Thursday, September 30, 2010

Beach Babes

I found this great shadowbox at Goodwill and couldn't wait to do something with it. Not bad for 97cents. You can get the best stuff at Goodwill and their prices can't be beat. I always buy costume jewelry there to break up for componants. I picked up the shells on the outer banks of North Carolina and the paper came from Graphic 45. If you like vintage stuff you should check them out. If you like this see my etsy store, it's kneadtobead.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Clay and Stone Focal Bead

I was experimenting with some sculptural elements and a piece of jasper (I think) If anyone knows what this stone really is please tell me. I knew when I purchased it but I've forgotten. Even though it was labor intensive I had fun with it. I'd like to try another when I find the time.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Halloween ATC

With fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner I wanted to make something a little scary for an ATC swap that I just did. I like making ATC from polymer clay cuz they're very sturdy and last forever. They also ship very well. We all know how gently the postal service handles our beloved art projects...not. So I hope you find some inspiration from my scary skull ATC.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Folded polymer beads

I was playing with some clay and trying some new techniques with ranger ink and mica powders. I thought I would share some of the beads I made. They have a lot of visual texture but the beads are as smooth as glass.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Textured Skinny

I recently joined a swap called "It's all about texture". This was one of my favorite swaps. My daughter saw me working on it and wanted to help. It gave me a great opportunity to teach her how to make fabric beads from muslin. She had a blast, and I loved watching her. I think we'll always remember the night we made fabric beads together. I stamped the glossy cardstock with resist ink then sectioned it off and blotted each section with different colors. I wrapped a pipe cleaner with fibers and glued that down. I used the beads my daughter and I made. There was paper towel under the fabric when we dyed it and the paper towel looked so cool I used some of that too. I also used some clear microbeads and the face in the upper corner is polymer clay. This is one that I almost don't want to give away. I just hope the receiver likes it.