Monday, May 24, 2010

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!

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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.