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.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Linen Blog Hop

Diana Ptaszynski owner of Suburban Girl Studio is hosting a waxed linen blog hop inspired by Erin Siegel who co-wrote the book Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry, with Lorelei Eurto

I love jewelry designed with waxed linen.  Since I had just bought some from Lorelei's Jewelry Accord shop I figured this hop was a great reason to show it off.

Waxed linen owl bracelet with art beads

The bracelet I made uses several Artisan Beads including a clay button I chose from a travelling bead box swap made by Lisa Peters (when I find out who made this I will update...if it's yours please tell me in the comments!!)
my own TealwaterDesigns polymer clay owl and a gorgeous lampwork bead made by Erin Davenport, Fire Lily.  

TealwaterDesigns Owl Bracelet

I also used a blue czech flower (I am gaga over these), a chunky wooden bead I bought in a de-stash, Czech triangles and some metal leaves that I rubbed with bronze wax.
Polymer Clay Owl by TealwaterDesigns

I had fun making this bracelet.  I really love the clay button as a closure but it doesn't hang exactly as I would like so I might trade it out for something else.  
glass, czech beads, metal dangles

Thanks Diana for a fun hop!  Check out the others who participated by clicking Diana's name above.


Friday, May 9, 2014

BSBP 8 Reveal Day

It's Reveal Day!!!

This is my third year to participate in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  Lori pairs 500 people up to swap some beads, a focal and a clasp are all that is actually required to send and to use but there's always more...were all bead lovers, you know!!

My partner this year is CJ Bauschka, read all about our swap.

CJ sent me a focal connector with loops for hanging.  I have been working with polymer clay a lot so I decided to make something special to go with the focal.  Some ideas were created and I tried different things out but eventually I decided to make some organic style "spikes".  I have made lots of custom colors with clay but this time I used the clay color right out of the package, it's called Peacock Pearl...I love it!  

I wanted the clay spikes to be textured so mixed up some molding clay and made a texture stamp from the focal.  Using the stamp I made, I pressed the clay drops and got a nice texture you can see here.

And here is the finished necklace.  

To fill in the loops on the focal I dangled the beautiful teal button pearls CJ sent on each side of the spikes.  These were wire wrapped with micro faceted Apetite gemstones I have been hording for several years. 

I draped green stick pearls separated by the bronze firepolished beads CJ sent to expand the design a bit.  On each end of the focal I wire wrapped a polymer clay connector matching the spikes in color and texture. 

I draped more of the teal pearl and apetite dangles between the focal and chain on each side.  The chain also included some Swarovski bicones CJ sent.

The clasp is pretty neat, you squeeze it to open, I finished it off with a few more dangles...I really love those pearls and gemmies!!

So...I had these two clay spikes left over and I really wanted to make some earrings with them.  The color went really nicely with some polymer clay textured squares made by Lennis Carrier of Windbent.  

I connected everything with some slate gray waxed linen by Jewelry Accord and used a few more of those little pearls!  

CJ also sent me a pretty stamped metal focal,
I haven't come up with a worthy design yet...but I will!  Visit me again to see what I come up with!

Now, let's go see what CJ made...