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Thanksgiving Week Post

November 27, 2011

What a crazy week for me this week. Last Friday at work I was selected to be the TD Mascot and boy what that a mistake…..

After that my back was killing me so last weekend was spent in bed as well as Monday and Tuesday when I got home from work. Stinking pain makes you really realize how important health is.  On to Turkey day which was spent with friends and I am so grateful to have them in our lives they made the day perfect as hubby is not here it was nice to see them and the two turkeys named Tom and Tim. (No that is not a turkey that is Jenna and….forgot which one was hers Tom or Tim).

Sometime while we were at Thanksgiving dinner the heat went out in the house so Friday even though I had to go to work I just decorated, passed out the Black Friday Bags, and got the heck out of there. There was no way I could fix the heat and the neighbor was not home so I went to the local Home Depot and got two small heaters that you can plug-in. I will have hubby worry about the heat when he comes home in a couple of weeks it is warm and I am not holding a brick (what we were doing a few weeks ago when we lost power for days).Finally I have a manageable back ache, heat, and am ready to start building my next cane and guess what happens????

The neighbors were having their driveway re-paved when the truck accidentally ran into the pole which broke and had to be replaced. I was able to start yesterday but did not get far……Crazy schedule at work this week with the meeting, Christmas tree lighting at the Country Club, and working on Saturday but I plan on putting whatever time I have into it this week so I can get a sexy cane made. I look forward to giving you some shots next week hopefully of a completed cane.

What is on your clay table, or in your life that is preventing you from getting there???

 

 

Carol Simmons Part 2

November 13, 2011

If you missed the first part of this post then you may want to check it out here.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/carol-simmons-part-1/

I have my layout and all I have to do is follow the pretty cane diagram and I would have my cane constructed in no time with a few leftover for any mistakes that may arise. Do you think that I could follow the canes no I could not. I ended up with something so different I can not tell you how I did it. I think the cane has a mind of its own. I know this is something that will happen every time as I have already constructed another cane and this time it looked different when I built it as well. I kept laughing at myself while building because I could not follow the canes while constructing.

Canes got built and reduced that spectacular day at Maureen’s. I love love love the sound of a cane being slammed around. I say it is the sound of magic, sexy cane magic. Here are pictures of the class canes enjoy.

In class I was able to make 2 pendants and a set of earrings that I get a lot of compliments on each time I wear them.

When I got home it was a different story I could not make the beads as we had done in class so I had to find a way that was pleasing to my eyes. I had to finish sets in a hurry so hubby could take them as gifts to his sisters and their daughters in Lebanon. I hope they liked them as some parts for me were a struggle. I had to change the design of the earrings as I had a lot of scrap cane. I think they turned out nice and hopefully the new proud mama’s have happy ears and necks with the new designs.

The new cane that I just constructed is turning out well and I will have gifts for all the ladies at the auctions, my family for x mas, the play it forward group, and another special swap. EEEkkk time is running out. Here is a sneak peek of some designs.

My Muse Is Loose

November 9, 2011

Ever have one of those times when you know what you should do but want to do something totally different? This is one of those times for me. I know I should write part two of the Carol Simmons post but I really wanna play with clay.

Carol has goosed my muse and I have a cane that just got cut! See Ya later on in the week with part 2.

Carol Simmons part 1

October 29, 2011

The Carol Simmons 6 day polymer intensive workshop was the second class I attended ever in my life. It is with great fondness that I look at our class picture and will cherish the memories always. Thank you ladies, Carol and Maureen for making my claycation the best possible vacation I could ever have dreamed of having.

It was billed as an intermediate to advanced 6 day polymer intensive workshop. The class description was right on key as I do not think this class was suited for a beginer clayer. In order to obtain good results a general understanding of color, color mixing , basic caning and reducing is required.

Our class was well prepared and we had our clay already sheeted and were able to leach it fully the first day. I will admit that I did not follow the leaching process fully. By the end of the project I may have just grabbed some clay right out of the package and teacher could tell. She politely scolded me for it. I now understand why leaching is such an important part of the cane building process as hindsight is always 20/20.

This is my workstation on the morning of day 2. We began the day by making blends from templates that Carol provided us. Also learned was to look at cane construction in a new way. I soon began to realize that it did not really matter what I did with a cane  as long as the colors were in my scheme in the end it would look great.

I can not tell you how many times Carol would come over to the table and look at a blend or color I was mixing and say add this, or add a strip of that to it and the color would end up being exactly what was needed to fit the picture. My table mate and I called ourselves the remedial table and I am guessing that Carol could sense that my color mixing skills were lacking as this is something that indeed IS a challenge for me. Carol’s sense of color is amazing and she instinctively knows what you need to mix to get that perfect shade or hue to match your picture. You can see her true love of color in her many blog posts that are located here.

http://clsdesigns.wordpress.com/

I was also amazed during her many demos when she would say “let’s see what happens if we do this!”. We would end up with a new cane like when we named Anne’s sperm cane. I really think that showed Carol’s love of clay, teaching, and more importantly learning from experience what can happen when you play with clay.

