Saturday, June 25, 2016

Art Bead Scene June Challenge

This month at the Art Bead Scene the artwork of John Louis Rhead has been chosen as inspiration for bead makers and jewelry designers.
The New York Public Library
I chose a polymer and wire pendant that I made several months ago since it seemed to have all the colors I needed for this challenge. 
I then picked some lovely glass beads made by Chic Elbert. Her beads are the six disk-shaped beads.  They have a beautiful iridescent glow with warm blue, yellow and orange glass that shines through from beneath.
I feel that Chic's beads give my piece just the right sparkle, don't you agree?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Challenge de couleurs - le bleu et le rose

Maryy has proposed a challenge for us at CréationFimo. We were to use only pink and blue to create something new. 
You can see the results of her challenge on Parole de Pâte today.  

I started  with a transfer of a photo I had taken  of some daisies I in my my garden...
I turned it into black and white and made a transfer on clay with t-shirt transfer paper, and then I used ink to tint the flowers pink and blue.
Well, I went along my merry way coloring and scraping and coloring with ink as I focused on not making any purple.  Oops, I made white instead.  I had forgotten that white was as bad as purple!

So I tried again...
I used the same process except that I didn't scrape all the way down to the clay and made certain to avoid white.  Some of the color is actually made with metalic acrylic paints.  

Challenge Multi Couches - Multi-layers

At the francophone forum Polym'air de rien we were working on perfecting the technique of layering with clay and stamps and liquid clay and more!  I didn't get a chance to enter my piece, but here is a link to the other participants' work.  
As usual I made the challenge more challenging than it needed to be.I began with white clay that I made colorful using a batik technique with paper and ink.

I saw a little bluebird among the random designs, so I made it my focus.  I then picked out some of my favorite translucent canes and made some more using my oil paints as usual.

After adding some cane pieces and curing, I gouged out a few lines for fun, then I painted some more and sanded.

I then encircled the piece with metal tape used for soldering stained glass in order to prevent the liquid from running over the edges.  I also added some wispy dried leaves of a nigella plant (love in a mist). Before putting it back in the oven to cure, I carefully set the liquid clay with a heat gun making certain not to make any "waves".
After this I sanded it and made a beaded clay frame.

I learned many things from my Polym'air de rien friends along the way - in particular that one can sand and buff cured liquid clay.  After sanding and buffing I think it came out pretty nice.

Stripes! plus Colors! Challenge

Challenge - des rayures et de couleures
The francophone group, Créations en Pâte Polymère ou CréationsFimo, has been working on one challenge after another.   Schoolwork kept me too busy to blog for a couple months, but now I can share what we have been doing... 
This challenge was twofold.  We needed to use the colors in the palette as well as make beautifully strait and parallel stripes. 
I never find it easy to make anything perfectly anything, so this was an especially difficult challenge for me. 
First my blue was too green and then my stripes went wonky.  So, lucky for me there was a thing called poisson d'avril! (fish of April = April Fools!)
That’s okay, I tried again.  This time my colors were better and my stripes more parallel.  

I made several pieces for the challenge, but my bracelet was the one I entered.  
I never did get the stripes perfectly aligned, but I had fun with the scraps. I made many more earrings and beads...
This is a whistle necklace made with the technique from this tutorial by Joan Tayler Design. My friend who is an artist and art teacher, Chic Elbert, bought it to wear to school.  She might use it to get everyone's attention.  

Monday, April 4, 2016

Challenge Recto Verso

Do you ever wish you could actually touch some of the beautiful creations you find photos of on Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram?  I often wish I could pick them up and see them from all angles.  Today on Parole de Pâte we are able to admire a collection of  pendants from both front and back. At Créations en Pâte Polymère (Création Fimo) we have been working on a challenge to make the reverse sides of our pieces as professional and pretty as the fronts, and our pendants had to be made entirely of polymer. Here is the front of the piece I made for this challenge...
and a closeup of the back...

 I nearly always have more fun designing the back of my pendants, broaches, bracelets and earrings than the front.  I allow myself the joy of being free to play on the reverse sides.  My creativity is much less restrained as I don't worry about how "good" or "balanced" or "acceptable" the design is. There where my work will not be on display I have no worry of being judged.
Here are some examples of what I like to do with the reverse sides:

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sertir un cabochon - Un petit tutoriel

Mes petites astuces pour faire et sertir un cabochon.

(Étapes 1 à 6)  Comment faire un cabochon sans poncer:
(1)  J'aime utiliser les objets en verre comme ce bol pour faire cuire des boucles d'oreilles ou des cabochons. Je les trouve souvent aux marchés des puces.  
(2) Pour ce cabochon je vais utiliser une tranche de mokumegane.  Le gabarit m'aide à trouver un beau motif.
(3) Après l'avoir coupé, je mets l'ovale de pâte dans le vide au-dessous du bol.  
(4) Puisque le bol est en verre transparent  on peut voir s'il y a des bulles d'air entre la pâte et le verre.  J'évite les bulles parce que s'il n'y a pas de bulles je ne dois pas poncer.  
(5) Je remplis le cabochon avec la pâte berk.
(6) Le verso est couvert avec un peu de mokumegane, lissé, et découpé (à peu près pour mieux l'enlever après la cuisson). J'y mets ma signature et je le cuis dans le bol.    

(Étapes 7 à 8) Comment préparer le cabochon:
(7) Après la cuisson on découpe plus précisément et
(8) lime les tranches.  

(Étapes 9 à 33)  Comment sertir le cabochon: 
(9 et 10) La circonférence de mon cabochon c'est 16 centimètres.  
(11) On coupe une longueur (cinq fois la circonférence) du fil (fil cuivre coloré 20 gauge ou .8 mm).  
(12 et 13) Laissez une queue de dix cm et pliez le fil en zigzag avec une pince.
(14 à 16) Quand le zigzag mesure la circonférence, reculez.
(17) Pour attacher les deux zigzags j'utilise le fil de laiton (doux 28 gauge ou .41 mm).  J'achète ce fil de laiton à la quincaillerie.  C'est plus fort que le fil que je trouve aux magasins de fournitures d'art et d'artisanat, et c'est moins cher. :)  Coupez une longueur du fil de laiton (cinq fois la circonférence du cabochon).  
(18) Attachez le fil de laiton au fil cuivre ou on a reculé le zigzag.  Un bout du fil de laiton sera 3.5 fois la circonférence et l'autre bout sera 1.5 fois la longueur de la circonférence.  
(19) Enfilez les perles (rocailles tubes) au fil de laiton qui est plus court.  
(20)  Enfilez la première perle au fil de laiton qui est plus long. Attachez la perle enfilée au fil cuivre en bouclant trois fois.  
(21 et 22)  Répétez le procès jusqu'au bout.  
(23) Pliez les zigzags.
(24) Attachez les deux bouts du zigzag avec le fil de laiton. 
(25) Mettez le cabochon dedans.
(26) Pliez un morceau de papier deux fois. Les vraies pinces casseraient les perles, alors, ce papier plié servira comme une sorte de pince. 
(27) Pliez les deux zigzags pour serrer le cabochon.  
(28 et 29) Voici le recto et le verso du cabochon serti.
(30 et 31) Il y a plusieurs façons de finir, mais j'ai choisi d'ajouter une grande perle pour cacher les bouts de fil de laiton.  Ensuite, j'ai coupé les bouts de fil de laiton.
(32) J'ai fait une boucle en queue de cochon. 
(33) Et le voici.