accidentally yank the eyelet out while removing the clay.

Step 41. Repeat for all four holes.

Step 42. Remember this is the middle of a snowstorm and I was not really planning on doing this, even if I wanted to dig out the car to get some I doubt many stores are open, so of course I do not have many choices on string that will fit the eyelets on hand. I do have the leftover Holiday Ornament string and that is what I am using. Cut your string.

Step 43. With the string I have it is impossible to string from the inside out so I am doing it this way which may not be the best but I am almost done YEA! With your bottom piece of the rock purse put both ends in each hole.

Step 44. String one of your ends through the correct corresponding hole in the top half.

Step 45. Take the same string and go through the other hole in the top half.

Step 46. Tie a secure knot.

Step 47. Trim your ends. This may not be necessary with your string but mine needed trimming and I also glued the ends so they would not fray. If you glue make sure that the glue dries completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 48. Because your knot is now inside your Rock Purse you will want to maneuver the string so that it can be worn and the knot should be in the bottom half of your purse close to the eyelets.

Step 49. Enjoy your necklace and wear it with pride!

Not all of your attempts will work I had my flubs as well here are some of them so you can know that the only way you can master a technique is practice practice practice.

Enjoy and none of the Rock Purses featured in this tutorial will be part of the swap remember it should be a surprise.

Holiday Swap 2010

December 30, 2010

Here are the participants of the Holiday Swap 2010

Erl

Mozelle

 

Tina

Shirley

Beth

Luny

Luny Side A

Luny Side B

Elayne

Leslie

Julie

Wanda

Christen

Adele

Astrid

 

The entries this time as usual are amazing! I just love hosting the swaps and will enjoy even more hanging the ornament on my tree every year and remembering the fun.

Next Swap officialy starts Jan 1 but because of New Years it starts as soon as I can get over to City O Clay and post the results, rules, inspiration etc….

Happy New Year stay safe and creative.

 

 

So Sick of Mixing

December 10, 2010

My fingers hurt and I on the browns kind of gave up and did not mix them completely. I am so sick of mixing colors and I am admitting it. I have completed this exercise with the colors I have on hand. Seems like Munroe’s had a rush of Kato and so my order has been delayed a week now and I am moving on. I may come back and revisit this at a later time when I have no idea what to create that is because although wonderful this takes a long time.

I did make a cuff bracelet from the scraps and am happy with the memory of all this mixing that I now have for my own. It is my first project completed with Kato and I am still trying to figure out if I like this stuff or not.  I shall find out though as this week I am hoping to be able to create a pivot bead necklace and find my inspirational colors.

The Holiday Swap mailed out this week and for that I am very thankful. I am always amazed at how creative the participants are, and how every participants entries are so different from the others. I have some wonderful ornaments to hang on my tree. I will post the pictures next Friday as I want to give the swappers time to get their box. I am very thankful for the friends that I have made at City O Clay. If you are looking for a virtual place to hang your artistic hat that is comfortable and about learning not selling I highly recommend you check it out. I would love to become your friend there.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

From Polymer to Art

November 20, 2010

 

From Polymer To Art - RED - Edition 0 - 2010

Copy of the first cover…..

Now what could be better than that! Making the move from Polymer clay to art sounds easy enough I wonder what this can bring to the polymer community?

Check it out for yourself…….

http://www.frompolymertoart.com/

I like the fact that there are color schemes that is cool and sound so appealing in print.

I like the fact that it gives the impression that it will be art which makes me think they will be harder projects or really finished looking at least.

The only thing I can not justify is the cost if I price it right it would cost $40.81. I do not think there is any way I can justify that cost it just seems way to expensive. I mean I could get a few used books for that price. I guess we have to wait for the reviews and if they are good enough then break down and buy.

