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Findings In Clay

February 19, 2011

Ok so I hope you get the pun. I over the last year or so have really focused on finding findings that can be used successfully with clay. I forgot where I had stashed them and ended up labeling the  drawer ( I was sure it was empty because it did not have a handle) where I had stashed them. Now let us see what the heck is in there and what I have made from some of my findings. If I have kept track of my purchases I will also tell you where I got the item.

These are some of the reasons I felt I needed to find finishes to work with clay. They look great but just were not finished enough for me. Some old stuff I loved the black and white one and wear it often.

A really cool recent discovery of mine has been eyelets you can get these anywhere and they come in different shapes, sizes and colors.

You can totally skip the eyelets but get a look that can be worn with Pandora bracelets with these babies I found at Fire Mountain Gems. Can’t find the two beads I made with them 😦 you get the idea.

One of the easiest way to finish a bead is to use a bead cap. I have a few of those lying around and here are  some of  my coolest that were part of a Quest bead buy with Beads and More.

I used these jumprings from Vira Murano (they are the best) they are called snapeze and go together magically to make this rear view mirror thingie for a dear friend.

Halstead beads has some cool tops and bottoms. Problem is I can’t find the cool tops they are in some little bag that is not in the right place but here is an example of another top that is similar.

These are hooks that I really like and I even saved the size of them you can get them at any hardware store.

And a few items made with them.

These are what I call pads I first saw them at an open house for artists this artist was a glass maker.

And some pads in action.

Wire always looks amazing. This was my failed attempt at wire wrapping bad and making my own clasp good.

Here are some packs I am not 100% sure if I am coating only the front or encasing in clay.

This is my best find ever and I mean it.

They are called interchangables and I had tried to buy the ring on Etsy. The seller contacted me and said she was no longer able to provide that to me so sorry etc… I posted a link to the ring and someone on Beads and More found the supplier and set up a quick buy. We got a great discount (50% as I recall) and within 4 hours the Quick Buy got over 3k in orders. So not only did I get the ring but got an interchangable necklace as well.

You have a different design on each side…..

And of course each piece has to have a matching ring…these are the ones I could find to photograph quickly.

That is what is in my finding drawer (at least what I can find) what is in yours???

Project 365 Pro App Drawing

January 22, 2011

This week it is not about the clay but rather an app that is near and dear to my heart. If you don’t want to see way to much of family and my day-to-day life then stop reading now. Another thing I am surprised about is how the topic turned to art and being creative if I just take the moment to look.

If you follow the blog you know my favorite app is Project 365. The tagline is take a picture a day and see your life in a whole new way. Here are a few of my pictures of the day in the last 11 months and the stories of course to go with them.

I have to start with the first one. New Phone I am in bed playing with it and the app, I tried to take a picture and upload it to make sure I could indeed use such app, when the phone fell out of my hands while taking the picture. I decided that if I could upload successfully and use the app daily it could only go uphill from there. Boy did it ever :).

Hubby made shakes one day and they were truly a work of art. Picture of the day and new picture when hubby calls me. Several times a week when he calls I of course answer by saying before anything “hey baby whats shaken?” All because of Project 365 (sniff sniff).

My son using my clean work table to make a duct tape wallet. Turned out pretty good but he wouldn’t let me take one of it completed.

Hubby on his birthday. Doesn’t he look like he wants to start trouble? A kid at heart always.

My first Clay Swap Mailing last year.

This is the first time family members other than hubby and son referred to the app. As family from Vermont was leaving the driveway I was snapping a photo and one of them rolled down the window and asked if that was my picture of the day? They loved looking at my pictures of the day that I had taken so far for the year.

I knew it would not take long for my son to refuse to allow him to be my picture of the day.

Sometime in the last 10 days my Project 365 app stopped working. I was having withdrawal I needed to take my picture of the day. I had taken one and seen my life in a whole new way. I gave it a couple of days…still taking my picture and knowing that one day soon I would just be able to go back and fill it in (one of the great features of the app by the way). I mean everyone forgets every once in a while. I gave it as long as I could then e-mailed the support e-mail provided.

