Friday, October 24, 2014

When "Brocade Collection" purses met "Moon Rock" beads - Polymer Clay Playtime

Floral Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Combined into a zippered purse
life has a funny way sneaking up on you.
I find it more and more difficult to find time to do my favourite things these days (blogging, claying more).
Becoming a vegan 3 months ago (along with 2 family members) demands its adjusting and more kitchen time.
I lost 10 kg due to this change and added physical activity to strengthen my muscles and body.
Being 43 demands maintenance!... :)
Too bad we have only 24 hours a day (or maybe we're lucky to have just 24?)...you'll decide.

BUT!
I did have the opportunity to work with clay the previous weekend, with a wonderful group of ladies from the Netherlands - Skyscraper beads and Brocade-Cosmic purses.

New Samples were created to adjust the combination and techniques mix. 
I called it "When Brocade Collection purses met Moon Rock beads", adding flowers and other inclusions. 

It's incredible how fun it is to mix tutorials, blend materials, "stir" techniques and create a completely different project every time - chalks, paints, pastes, powders, eye shadows, sponges, oil pastels, with just a bit of imagination (and trial) it all combine in a perfect harmony.
Don't be afraid to experiment!

The Dutch guild ladies were so creative with their Skyscraper & Cosmic Brocade purses projects, 4 different surface effects were introduced in the class and each student took her favourite technique and created a purse out of it (or 2, or 3!).

As always my classes are free of boundaries. 
I love to see how my students take a technique or an idea to their own creative voice. Even the same materials, instructions and steps, looks different in any artist hand. (Don't tell anyone but sometimes I see my students creativity and ask myself "how I didn't think of that?!" ;) 

You're welcome to lean back and take a look at the students gallery also in Facebook - Here 

See you soon!

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CLASS SAMPLES
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Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Inside
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads -
Combined into a zippered purse
 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Combined into a zippered purse 
Moon Rocks Polymer Clay Beads - Combined into a zippered purse

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STUDENTS WORK
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Polymer Clay Moon Rock Beads inside the oven 


The Complete collection of the polymer clay Moon Rocks purses
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay by Pris Wijnberg
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay beads by Rian Schreuder-Sanderse 
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay beads by Pris Wijnberg 
Skyscraper beads - polymer clay beads by Alexa Axart

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Polymer clay DiscChic jewelry - Mystery revealed! FREE polymer clay tutorial and video


DiscChic jewellery by Iris Mishly
Secrets aren't meant to stay secrets - right?
At least not when you're teaching and sharing it with the polymer clay community :)

Back when I started my DiscChic jewellery, I wasn't imagining the curiosity these beads will create.

The DiscChic jewellery were created using reused computer components. 

I discovered them accidentally.
An associate showed me several aluminium parts disassembled, he planned to discard them for recycling so I instantly told him i'll ensure they'll be reused in the most outstanding method!! 
In my polymer clay studio! :)

Right after collecting all of them, I started creating jewelry from them.
Their “bezel-like” qualities made them ideal for creating beads & being made of metal made them best to combine with polymer clay.
In addition, their “donut-like” form was fantastic for stringing them in exciting innovative techniques.
The DiscChic tutorial was a hit when it was published several years ago.

Until recently I've kept my components mysterious, however, I'm prepared to reveal my personal little secret and be pleased to see your designs, having fun with these interesting findings.

Who knows, right after viewing my online video you might find a treasure concealed in your office drawers.

So, what exactly are these discs?
Well, they're aluminum discs concealed within 3.25 computer floppy discs,
Yes, those no longer to be found in personal computers, the ones we used a long time ago prior to Dvds or USB flash drives.

Want to see more?
Click here to see the full post, video and a speedy demonstration on how to use them.
I already got dozen responses letting me know so many people still save them and happy to give them a new purpose!
http://www.polypediaonlineexpress.com/how-to-polymer-clay-discchic-jewelry-behind-the-scenes/

Thank you also Cynthia Tinnaple for featuring my jewellery in PCD!
http://polymerclaydaily.com/2014/10/02/polymer-tell-all/

Have fun and go get some discs!

Polymer Clay DiscChic beads and findings - Flakes technique

Polymer Clay DiscChic beads and findings

Polymer Clay DiscChic beads and findings - retro extruded canes technique

Polymer Clay DiscChic beads and findings - Saturn Galaxy bracelet
http://www.polypediaonlineexpress.com/how-to-polymer-clay-discchic-jewelry-behind-the-scenes/

See you soon with new pictures of new class samples :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Polymeri Online 21.9.14 | Olga's architectural polymer clay jewelry, Short (clay) people, Wisdom necklace, Hunger Games collection and Experimenting in translucent clay

Another week has passed (or two...) and I am here with some polymer clay inspiration.

Olga's architectural jewelry
Olga Permjakova’s geometric jewelry make you realize what beads planning is all about. 
In my mind I can see her calculating the sizes, shapes and distances to design her jewelry and placing eye pins in the right spots. 
Circle beads, rectangle beads or abstract beads. All get the same architecture planning.
Use google translate for website translation.

Dave's "short people"
Dave’s instagram gallery is full of surprises. 
As he says - Art is meant to provoke... LOVE or HATE.....
His short people-figures-monsters are sometimes scary, sometimes cute, always interesting in both design and technique. All his work is hand painted and If I am guessing correctly he is starting with a white blank base in his sculpturing. Intriguing.

Collector of (Polymer) Wisdom
Krista Vetra posted a necklace featuring an old person she calls “Collector of Wisdom”. 
To me he looks like a magician, sorcerer or "Saruman the white" from “Lord of the Rings” movie. 
Being a loyal fan of this series (and waiting impatiently for the 3rd Hobbit movie) I loved this piece.
Not sure Saruman was her inspiration (translate is not very clear) but her sculpturing abilities are admirable.
Her blog is full of magical fantasy designs ranging from animals, fairies and more.

