Friday, February 23, 2018

Waterdrops Pendants

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Today I have a quick, easy and very stylish project to share using Makin's Clay Waterdrops 3-piece Waterdrops Cutter Set. I like that little curvy waterdrop look to these cutters, makes things look whimsical.

For this project I used bake clay. For the thickness, I used two sheet of clay at the thickest setting on the pasta machine. I then cut out raindrop shapes using the largest and second largest cutter in the set.

I have treated the pendants with Susan Lenart Kazmer's Ice Resin Enamels, design to use on metal, but works on clay. I used the torquoise enamel. To do this, the clay has to be baked. Place a piece of paper under the pendants to catch the excess enamel. Apply the adhesive designed for these enamels with a brush. Then sprinkle on the enamel, shake off the excess on the paper and put back in the container. Melt the enamel with a heating tool.

It's a little tough handle the pendant with your fingers because of its size. I found it way easier to add a makeshift handle. This can be done with a needle, toothpick or precision knife, really anything that sharp and long. Stab one of these tools to the back of  the pendant. Do so gently and not too deep, or you'll cut through the front. Now you have a handle and applying the adhesive and enamel becomes easier and more comfortable task. It's important that these pendants be sealed with a proper clay sealer or polyurethane or the enamels will scratch off.  Happy Creating!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

7gypsies Vintage Keys Necklace-Canvas Corp Brands

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Today I am sharing my first Canvas Corp Brands (CCB) Design Crew project, a handmade 7gypsies vintage keys necklace. Really, this project is easy and stylish, I might say. I am fond of keys and use them in projects. I find them fun, stylish and inspirational. I am smitten with CCB's 7gypsies metal embellishments; they are solidly made and have an authentic vintage look. I was inspired to make a necklace, using the vintage keys set. Check out the CCB Blog to learn how to make this stylish project.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Copper Patina Bowl - Makin's Clay

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My Makin's Clay project this month is a patina and copper holy bowl. Keep in my this bowl is not going to save your soul, but it can hold your trinkets. I used Makin's Clay: mini GEO Cutter Set, Rollers and Cutter Set and white clay. To paint the bowl I used copper metallic paint and furniture and home decor patina wax from Art Minds. Please visit the Makin's Clay Blog to get detailed instructions and take a look around for more project ideas.

Normally, you use home decor waxes to paint wooden furniture or walls, I don't do either of those things, but I sure do like it on my arts and craft projects, like clay, metal, canvas and plaster. Waxes are great for antiquing; they do a superb job at getting into crevices and wiping off the surface. I like antique surface because it adds dimension. I then usually paint the surface, leaving the wax in the crevices. I have an easier time antiquing with waxes than I do acrylic paint. For antiquing I use dark brown, gray and black waxes. Waxes also seal surfaces, that's one of the reasons for using on wooden furniture. They also dry fast. I have used other brand waxes; Art Minds, Deco Arts, Folk Art and Annie Sloan and like them all.

 Alrighty then! Did mean to go on and on about waxes. See, this why you don't go to the craft and look around, you discover stuffs. Put on blinders and just get what you need is what I say, but still can't! Well, I hope you enjoy my little bowl and visit the Makin's Clay Blog. Below are some sneak peek pictures.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Faux Leather Paper Purse Card-Imagine

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I enjoy making paper purse birthday cards for friends and sisters. I make them out of paper and embellish them with stamps, bling, pearls, and just about anything that strikes my fancy. Inside I add note and a gift card. This time I thought I'd make a faux leather purse using Imagine's Walnut Inks and clear embossing powder. Sure do love the results. Check out Imagine's blog to learn how to make this cute card paper purse.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Clay Heart Valentine Card

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It's Valentine season. Looking to make a unique card for that loved in your life. Learn how to make this nice card over at the Imagine Blog. I made this card using Imagine's Walnut Inks; known for its awesome vintage look quality. I have embossed white wildflowers. I made the heart out of polymer clay and colored it with Staz On Valentine Inker.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Las Laguna Gallery Exhibit

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I am so over the moon to be part of the Las Laguna Gallery "Two of Hearts" exhibit for the month of Feb. The exhibit runs Feb 1-24 2018. The Artist Reception and Opening is Thursday, Feb 1st, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm during Laguna's First Thursday Artwalk. Additionally, my piece, I call "Caged Heart" is featured in their promotional materials, check out the postcard image below.

A little about this piece. It an assemblage; the substrate is the back side a deep canvas, where I used the opening created by wood frame as a niche. I used wire, polymer clay, found objects.  

In a way, our current divisive environment inspired this piece. I believe that deep down in our hearts lies our true humanity.  However, we choose to open ourselves to who we are-humans who love. Or we could choose to keep our hearts caged. To do so is to limits our inner selves, our view of the world; clamp down on our passion, creativity, and emotions.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Thinking of You - Card - Imagine

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I have a greeting card to share today. I have to admit, this card was inspired by the stencil and had to create a card around it. Love how that single bird sits on the tree. It looks so thoughtful; something about the moonlight does that to you. For this project I used dye and pigment inks. Started out with the dye inks; it adds bright burst of colors, then I used pigment inks; I like how it adds that moody, hazy nighttime feel to this card. To get detailed instructions on how to make this card, visit the Imagine Blog.