I got a really nice response from the company they said that the updates were complete and it would again be available in the app store. There was more in the e-mail I will give you my impression of it.

I felt like the individual was an artist. I sit with my clay and beads and findings, he sits with his computer creating a work of art for the world to either embrace or not. How many times have you just been so scared, tired, wanted to give up a project because it just was not turning out right or not being received in the way you thought it should.How many hours have you spent at your work table and you did not like what came off of it no matter how hard you tried?

 How many times in life do we hit that wall?

More important how do we get past the wall?

Now this is so frustrating because I have the perfect picture to illustrate getting over the wall and being successful but I can not access the app to find out who these 5 Superbowl Rings belong to I forgot. You see the app is available but they are working through bugs with the program that arose in January. I am waiting for the technical issues to be resolved. I know they will because of the dedication the team has.

Another success was the night when I won first place in the TDBank bowling night.

These puzzle pieces were a great success. It took a few trips to Home Depot to get the right metal for the shaping.

This is one that was not so successful. Hubby tried to make a water thing instead of buying the one seen on tv (and in Home Depot).

This one is more crazy than successful. It is Roseanne at the end of the year party for her son. She said at one point there had to have been more than 50 of them there. I wanted to get all the kids in the yard but we decided it may be better just her since they are teenagers.

If you have an I phone  I highly recommend you get this app. You will be amazed at how it will become part of your everyday life. They have the free version and the pro account.

Use it while you are out and about in your daily life. You will be able to look back at the memories. This one is of the Taco Bell employee at the drive in window. I took a picture of her……explaining to son why not it will make her happy and smile why not come on she will like it.  We got home, no nachos in the bag. Son of course said that was what I got for taking her picture. He still reminds me about that one every once in a while. Project 365!

How often in life do you get to see a Scooby Doo Van?

Beer and Cigarettes anyone?

Internet connection?

While hubby was out-of-town and could not see the flowers blooming I took pictures of the day for him to see all of his hard work.

Almost every picture taken has been taken with the intention of using it for the picture of the day. I am sure some of them would not have been taken if Project 365 did not exist. I highly recommend you get this app if you have an I Phone.

I can not wait for them to get the bugs fixed so I  can have access to this wonderful app again. I know they will do it and getting a lot of queries because of its popularity while working through the issues.

There are so many more pictures.

Lady Ga Ga.

Sons first time eating Sushi.

Playing Farmville with Roseanne and Wendy we laughed so hard we literally almost wet our pants. I am proud to say I have quit!

The time I learned my son likes the inside of french bread and I like the outside.

All the pictures of the day from Lebanon especially the lower grotto and the eggs in the light.

U Save Rent A Car.

Dallas Cowboys tickets.

I have some wonderful memories of my Son. His first day of High School.

Sons first time driving my car in the parking lot.

The time he told me he does not like Kebabs which is all we eat when we bbq.

His memorable grocery list.

The time when he found a 5 lb bag of Tater Tots and insisted that was the picture of the day.

I could go on and on and  but I think the best way for you to know how great of an app it is will be to let you  try it for yourself. There will be a drawing and 5 individuals who would like the app will be able to get the Pro Version as a gift from me. Let it change 5 lives if it can not be a part of mine until the bugs are fixed. I am taking my picture still and will go back and fill in when they are fixed.

Rules

1. You must have an I Phone.

2. You must know how to use said I Phone.

3. You need a  valid Pay Pal account as it is the preferred method of payment.

4. You will receive confirmation that you are a winner and then when you provide proof of payment you will be reimbursed via Pay Pal. You must purchase the app and then will be refunded within 5 to 7 business days.

  5. Drawing will be held February 14 2011 as my way of sharing the love :).

To enter in the drawing simply leave a comment on this post.

Rock Purse Swap

January 7, 2011

The participants decided and the next swap is going to be rock purses.

There has been quite the discussion on the list of rock or no rock how to do the cord etc but what we have decided on is this.

1. It is to be a wearable vessel of no larger than 3 inches. Or as close as you can get it 🙂

2. It can be made on a rock or whatever you would like to use as a form to make it on.

3. It must be able to fit into a small priority box for shipping.

Other than that they can pretty much do what they want. The following are the inspirational links maybe your going to catch the bug??? I have a feeling the words are going to fall off the page again …………..your on your own I am not fixing it lol.

