Posts Tagged ‘butterflies’

Further Laser Cutting Adventures

August 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow. The last time that I wrote about my laser-cutting adventures (eight months ago), I had just come up with a filigree butterfly design and was pleased with the way it turned out.

Since then I’ve been really busy, and have been doing some work for Maria Allen, who makes really clever use of the way that the laser can personalise gifts to make them unique.

Recently though I’ve had chance to experiment with my butterflies again, and have now extended the range. For example, here is a set of wooden butterfly pendants:

ImageThey are chunkier and more hard-wearing than the filigree version, but still have the design on both sides.

But for people who prefer the filigree version, I still make that one!:


But my current favourites are the little phone charms (with a hole in the top corner of one wing). The smaller one is 1cm wide, and the larger one is 1.5cm wide:


I think I might try to make some card-toppers one day, using the same design…

100 Days of Polymer Clay: “89”

89 days to go until the polymer clay cruise.

I’ve been playing with my laser cutter and have come up with a butterfly design. Unfortunately it’s not possible to laser-cut polymer clay (because it creates poisonous corrosive acid-gas), so I laser-cut the butterfly out of some shiny card and then pressed it into polymer clay and trimmed round the edges (click into the photo for a closer look):

laser cut butterfly necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “94”

94 days to go until the polymer clay cruise, and here is the latest effort in my 100 days of polymer clay challenge

Today I’ve been making a few flower beads. For this necklace I have just hung a large bead from some chain, and have added some dangly things to add a bit of interesting movement when the necklace is being worn (click the photo for a closer look):

necklace "94"

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “97”

97 days to go until the polymer clay cruise. Yeah!

Today’s necklace used the butterfly that I made the other day:

necklace "97" necklace "97"

It looks OK from a distance, but as I mentioned when I made it, its poor wings had cracks all over them. Varnishing didn’t help – it just made the cracks look worse! So my number 1 lesson from today is not to use substandard butterfly wings in my jewellery:

necklace "97"

My number 2 lesson is to try and find a different way of hanging pendants instead of just creating a loop of clay at the top of the back of the piece. It makes the piece top-heavy so it tilts forward all the time (I’ll try to put a picture here later to show what I mean…).

101 Days to go until the 2011 polymer clay cruise

June 2, 2011 2 comments

101 days to go until the polymer clay cruise. Ohhh, I am so excited about it. I really feel like I should do something to commemorate the occasion tomorrow, because then there will be exactly 100 days to go until the cruise. What should I do though? I’d love to try making a new flower cane for each of those 100 days, or a new bracelet every day, or a new bead every day, etc..

The thought of going all the way from the south coast of England to the west coast of the USA for a set of polymer clay workshops is a bit daunting, especially as we’ll be meeting up with world-class polymer clay heroes when we get there. Still, I guess that is another good reason to try and make 100 items between now and then – because hopefully if I make something every day then my skills will improve by the time I go on the cruise.

Ooooh – what about making a necklace per day? That might work! It’s a big challenge, but it should actually be possible to achieve. Between now and the polymer clay cruise, I will make 100 necklaces which feature polymer clay in some way. So not only will I be counting down the time to my dream holiday, I will also be improving my polyclay skills as I go along.

…In the meantime, here are today’s quick experiments. Some leaves and butterfly wings:

I preferred the darker (simpler) leaves to the stripy ones:

And the butterfly wings were OK, except that they all had small cracks in them and so they are all likely to break:

I’ll try to make some better ones soon, I hope.

New Polymer Clay Creations

August 15, 2010 4 comments

I’ve been away on holiday for a week, but just before I went away I finished photographing a collection of the most recent items I’ve been making:

fuchsia earring

fuchsia earring

fuchsia earrings

fuchsia earrings

blue basic butterflies

blue basic butterflies

goldfish earrings

goldfish earrings

hibiscus buttons

hibiscus buttons

wild violets

wild violets

wild violets next to the real thing

wild violets next to the real thing

At the moment nobody seems interested in buying my jewellery (or at least, not on Ebay), so I’m a bit scared of spending time and money on putting them on a craft stall and then finding out ‘for real’ that nobody wants to buy my stuff.

On the other hand, if I don’t start showing these things to people then I definitely won’t be able to sell them. I need to bite the bullet and go to a few galleries and try to do a craft stall. Eek.