60 New Stamps & Silk Screens Now Available

I just got done listing 60 new silk screens and clear stamp textures in my Etsy shop. They are all made to order and all made 100% with my own 2 hands 🙂

Tonja’s Treasures Etsy Shop

Here are some actual pictures of my stamps.

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Coral Pair

Springtime

Springtime

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Under the Sea

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Tapestry

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Woodland

rain leaf

Rainy Skeleton Leaf

 

Have you checked out Lucy Clay Tools lately?

Well, if you haven’t you should ! Fair warning. There are an tools and inspiration to make you drool (and empty your wallet LOL) . http://www.lucyclaystore.com

I own the original CZExtruder and I will NEVER go back to another brand. The quality is so beyond superior to the others it’s like night and day. Plus there are now 8 different sets of shape discs available to extrude a mind boggling number of patterns and#9 is on the way.

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You can use your old Makin’s extruder discs and Cynthia Tinapple’s discs in the CZ Extruder, too.

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I also have my eye on the Lucy Clay Slicer. I hear it is a fabulous tool for slicing even sheets of clay off of a slab. Imagine getting nice veneer sheets for Mokume Gane !

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Where to buy your Lucy Clay Tools

Lots of new stamp and silk screen design available soon

I have spent the last week coming up with new designs for my  silk screens and stamps. With Spring being here there are lots of flowers and leaves. Plus I have some very interesting organic designs that I am hoping will be very popular. They are perfect for doing Mokume Gane and mica shift. Here are just  a few of the designs you will find very soon in my Etsy shop.

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These next 2 are from my new duo stamps – 2 designs each.

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These 4 are new silk screen designs for Spring.

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Friday’s Featured Artist: Janine Müller

I saw this picture on Facebook and I was quite intrigued. So I headed over to Flickr to look at more of Janine’s work.  Talk about eye candy ! This is one talented lady. I love her use of color and organic design.

I supposed i you twisted my arm to choose a favorite I might say this one called Tiger Heart

But then there is a really good chance I might say it’s this one called Violas Garten

or perhaps these earrings becasue I adore ginkgo leaves 🙂

You can browser through all of Janine’s pictures in her Flickr Gallery

How to “Bail Out” a Pendant

Sometime I make a really great pendant and then realize I did not think about how I was going to hang it on a cord. I am going to supply you with some quick and easy ideas on how to add a bail to your polymer clay pendant.

First are the non clay solutions:

Add a jump ring and run the cord through it.

Or a jump ring with a bail added.

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Here is a wire wrapped bail I made.

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Or you can add a screw eye to the clay before or after it’s baked.

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Sometimes you can find interesting filigree findings and connectors that can be folded in half to create a bail. They can add a really nice design element.  It will need to be glued in place for it to be permanent.

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Then there are pinch bails. They come is different colors and designs.

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Glue on bails can be handy too.

Here are some ideas if you want to add a bail made of polymer clay:

You can make a tube of clay ( I wrap clay around a knitting needle and bake. Remove the clay while it’s still warm) and attach it with liquid clay, which will obviously need to be baked again to be permanent.

A fold over clay bail can be fun, too.

I extruded a flat strip of black clay and looped it through the holes I cut in this domed pendant.

This Weeks Featured Artist: Susan Gross

What first caught my eye when viewing Susan’s Flickr album was the beauty in a simple spiral. I just love how she accents this piece with a little texture and berries.

This one is call Tropical Swirl and it most definitely makes me feel like having a fruity drink with an umbrella in it. 🙂

I also found some stunning silk screened pieces. I think you all know how I feel about silk screens. LOVE THEM!!!!!

This next piece is a shining example (literally) of translucent mokume gane done correctly. Look at the layers of silver leaf and color. Beautiful work, Susan !

But……….. I think my favorite piece is this pendant. I love the contrast of color and pattern in the patchwork design.

 

To see all of Susan Gross’ work check her Flickr Gallery.

Cabochons Now Available in my Etsy Shop

I have discovered I love making polymer clay cabochon. 🙂 I spend a lot of time getting the shape just right. Then I take the time to sand them by hand with 7 grits of sandpaper so they are smooth as glass. Lastly, I buff them to a high gloss finish. I have a large selection in my Etsy Shop, with more on the way. Grab them while you can. They are in demand !

Here are a few you will find available at this time.

 

 

Friday’s Featured Artist: Sonya’s Polymer Creations

This weeks featured polymer clay artist is Sonya’s Polymer Creations and she has quite the flair for organic design, which I especially like when it comes to jewelry. For example, this first piece named Cleopatra’s Bubblebath is so simple, yet it has such depth. It makes me think of sea urchins.

 

This next piece is called Driftwood. Love the connections.

I especially like this pair of earrings  called Winter Mood. The detail is incredible.

More examples of Sonya’s work

 

You can see all of Sonya’s work in her Flickr Gallery

 

Etsy just messed everything up…. Again.

Etsy proudly announce the launch of all new categories. Yeah ? More like Yikes !! What a nightmare. They deleted all reference to Polymer clay in every category. I found my texture stamps filed under Ceramics & Sculptures. Yep, you read that correctly. Now they are filed under the generic category of General Supplies, because I can’t seem to find a proper home for them any longer.

I was reading through all the complaints made by shop owners in the forum that Etsy deleted Lampwork from the beads and that there is no longer a category to put Christmas Ornaments. And those fancy delicate beautiful polymer clay figures or mermaids and fairies? Oh, those were added to Toys category. LOL Seriously??

The new categories look like the WalMart.com website now. So sad and frustrating. Rather than spend the day working on orders I am faced with checking on my 362 listing to see just how badly Etsy @#$% things up for me. Here is a couple threads to visit to add you 2 cents to this matter. Please make your voice heard. https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/15994118/
https://www.etsy.com/teams/7722/discussions/discuss/15992322

 

Bad Etsy image courtesy of http://www.blissfulmondays.com/2013/02/14/307/

Fiona Abel-Smith: Friday Featured Artist (on Saturday)

Sorry I am a day late with this post. The orders for the Helen Breil Silk Screens overwhelmed me just a bit. 🙂 I am going to be very bust this weekend.

This weeks artist makes the most amazing boxes I have ever seen ! Her name is Fiona Abel-Smith and I am in awe. They are entirely polymer clay ! !

Look at the details involved. Stunning ! Absolutely stunning !

Even the inside is finished with mokume gane. WOW!

Here is a picture of just the lid to one of her boxes. I can not even imagine how many hours of work this took to complete just the lid.

Oh, and Fiona makes dragons and jewelry too. 🙂

You can see more of Fiona’s work in her Flickr Gallery.

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