Does not feel like Christams here in New Mexico with the warm weather so we drove down the street to White Sands. Beautiful....looks like snow and feels soft like cookie dough.
Hope you all have a safe, hapy New Year.
They are also known as "natasha" beads or an "inside out" bead. I call them guardians because sometimes I can see angels, animals or faces in them. They are like a Rorschach testand everyone sees something different in them.
They are scraps all mushed together, formed into a log and cut open to reveal the picture inside. When cut the right way and opened up the right way all of the sides and middles match up.
Kind of fun and addictive to make because you never know what you are going to get.
My computer caught a nasty cold! I have had it in the repair shop all week and I just got it back with all new systems etc... That means I have to figure out how to use all of the new stuff and find all of my old stuff. I am not patient with this. Grrr!
Meanwhile....I am in awe of all the beautiful clouds! New Mexico has the prettiest clouds I have ever seen. The sky here is breathtaking and I can certainly see why it is called "The Land of Enchantment".
I have been working on some new designs and have been inspired by the beautiful crosses in New Mexico.
I have also seen sooooo many interesting tattoos down here ...
Here is my take on both. I am working on a whole new line of jewelry components and decor with this look.
This is one of the few times that it translated well from my mind to the finished product. Rarely do things turn out how I envision them. This is partly because I never plan. I just go with it and see what I end up with. This, however, is just how I wanted it to look . Yeah!
I started teaching a class here in Alamogordo and so I have been revisiting old projects. It has been fun and it is interesting to find out that things I did when I first started seemed so hard at the time but are much easier this time around.
I honestly have to say that now I look back at the old stuff , it really was not that good but I remember being so thrilled with it when I did it.
I may look back on this in a few years and think to myself, " I can't believe I thought that was good."
A year or so ago I did some of these with brass bug stampings. These are done with filigrees and dangles and brass connectors.
I think they are a little more interpretive. I love the bright colors and I can't wait to finish them with chain and some vintage glass dangles I have found.
I saw a Vinegaroon in my backyard last week and it was the creepiest crawler I have ever laid eyes on. Anyway, it inspired me to make some cute friendly non-creepy crawlers.
I have not made bugs like these for a few years so it was fun to revisit the bug mode.
My Flower Pot is in this months issue of Polymer Cafe Magazine. I sent them a picture of my Orange Flower Pot but thought I sent them this one. I titled it "Flower Pot in Antique Blue".
I really do know the difference between Orange and Blue...LOL
Reminds me of the time I was asked if my earrings were OOAK and I replied "no, they are polymer clay". (OOAK = one of a kind) for those of you that did not know that either. Now we both know.
Anyway, here is the Flower Pot in Antique Blue. :)
This is the cutest darn cactus.
Being new to the desert is interesting. Lots of different kinds of plants that I have not seen before. This little guy looks cute but he is fierce! Those spines are very hard and sharp which is why the resident bunnies have not eaten him yet.
These are some beading components that I will be making into necklaces as soon as I gather some pretties to go with them. They have loops on the back for dangles and embellishments.
I am experimenting with the best way to hold them together and think I have it figured out. I have cut a clay backing template and then set the flowers onto that. I need to complete one and have my daughter wear it for a quality control test.
I usually embed crystals into the clay by pushing them in to create a little bezel. With this batch I tried the "hot fix" crystals from firemountaing gems. I still pushed them into the clay but think the heat activated adhesive will really hold them in well.
I think I will try to get a tutorial together for these but I have never done one here on my blog so I am trying to figure that out as well. I have so many clay ideas that I am trying to figure out that it is really distracting me from the laundry pile down the hallway. Oh, well, the laundry is not going anywhere and I really need to figure this clay project out or I just can't give the laundry my full 100 % and then the quality of the laundry suffers.
(This is my defense and I am sticking with it.)
Have a Happy Day!!!
I took all of my little scraps of chain and miscellaneous beads and just started mixing. This is what I came up with.
I like how it has an antique look to it. It is amazing how just a small difference in the way you put something together can change the whole feel of a piece. Usually I tend to put the shading light to dark. This one I did the opposite and put the light part at the outside ends of the petals and it really made a difference.
This is why I love polymer clay so much. You could give ten different people the same blocks of clay and tell them each to make a flower and you would get ten totally different flowers. Diversity is wonderful!
Not blue as in sad and sullen but the beautiful blue of the sky or my little ones eyes. I usually don't play with blue because it not on my favorites list, however I am trying to do some different things this year so I am stepping outside my comfort colors ( green,purple and orange). I must say. I LOVE this! The gold gives it an antique look and I can see it as a lovely brooch or strung with some pearls.....
So I am going to go out of my comfort zone. I am not a good blogger because
1. I hate to talk about myself. It really makes me uncomfortable because I figure who really cares and I don't ever want to come across as "look at me, look at me. "
2. I am clearly not a writer.
3. I am so afraid of offending someone that I never dare write about anyone else which puts us back to #1.
With that said I had three wonderful ladies blog about my art this week. Two today. I am always grateful and kind of surprised. Again, refer to #1.
When I sell something I get some cash and we conclude a business transaction and I really hope that they are happy with their purchase and on we go. Well, I am so fortunate to have so many of you share what happens after that transaction. I want to share with you what one of those talented ladies blogged about today.
Here is a little of what I get back ..... http://sewbrookie.blogspot.com/ PRICELESS! I am so happy to be a teeny, tiny part in that big memory. What an honor. You have made me feel like maybe, just maybe this is what I am supposed to be doing.
Plays with clay. Married 27 years to wonderful, funny man. Have 3 beautiful girls that I adore. Before my addiction to polymer clay I used to paint murals in homes and offices around the Salt Lake area.