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Pandora Bead Swap Pics

March 4, 2013

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We finshed the Pandora swap and now have moved on to pens…..Enjoy the eye candy.

 

 

Pandora Bead Swap

November 28, 2012

Well the swappers did it they decided that we would be making Pandora Style beads. If you would like to join in on the fun you do have to be a member of the Yahoo group City O Clay so come on over and join in on the fun. Due date is Feb 1st

Here are some inspirational links that were found by some of the members. Even if you do not join in on the swap see how easy it is to make a Pandora Style bead!

 

What exactly is a Pandora bead?

A Pandora bead is a bead that will fit on the Pandora style bracelet or necklace.

Here is a link that has almost every quesiton you could have about a Pandora style bracelet answered at your fingertips.

http://www.ehow.com/pandora-bracelets/

 

They typically are ___approx 4mm in diamater and made to fit on a Pandora style bracelet.

Below please find some links to Pandora type beads made from polymer clay.

 

a tutorial

http://www.arttradermag.com/how-to/pandora-style-bead-polymer-clay/

 

one with stripes

http://www.handmadeology.com/how-to-make-pandora-style-polymer-clay-stripped-beads/

 

 

http://libzoid.net/2009/05/27/quick-silver-cored-beads/

 

Cat Therian’s take on this

http://www.catherienarts.com/2010/01/11/pandora-troll-large-hole-style-memorial-beads/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/clayharmonyok/6416562355/in/photostream

 

And here is a whole bunch of videos for oyu to enjoy

http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=polymer+clay+pandora+bead+tutorial

 

 

From Astrid

How to’s

http://etsyrussianteam.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-tutorial-pandora-style-polymer-clay.html

This is a tutorial that you can buy but the picture might give you an idea of how to make lampwork beads a-la pandora style 🙂
http://www.polymertutorials.com/tutorial-pandora-beads.html

One of my favorites! I am going to try to make some of these in dog and cat form 🙂
http://www.etsy.com/listing/73395876/australian-shepherd-pandora-polymer-clay

Some YouTube movies

In this one the camera moves a lot but it’ll give you an idea
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcIg_3JcqS4

I really like this one and the clear instructions. Also the idea to use a toothpick first, then a skewer and then the core, because it will distort your bead less… Oh and she uses cane slices 🙂
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv1wpfrr_qw

Italian video but she uses a flathead screwdriver to get the rest of the clay out of the hole AND I saw she is also using the grommets that one would use for fabric (with one of those special pliers that crimps them together)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-cCHDt5LCk&feature=related

Not a tutorial but it shows a lot of different style pandora beads
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVPL-ldGpQM&feature=related

 

 

These are from Luny….Thanks Luny!

 

TUTORIALS
This Pandora bead tutorial doesn’t have the grommets but will still give you a good idea of things/designs you can do …
http://makeiteasycrafts.blogspot.com/2012/05/pandora-style-bracelet.html

“Chunky” Pandora bead tutorial
http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-i-make-my-chunky-pandora-style-bead.html

A simple tutorial – it is in French but still easy to understand by looking at the photos …
http://loretcreations.canalblog.com/albums/trucs_et_tutos/photos/67227708-tutopp.html

FOR INSPIRATION…..
Please know that some of these are for sale but I am not affiliated with them in any way.

These are just pictures (images) of Pandora beads for ideas and inspiration. 
http://tiny.cc/z6a1nw
– or – 
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=PANDORA+BEADS+%2b+POLYMER+CLAY&qpvt=PANDORA+BEADS+%2b+POLYMER+CLAY&FORM=IGRE

These are sterling silver Pandora beads but I thought I would share them as I sure got a few ideas while browsing through them.
http://www.rothroyale.com/sterling-silver.html?limit=all

Matchbox Swap Pics and Giveaway!

April 4, 2012

Finally I am able to show you the pictures of the match box swap shrine that just finished up. I must admit they dropped out like flies this time! I do not know exactly what it was about the match box swap that got to us but it was a hard one this time!  Enjoy the pics!

And I do not know what in the heck I did with my photo but I can not move it around so crick your neck and see what one of the lucky winners gets in the giveaway!

And now you have the match box swap giveaway!

And the winner is Erl Hill. I hope that you enjoy it and it can help you some time with your art. Sometimes it is a hard struggle to create what we think is art I know I do. I have a bowl of rocks that I have written simple inspirational things on. When I struggle with a design I reach into the bowl and it helps me with direction. This was a play on that bowl that helps me. On the outside I chose a combination lock because it is not one thing (like a key) that is needed but many techniques to finish a project. With each completed project we add to our library of knowledge.

