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How Does Your (Polymer Clay) Garden Grow?

I can’t stop making polymer clay flower canes!

This is my latest batch of brooches and pendants:

red & white polymer clay flower brooch

red & white polymer clay flower brooch

purple polymer clay flower brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple polymer clay flower brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple polymer clay petunia brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple petunia brooch. I have no idea if I’ll ever be able to recreate this cane!

purple polymer clay petunia brooch with acrylic cabochon

purple polymer clay petunia brooch with acrylic cabochon

'Fire flower' polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

‘Fire flower’ polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

'Fire flower' polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

‘Fire flower’ polymer clay brooch with acrylic cabochon

Flowering Flower-ring

In the last month or so, I’ve had a step-by-step article published in “Making Jewellery” magazine, which involved a flower ring…

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…and also included a couple of ‘bonus’ earrings:

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and they also included a picture of a purple ring as well:

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Here is a scan of the cover of the magazine:

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… and here is an idea of what the first page of the article looked like:

polymer clay flower ring

Somehow they seem to make the pieces look better than in real life!

More Kaleidoscope Cane Experiments

March 4, 2013 1 comment

I still haven’t got the hang of them, but I’m getting closer.

kaleidoscope pink flower cane

Yuck

pink and purple flower kaleidoscope cane

better

 

kaleidoscope cane steps

kaleidoscope cane steps

 

kaleidoscope flower cane

ugly mix of colours, but I quite like the pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Flower Brooches

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Now that I’ve got the hang of making polymer clay flower canes I’ve been wondering what to do with them. I decided to experiment with brooches:

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and here is a slightly closer look:

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Experiments from Sarah Shriver DVD

December 7, 2011 1 comment

I’ve been watching Sarah Shriver’s DVD “Intricate Kaleidoscope Caning”. Took lots of notes and went into my superShed hoping that my polymer clay kaleidoscope patterns might improve, and I think they may have done. First of all I just followed the instructions on the DVD and so I ended up with designs like this:

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but then I made a flower:

sarah shriver style kaleidoscope flower

sarah shriver style kaleidoscope flower

and then I tried a simpler version of my own (but it’s not very pretty)

pink kaleidoscope flower

After that I had another go. I much preferred my blue experiments:

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Woo – Bead Barmy have created a ‘blog post’ about me.

November 3, 2011 Leave a comment

I love the Brighton Bead Shop and have been shopping there for yeeeeears. Before the Internet, even. These days they have gone all hi-tech and have got a Beads Unlimited website and a facebook page and a ‘Bead Barmy’ blog. Naturally they are on Twitter, too, as @beadsunlimited.

Jo from their Bead Barmy site contacted me recently to ask if I would participate in one of their blog posts, and here is what she created: http://www.beadbarmy.com/2011/11/hobby-to-business-is-just-whats-kneaded/

Thanks Jo!