The purpose for this swap was to choose something you would not like to make in a gazillion years. Why would we choose that? Because the swaps are a learning process and this is a great chance for you to learn something that you may not have otherwise. There has been great chatter on the list about how bad each of our creations will look and it seems like some attempts at trying to pick the winner. This is okay because it is a learning process and we are all learning together. 

The votes have been counted and you picked Rock Purses!
What you wanted is now a reality and you want to make rock purses.
So what is a Rock Purse?
 Wickipedia defines it this way...please note this is not really a rock purse but all that I could find that described the process.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inro
Now our rock purses will not be that detailed (unless you want them that way) they will be a simple  object in which we can store other objects.

Okay we know what a rock purse is now how in the heck do we make one? Here are a few of the tutorials we were able to find.

Here is a cute fish rock purse tut
http://www.pcpolyzine.com/august2001/fish.html

I really like this tut and think the writer is a very funny. They tell you what they tried and what worked and what didn't. Unfortunatly this page is outdated so we are blessed to even find it.
http://www.oocities.com/turkeymama/Clay/ClayPurse.html

This page focuses on the wire/cord and how to attach it highly recomended to think this through before you create your design.
http://members.tripod.com/PolymerClay_Interest/amacord.htm

None of the links on this page work (for me anyway) but you will find some tips from individuals on what they did when they made their rock purse.
http://members.tripod.com/PolymerClay_Interest/RockPurse.html

This page intrigued me I was fascinated by the fact that it was someone doing a project based on what the participants voted for. What was even funnier was what happend to the rock purse while waiting for votes to be tallied.I found it funny because it would be what would happen to me.
http://beadyeyedbrat.com/interactivevessel.html

Glass attic always has informaiton on what we are looking to make here is their page.
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/vessels_rock-alum.foil.htm

