Posts Tagged ‘help’

The importance of the right supplies

May 1, 2010

I have a bad cold or allergies not sure which one going to see the doctor tomorrow. I did not have time or energy this week to even think of a blog post so here is my failed attempt at what I thought would be a quick tutorial.

I found the project here….

and thought heck that should be easy to do. I do not have burma cord (or even know exactly what it is) but I could substitute and be creative what could go wrong???

So here are my supplies as I try to replicate it.

Using pony tail holders for burma cord, what looks like the metal things she uses, and the other assorted items. From the looks of that quick cane I am sick do you see how I did not even get the center right? Oh well it will look cool on something.

I started by trying to cut off the end of my metal thing with my Heavy cutters. That did not go well at all I made dings in them.

Those are my good cutters for heavy-duty stuff! Okay so I will try to smoosh the end down and then cover with clay. Got to remember to cut at an angle so it sticks better.

The pony tail holders are too big to fit in my metal thingie. I have some thinner black cord I can use. The thin cord works got it centered now just to make sure it smooshes.

Smooshing did not go well with the metal thingies I have. Hmmmm I guess that is my clue to remember to have the right supplies when I want to try something or else it probably will not work. I am sure trying when I feel better would also be a step in the right direction.

So when was the last time you tried a project and it did not work not because of your abilities but because you did not have the right supplies? I am off to bed with a cup of hot tea and some cough drops very thankful I have the weekend off to get feeling better. I look forward to the tutorial next issue so I can find out where to get the cord, and those metal thingies.

Night all!

Art and Musings

February 20, 2010


Last week I chose to focus on family instead of rushing to post and entry. Right Choice? Wrong Choice? Still wrestling with this one but I wanted to let you know it bothered me 🙂 I focused on what was important to me at the time and life is good which in the end is more important than a blog post anyway.
So this week we will be inspired and focus on being an artist and you can laugh at me a little if you want. I however have a feeling many (yea I am talking to you) of you will be or have already been in the exact same situation for your art!
I don’t read a lot since it seems like I just do not have the time but found a title last year Art & Fear Observations on the perils (and rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles &Ted Orland.I will be focusing the blog on the book and its chapters in the coming weeks so hopefully that is something you would like to think about as well. I am looking forward to your input. 
The introduction focused on the fact that art is made with two mindsets. That of the artist and that of the person viewing the art. Honestly I have never thought about how art is viewed and what it means, I mean I didn’t go to college and study art. They either like it or they do not right? That is true but I never really thought about how I felt about my art. I DO Feel my art? When I am looking at a piece I remember so many things that the purchaser or viewer probably does not even care about. They want to know how it looks around THEIR neck or THEIR ears etc. They don’t necessarily care that that piece was made in the nights after the death of a dear family friend when I could not sleep.My art is what kept me going in those days. They don’t care about how long it took me to learn how to learn how to make really nicely formed round beads, or lentils. They want something that speaks to them because of style, shape, color whatever it is that speaks to them. They do not care about the process, and for me as the artist it is all about just that the process of learning or perfecting a technique.        
I really look forward to the journey I am about to take with this book.  


Now on to my  clay table  🙂   
I love the faux turquoise technique from the book Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay it was written by Irene Semanchuk Dean. The technique uses dirt mixed with liquid clay and then it is put in the gaps that come from the clay when processed. Tried it early last year on some practice pieces and I don’t know if I got a good spoonful of dirt or what but it looked amazing. Here are the very unclear pictures of some of the practice pieces. Kind of hard to see a difference but I wanted to show you something.  
 I had a specific project in mind and this technique the way I am doing it takes a really long time to complete. So I waited until life gave me a window to do it in and made it late last year. Two things happened one I tumbled with a new tumbler and did not think it would matter too much not to line the tumbler, second I got bad dirt. Today I will focus on the dirt aspect of the whole thing.   
This project started last year mind you and I want to finish it so bad if for no one else than for me. But honestly as spectacular as this will look everyone is going to want one! The finished sexy piece process started two weeks ago. Made the necklace, took pictures, wrote tut, tumbled in tumbler this time with a liner and it is now ready for the dirt part. Do you think I could find clean dirt?    
 The guys at Home Depot god bless them but when they see me coming in the store they should just throw their hands up in the air and walk away. Honestly I would not blame them if I saw them running away from me when I walk in I kind of deserve it by now. The question from me I though was a simple one    
” Do you have any clean dirt?”   
“Excuse me mam did you say clean dirt?” 
“Yes I need some dirt with none of the white things or sand in it please? Do you have any?”      
He looks over at the guy driving the forklift they are trying to get more salt for the foot of snow we just got the day before.      
“Mike do you know if we have any dirt with no peat moss or _______ (sorry I forgot already what the white things are) and no sand?”     
Mike says “She needs topsoil and we don’t have any of that.”     
I say “Okay so I need topsoil? Do you know where I can find any now?”      
Mike says “Maam you are not going to be able to find any topsoil this time of year you will have to wait until Spring. How much do you need? You know it is going to be expensive right?”    
I say ” Oh I only need about a quarter of a cup. How EXPENSIVE do you think it will be?”      
Mike says, “Oh that stuff if you can find it will be expensive.”      
I say “Thanks guys at least I know what I will need now! Have a great day!”       

