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Sutton Slice Success!

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend one of Lisa Pavelka‘s brilliant workshops, which was a master-class on using the “Sutton Slice” technique, which she developed (accidentally!!) with fellow artist Pete Sutton.

I had attempted the Sutton Slice technique before, but was only partially successful.

But as of Wednesday, I am now able to create the Sutton-iest of slices. Yay!

“Swirly Q” stamp:

Blue swirl Sutton Slice

Blue swirl Sutton Slice

Bloomin” texture stamp

butterfly Sutton Slice experiment

Multi-coloured butterfly Sutton Slice experiment

Garden Glory” stamp:

garden Sutton Slice on yellow clay

garden Sutton Slice on yellow clay

garden Sutton Slice on yellow and black clay

garden Sutton Slice on yellow and black clay

garden Sutton Slice on black

garden Sutton Slice on black clay

And my favourite piece so far:

purple Sutton Slice box

purple Sutton Slice box

purple Sutton Slice box open

I love Lisa’s classes, but if you can’t get to one yourself don’t panic —  she has put an instructional video onto YouTube.

In search of inspiration

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Now that I’ve finished the 7MSN laserschnitt piece I am wondering what my next big project should be. But <…sigh…> nothing really leaps out and grabs me like that one did.

So in the meantime while I continue my quest for a new major subject I am just going to keep playing with paper and polymer clay and see what I can discover.

The other day I bought a copy of  “Art Nouveau Flower Designs” by Polly Pinder.

polly pinder art nouveau book

Polly Pinder book as seen on Amazon

I’ve made some papercuts adapted from some of her line drawings:

rose on black paper

rose on black paper

rose2 on black paper

rose2 on black paper

rose3 on black paper

rose3 on black paper

It is very relaxing and therapeutic, cutting paper with a craft knife.

More Mica Shift Experiments

Woo – I think I’ve already started to improve my mica-shifty skills, after a couple of days of exploring the technique a bit further (click into the photos to see them in more detail):

mica shift experiment mica shift experiment

mica shift experiment

Some of the patterns are a bit indistinct, but  they are definitely getting better! Since making these pieces I have gleaned a few hints and tips from the Flickr group called “Mica Shift”, and in particular their discussion topic of “Tips and triks…pls add yours…”, so I intend to try again later.

100 Days of Polymer Clay: Necklace “98”

98 more days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Today’s necklace is another one which acts as a ‘benchmark’ for me to compare against the future work that I do. It’s made up of a selection of many of the basic flower cane designs that I have made over the last couple of years, and every single flower bead is completely different to the others. However, very few of them make me go “Wow” when I look at them – so I hope that by the time I have finished my polymer clay quest I will have discovered some cane designs that really stand out.

So here are the beads that I currently make:

Necklace "98"necklace 98…and let’s hope I improve over the next 98 days. I would like to make lots of lovely millefiori designs, and create some really big and bold pieces instead of the small round beads that I currently make.

 

Latest Designs (Polymer Clay Flower Canes)

Here are more of the items I created while I was in Spain earlier this week:

Naturally I like some designs more than others, but no matter what the end product looks like, it is still fun actually creating the canes in the first place.

Polymer Clay Daily

As always I am WAY behind everyone else in the polymer clay world, and have only recently discovered Cynthia Tinapple’s Polymer Clay Daily website. However I am making up for lost time by attempting to read through all of the archived articles on the site. I love it! In the space of a few weeks my work has already started to evolve.

I was particularly blown away by the entry for 20 April 2011, which featured the work of Cathy ‘dumauvobleu. I think her jewellery is amazing.

Here is an example of what some of my pendant-designs used to look like…:

Pink Flower & Swirl pendants

Pink Flower & Swirl pendants

…but since seeing Cathy’s work I have been experimenting with texture and with using repeating patterns instead of randomly layering of cane-slices:

Pink Heart Pendants

Pink Heart Pendants

Pink Heart

Pink Heart

I think my work is really improving. Thank you Cynthia and Cathy!

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.