Posts Tagged ‘“clay swaps”’

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

Colorful Ocean Creatures Swap at City O Clay

July 31, 2011

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

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

And the winner is Colorful Ocean Creatures!

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

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

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

cityoclayswaps@yahoo.com

or

julie.samara@tdbanknorth.com

Email your

name

address

and e mail

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

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

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

This if from the Daily Art Muse

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

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

http://weirdseamonsters.com/

how to

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

turtle

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

make a trout

super simple wormie thing

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

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

seahorse

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

window fish

http://kimcreates.com/cane.html

colorfish

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

How to make a shark

http://desiredcreations.com/howTo_CAWoodFish.htm

fish cane

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

sea urchins and starfish

Deviant art search

polymer clay fish

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

Lot of mermaids

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

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

exploring life in the coral reef

Inspiration overload

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

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

Ocean Creature

http://www.davesfimofigures.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope
this helped some 🙂

*Hugs*
Astrid

Swap Pics

May 31, 2011

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

Fred

Leila

Mozelle

Julie

Luny

Janice Beads

Janice Ladies

Beth


Beth Close Up

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

http://www.beadsofcourage.org/

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

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

Have fun claying!

Next Swap Covered Tins

May 23, 2011

The following is the Covered Tin Swap announctment at City O Clay an online polymer community.  You will find several sites and videos to learn how to cover a tin it is pretty basic when you think about it. This leads to the question of a tutorial as was done with the rock purse tutorial.

https://bluedamselflyjewelry.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/rock-purse-tutorial/

I had a lot of fun doing it and it added to my online  polymer clay tutorials. With a tin I do not know if I have anything that I could add to it that has not already been done. I mean am I just going to be saying and showing what has already been done? How can I make it uniqe and MINE? Would anyone even want to see another tin tut? I will have to mull this one over for a while because I have to think of a cane to make sheets  wooo hooo!

Okay wait a minute I just went back and really read the rock purse tutorial…… read what I said months ago. Why am I still doubting my craft?

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

Now that I have worked out my artist issues here are some tin links!

Soooo you want to cover tins hunh? Well
let us think of a few things before getting too inspired by links of
others’ work or the crazy ideas already running in your head.

We will be sending these to the swap
mistress in a SMALL PRIORITY box so you will need a tin or tins that
will fit into said box. Please take a moment to focus on this before
going crazy and covering a bunch of tins that are too big to fit in
one. Another issue we need to focus on is that if we make 5 tins they
all need to fit into a small priority box. Those of you swappers who
like to make one for each participant will not be able to do so this
time as you need to get it to me in a small one and I need to return
to you in the same size box. Now if you want to fill up a larger
priority box and send the correct amount of postage to return the
same size box to you that is an option for you if you want to make
more than five.

As far as the tin you can use it is up
to you just make sure that it (or how many ever you will send in)
will fit into one small priority box.

So now that we have the pesky details
out of the way we need to get inspired. Lets have some links.

Desiree as usual has a great tin tut

http://www.desiredcreations.com/howto_pjcoveraltoid.htm

e how’s version

http://www.ehow.com/how_2100257_cover-mint-tin-polymer-clay.html

I am not sure who put this one up but
it is based on the ehow version. I liked the therapudic benefits part
of the instructions in the tut!

http://slaglelsuhsc.pbworks.com/w/page/6944944/Polymer-Clay-Memory-Tin

Zuleykha has one too

http://zuclay.blogspot.com/2009/04/covering-altoid-tin-with-polymer-clay.html

Squido has a video tut

http://www.squidoo.com/altoids-tins

This is a U Tube video that is almost 9
minutes long

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK99NWVGLLQ&NR=1

This is not a tin but a wooden box. No
step by step here but some valuable information can be found.

http://domestikgoddess.com/spiral-trance-treasure-box/

This page is about wooden beads but I
put it here because it has more infomation about wood and its
properties. Wood is a tricky object to cover because of the water
that it can contain, which will lead to problem solving you will not
find when covering glass or metal.

http://www.jewelry-and-polymerclay-tutorial-heaven.com/wood-beads.html#axzz1Mqh9bWmQ

There is always the motherload of
information on this site

http://www.glassattic.com/

Be careful you will get lost there so
make sure to get food and drink before going!

I could go on and on positng links but
I really think these give you the basic foundations needed to cover a
metal or wooden tin. Now I think we need some flickr overload with
tins!

I started by enering in my Flickr
search

polymer clay covered tin       and came
up with this

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=polymer+clay+covered+tin&f=hp

polymer clay covered wooden box
brought these links

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=polymer+clay+covered+wooden+box&m=text

The thing I did notice is that the
wooden boxes were mostly only PARTIALLY covered in clay. I wonder if
that has anythig to do with the unique prperties of wood when
covering with clay.

Polymer clay covered box    and these
pop up most of them you have already seen if you looked at both of
the previous searches.

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=polymer++clay+covered+box&f=hp

You now have the fundamentals of
covering a box and some eye candy to hopeully get you inspired all
that is left is to sign up for the Tin Swap! Further informatoin to
follow in the Tin Swap Announcement and the General Swap Rules.

Updates

March 6, 2011

 

No real claying for me this week what is new hunh?

The boxes for the Rock Purse Swap are showing up and mailing should happen this week so you can expect pictures in the next two weeks. I am amazed at how different each persons entries are. I also am amazed at how we as a group have worked through the issues that arose with creating the Whatafrazens (our new pet name for the Rock Purses).

What a challenge and I am so happy so many were able to complete the task even if they hated every minute of it and were not happy with what came off the table. They tried and honestly that is all that matters. That is one of the reasons the swaps were created and are so successful. Can you commit to learning a new technique and sticking to it even if you do not like what you created?

Everyone has communicated that they learned something from the swap even if it was that they learned they would never make one again in their life. What have you committed to lately with your art or in life that you stuck with and finished? What sort of feeling did you get from completing said task? Sometimes we just need to step out of our comfort zone and just do it.

My other update is from last weeks post. I took the ring to the jewelry store and they said they were unable to fix it :(. Hubby said he will take it to the person he bought it from when he returns to Lebanon. I learned (and hubby did too) that I can not wear delicate jewelry. I need something that I can bang and will hold up. One bright spot is I have a new dinner ring minus a flower petal. LOL so when we go out to eat and I remember I will wear it happily. Thanks Orsan you’re the best hubby in the world!

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.

Holiday Swap 2010

December 30, 2010

Here are the participants of the Holiday Swap 2010

Erl

Mozelle

 

Tina

Shirley

Beth

Luny

Luny Side A

Luny Side B

Elayne

Leslie

Julie

Wanda

Christen

Adele

Astrid

 

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

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

Happy New Year stay safe and creative.

 

 

From Polymer to Art

November 20, 2010

 

From Polymer To Art - RED - Edition 0 - 2010

Copy of the first cover…..

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

Check it out for yourself…….

http://www.frompolymertoart.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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.