Polymer Clay Is In “The House”!

I came across a wonderful polymer clay artist on Facebook. Her name is Consuelo Okdie who is a resident of Florida You can tell by the wonderful array of colors and design she uses in her work 🙂 Don’t be surprised to see palm trees, bright pink flamingos, sea turtles and the odd alligator on the wonderful Christmas ornaments and illustrations she creates.

Consuelo posted some exciting news on Facebook. She was featured in a local magazine called Scene. The story, called The Ho Ho Ho of Holiday Collectibles, is about local artists and festive Christmas collectibles. The article also mentions how Consuela was honored by having 4 of her handmade ornaments chosen to be hung on a The White House Christmas Tree! I have the distinct honor to share with you 2 pictures of her ornaments that have never been published anywhere else. 🙂 Aren’t they gorgeous !

Here is the picture of the amazing bird ornament appropriately named  “Flying Fabulosity” that was featured in the magazine article. It is made with black polymer clay and embellished with foil, wire & seed beads.

This turtle ornament is one of my favorite. Just look at that detail.

And speaking of detail. This illustration in clay is breathtaking ! Even if it has big dangerous teeth. LOL

And my heart skipped a beat when I saw the carousel horses.  It brought back childhood memories of riding the carousel in Downtown Spokane at Riverfront Park.


You can see more of Consuela’s wonderful art in her Flickr Gallery.

A quote from Consuela “I’ve been an artist my whole life & have worked in many different mediums. Before discovering polymer clay I worked as a cartoonist, in a stained glass studio & as an animal portriat artist working in acrylics to name a few.  I discovered pc about 10 years ago after watching Donna Kato on Carol Duval. After a year of making some of the most horrible things I’d ever created it just really clicked in my brain how pc worked. Since then I’ve had my work in several magazines including PolymerCAFE & Bead&Button and was fortunate enough to have appeared on Crafters Coast to Coast, Craft Lab, Paper, Paint & Craft and best of all, had my work featured in a shoebox segment of the last Carol Duvall Holiday Special.  Now I work exclusively in pc and besides ornaments I love to make illustrations.”

Read the interview Consuela did for HandMade News

You can also find her clay illustration called “Fish Gotta Swim” in the gallery of Lisa Pavelka’s newest book The Complete Book of Polymer Clay.

Congratulation Consuela on the White House Christmas Tree !!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s beyond awesome 🙂

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New Clear Stamp Designs Are Finished

I spent a great deal of the day finishing the new clear stamp designs and testing them to make sure they worked. I create the stamps with Mokume Gane in mind, but they are just like the clear stamps you buy retail and can be inked up the same way.

Here is a sampling of the new designs:
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I made a web page so anyone can see all the designs, new and old, in one place. http://www.tonjastreasures.com/stamps/clearstamps.htm

Haven’t gotten them listed anywhere for sale yet, but if you wish to make a purchase email me at tonja@tonjastreasures.com and I can send a PayPal invoice.

Inspiration From Nature

When I’m feeling artistically blocked and my muse has taken an unexpected vacation, I like to look to nature for inspiration. I recently found a seller on Etsy that uses butterfly wings to make jewelry (all butterflies passed of natural causes). I had never seen so many gorgeous colors and designs ! If only I could cane. I’d go crazy using the designs as a pattern.

Another source of caning inspiration are pictures of flowers.

And what about leaves? You can cane them or use the actual leaf for an impression in your clay.

Take a look around your back yard or favorite hiking trail. You can get some amazing texture off of stones & rocks.

A more unusual inspiration comes from fish scales. They come in so many colorful combination.

And what about a simple sunset? Imagine this as a Skinner Blend!

Then there are exotic bird feathers.

I hope these inspire you to create something wonderful 🙂

Flickr Finds For July

Found some fabulous,newly uploaded pictures.

Flowermouse Design

Flowermouse Design


Viktorya Slutsky / DaliDesigns

Viktorya Slutsky / DaliDesigns


silverpepper23

silverpepper23


malodora  / DDee Wilder

malodora / DDee Wilder


Anat Goldich

Anat Goldich


Marie Pierre / grecoaica33

Marie Pierre / grecoaica33


lacigalecristalline

lacigalecristalline

This Weeks Featured PCAGOE Artist

Randee M Ketzel is a very versatile artist. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing her Flickr photos. I love the use of bright colors and her inros are fabulous!!! Randee also has an Etsy Shop called RMK Design where you can purchase her wonderful work.




My Smooch-ings: Experiments with Clearsnap’s New Inks

I finally sat down and finished the projects I started using Clearsnap’s new Smooch Pearlized Inks. The colors are fabulous, but I found one drawback. While the inks do dry quickly on paper (and your fingers LOL) they do not dry fast on polymer clay. I found I needed to heat set the ink or let it sit overnight. Oh, the inks don’t crackle like I hoped they would once dried. It was more of a spreading, like mica powders do when you roll the clay thinner.

My first project is a pendant I textured with a rubber stamp. I dabbed the inks over the raised areas with my finger.
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The next is a similar pendant, but I textured it using the end of a seashell I found at my mom’s house. smooch2

The third is a tag art pendant. I smeared the inks on black clay in a rainbow effect and let dry over night. I cut the clay into strips and made a basket weave. I used a metal embossing plate to add texture. The bail is black clay.
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The last is a fish I molded, painted completely with the Siren (red), then highlighted with the Gold Lame and Pumpkin inks. A dab of green on the eye 🙂 Next time I will apply the fish to something before I paint it. Inro maybe? Was a little difficult to move after I painted the fish and it was wet. When I finally moved it to a tile to bake it I broke off 3 fins while trying to be careful. LOL Live and learn. Next time I’ll work on deli wrap so I can peel it away from the fish.
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The Steampunk Phenomenon

Steampunk has edged it’s way into the polymer clay community. I love the idea of using old or unusual stuff and adding it into my work. Why throw it away if it can be salvaged for another use? The most common parts that show up in Steampunk are gears, cogs and other watch parts, but I’ve also seen chain, nail heads, eyelets, springs, zippers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

I’ve made a couple Steampunk pendants. Here’s my first try.
steampunk heart

I scoured the internet for some examples of polymer clay Steampunk for your enjoyment.

Jessica at Dollproject

Jessica at Dollproject


Rachel Ross

Rachel Ross


Cristalline

Cristalline


Gigglin Goth

Gigglin Goth


Laura Medeiros AKA Zoeowyn

Laura Medeiros AKA Zoeowyn

Blondesense

Blondesense


Terrie K

Terrie K


Christie Freisen

Christie Freisen


Kimberly Hart AKA Monster Kookies

Kimberly Hart AKA Monster Kookies


Dawn Schiller

Dawn Schiller

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