Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beads of Courage 2014 Reveal and Auction

This is my 2nd year to join Jennifer Cameron's Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange and Benefit Auction.  About 40 bead makers and jewelry designers signed up to create Art Charms in an effort to support and raise money for a great cause, Beads of Courage.  

If you don't know about Beads of Courage, click the link to see what they do. It's an amazing organization dedicated to providing comfort and helping kids share their stories of what they've been through during their long illness. This is done using BEADS...how cool is that??

I created 11 Art Charms using this year's theme...SOAR

Beads of Courage 2014 Charm - SOAR

I decided to create angel wings using my new favorite medium...polymer clay.    

Angels soar high above to watch over and protect us.

I custom mixed a deep purple for the wings and a lighter periwinkle color to stamp the word "soar".  I hand cut and textured each charm using multiple tools.  The edges were smoothed and the stamped letters highlighted with black ink to make them stand out.  I also brushed a sparkly mica powder on each wing.  A hole was cut into the top corner so a jump ring could be added for hanging.  I created and added a faux rivet using black clay to help reinforce the hole and to add character.  On the back of each charm I added a tiny heart between the wings using liquid clay which helped to bond them and added the final special touch. 

Beads of Courage 2014 Charm Backside - SOAR

The benefit auction starts today and the start times have been staggered so everyone has a chance to bid and win a little piece of art.  See all the beautiful charms and bid to help us raise money for Beads of Courage right here: Click to go to Auction

Click the links below this photo to see the awesome charms that everyone else made.  Here's a peek of the charms I received in the swap:

Beads of Courage 2014 Charm Swap

Cory Tompkins: http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com (THIS IS ME)
Jenny Davies-Reazor: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Lennis Carrier: http://www.windbent.net

Monday, October 6, 2014

Charms and Spikes

I love little details, here's some of my new polymer clay spikes and charms with pretty detailed textures.  

The spikes started out plain and then I tried adding some acrylic paint to show the texture more, I love how they came out...what do you think?


Monday, June 23, 2014

Color Mixing and Polymer Clay Bead Making Class

About a month ago I saw a post on Facebook that Heather Powers was doing a new online class called The Art of Color Polymer Clay Bootcamp.  I was so excited not only to learn about color, but to do it using Polymer Clay!  I think the best part is that I can learn from one of my favorite bead artists!!  I knew I HAD to take this class.

Week 1 has been amazing, this is a 4 week course but we have lifetime access to the "classroom" so the fact that I work a FT job is okay.  I can work at my own pace.  Heather has been so great with her gentle teaching style, she gives advice and let's us figure some things out on our own.  That's perfect for me, I don't want to be told all the answers, if I can figure something out I will retain it so much better.  

Here are my 2 color wheels from this week.  

CMY Color Wheel Polymer Clay

RYB Color Wheel Polymer Clay

 Here's my complimentary palette chosen from 2 colors in one of the wheels above.
Polymer Clay Color Palette

and the canes I made using the palette
Polymer Clay stripe cane and leaf cane

and some beads I made using the canes

Polymer Clay beads

Polymer Clay beads using stripe cane

Polymer clay beads with cane slices

I'm excited to see what we will be doing this week but I also want to explore lots more of these complimentary palette's to see what the other colors look like.

I will post more pictures of what I make next week.