Now you know how to make a rock purse time for some inspiration.
This is Enkhe Tserenbadam's flickr page where there are some rock purses.
Wearable vessel 6
The 91st PCC Challenge was believe it or not Rock Purses so here are the participants. http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/chall_jun07.html No you tube videos were found on this topic which stinks. Ha Ha when I searched Flickr for polymer clay rock purse look what came up.... Turquoise Rock Purse tips Kay? When you put polymer clay inro in the search box a lot of images come up. http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=polymer+clay+inro&w=all&m=&s=int&mt=&referer_searched= This is really all that could be found. If you have a link that would be good here please let us know what it is. Luny sent in this information Thanks Luny! I know we have some links for the swap already but I found these and thought they were great for inspiration. Some have different styles for adding cords, tops, etc. so maybe we can think of doing things in another way if we can. Some of these aren't exactly rock purses but if even one picture sparks that "ah-hah" moment that may solve a problem you've been wrestling with then it's all good! Enkhe Tserenbadam .... has some stunning "wearable vessels"on her Flickr page ... they are more of the Inro type but I think some of these things could be applied to rock purses.
Wearable vessel 6
Jana Roberts Benzon's wearable vessels. I'm thinking that even though we are using a rock as a BASE I don't see any reason why we cannot design the outside to make any shape. I love the way the cord is done on these. Trio of Inros PCC "Wearable Vessels" contest winners - some cool "cording" ideas there... http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/chall_may03.html Flickr photos of wearable vessels ... http://www.flickr.com/search/?&w=all&s=int&mt=&q=wearable%20vessels%20+%20polymer%20clay I've already seen a couple of things that I want to try as far as adding the cording, plus some different ways to make the top. I've finally figured it out that just because we take clay and wrap it around a rock, it doesn't necessarily have to be a rock "shape. It could become a duck, a flower, a heart, a sandcastle (I like that one, lol), a billy goat or anything you like. I feel better already ( says the one that hasn't even wrapped one rock yet, lol!) hugs, luny Our fearless leader NJ sent this inspirational post Classic Definition (was:what does inro mean?) I always say, in jest, that inro means “this dang kimono ain't got no fricking pockets”. LOL http://www.norajean.com/Biz-Archive/Japan/Inro-Opened.htm this is an Inro, opened and the sections identified. I did not make this. It is an antique. http://www.norajean.com/Biz-Archive/Japan/Netsuke-Inro.htm I have not checked the off site links on this page in a while, some will be broken, but it gives an overview of what an inro actually is and how do netsukes come into the picture. http://www.norajean.com/Biz-Archive/Japan/Index.htm On this page are links to my first experiements with making inro a very long time ago. If it is in the biz-Archive it happened during the first three years of this group. http://www.norajean.com/New_Projects/Inro-Gold-Brown/Index.htm This inro experiment was from 2006, where I made effort for the inside of the inro to be as decorative as the outside. It was still “close but no cigar”. http://www.norajean.com/2007/03-20-BD-Inro/Index.htm In 2007 I made an inro for my youngest son's birthday, that was the closest to the classical inro that I've ever done. It had interlocking compartments with a draw string that went through all the sections. I'm thinking that having the draw string go through tubes on the outside or embeded in the walls in some way would be the next part of the evolution. Oh I forgot I had an inro review page....silly me......:) http://www.norajean.com/New_Projects/Review-Inro-Experiments.htm There are polymer clay artists who have made some inro that caused some angels to fall off the clouds in amazement. I'm not one of these artists I will admit. My method of making inro involves using aluminum foil or floral tape instead of a “resist” solution, because I am cheap and don't want to buy supplies I can do without. http://www.polymerionline.blogspot.com/search/label/inro Check that page for links to other polymer artists who make inro much better than I can at this time. http://www.slsavarickstudio.com/ click on the gallery link to see the beautiful inro that Seth has made in the past. I remember when he was a newbie, back in the day. He has come a long way since then. I show you my early wonky efforts and lead up to Seth's work to remind you that developing your skill set with polymer clay is an evolution. Everyone's early efforts are wonky. With practice over time, we hone our skills and out output becomes more nifty. The main difference between me and Seth is I will show you my polymer clay evolution, wonky bits and all. I show the miscalculations to let you know that no one is perfect. I share my polymer clay journey in pictures with you for free. I make no claim that my stuff is perfect first time, all the time. That just is not true for anyone. So look at other polymer clay artist's inro or rock purse efforts and remember that they are most likely showing you the perfect outcome, not the evolution not the wonky bits. Do not feel intimidated with their long practiced perfect items. Know in your heart that they were new to all techniques at one time and the only thing that separates you from them is time and practice.

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.

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?

Time Off

October 1, 2010

I had a wonderful time in Dallas with Family and Friends the only drawbacks were the heat and the fact that the Cowboys lost!

One day this week I was not feeling well and spent most of that day on the couch. I was fortunate to find a series on PBS and I think the name was artists in America. If that is not the name I am sorry but that is what I remember…..I told you I was not feeling well!

I was only able to watch for two hours but I learned so much hearing from artists of other mediums. Here is some of what I learned.

Have fun! If you are not having fun than what is the point of you creating?

You are an artist all the time. It is not a 9-5 job. You will be inspired, and dream about your next creation. You may also have a few nightmears but again it is not on a 9-5 schedule.

There are so many reasons not to do it (create). You just have to decide to keep going or to quit.

Every hour in the studio gives you the energy to make it to the next hour…..and the next creation. You become energized just by sitting at the table and creating with your medium.

A finished piece often turns out totally different than your initial fuzzy vision.

A finished piece takes a long time but as an artist you don’t get tired you get energized by your work.

 I think I knew all of these points but just needed nudged a little to remember them what I really need is  more hours in the day, to win the lottery, or something that will allow me to get to that point in my craft. The one thing I can say about me and my art is that I am doing what I wanted to this year which is Get My Name and Work out there. I am coninuing to host the swaps at City O Clay (holiday one due Dec 1st), and even though I do not have the time when I sit down the ideas just flow out so much I find it hard to focus and not get sidetracked by design.

What a wonderful series. I am kind of looking forward to another sick day or retirement in the hopes that this series is on again!

