So, ages ago (years ago, really), I had an idea for a cool polymer clay embellishment for an empty wine bottle. It has taken me a long time, working in spurts, to finally finish it, but here it is:
The front shows a little cabin in the woods, with snow-covered mountains in the background. It is a spring scene, so the birch or aspen trees have yellowy green leaves, and there are wild roses and irises in bloom. Sigh. It’s really not spring here (-28 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, and that’s warmed up about 20 degrees since last week!), so I’m gazing wistfully at this little clay world, willing spring to get here soon. 🙂
The back lets you see the backyard. The axe is stuck in the chopping block, and there’s a path back to the outhouse (you can just see that necessity – it’s in the middle left of the photo, above the irises).
And here are a couple of close ups.
It is for sale in my Art Fire shop, Butterscotch Grove, along with a few other things. I’ll be going through my old never-posted stock from when I worked the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market a few years ago and adding those items to my shop over the next week or so. Those things will be bargains!
This week’s Smoosher is Chris Newcomb, aka EagleHawk. Chris lives in Cypress, Texas (the 2nd largest state…;) ), with his wife (“the most wonderful woman I know” he says! Isn’t that sweet?) and two daughters. He is primarily a woodworker. Something I love from his Art Fire shop‘s Artisan Gallery is this wonderful decorative violin:
More representative of Chris’s work is this gorgeous little scrollsaw ornament, which he says is “perfect for little hands to hang on the tree.” Living as I do only a few miles from the North Pole, I had to include this one!
How does this work make Mr. Newcomb a Smoosher, you ask? Well, although Chris is relatively new to polymer clay, he has come up the great idea of inlaying some of his woodwork with polyclay, which has resulted in some very cute keychains.
Using wood and polymer clay together can be problematic, because of wood’s tendency to shrink and expand. It is nice to see someone experimenting with the combination, though, because there is wonderful potential for creating beautiful items. This is my favorite of Chris’s keychains – I love the combination of the poplar with the pearl polymer clay:
I hope you’ll have fun browsing at Chris’s Art Fire shop!
This week, the guild spotlight is on Dori, of Sassy Clay Creations. Dori has perfected the trick of layering clay to build up lovely and fun textures on her jewelry and home decor items.
This mirror would cheer me up on the worst bad hair day!
I love this little glittery white bowl. Working with white clay is a HUGE challenge for me – mine always ends up mainly white with flecks and smears of other colors and fuzzy with dust. This little bowl shows Dori’s meticulousness and patience.
And just look at this pretty little pin! Reminds me of childhood vacations at the ocean. (Sigh – the nearest ocean to me now is the Arctic! Br!)
Dori’s blog is Sassy Clay Creations – check out the wonderful tutorial on making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) from polymer clay. Her Art Fire shop is SassyClayCreations. I hope you’ll spend a little time browsing through her lovely products and admiring her creativity.
Thursdays are going to be my day for profiling my guild mates from the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild of Art Fire. I’m pleased to start this weekly feature off with my Guild Master – ColtPixy! (Her blog is over there >>> in the blogroll.)
ColtPixy is a multi-talented artist from Tennessee. She has worked in many different media over the years, including painting, stained glass and mosaics, and of course, polymer clay.
She seems to have never-ending energy, though she says it’s all due to coffee. I’m thinking I need to switch to her brand. 🙂
These are her latest creations – some of the most beautiful beetles I’ve ever seen!
She has a sense of humor, too, as you can see from these “Ticked Off Peas in a Pod.”
My daughter would kill for these miniatures, even if the mask is really a very cool little pendant!
I LOVE this pendant – it’s so simple and striking.
Ok, that’s all I’ll show you, but I hope you’ll go visit ColtPixy’s Art Fire shop or check out her Flickr pages to see all the lovely things (like amazing mica shift work and her fabulous “PixyStones”) that I couldn’t post today. Of course, you can also go to her blog or the blog she maintains beautifully for the Smooshers.
Tonja Lenderman, whose blog is Polyclay Corner, has been hosting the most amazing swap for a very long time. The idea behind this swap is that we all have stuff that we’re not going to use, or beads or polymer clay pieces that we’re not happy with, or that just aren’t right for some reason. Tonja came up with the idea to fill a box with her “trash,” send it off to a swap participant and have them take what they wanted (up to 25 items). That swapper would then replace the removed items with their own “trash,” then send it so the next person on the list. We had something like 25 people on the list…and wouldn’t you know, being up here in Alaska, I’m the last one before the box goes back to Tonja. This box has been on its way here for a LONG time. (And if you want to follow its travels and travails, Tonja’s been blogging about it since the start – and restart.)
Soooooo, it FINALLY GOT HERE! YEA!
All that fit in a medium flat rate box!
Here’s what I took out (except the 2 Polymer Cafe magazines I kept – which are already on my nightstand):
Canes I took
And here’s what I put in:
Non-cane stuff I put in
Canes I added to the box
This was so much fun! Thank you, Tonja, and BJ (who helped the swap get going again after a theft).
Yesterday was not a good day for me and my clay. Everything I did either didn’t work, broke or just didn’t come out like I wanted it to. So this morning I was looking around the web for something that looks fun but not too difficult – time to regain some confidence. I found this great tutorial on 2 Good Claymates’ site. Carolyn is one of my guild-mates in the Polymer Clay Smooshers’ Guild of Art Fire.
The n0t-good-day seems to be continuing, as I can’t seem to get a picture of the very cool cane Carolyn came up with to post. Sooo, I’ll just go try it out and take pictures of MY version. (Yanno, this “I-can’t-post-pictures-of-other-peoples-stuff” problem could probably be resolved if I read WordPress’s help pages….)
UPDATE: So, here’s the proof – I did try this tute out and it’s very cool. However, my toaster oven has recently (like, about an hour ago) passed away, (grrrr) so the blue/white/gold extruder cane covered prescription bottle is not baked. But isn’t that cane cool??