We worked for several days making blends, colors and canes. We also were able while working to get to know each other on a level that I do not believe I will ever have the opportunity to in a class again in my life. Honestly I just wanted to clay all day long and upon waking in the morning I just wanted to get to the workable as soon as I could to continue with the creative process. It was such a wonderful experience and I am so happy I was able to participate in the class.

Finally it was time to start our layout of our cane to see what we may be lacking in our construction. This for me was a heart wrenching experience. I had one of those fear moments I often speak of here on the blog. I looked at all the canes I had made and just did not know how in the heck I would put them together. I ended up after being paralyzed with fear bribing a classmate to do my layout. I am not naming any names here just admitting my lack of artistic umpah.

I will have the second part of the class post next week along with many pieces I have made with my cane slices. I am out of cane now since I made so many pieces for hubby to take to his family in Lebanon. Good part of it is that I need to make another cane for the ladies at the auctions that help hubby out daily with his job.

The other things to look forward to are the Colorful Ocean Creatures pictures that will be posted soon and Nora Jean Gatine’s workshop here in New England. I am off to enjoy the nor’easter we are experiencing here as it just started snowing yea!

Simmons Eye Candy

October 10, 2011

I am so tired but can not sleep I still have so much running through my head. Here are a few pictures to tie you over until the next few weeks when I will probably write novels on my experience at Maureen’s and the 6 Day Intensive Polymer Clay Workshop.

I went to School!

Just like when I was in school I was disciplined but she is such a sweet lady it was my picture of the day!

Slicer #9 and its all mine! Another picture of the day.

It would not matter if I was the only one in the whole studio, I would still be in a 3×3 inch space with clay and tools everywhere.

Even if it is not perfect (it’s okay I would look at the piece and try to find the mistakes) it is mine and I just do not want to cut it down :).

Then I came back to reality and found hubby had fixed a shelf that had been broken since last year. I know because it was my picture of the day today and last year when the stinking shelf broke and I tried to fix it because hubby would not. So glad he got that pick up because now he is just fixen stuff all over the house.

Carol Simmons Class So Excited

August 23, 2011

This week I did not touch clay but rather focused on Carol Simmons’ blog in preparation for her class this October.

http://clsdesigns.wordpress.com/

Ohh and by looking at her latest post there is an opening. I think this is going to be a wonderful class. It will be at Maureen Carlson’s Center For Creative Arts from October 2-8.

http://www.maureencarlson.com/

There have been several times over the last few years that I have tried on my own to focus on color.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82656386@N00/2755663318/in/photostream/

This is the time that while on vacation in Texas I took a painters color mixing book and tried to mix. I really enjoyed this exercise but looking back I mixed them and for a while had them hanging on the wall to easily see but during one of the many clean ups my work room has seen they were moved to a book.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82656386@N00/2754830513/in/photostream/

I think I made the decision that Premo came in so many different colors that my mixing was not important anymore.

Then I thought of making the switch to Kato and started mixing what I had on hand to see…..again.

I knew that if I really moved to Kato then I would need more mixing.

I was so motivated by my color mixing that I got the book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio.

I began following the exercises with Kato and honestly I stuck with it for a while but eventually I got sick of mixing again especially when I saw this.

Of all my mixing exercises this one is my favorite. Look at all the different greens that can come from a few shades.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82656386@N00/2755663434/in/photostream

So I can say I have done a lot of mixing however the question remains. How much of my mixing has made it from the exercise stage to being a part of my art on my clay table? If I can achieve this from this class then I believe it will be a success. Oh yea and I want to make a really sexy cane!

 

Bead Tutorial

March 20, 2011

I made a set of beads a couple of years ago and loved the way they turned out. Of course I did not take notes so I do not remember exactly how I did them. This tutorial will show the importance of taking notes while making something so you can remember exactly what in the heck it was you did in the first place when you go to recreate the piece or style later.

I started by using some pink scrap clay to figure out the settings on the pasta machine that were used. I tried different settings until I found the one I thought was used.

2×2 was the first one I tried I could tell even before finishing the bead this was too thick so I tried another thinner one.

2×3 this time still not right so I went thinner.

3×3 closer but I could tell I needed to go a little thinner so off I went.

3×4 could be it but I wanted to try one more and see what it looked like.

This was it! I think ;0. You will need your black layer rolled on a 4 and your colors on a 5 setting. Now I know the settings time to prepare the sheets.

You want to find some coordinating colors and make sheets of clay using a lot of pearlex powders. Use what you think will be good and then go and add more because I did not do this step and ended up with beads again that were not exactly what I wanted because I did not add enough pearlex.

Start by taking a section of all of your sheets and cut them with your blade this way. I cut many at one time since it is easier than using your exacto to cut each square individually.

Using your knife cut the other way so you end up with a bunch of little squares with all of your sheets.

