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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

Texture Sheet Swap DONE!

September 30, 2012

Finally the texture sheet swap is over and I can share what I did and what others sent in with you. I am amazed that I have never thought in texture before and so happy this was the one chosen so I could.

Here are the sheets I got in the swap

These are some of my sheets and how I made them, a salt shaker.

A basket

A metal earring

And some dots with tools

Here are the swap participants

Shirley

Mozelle

Luny

Linda

Julie

Jan

Fred

Elayne

Beth

Astrid

I hope you will consider joining in on the fun at city o clay. Next swap is dragons.

 

 

 

 

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).

Cool colors

March 17, 2012

Cool colors

Here are some cool colors I mixed.

Could not figure out what to do with them so I made some slices that turned out real nice.

And the finished bracelet.

Both the matchbox and Carol Simmons Class swaps are finishing up. Remember my new goal to give away on the blog when I do  a swap. You can expect the first giveaway announcement next week!

Happy claying.

Mini Food Swap Pics

January 9, 2012

My husband has been out-of-town for the last two and a half months, he comes home Thursday. With that in mind I spent today watching Wild Card Weekend and getting all the clay related items all over the house back in the studio.

It is always nice when you can actually see the table surface not sure how long this will last but it is nice for now.

One of the first projects I will be working on while back in the studio is this………….

http://www.dancormier.ca/DanCormier/ReliefBeyondBelief.html

The artist in me says Wonderful! I have the opportunity to learn a technique with new tools that are provided to master that technique.

The crazy clay lady in me says Heck Yea mama got some new toys I am going to play!

Finally the mini food swap pics are up. As always I was so amazed at how wonderful the entries were. Great job guys!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/

Colorful Ocean Creatures Swap Pictures

November 19, 2011

The swap has finished and the participants have recieved their boxes so now it is time to share with you. This swap was for a colorful ocean creature and as always this proud swap mama is so amazed at the entries. I hope you enjoy them.

Next Swap is for mini food and I can not wait to see what comes off everyone’s clay table. This time they will get their boxes very close to Christmas so it will be special well more special than it usually is.

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!

Slow Clay Week

August 29, 2011

This week for us in the Northeast it has all been about hurricane preparedness. Everyone went crazy at the stores buying what they thought they would need and got ready to batten down the hatches for a monumental storm. In our house that meant bringing in the Gardenias. I walk by them every day and I never really notices how large the leaves were on this one.

It was almost dead last year and somehow this guy brought it back to better than perfect health.

How often do you feel almost dead with your creations? You feel like nothing new can come from your hands or what does is not good enough. What is it that inspires you as an artist to create things or go places you have never gone before? What makes you grow?

For me one of the great motivating things I have participated in the last couple of years are the swaps at City O Clay. This time it is Colorful Ocean Creatures and for a while I was stumped at what to make. Last week I finally got some inspiration and am running with it!

Of course it is all top-secret until the swap is over but I think my entry if I can perfect it will be a great contribution.

What have you done that has challenged your art?

Or even better what will you do to let your art grow off the charts the way hubby’s gardenia has.

 

Tin Swap Pics

August 14, 2011

I am finally able to share with you the participants for the tin swap 2011. We have such a group of talented artists who really made this swap fun. I hope you enjoy the pictures and if you would like to join in on the fun the next swap has already started it is colorful ocean creatures.

 

Again I want to thank all the participants. Without you I would have nothing to sort and send. Thank you for all the hard work, time and determination you have proven to complete this task. Great job!

Julie