I was able to finish a commision piece that is something I would not ever have made in my art travels alone. It was a foot long hot dog for someone that you guessed it Has a Hot Dog Stand! This picture is before smoothing and finishing the ends of the dog.The customer upon delivery said he was going straight to his guy, you know we all have a guy, and have him make a plexi glass display.

The fact that he was having a case made it a very good day for me art wise :). The other thing that made it a good day is the next three weeks life is letting me play with clay, and I in two minutes literally put 8 things on my new to do list. Look forward to that one happening.

Whats on your claytable?

New Books

September 10, 2010

Super boring day at work one day last week and I always get myself into trouble when I have one of those.

I made some great book purchases and some bad jersey purchases.

Super boring day at work one day last week and I always get myself into trouble when I have one of those.

I made some great book purchases and some bad jersey purchases.

Finally I have the book Art & Fear for my personal library. I must tell you all if you do not have this book go and get it cuz it’s a good one.

My Local Library has a program where if it is in one of the adjoining libraries you just request it and when it shows up at the local one they shoot me an e-mail and I go pick it up. I recommend the try before you buy program because you just never know when you will buy a klunker. When I tried it last year I liked it so much that I paid over 4.00 in late fees because I just did not want to take it back. Stupid I know because I could have paid for the thing already but hey we all make bad choices every once in a while.

Other book purchases were Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindy Haunani and Maggie Maggio. I had heard from a lot of people that this was like a workbook in color and have wanted to try it since I spent my summer two years ago mixing colors…..well now is my chance. This one is going to Dallas with me.

I also purchased The Art of Jewelry Polymer Clay and Making Beautiful Beads these were to replace books that someone borrowed and just never gave back.

So that was my good part of the shopping spree.

The jersies I really do not want to talk about except to say that it involved me closing my bankcard and filing dispute papers.

Going to Dallas for some much needed F’s leaving hubby and son at home……..

Family

Friends

Food

Football

I will check in with you guys when I get back and I am sure I will have some Dallas musings along with my clay mixing antics.

Enjoy your days and I can not wait to dig into my books and see what comes out of them!

Art & Design Collide

September 5, 2010

Pretty positive week for me. I tried to make my days :).

I wanted last week to give you a quick tut and so here it is with my drama of Art & Design colliding in a not so positive way.

At a recent swap I found out a cool way of using an o ring for a bail.

Can you see that those are wonderful clay creations with bleeping o rings!

I asked her how she did them and here are my black and white beads an unfinished project that just wont complete no matter what I do. I say it is the design gods telling me in a not so subtle way that this is not the project for these beads. Astrid thank you for the instructions on how you do it!

Take your baked and finished bead and drill a hole in it in two places where you want your o ring ends to be glued in. Make sure your bead is finished because you are now ready to assemble your piece once you put the o ring in. Photo note this is me trying to show the drilling step WHILE taking the picture I need more hands for good pictures.

Go to your local hardware store and find some o rings. I recommend you get various sizes because different pieces require different sizes. Start cutting your o rings.

When deciding on the o ring for your piece you also must consider that you can cut it in half or even three-quarters depending on the look of your finished piece. Take some super glue and place it in the hole stick your o ring ends in and voila.

These beads have special meaning to me and of course a story. If I try to tell it it’ll be a long one and you will fall asleep before I finish showing you how Art and Design collided for me this week. So I will say that I drew out on a piece of paper how I wanted the piece to lay. You can see it  in the picture it is the one on the very bottom if you look close. Looking good so far……….

Its looking good but as I am working I notice that if I move it too much it seems like the layers are getting tangled and not laying the way I want them to.  I am concerned at how I will store it when not wearing it….but keep building anyway. It has been forever since I have been able to sit down and create, most of my time lately if working on clay has been spent finishing the magazine article.

This is me arguing with my son because I need a shot from the neck down only focusing evenly on the necklace gone wrong. This is take three………….

This is the necklace gone bad! It just does not hang right. Not sure if it is the beads with the o rings, the lightness of the chain or the design but it aint working for me. I will take it apart and put it back in the drawer until I am inspired again by these beads. I do not know why they do not want to be made into a finished piece it seems like they have a mind of their own.