Start applying your little squares to a base bead ( I used black) until you cover the entire bead with the different colors in a pattern that appeals you.

Once you smooth the bead by rolling in your hands until you get all the connection areas smoothed out you have a cool bead. Notice the one to the top of the screen with white in it? I did not like the way the white looked so I omitted it in the final beads.

This finish works well on any surface you just need to make sure you can smooth out whatever you are working on. This is a letter opener I made for work since my metal one always seems to go missing. No way that can happen now to me :).

When you are creating something that is not from a tutorial please take the time to keep detailed notes on what you do, settings on the machine and any other finishing or steps you do. This will save a lot of time later on when you try to recreate the item because you loved it so much. Although this was not as pearly as I wanted I am happy with the results. Beads are in the tumbler now so no pics yet but I will show the finished piece in a later post!

Enjoy!

Still Mixing

December 22, 2010

 

I keep focusing on the move to Kato and color mixing by following the exercises in the color inspirations book. This week it was about making my color inspirations collage.

The biggest setback for me in this came while gathering images for the project. I somehow thought I needed pictures with no white in them not pictures with no white boarders as it clearly states in the book that I must have read and re read 100 times. I kept trying to find images with no large white areas and kept cussing and saying to myself “well this is a book about color of course they do not want you to focus on white Julie it is all about the colors”.

Once I corrected this error this exercise was fun and enlightening. Here is my first collage…….

Since it stated in the book I needed a collage with yellow, red and blue to base the rest of the exercises in the book I made one then thought well if I am basing all the rest of the exercises in the book after this collage I should make one that shows colors I like regardless of where they fall in the color scheme of things. So I made another collage based on my favorite colors only.

They look soooo similar could it be that these are my favorite and influential colors all in one? Not looking forward to the tasting tiles exercise but I finally have confirmation and the order from Munroes shipped so I will have the missing primaries to do this…..I can do this…..I know I can.

This was my post for last week and I went ahead and mixed the tasting tiles and was not impressed at my results. I do not know if it is my lack of knowledge with colors and mixing but I tried to get the closest color in Kato that the exercise called for and the mixes turned out so similar that I tried to get some variation by adding samples mixed with white, silver, and black.

Being so disappointed and sick of mixing I then tried the Pinched Petal Necklace and was impressed at the color flow throughout. I know hubby and son were impressed because son’s remark was fresh and hubby’s was that turned out real nice. He then tried to rearrange the way the petals laid, and gave me suggestions on how to make them lay next time I make it. Oh I love him so especially when he likes what I create.

 Back to mixing and will be posting pictures of the Holiday Swap 2010 either Friday or next year lol. Please enjoy time with family and friends and realize it is not what is under the tree but what is in your heart every day of the year.

God Bless.

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/

Color Fun

December 4, 2010

 

I must admit I did not realize how important the Whoopla  from Polyform was last week. WHY?

I was still using Premo, and Sculpy for my clay primarily and had not realized the importance of color mixing. I have been considering the move for a long time as you can see in my previous blog posts this is the one where I just broke down and said I was gonna do it NOW!

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/omg-kato/

After weeks of putting the decision off I just decided one day to stop being afraid of the move and placed my order. I must tell you the company I ordered from is Clay Alley and if you want super fast service that is the place to go. http://clayalley.com/

I got a shipment of clay and began working on the color inspirations book and began mixing …….

 And while I was mixing it hit me and it hit me big.

If I am going to work with Kato exclusively then what if they tried to take my blue color  away? What colors would I loose? What if I HAD indeed built my business on these custom colors that I could no longer mix because the company decided in their wisdom it did not make good business sense to continue with these colors?

I would be up a creek without a paddle as they say and that is a scary thought. I can only imagine how many in the clay community must have felt. They must have been very shocked when they heard the news, and later when they found out the change from the company relief and happiness would be the words for the day. I am still mixing and having a love hate relationship with the whole thing but it is wonderful to do and it seems like now is the time.

I do not have the proper colors to do the exercise properly but here is my rendition.  The base colors are Magenta, Green and Yellow. To those I mixed  the color you see on top of each row mixed again with rows of white, silver, and black. I kept finding myself dreading the next row to mix as I was doing this by hand. I kept being so surprised at some of the color changes I kept saying wow to myself. I was especially drawn to some of  the plumish colors they look nice and deep, the green that almost looks like a mint green, and the peachish color. I was also surprised to see a green that made me think of olives which I hate.

I am so excited to be able to mix quite a few colors and feel this book is going to give me the confidence to continue to create harmonious pieces. I am so not excited about the mixing that I will be doing for a while if I want to do this exercise the right way once I get some of the missing primaries in. I am really going to try to focus this winter on the book and completing the exercises as I have time. One thing good about mixing colors it is mindless but also inspiring. I can do it anywhere anytime as long as I have the clay with me. This type of mixing all I need is my two hands and I always have them too!

 I do know the next round is waiting for my fingers but I am not sure if I am ready for it wish me luck. Whats on your worktable?