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.

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Listed some jewelry in my Etsy Shop

Just listed: A Bevy of Bangles and a Passel of Pendants

Here is a sampling 🙂

3 New Larger Size Stamps Just Listed

I just got done listing 3 new 6″ X 4″ stamps in my Etsy shop. The first is the Italian Text

The other 2 are the same image, sort of.  🙂 I did a positive and a negative image of the same design, which reminds me of an ammonite fossil. One works as a traditional stamp, the other works like a mold.  So when it’s stamped into polymer clay (or any clay), you get a raised image instead of an impression of the design. Both are lovely when used for either the mica shift or mokume gane techniques.

New Custom Order Completed

I received a request to make some custom needle tools. If I say so myself, they turned out fabulous !! Sort of a faux batik look that was completely unintentional.

needle1

And while I was at it, I covered my own needle tool and my craft knife handle 🙂

mine

In case you were wondering, the needle tools are $9.99 ($11.99 if you want them varnished).

Inspirational Eyecandy

I have found myself in a creative slump in my jewelry making, so I began surfing the internet for some images to inspire me. I didn’t need to look very far to find some pictures of bright, colorful, inspirational polymer clay designs.

faux dichroic mokume by Carol Simmons

faux dichroic mokume by Carol Simmons

http://carolsimmonsdesigns.com/

FWille Pendants by Majda Gartner

FWille Pendants by Majda Gartner

See more work by Majda

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30374181@N04/

bangles by Oxana Volkova

bangles by Oxana Volkova

See more work by Oxana

http://www.flickr.com/photos/oksoon/

 

mosaic beads by Pavla Cepelikova

mosaic beads by Pavla Cepelikova

See more work by Pavla

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52250355@N08/

mokume gane by Daniela

mokume gane by Daniela

See more work by Daniela

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr-fimo/

stacked circles by belkomor

stacked circles by belkomor (there is a short tutorial too)

see the tutorial http://polymerclayfimo.livejournal.com/4284313.html#cutid1

miami by Natalia García de Leániz

miami by Natalia García de Leániz

See more work by Natalia

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tatana/

 "Garden in Bloom" Polymer Clay Tile Assemblage by gera scott chandler

“Garden in Bloom” Polymer Clay Tile Assemblage by gera scott chandler

http://www.gerascottchandler.com/

 new Rotella pendants and bangle by Carina

new Rotella pendants and bangle by Carina

More work by Carina

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fimorina/sets/72157604053634140/

Fun polymer clay projects to keep you busy this Winter

Golden Polymer Clay Beads

Golden Polymer Clay Beads

Spring Bouquet Tutorial

Spring Bouquet Tutorial
Songbird Eggs

Songbird Eggs

Rough And Tough Polymer Clay

Rough And Tough Polymer Clay

Radiant Mica Shift

Radiant Mica Shift

Persian Beads

Persian Beads

Faux Enamel

Faux Enamel

Butterfly Cane From Basic Canes

Butterfly Cane From Basic Canes

Earth Toned Mokume Gane Beads

Earth Toned Mokume Gane Beads

And a cool tip :) Inside of pop can bottom makes a great curved surface to bake on. Just be careful of the sharp edges.

And a cool tip 🙂 Inside bottom of pop can makes a great curved surface to bake on. Just be careful of the sharp edges.

The Return of My Muse

I think my Muse likes to escape to a warmer climate in the Winter, because I rarely find the motivation to be creative when it’s cold and cloudy, but I believe my muse has returned from her vacation. At least for the time being. 🙂 I have actually finished several jewelry pieces in the last couple weeks. I even sanded and buffed them all and my friends know how much I looooove sanding. NOT !! LOL

First I made a couple bangle bracelets made using my Scrap Mokume Gane technique. This is a picture of one (they are very similar is looks)

Then I made 5 pendants using Mokume Gane technique which were inspired by the arrival of Julie Picarello’s new book, Patterns in Polymer Clay.




And I finally tried my hand at an idea that’s been swimming around my brain for a while. Hollow Domed Pendants with inset Swarovski crystal. Though I did use dichroic cabs in two of the six I made.





That’s all for now. I hope the creative juices are still flowing. I brought home a bag of clay from Michael’s today. Part of my birthday shopping spree. 🙂 I bought all the new colors of Premo !!! Can’t wait to play with them some more.

Why Attend a Workshop? For results like these !

I am so jealous of all the people who are in a position to attend a workshop with one of the soooo many wonderful polymer clay teachers that are out there. I see pictures and I can not help but drool. If I’m drooling (and dreaming) then I choose to have you doing the same thing. LOL

Look at the student photos from this Kathleen Dustin Workshop that just happened on May 19 & 22, 2011 in Schaan. That’s in Germany I think.

This next photo is of the cuff bracelets students made during a class with Bettina Welker in Linz Austria.

And another of Bettina’s classes making Etched Pendants.

These pendants and mosaic boxes were created in classes taught by Anke Humpert

Tiles bracelets stamped with chalk taught by Jana Lehmann

Canes made in Leigh Ross’ Millennium Garden workshop

And what they made with the canes 🙂

A Kaleidoscope Cane workshop with Kerstin Ruprecht

Canework from a Sandra McCaw intricate caning class.

Lovely beads made in a Donna Kato class

Student’s mokume gane projects from a Julie Picarello classes.

I seriously need a clay time fix now. How about you ?
Happy Claying !!!

I created my 1st ArtFire Collection starring – Mokume Gane

Handmade Jewelry

I’d Love to See Your Scrap Mokume Gane :)

So many people have purchased my tutorial “How To Make A Scrap Mokume Gane Bangle Bracelet”, and I thank you all dearly! Now I want to see what you all did with that tutorial 🙂

I have this example. Cara made this sheet and it looks fabulous !!!

And found this over at Flickr by Italian artist Costanza.

Send me a link to your project and I’ll post it on my blog for all to see. 🙂

If you haven’t purchased the tutorial and would like to give this technique a try you can find it in my Etsy shop. Or in my Artfire Store

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