How many times have you had a vision of a finished piece only to have it not work out when you actually got to making said finished piece? What did you learn from it? Did it make you stronger? Or did it send you into a corner pulling your hair out and cussing?

I think we have to learn from an episode like this……however until I finish my piece I will never be able to tell you of what I learned. This makes me think of a topic in the book Art & Fear, where they were talking of the two different aspects of a finished piece. There is the buyer who sees the finished piece and forms their opinion, and the artist who can tell you of every twist and turn in the making of said finished piece. Two mindsets.

Once this one is done ……….the story will be a long one  but all mine because this one is mine and not for sale lol.

A Day is What Cha Make It

September 1, 2010

What the heck?

 A day is what cha make it? I thought this blog was to be about art and clay not philosophical stuff. Bear with me for a few hundred words and  learn about me and maybe yourself in the process.

We all have bad days. I am talking the lose your job, car crash, illness or loss of a furry friend days. Those times in life are just bad days and on those days laughing, crying, friends and alcohol can not even help. All you can do on those days is just get through them the best way you can.

What about all the other days? The ones you do have control over?

Case in point our 23rd wedding anniversary was August 27th. This is the one day of the year I get to be sappy, and have him tolerate being sappy with me for at least a few hours anyway. We have dinner or orderves (sp?) and just enjoy talking of our life together and talk about how far we have come and where we think we will go together in the years to come. For me that is what I want on my anniversary and I am a happy camper.

Usually I get my wish but this year someone  in our lives came to town and needed (or so hubby said) a ride from the airport. I tried gently reminding hubby about our anniversary without actually coming out and saying it.

Me: What day is Saidi coming again? Did you find out what time yet?

Him: He is coming Friday and no I do not know what time yet I will call him on Thursday before he leaves and find out the flight information.

Next Day

Me: Do you have to go and get him Mahmood is closer wouldn’t it be more convenient for him to go and get Saidi?

Him: It’s Saidi Julie even if Mahmood can pick him up we will go together and get him from the airport.

Me: ((inside hmph! Go get him WITH Mahmood))

next day

Me: Did you get a mattress for Saidi yet?

Him: No I will do that Friday with Mahmood.

Me: Did you find out what time he is coming yet?

Him: No I just know he is coming the 27th. Whats today? The 25th? Yea he is coming Friday the 27th……….(huge eyes I mean huge eyes) Ohhhh that’s why you keep asking about Friday. Its our Anniversary.

Me: Honestly its okay I just want to know when you will be home because if its late I am going to go for a mani pedi with Roseanne.

Him: Dont you ever learn? You are going to go with her? Good Luck!

We both really love Roseanne but she has a bad history of actually showing up for our mani pedi’s the first three or four times they are scheduled. We did end up going out to get our mani pedi’s on Friday night and I told her how happy I was to spend the time with her. I honestly think that if she stood me up too I may have had a bad day. While getting our pedi’s I heard of her anniversary woes and she has got me beat hands down. Hers is the 28th of August and now I feel responsible to remind her hubby because all she wants is to have her hubby remember and he isn’t doing that if she has to remind him. (ohh we went around and around that one for a long time and all she wants is for him to remember).

I could have been mad, cried, thrown a hissie fit, started a fight when I did not get what I wanted from hubby. But right now in my life that is not where I am as a person. Years ago not so but now I am okay with it and spent the time with a dear friend laughing and talking about our marriages and children. It was a really nice day.

In art we can have a bad day heck any real artist will admit they have them all the time. Say you sit down and nothing flows from your fingertips or what does is not good looking at all to us anyway. Remember we are our own worst critics with our art. So when these days happen what are you going to do as an artist?

Well you can cry, cuss, learn from your mistakes and cry, post pics on Facebook for where/how did this go so wrong feedback from our friends and family there are so many things you can do. One of my favorites is to reach into the bowl! Another one is to make Natasha’s.

Being an artist is such a solitaire life. I mean it is us sitting at the work table or bench, by ourselves, all the time. I know we have the great option of clay groups and Facebook but in the end it is us sitting down to make that blend, or cane and no tutorial will ever prepare us for that moment when we actually do it. Having it not turn out the way we want to can really lead to a bad day but only if you let it.