Erl I hope you enjoy this match box swap and be on the look out as soon we will have the Carol Simmons swap pictures and give away. (NOTE it is my piece being given away not Carol’s).

Matchbox Swap Giveaway

March 25, 2012

My family god bless them are so helpful with my art journey. They have put up with me roaming the isles at stores and finding something that usually is made for something else that I am going to use with my clay pieces. They have put up with me throwing clay under their bum to warm it up while they are lazing on the couch. They have helped me with design and color schemes and are always there to give me their honest opinion on my creations.

I was not ready however for the reaction to my latest creation from my son.

‘Whadda ya think Fouad?”

“Are you serious?”

“Yes I want to know what do you think of this it is part of my new spring collection.”

“Mom do not take this the wrong way but in all of the years with all the things you have brought to me this is the worst thing ever.”

“What?”

“I am telling you that it is the worst thing ever!”

“Let me go change my shirt” ………..me running, changing, and coming back to ask again……”So whadda ya think?”

“What part of that is the worst thing ever do you not understand? You can change your shirt all you want that will not help it is the design that is wrong. Colors are good but the whole design is wrong. What is this sticking out? Mom you need to go back and try again.”

“Where is my phone I am going to text dad and ask him?”

“Go right ahead text him he will tell you the same thing I did.”

“I know I will wear it to work tomorrow and ask them they will tell me.”

“Mom if they are your real friends they will tell you it is ugly……if not then they will say they like it and be lying.”

Flash to the next work day when I wore it to work and got the honest opinions. Thumbs down 100%.

 

I know I told you there would be a giveaway this week and there is YEA.

To enter for MY matchbox swap giveaway just leave a comment about one of your experiences when you asked someone for advice on your art and they gave it to you no holes barred. This piece will be unveiled next week when the winner is announced as I am still waiting for an overseas participant to get their swap box. We want it to be a surprise. You do not have to have a negative experience to win any memory will be fine.

With our designs we struggle sometimes creating what we think is wearable art. I still like what I made and think it looks great with my hot pink shirt but ya just never know.

The Year in Review

January 1, 2012

This last year was one full of growth for me both personally and professionally. It started with me still being on cloud 9 from the December Polymer Cafe article.

There were three swaps this year.

Rock Purse

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/04/15/rock-purse-pics-finally/

Colorful Ocean Creatures

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/colorful-ocean-creatures-swap-pictures/

Mini Food

pics up in a week or so

The swaps are such a wonderful learning experience and I am so proud of all the participants and blessed to have found this group. I am not sure exactly why I am so blessed to be the proud Swap Ma Ma but I am loving every minute of it. Next swap just opened you should check it out.

This year I made the switch to Kato. It took forever for me to commit to the change and wouldn’t you know it as soon as I do it they change their formula and it is much softer now. The jury is still out on this one but I hope to continue with my commitment to use 100% Kato. I like the way it holds the details while making canes which is my first love. I also like the way it feels ONCE conditioned.

This year I focused on learning new techniques. I had a flower phase…..

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/emotional-roller-coaster/

and a wonderful opportunity to take a Carol Simmons class. The Carol Simmons class was defiantly my most favorite part of the year clay wise.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/10/02/carol-simmons-class-starts-tomorrow/

I am so blessed to have had the year I did. I learned new techniques, made new friends, and am finding it easier to call myself an artist.

This new year I hope to continue to count my blessings and focus more on my art. Good health is the most important blessing because without that nothing is possible. I hope to lose a few pounds this year (don’t we all?). I also hope to be able to retire from my 9-5 and focus on my art   24-7. No date set yet but I am hoping for sometime this summer.

Finally in the new year I hope to have our summer home finished or very near completion. My studio will be located on the top floor with mountaintop views. This year will be about gathering the necessary supplies to open the new studio.

My first project is already in mind. It will be a housewarming gift to myself and it is a OOAK chess set for the upstairs sitting room and should take a loooonnnnnnggggg time to complete but once done will be a masterpiece I am sure.

With this new year  upon us I wish all of you nothing but the best with your art and life. Remember you are your worst enemy and road block. When you get in your own way with self-doubt it hinders you as an artist. Whatever you want to do………….

YOU CAN!

Carol Simmons Class Starts Tomorrow!

October 2, 2011

All Packed and ready to go! As I used to say to my son one more wake up till Carol Simmons!

This is what approx 6.5  pounds of clay looks like sheeted out. I threw them in plastic protectors and am carrying it on with the 500 pound cardstock (it’s not that heavy but you get my drift). My carry on weighs 38 pounds because of the clay and thick cardstock. I sheeted more than I should have but I wanted to make sure I was ready for anything that came my way.