And I left knowing what I need is topsoil and boy is it going to be expensive. I went to every store I could think of over the weekend looking for some good clean dirt. Would you believe none of the landscaping or farms are open this time of the year? Just a sign in the parking lot of every one I tried saying if you need firewood please call insert their number here . 

Flash to Monday morning at the dry cleaners when I am dropping off hubby’s cleaning. The guy behind the counter comments on the necklace I am wearing.          

“Oh I am a jewelry designer thank you!”        
He says, ” I have never seen a woman wearing something like that before.”       


I say ” Thank you and if you think this is good you should see the next piece I am working on. It is amazing it is Faux turquoise and all I need to complete it is some good clean dirt you know with no sand or anything in it just some good clean dirt.”       
He says “Oh you need worm dirt.”        

I say “What? Worm Dirt? What the heck is that.”         

He says “It is the dirt that bait shops use to put their worms in. It is a very clean dirt.”     

I say “Okay thanks I will go and try to find some worm dirt.”  There was someone behind me in line and I remembered buying worms and the dirt being real black and not having a drop of sand in it.       

Last night when I asked hubby if he knew where a tackle shop is so I can  buy some worms he gave me a look. Before giving me directions, he asked me what in the heck I needed worms for? I had to explain the whole scenario from the beginning because he has no idea I am looking for clean dirt, or that I have tried to find dirt and could not so now I am on to finding worm dirt in the hopes that it will help. My son who was present for this conversation and was with me when I bought the food processor for clay not food, rolled his eyes at me when I tried to stick clay under him while he was on the couch so he could warm it up etc. they have both seen a lot of crazy things for my art. He without blinking an eye said         

“Mom you want worm poop in your jewelry? EWWWW?”         

Okay so I had not thought through the whole worm poop dirt thingie but I do know where a tackle shop is and hope that they can help me find some poopless worm dirt.         

I will keep you updated! I also now have a few plastic bags and a spoon in my purse. Why? To get different dirt samples of course. I was just at the ski lodge and my son was snowboarding and while on my way to the car I saw some really dark-colored dirt on the side of the parking lot. I actually went to the car to get the bags but halfway there realized that first it was dark outside and if I saw the dirt in the daylight I probably would not like it BECAUSE it is on the side of a parking lot with a ton of snow around it hence it will be filled with sand. We already know I do not want sand and so in a way I have become a kind of dirt conisour?         

Which brings me full circle to the book and what the introduction says. The person who buys whatever piece I may make from the turquoise technique will never know what I have gone through to get this clean dirt. Two different mindsets. One of the artist who is attempting to perfect a technique and the other of the person who is looking at the art and relating to it from their life perspective.         

Enjoy your art!         


Hit A Creative Wall

January 30, 2010

So you may or may not know that I have had a lot of extra creative time in the last month. I had this huge long list of things I wanted to do while I had this extra time. Honestly I have completed most of them and been very very happy with what I have created I have learned a few new things and improved on some others.

I do however have one project that has been #1 on the list and I just can not bring myself to do it. Why? I do not know what I am afraid of in completing this project. It went on the white inspiration board (thanks Luny) as #1 I did 2,3,and 4 and then added more once I erased completed items did a couple of those as well but #1 is still sitting there. It is like it is laughing at me. I want to do anything but #1.

I can not really go into what #1 is (TOP SECRET) but I can say I feel confident about what it is going to be and that I know exactly how to create it and it is going to be so beautiful once completed. I just sit down at the table and anything but that project calls my name. Have any of you faced this dilemma? If so how did you overcome it? At this point I can really use some help from my friends here.


Usually I go to the rock bowl when I am stuck but that will not help on this one since I know exactly what the completed project will be and how I will get there. So to help you if you get stuck here is the rock bowl.

Here is the link to a few of the rocks I can not find the one of them in the bowl right now sorry but you can get the idea.

So any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!


January 30, 2009

Fear is the source of your problems, not the ego. There are but two emotions,
they are love and fear, or put more simply, there are good feelings and there
are feelings that make you feel bad.

This was excerpted from the article:
The Great Experiment of Life
By John Payne
To Read more of this excerpt go to

What does that have to do with polymer clay you may ask?
Well if we are afraid of
Being an artist…..
Then we will never design the next new polymer clay item. If we don’t design it we will never create it or finish it, and certainly we will never get criticism ((or praise)) from friends, family members, or the buying public.

For me the fear is of calling myself an Artist. That is something that is very hard for me to do at this time. Why? Well I just don’t know. I guess it has been my idea that a true artist will not be able to function if they do not create art. It is in their blood and is something that they do from a very young age almost daily. I found jewelry making by accident at the very young age of 39. I went to a home party and said to myself ”Heck I can do that”. So I started by getting the misc. findings and beads and started stringing.
Then I found polymer clay and I have not stopped and I can not put the stuff down. I am always amazed at the wonderful things that can be done with clay. I enjoy working with clay and on my to do list is to make a sign and place it front and center over my worktable that says simply

So what fear is standing in YOUR way??

More important what are YOU going to do to CHANGE it?