Tuesday, July 31, 2007

New Clay Pendant

Well, this one is interesting. I am very pleased with the outcome of this pendant. I saw a tutorial on making a faux labradorite (I think that is how it is spelled LOL) using some translucent clay mixed with black to make the grey color and then adding two pearlex colors on two separate pieces.

Then they are layered twice, imprinted and thinly sliced on some scrap clay. I then imprinted a stamp I purchased and viola! After baking and cooling I came out with this pretty colorful bead.

Of course I then had to wire it into a pendant and I think it came out rather nicely. I also made a round bead using the same technique and imprint and will probalby make that into a wired pendant as well. I have enough of the clay mixture to make a set of beads for a bracelet as well. I love trying new things. I need to practice with this technique as well, but I am glad I found it and gave it a try.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Pendants

Ok, so I went a bit pendant crazy today. Here is the first one:
This one I tried to do a swirl lentil, but I still need a lot of work on that. I am new to those, but I have always wanted to make them.

The wire used is gold filled. I am very pleased with this and obviously the picture doesn't do it justice at all. I need some classes on taking jewelry pictures.

My second one for the night is: This particular one was also trying the swirl lentil, but I used some canes for this one.

Sometimes I just go nuts all in one night. This one is also gold filled wire. Ok, let's see what is on the agenda for tomorrow. LOLOL

Monday, July 23, 2007

Shave Cream Beads

Ok kids, so now we have a miriad of bead styles. LOL I wanted to see the different shapes and using different inks. Some were added to the original bowl of shave cream.

I don't know if you can see from this image but some of the beads have tiny indents in them. That was due to a second part of this technique that Ernie taught us. She said to try rolling our clay in salt prior to putting the cream mixture on. Then when the beads are baked you have to rinse them in water to get the crystals off. The result was a textured bead. Rather cool effect.

Some of these beads will be turned into pendants since I am so into the pendant thing all of a sudden. Others may be bracelet parts. Or who knows, I may keep these as a keepsake and bake a whole new original batch. Any way it goes, I enjoyed this demo a lot.

Upward and onward. LOL

Shave Cream Demo

Oh my goodness!! What fun yesterday was. I love this technique. It is a bit messy, but it was a blast to learn. I decided to make a pendant out of one of the beads and will post some of the beads tonight when I get home. I think I am going to make some more when I get some of the inks and shave cream. What an easy technique!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

New Blog to Show Samples of Work

Well, I finally decided to break into the blog world. :-) Since I am learning the craft of claying and wire work, I thought it would be fun to have a space where I can show my progress. This is going to be an experiment for me so we will see how it goes. I hope you see a lot of progress and fun things.

Since this is my first post, it is short and sweet with more to come. In fact, I am going to my very first guild meeting today. I am so excited. We are learning a technique using shaving cream and inks to make beads. Wish me luck!