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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.

Polymer Clay ‘Sutton Slice’ Experiments

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Whilst on the polymer clay cruise last week, I won a “Polymer Clay Treasures” DVD and ‘Complete Book of Polymer Clay‘ by Lisa Pavelka:

lisa pavelka 'polymer clay treasures' DVD

lisa pavelka 'polymer clay treasures' DVD

lisa pavelka book

lisa pavelka book

From these I decided to attempt the ‘Sutton Slice’ technique, where you use a rubber texture stamp to create a raised design. For my first go I thought it would probably turn out to be fairly poor, so I just used a base of scrap clay with a bit of green clay on top. I was surprised when the end result was actually OK! Next I tried blue on black, but that wasn’t quite as successful (some of the tiny pieces of the design got stuck inside the rubber stamp):

sutton slice

sutton slice

 

Then I became a bit over-ambitious, and attempted a multi-coloured version:

sutton slice gone wrong

sutton slice gone wrong

 

I think I need to watch the DVD again…

Polymer clay cruise 2011

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Wow – I have just had the best holiday of my life.

First of all I went to Las Vegas with my mum for six days:

mum in Vegas 2011

mum in Vegas

Red Rock Canyon - nr Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon - nr Las Vegas

MGM lion in Las Vegas

MGM lion in Las Vegas

Then I went on a cruise from Los Angeles to Ensenada (Mexico) and back to L.A. – which was the main reason for the holiday because it was full of polymer clay workshops and was hosted by Lisa Pavelka. It was incredibly inspiring – not just from the artistic point of view, but also from the other people on the cruise.

Lisa showed us how to create ‘mokume gane’ patterns using texture stamps:

Cool tool

Cool tool

We received TONS of goodies, including polymer clay, tools, stamps, jewellery findings, books, magazines, a DVD, plus storage boxes and bags:

treasure trove of goodies

treasure trove of goodies

And then I had the opportunity to attend a jewellery-making class with Lisa, at the Brea Bead Works shop in Los Angeles. I made a crystal column necklace, using Swarovski beads:

crystal column necklace

crystal column necklace

 

It really was one of the best holidays of my life. Would love to go on another of the “Art Across the Oceans” cruises, but need to save up for another five years first. In the meantime, giant thanks to everyone on the cruise, including:

Lisa Pavelka, Lisa Lambright (at JHB), Karen Lewis (yes, the KLEW), Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg (wow),  Judi Weers (a.k.a. ‘Dr MetalClay’), Jackie Truty (president of Art Clay World USA), Penny Vingoe at Clayaround (my fave UK polymer clay provider), plus all of the other contributors, donors and students).

 

Brill.

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “83”

83 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

I have been doing real experiments today by using some (Lisa Pavelka) ‘inkjet waterslide transfers‘. My printer is not great quality but at least I got an idea of how the transfers work. I printed out some photos of real flowers, and I also thought it would be funny to print out a photo of some polymer clay leaves so that I could make ‘fake’ polymer clay canes. Ooops though – I accidentally spilled water all over the transfers before I was ready to use them, so it became a race against time to apply them to my pieces of white clay. Because I was working so quickly I ended up with lots of bubbles underneath the images, but at least I got them to stick to the clay:

polymer clay waterslide necklace

I made a sort of tiny ‘frame’ for the flower by putting layers of leaves around it:

polymer clay waterslide necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “86”

86 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Today’s necklace is made from silver-plated chain, green glass beads, and pink polymer clay flower cane beads:

polymer clay flower cane bead necklace

(click into photo for a closer look):

polymer clay flower cane bead necklace

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “93”

93 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Today I enjoyed Polymer Clay Daily’s info about Barbara Fajardo’s work, which encouraged me to put more texture onto my flowers than I usually do (click into images for a more detailed view):

orange flowers with texture purple flowers with texture

And then I made a necklace out of one of the flowers:

orange flower necklace orange flower necklace

The colours are a bit bright for my particular taste, but I like the overall tropical effect.

100 Days of Polymer Clay Necklaces: “96”

96 days to go until the polymer clay cruise…

Even though the design didn’t show up very well in some parts, I have used today’s mica-shift heart pendant to make the necklace because I still like it:

mica-shift heart necklaceI have hung it from some strings of glass rocailles that I bought at a car boot sale a long time ago.

Here is a closer view:

mica-shift heart pendantI think today’s “lesson” is just that I need to practice a bit more in order to get the mica-shift technique right. And I haven’t shown the back of the pendant, but it is scrap clay so that means I will still have to come up with a solution when I eventually make a real necklace.