Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mokume Gane Pocket Mirror

Here's a different style pocket mirror I have been creating. Something a little different:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A few more pocket mirrors/compacts - Asian Inspired

Here is another mirrors/compacts - Asian inspired. The images are from ParrishLin at Etsy. This one of a lotus flower.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Image Transfer Pocket Mirror - Two Mirrors

This is something new I am doing, trying to perfect it so that I can teach it in my class in the fall and also put some in my Etsy store. I'm really pleased with the way they came out. There are two mirrors in the compact, a magnified mirror and a regular mirror - Perfect for touching up your make-up!

Monday, May 24, 2010

And another rose cane.

Here another mistake - can you find it? Need one more petal at the top. Where did it go? LOL

The &$*$($*&#&^@^^% Rose Cane

In the past few weeks, I have made 20-30 rose canes from a tutorial I purchased from Yonat from Israel (Thank you Yonat for driving me crazy and giving me a new addiction. LOL). This is not an easy task. If not done exactly right, the outside petals become small and reducing the rose cane is one of the most tedius jobs - gently tugging and pulling so that there is minimal distortion. You can see my mistake on the purple rose on the left. I think after my 10th or 12th cane, I finally got the hang of it. Here's a few I made this week. With the urging of my students, I have placed a few in my Etsy shop for sale. Definitely give this a try, difficult, yes, rewarding absolutely!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Day The World Changed Forever

On 9-11-2001, 2973 innocent people perished in a horrendous act of terrorism at the World Trade Center. Living in New York, this is very close to my heart. This tin will not be for sale in my shop. It sits on my desk to remind me of the Day the World Changed Forever. Inside the tin is a tiny Flag of Honor with the names of the 2973 victims of 9-11 who gave their life. This is my entry into the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy May Challenge - History/Historical Events. Please go to www.PCAGOE.com from May 1-May 8 at 12 noon to vote for your favorite. You could win a great prize just for voting.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Deb Tuchsen - Rengalsa (Renaissance Gal of San Antonio)

From San Antonio, Texas comes Deb Tuchsen. She is an amazing artist with a knowledge of many different mediums, but her polymer clay art is so unique and different.

She is a true artist having a love also for drawing and photography. One of her areas of expertise is portraiture - taking people's family photos and making drawings or paintings for a family heirloom.

Her polymer clay work involves customizing canes for beads for school and college jewelry and custom face canes. The school and college jewelry has her own design of a school or college logo in the school colors and many of the designs are used for fund-raising purposes. You can contact her to discuss a custom order at http://www.rengalsa.etsy.com/.
She also makes adorable face canes which she turns into wonderful jewelry. The face canes are intricate, detailed canes with varying skin tones and hair colors - some even with mustaches! They are so true-to-life and would make a beautiful custom gift for mothers, grandmothers, or teachers.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Christi of Rivervalleydesign

I promised myself I would start promoting my guild members on my blog and the first person I chose is Christi of Rivervalleydesign. Christi lives in Michigan. She has the most unique and beautiful pendants. She shows how very diverse polymer clay is as an art medium and is truly a great artist. You can see more of her outstanding work at http://www.rivervalleydesign.etsy.com/.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Transfer Focal Bead

Here's a new style focal bead I'm working on with transfers. This will be the center or focal point of a new necklace.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Crochet Hooks Covered with Flowers

Here's a new item in my shop at Etsy - polymer clay covered crochet hooks. They are really fun to make and I have already sold a few.

Please help the people of Haiti

Such a devasting event for these poor people. You can make a contribution to the American Red Cross and be sure that your money will get to Haiti. Let's help them in any way we can.

A Little About Me

I'm retired from Stony Brook Hospital (administrative), and since then have been exploring the wonderful medium of polymer clay. I have two children, and two grandchildren, 5 years old and two years old. They are truly a joy. I am married to the same guy for 41 years. He's supportive of my art and teaching. I'm a Law and Order Junkie and love all books by James Patterson, the Eagles music and Billy Joel.

Proud member of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy

Since May of 2007 I have been a member of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy. Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. The website, which launched in 2005, has an online community that includes tutorials, downloads, blogs, and a variety of articles on the latest in handmade artistry. In 2006, started by Ilysa Bierer, the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) was formed. Today 87 members strong, PCAGOE provides a forum for polymer clay artists to showcase new and exciting techniques, discuss designs and materials, problem solve, and even encourages friendly competition with a monthly challenge. The Guild has supported with the artistry, time and consideration of its members, many different charities. This past spring, tiny clay decorated Bottles of Hope were designed by many members to be donated to cancer patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Massachusetts.