This is a wonderful opportunity and I hope to learn about Kaleidoscope caning from a master in the field. I have played around with the idea many times but never looked at it in the way she will teach me to look at it from now on.

This was one of the first I tried.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2010/01/03/kaliedoscope-experiement/

Then I tried one that I just love. It was from a shirt that I owned and I made the same pattern from the design.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/82656386@N00/4185853147/in/photostream

I tried one with Kato clay and decided to make the change.

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

This is the image I have chosen to base my cane off of.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38051910@N00/493622215/in/faves-carol_simmons/

Then I saw this image and drooled all over the keyboard. I thought at first that I should not choose this one because I clearly was looking at the cane and not necessarily the colors me being the caner I am. Then I was not sure there were enough colors for a cane. But a funny thing happened while planning for the class Carol actually suggested this image and sent color swatch thingies with it. When I looked at the colors that way it seemed to me they were almost the same funny hunh?

My Claytable

July 10, 2011

In looking at my pictures of the day http://www.iphoneproject365.com/ (Project 365 app) you can tell I have defiantly been playing with clay.

July 1 Excess of one color of clay while building a cane. Slowly coming to the realization that I use way to much clay and think a mini project would be a great challenge for myself.

July 2 New pasta machine since the last one bit the dust while I was conditioning way to much clay while building a cane.

July 3 Wax for my experiment with the lost wax technique. I am still not sure of the best way to do this but am trying everything I can think of.

July 4 Tins for swap so this is censored until the swap has been mailed.

July 5 The first bead crumbled after all that bleeping time poking holes in the thing. I will try baking again in a different way. This one still needs holes though before I bake it.

July 6 This is the first gardenia from the new tree hubby bought before leaving. I of course in the digital age had to post it on his FB wall for him to see if he ever logs on.

July 7 A hair pin that I made as a prototype. I was happy to be using all that bleeping cane I made in different ways for new ideas. Of course me the artist just saw all the stinking grey hair on my head.

July 8 Pens 12 and 13. I am making one for everyone at work so that some of them can stop saying ” You have not given me anything yet when is it my turn”.

Even with all this activity there was a moment when I looked at my semi clean work table and could not think of what to do next.

That moment the one just after finishing projects and moving items to or from the ufo pile with no commissions to guide us, is the scariest of all for artists.

What’s Next?

I think I may have an idea but it will take months to play itself out for many reasons. What are your what’s next moments? More importantly do you give yours the wings they need to fly?

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!

I Hate Sanding

May 17, 2011

 

This week we had a wonderful occasion on Saturday and my intention was to make a nice jewelry piece to wear to the event. I hate sanding and I really mean I hate it that is why I own tumblers that I use when I have time to. This week there was not enough time to throw the beads in the tumbler so I began sanding.

Of course I had to make sure that I didn’t sand my nails down ( you have done that too right?) but while focusing on not ruining the nails I ended up sanding my hand raw. This is a picture of said hand 4 days later.

My son is holding the picture of it on the day when I sanded it raw hostage on his phone until I beat him at Words With Friends which is a Scrabble game. So until I beat him (Or don’t let him win) this is all you get of my injury.

All in all I ended up with a lovely necklace and bracelet simple, elegant, and I got a lot of compliments on it.

And a shot of just the bracelet close up so you can hopefully see the detail in the cane.

I just love-making something for me!

Next week you can expect the next swap pics to be posted as the donation swap is now closed. Can not wait to see what they vote on for the next swap I am off to post the poll now. They never cease to amaze me with their choices.

Take care and have fun creating try to make something just for you!

The Eyes Have It

March 27, 2011

 

This week for me has been about transferring files on the computer so they are not lost forever, finishing the Rock Purse Swap, and making eyes.

I am working on a face cane and it must start with a sexy eye. How often in life do you get to make an eye out of clay??? You must start with a good eye tutorial and I think I have found the best one ever!

http://www.kerstinsfimoseite.de/fimo/index.html

This is a realistic eye cane that is easily made once you follow the steps. My recent switch to Kato Clay will make this one even better than an attempt that was made a few years ago. I got a paper cut to the eye and when the local eye doctor took such great care of me I took eye tokens to the ladies in the office. They loved them! 

So here is my new Kato eye that just so happens was made in green as the tutorial.

And the finished eye not reduced fully…..

Tomorrow is a short day at work and I hope to build the face cane at that time.

You can expect swap pics in a couple of weeks since we had so many international participants this time we have to wait until they get their packages which takes a while.

Enjoy your artistic journey even if it is making an eye! I can not wait to see how the face turns out!