Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Glass and Clay Jewelry

I finally got the pieces back that I made during the copper clay class I took a couple weeks ago.  I really love the organic look of the copper.  Rumor has it that Art Clay is coming out with a version that can be fired like silver clay instead of  in a bowl of activated charcoal…hope to see it soon.


These are the pieces that I created in the fused glass class.  I’ve already attached pin backs and bails to a couple.  Some of them clearly ask the question, “What were you thinking??”, but I like the majority of them.


These are a few pieces of silver clay and glass that I fired today.  The beads are simple spacer beads.  The glass piece was tack fused in the fused glass class.  I added the silver backing and syringed strands.  It’s hard to see the detail in the photo, but I really like how they turned out.


Linda’s Birthday Card

I made this card for my friend, Linda’s, birthday.  The flower is from Stampin’ Up Both Way Blossoms and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado Happy Everything set.   The inks were Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade.  The card base is from a Paper Company card pack in pastels.  The rest of the papers were scraps, so I’m not sure who makes them.  I sewed a stitch around the edge of the purple paper in purple thread with my Provo Craft Sew Craft Mini sewing machine (pretty cool little machine).


Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I finished the shrug to go with my dress and the wristlet I created the other day.  The pattern is from McCalls and is pretty simple for someone who knows how to sew…and read patterns…which is not me.  My friend, Jill, helped me figure out a dilemma with the ruffle.  Hint:  when the pattern piece says, “Cut 3”, you should follow that advice and not cut 4.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I'm on a sewing kick now and needed a small purse to go with a dress I'm wearing for my class reunion. I made this wristlet using a tutorial on Sew4Home. The instructions were well done, so I was really easy...and I don't really sew. I added the dragonfly embellishment out of Swarovski crystals that will match the detail in a shrug that I'm making to go over the dress.

I used the same dragonfly print material that I used for the tissue holders for the liner.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tissue Holder

I watched a tutorial on Craft Sanity on making a simple tissue holder for the mini packs like you carry in a purse and thought it would be a good project for some of my dragonfly material.   I made one for myself and another for my friend, Jill.  I added a Velcro closure and a large button as an embellishment.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Copper Clay Class

I took a class on copper clay yesterday at Full Spectrum Art Glass & Gallery. It was great fun and surprising how much different working with the copper clay is from silver clay. Copper clay stays moist longer, but is more flexy and brittle when dry (easily cracked). Because it stays a little 'rubberish', filing it feels different and it's better to do a wet rubbing to get a smooth surface. It also has to be fired in a stainless steel pan full of activated charcoal. That is why I don't have pictures of the charms I made because they still need to be fired. Once fired, they can be cleaned just like silver clay with the exception that you must use a stainless steel brush to get the shiny copper look. A non-stainless brush (usually has gold bristles) will turn the copper bronzy. It can be fixed with a stainless steel brush, but would still be a shocker at first. I'll post pictures once I get my pieces back later this week.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Simple Christmas Card

I’ve been busy working to finish my brother’s photo album of his visit to Colorado…yes, the one from May!!  I did stop for a moment to create a simple Christmas card using white cardstock, ink, embossing powder and a couple of Christmas-themed stamps.  I stamped the deer and Merry Christmas background on white cardstock.  I embossed the deer in Hunter Green embossing powder by Hampton Art Stamps and the background in a Red Dragon glittery embossing powder (there was no distributor name on the bottle).  I cut both out and inked the deer with Pine Needles Distress ink.  I used Flaming Red Staz-on ink to ink the border of the base card.  The background is glued down and the deer was attached with pop-dots.  I used gold embossing powder by Ranger to emboss an area of cardstock and punched out the star with a paper punch EK Success.  The whole process took me about 15 minutes (most of the time just figuring out what I wanted to do).


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Silver Metal Clay Hummingbird Pendant

My friend, John, asked me to make him a pendant inspired by his wife, Jill.  He calls Jill “hummingbird”, so that was my ‘focal point’ for the design.  My first thought was that I would cheat and find a hummingbird charm and mold it for silver clay.  Well…hummingbirds are not the subject of small charms now days.  So…I had to do the whole thing from scratch!  Hope he likes it!?!?!

I started with scrap polymer clay that I formed into a rough shape, baked and carved into a hummingbird…or at least my version of a hummingbird.


Then I used the polymer carving to form a mold with Sculpey Mold Maker.  Pretty simple…smash the carving into the mold material, bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes, remove carving.


The next step was to oil up the mold with olive oil, put the silver metal clay in and let dry.


Once the hummingbird dried, I removed it from the mold…gently.  I sanded and refined the hummingbird.  I rolled out some silver clay to a 3-card thickness and used cutters to punch out the larger circle and the hole.  I let the disk dry, then stamped Jill’s name and used a dremel to carve it out.


The final prep step was ‘gluing’ the hummingbird to the front of the disk with metal clay paste…and let dry.


The final piece was fired at 1292 degrees for 15 minutes in the kiln.  Then came the several hours spent burnishing it.  I couldn’t decide whether to do a brushed back ground or shiny…so I did both…several times.  Here is the front and back of the final pendant.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

Last night’s haunted house was a blast.  We had 10 ‘monsters’ to haunt the garage for the kids.  


I did get a little crafting in by making ‘grave hands’ for the brownies.  I made these out of polymer clay with a mold.  I know, you should not use polymer with food.  I covered the ‘arms’ with cellophane and wrapped them in scraps of Halloween-themed ribbon for the sleeves.  Shove them into some brownies and you have a cool decoration.