Hunger Games in Polymer Clay
Emelisa Perez - Polymer Sisters is a graphic designer, digital & traditional illustrator, painter, photographer & polymer artist. Her polymer clay miniature Kawai figurines are naïve and caricaturistic and I loved her recent “Hunger Game” collection, - Peeta, Katniss and Finnick created as a custom order.  So cute!

Experimenting in translucent
Veldana posted her recent experimenting on creating glass translucent hollow bead. 
She was disappointed to say that previous 20 attempts were tossed to the trash. This one was good enough to be photographed and shared with us.
In her words – “I tried a few with a mixture of Pardo and Fimo Gel (varying the ratio several times). I also tried a few with just liquid clay. Not only was it tedious and time consuming, the beads came out way to thin and not strong enough to string. Even with multiple layers. Looking forward to devoting more time to this endeavor as the results can be very ethereal and beautiful.”
We will be waiting

Take care and have a great week to come!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Polymeri Online 7.9.14 | Super realistic sculpturing, Phone photographing tips, Key pendants, Wire and sticky tape clay hands and Have a cup of tea


Stan Winstron School of Character Arts posted a preview to a fascinating miniature head sculpturing class. 
In the class Jordu Schell is teaching how to sculpt a hyper realistic miniature head in Super Sculpey. 
There are many classes in Stan’s school. If you are into realistic sculpturing you may find this resource very useful. 
I love the magnifying glasses he is wearing!
You may want to check out the freebies area with additional sculpturing classes and many others using different materials or techniques -

Non polymer but not less important!
In this YouTube video you will find online shop photography tips when using an iPhone (or any other phone). 
White background, colorful background, flat/curved shooting, light tips, angle pictures, 3D shooting and many more. 
This guide is great it you’re too lazy to take your huge DSLR camera off its bag ;)

Kathy Richardson from “Out of Time Designs” took keys to use as pendants! Antiqued, painted and chubby formed – they are so cool!
Kathy is known for her creativity, always taking her knowledge to the next level (she did wonders with the Cosmic Ceramic tutorial) and her flickr gallery is a treat to the eye.

Wire hands? Victoria Minenko lives in  Kharkov, Ukraine. At the time she graduated from the Kharkov National University specializing in land planning engineering, but this didn’t sparkle enough her creativity. Her next professions included graphic design, makeup, florist and since March 2008 - art dolls.
In this class she is using wire and sticky tape along with clay (paper clay but you can use polymer) to form doll hands.  Fascinating!
http://kuklyspb.ru/Main/handsfromminenko

Last but not least is AnnaOriona with her miniature food and jewelry. In her classes she is going through many techniques and tools. Although in Russian you will definitely learn a lot from her video classes. 
This is her previous feature in Polymeri Online with her hairy cat tutorial.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Polymeri Online 24.8.14 | Thailand adventures, Tomka's foliage, Smiling teeth beads, Painted polymer clay, Mix-n-Match extruder, Organic magic

H-E-L-L-O all! or should I say Sawadika :)

Back from Thailand but still there in heart & soul! What an amazing vacation.
This beautiful, peaceful and smiling country will stay in my mind for a long time.
So different than anything I ever saw, felt and even ate before: Wonderful spicy food, amazing landscapes, changing weather, people's kindness and even shopping - A true cultural adventure. 
I am certain that this trip will inspire me!

Getting a warm elephant hug!

Flying all over Chiang Mai in the "Flight of the Gibbons" 

Key Kitty Kitty!

With 23 rings on her neck she is the queen of necklaces!


Just before I am heading to my next trip teaching in Netherlands (5 last spots in the Skyscraper class and 2 more in the Moon Rocks class), sinking in loads of work, preparations and packing, here are some goodies I've gathered for you -

Tomka's foliage
Tomka Sorokina’s Etsy store is pleasing and colorful containing joyous jewelry items, fun patterns and funky designs.
She designs stuff as far as she remember herself. First clothes and accessories for her dolls, fabric flowers, drawing, beading, embroidery and more...
In this polymer clay fairy feather necklace, she combines colors, shape, impressions and antiquing. Fun! 

Painting polymer
Mai M. Villegas is a cake topper artist from the Philippines. 
In her FB she shared her process for creating a mini painting with polymer clay, as part of a figure holding a paint brush with an easel. 
White clay is her canvas and sculpting ball tools are her brushes!



Denise's smiling teeth beads
Denise Osborne posted a super cute photo of beads with teeth!
She credit Marie Segal for the idea and the photo description tells us that the Trinity Lutheran Church thanks MDPAG (Metropolitan Detroit Polymer Art Guild) member Denise Osborne who helped along with the guild members and donated clay for creating Beads of Courage with children who enjoyed the workshop so much.
Creating a teeth cane is such a brilliant idea! These smiling beads are so funny!!

Leila's extruder mix and match
Leila Bidler came up with a great idea to invent new extruded canes combinations.
She extruded her clay through all her discs and store them baked, inside a box.  This way she can try and play with them and find new exciting shapes and designs. Mix and match! Leila is a long time polymer clay artist living in Italy. You can see more of her work in her site and flickr gallery -

Gabriel's pendants
Michel Gabriel is a polymer clay artist of the organic side.
Her beautiful handmade beads seem to be antiqued, stamped, painted, twisted, carved and transferred.
Her flickr gallery is full of magical pendants and beads hidden in a polymer clay shell.

See you soon!

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