The next time you doubt yourself as an artist get feedback to either help you get better, or help you get over your feelings of inadequacy. A day is what cha make it!

What will you make your next studio day be? Uplifting? or  Nothing but negative?

Only you have the power to choose because in the end it is you sitting solitaire at the table!

Beach Swap 2010 Inspiration

June 19, 2010

http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/polymer-clay-hits-the-beach/2008/03/12

Since I have been so busy this week I am using my swap inspiration post to the city o clay list as my post this week. If you would like to join the swap you gotta join city o clay first.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CITY-o-Clay/?yguid=270898503

Have fun with the inspiration even if you do not join the swap may the summer inspire you and your artistic work!

Beach? What in the heck are you guys trying to do to me?

When thinking of the beach the first thing that comes to mind is sand.
White sand, black sand now just how to incorporate that into a polymer clay piece??
Had an idea of layers of sand with small shells and a mini crab in a pendant with epoxy on them.......
So since no sand links could be found lets try pebbles you always see them on the beach.
No free links there. There are some nice looking beach pebble tutorials but they are for sale and we are not spending money on tutorials, 
and I sure in the heck am not making one so what am I going to give you for inspiration?
There are shells lets find a tutorial for shells.
Now that stinks I can not find a tutorial for shells.

I know polymer clay has hit the beach before because this links says so!
http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/polymer-clay-hits-the-beach/2008/03/12

While I am finishing writing this I am going to post on Face book and City O Clay to see if I can get some help.

What the heck how am I going to inspire you??

In my mind I just saw a 3d pendant with a wave gushing down somehow......maybe on some sand. That may be to literal though I mean beach 
can mean so many things.

Hey, I did not see the little link that was for shell beads on that page. Finally a link.
http://www.humblebeads.com/shells.html

Okay that is at least a link but for me I was picturing a real shell.
Beach ball ..no
Sunglasses...no
Frisbee...no
Boat....no
Found a crab
http://www.sargam.asia/video/9mzZPC1mSGA/Tutorial-granchio-in-Fimo-Cernit-Polymer-clay-Crab-Creazioni-wmv.html
but the problem with this is it took a long time to load even on a fast internet connection. So you got a 50/50 shot on that link working 
for you. I have decided no mini crabs for me that would drive me crazy.

No way you could do this for a swap but it is polymer clay and at least beachy....
Sea Goddess Vase 

At this point if you have a link to a tutorial of something beachy I need it.

Since I got nothing on the link end here is your homework. If you are able to go to a beach in the next month you need to. Go and be inspired.
 Take a sketch pad and a couple of pencils with you and you may be amazed at what you sketch.

Just pictured a thong on  bunz of someone bending over. ROFLOL that would be a good piece of jewelry, paperweight, or magnet!

If you cant go to the beach do what I am doing now and look at some pictures of beachy things and see what your mind comes up with.
 Again when doing this you need to have some paper handy and a couple of pencils. I say a couple because if one breaks you have another
 ready so you do not loose what is in your mind.

I found this site that has some wonderful pictures check it out. FINALLY LINKS!
http://fiveprime.org/flickr_hvmnd.cgi
with this link in the search box that is on the left hand side of the page you can enter in whatever beach word you come up with and 
it will search the corresponding flickr photo. Some super photos that are very inspiring.

Google is a great site to get images from
http://www.google.com/

Bing has some images as well
http://www.bing.com/

I am sure you all have your favorite photo inspiration site I recommend you go look at some pictures and see what comes out of your
 mind and off your clay table.

I feel like I am letting you swappers down in a way not providing links for tutorials on the items you could make but as I finish 
writing and searching I am realizing more and more that this could be one of the best swaps yet for the participants involved.
No one is guiding you but your muse and if she has not been goosed yet you better get goosing. I cant tell you how to make what is in
 your mind you have to figure that one out. The list will be there when you are trying to work out how in the heck to do this or that 
but you have to figure out what you need to do.
I think this is going to be a great swap.