The next swap items are arriving it is so exciting. The swap is for Christmas ornaments or holiday decoration. I have some wonderful, talented participants this time and am thinking my entry may not be good enough. I know I know us artists are always finding fault in ourselves and what we make but I am going to stick to what I have done and get over the fear.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate and think of making ornaments for loved ones as I have done it the last few years. (I hope they enjoy them and are not just saying that to keep me quiet)

Clay Swap

June 13, 2010

 

Thank god I am done with the Facebook Focus month. Not sure I will ever devote an entire month to a single topic again. By the time I go to the end of the month I was pretty much done with the whole thing. I did stick to the idea and learned I do not like focusing that much!

One other thing I learned is I am not the only one going through this and I have been so inspired by all who have contacted me to say that they have cut their time on the games to focus on what matters to them whether it is working on the garden, painting, or claying.

This week I am gearing up for the next clay swap at City O clay. I just love the swaps so much and I am always amazed at how talented and creative the participants are.  In case you missed it here is the post with pictures from the last swap.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/regional-pendant-swap/

This time the theme is a summer one and we are going to have the due date be Labor Day which is the official end of Summer.

I just hope that doing the swap for the extended time frame does not have people putting it off till the last-minute (because they think they have all summer they may not be motivated to start now) and then finding out they do not have time to complete it.

Voting is still going on so if you would like to join you are more than welcome.

 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/

You do have to be a member of City O Clay which is a Yahoo group that focuses on Polymer Clay. It is where I have hung my virtual polymer clay hat since January of 2007. I like the group because of its slow pace and wonderful relationships that I have formed. It may not be your cup o tea but I enjoy it and have had such fun participating in the swaps that have been hosted at the group.

My son has been working hard this last week on cleaning his room. He is getting rid of all the kid stuff and that means the room needs painting. Here is the before shot.

 The whole room was dark purple even the ceiling. The stars were stenciled in and there were glow in the dark ones haning from the ceiling. He had his name in glow in the dark stars and my husbands attempt at a spaceship. This worked great while he was a kid but now being a teenager it is time to go. So we have spent the weekend painting the purple took a few coats but I am so proud of the hard work he has put into it.

So excited hubby is coming home on Tuesday he has been gone since Mothers day and I am really looking forward to having him back at home safe and sound.  Also going on this week is my sons graduation he will be going to High School next year, I have the clayguild meeting on Saturday (not sure if I can make it or not), and Fathers Day on Sunday. So a busy week in front of me and I am looking forward to it all.

See ya next week!

Facebook Focus Month Cont.

May 14, 2010

Facebook Focus month continues with the way to set up a business page. It is very easy.

From your profile page go to the very bottom and click the advertising link.

This brings up the  Advertising page where you will click the pages button.

When you do that you will click on the create a page button.

Fill in the information. I am in the Artist category, and I am the official representative for my company so I do not the steps you will go through if you are not. Click create official page. And look what happens!

OMG how many clicks was that?? My page is created? Hmmm let me Edit my page.

This is what comes up when you do.

This is where you will add a profile picture and change settings and add the mobile aplications if you want them enabled. You can also set up an e commerce site on Facebook!

I had hoped to have that as the focus for next week but I have found a different site and liked the way the photos looked and the ease of site set up. The ones on Facebook are rather small and for my art I need for the items to be bigger quality pictures. So next week not sure what exactly the focus will be :).

The Regional Pendant swap is going great almost all the packages are here and the photographing is almost complete. I can not wait to show you guys the pictures!

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/

You may remember this swap post…if not it is a real cool read and I am not just saying that. If you have not read it read the update first THEN read the post!

I called her today and she answered the phone. She agreed with me that her comming into the bank was meant to be  so she would come in, sit at my desk, and be freeken motivated!

Even though she just had a major operation she is painting for me, and her friends. She has already given some pieces away and I am so proud of her. Even better she has ideas for the projects she WANTS to do. She thanked me for getting her back to painting and not Quitting! Our swap date is set for about the third week of June and I am so excited I am going to finish her swap flower right now!

Mini Animal Swap

April 2, 2010

Another swap has come to a close and here are the participants and items that were part of the Mini Animal Swap 2010.

I want to personally thank all the participants without whom the swaps would never be possible. This is a great learning experience and all that have participated in this or any other swap have learned so much, and connected with clayers from all over the world!

Again Thank you.