Posts Tagged ‘swap’

Clean Worktable

August 5, 2012

Well I got a clean work table finally (this is the before picture) and I have a swap due soon so I need to get cracken. I feel strange it has been a while since I was able to touch clay. At least I have something on my to do list with the texture swap at City O Clay, and scrap clay warming in my seat so I think life is good.

My favorite vacation picture is this one.

It is my first view from the land and I cried a lot. What a wonderful gift to be able to see this on a cloudy day.  I am sure the work table will look like a tornado but looking out the window will be amazing.

I am going to play with clay! What are you doing creatively?

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!

Rock Purse Pics Finally

April 15, 2011

The international participants have their rock purses by now hopefully so here are the pictures of the participants. Enjoy!

I am going on vacation to Dallas and will not be posting for a couple of weeks. Stay creative and productive!

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.

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.

Regional Pendant Swap

May 21, 2010

A break from Facebook with a look at the participants in the regional pendant swap 2010. All the pieces are so different and wonderful.  Thank you to all who entered and I can not wait to see what the next swap brings sign ups soon!

Elaine

Jim

Peabody

Debbie

Tabatha

Luny

Grace

Laura

Astrid

Shirley

Julie

Mozelle

Polymer Clay Bead Swap

February 6, 2010

This week it is not about me, what is on my work table, or on my to do list. (#1 is still there laughing at me BTW)

This week it is all about my bead swappers! Omg their beads floored me. They were all so different and special. All the swappers have been so happy to get their boxes it is like Christmas all over again.

So without any further delay here are the City O Clay Bead Swap Participants for Jan 2010!

Linda

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4307354829/

Jim

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4308095464/

Tirza

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4308095446/

Beth

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4257764755/

Andi

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4257764737/

Luny

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4257764723/

Elaine

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4257764713/

Mwezi

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4257764697/

Julia

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4258523534/

Edie

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4258523488/

Tabitha

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4258523482/

Elly

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4258523444/

Grace

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4258523426/

Shirley

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4258523410/

Astrid

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityoclayswaps/4257764547/

Next Swap due March 3! Participant updates occur about 10 days AFTER mailing so the swap participants open the box and see what is inside before pics posted on the internet!

New Blog Direction

November 23, 2009

 

I just can’t figure out what to do. I mean I think I am a writer and dont have the time to write what I want. There are so many things that I have not written about that have happened since I started this blog. What the heck how am I going to be able to do it?

Discipline I guess is the key hunh? And you can add a little Focus? Dont forget the family that always gets in the way? And Life of course.

 

So I guess I will do a quick top 3 lately!

  1. Clay Swaps at City O Clay
  2. Polymer Clay Cafe
  3. Tumbler Working

 

 

So I became swap mistress at City O Clay. A lot of work but honestly the first swap is not completed and I am getting more out of it than the clayers I think. I am so happy that my hard work is translating into their hard work! Nothing could make a mama clayer happier than others having ideas and needing to GET THEM ON PAPER before they forget. Or being inspired by trying a new technique even if they are not new to clay. This is something that has taken a great deal of my time the last few weeks but I can see this is something I really am going to get a lot out of.

 

Polymer Clay Cafe published one of my how to articles in their April 09 edition. This was a natasha bead that had a cool checkerboard pattern on the outer parts of the bead. For me that was so cool being a published artist. Whoda thunkit? I really love writing articles and plan on writing the next one over the Thanksgiving weekend if I have the camera then. Cant wait to try I am very excited about this next article. First time do you know that I forgot to include any contact information. Always remember they print what you send so make sure you send it all the first time.

 

I have a working tumbler now it is so nice. The first time I used the tumbler after purchasing I did not line it and the clay turned black. It just so happened the item in the tumbler was the next project for Polymer Cafe. Life is funny sometimes.

 

So I guess even though I want to write longer more involved posts I must shorten them so I can start a subject and finish. No more of this follow-up stuff. I will have to work out in my mind how to tell you something two months from now that is happening today because I just didnt have time.