Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Beadweaving Christmas

I bought some beadweaving patterns this year for making into Christmas decs for friends and family. Now that they have received them for Christmas, I can post pictures of them without ruining the surprise :)

Christmas Tree Decorations

The little sock shape eventually became this miniature stocking. There was room for a little pressie inside.

I bought a kit to make this miniature beaded hymn book. The book is about 2cm x 3cm.

The patterns are from www.threadabead.com.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Finally finished that necklace!

Back in May I made a lovely polymer clay focal bead for a necklace I was going to make. You can read about that if you like here: http://floraeme.blogspot.com/2011/05/needed-focal.html

Well, what with the house move this year and all the resulting work, it was a project I started and then put down quite some time ago. After making a bunch of Christmas pressies this last week, I decided to make one for myself and got on with finishing the necklace (finally!). So here it is...

It has taken over 6 months, from start to finish and you know what? After all that work, I don't think  I like it that much! The seed beads are a bit too big for the focal, when wrapped around it creating a very heavy drop, well I think "thunk" would be more accurate!

I really should learn that when a beading pattern says use Delicas, it means use Delicas and not bigger seed beads. Doh. I am much happier with this bountiful polymer bracelet that I made (in about 20 minutes I must add). I simply strung a lot of Elise Canning's beautiful beads onto some thread and voila. 

The beads are so beautiful that I didn't need to do much except arrange them well. I love this little thistle dangle.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Polymer Finds Everywhere

I love how you can find bits and bobs to use with polymer clay everywhere. Yesterday I went to the Birmingham Christmas market, the largest German Christmas market outside Germany and Austria and yep, it was very big! There are stalls up and down many streets and across several squares selling food, gifts and crafts. I love this beer hut with its advent calendar display.

I found a baking stall which was selling cute mini cutters. I picked these up and can't wait to use them. My favourite is the little mushroom.

There was also a stall selling beautiful old fashioned stamps. I was there quite a while trying to decide which to buy. Eventually I decided on these two!

I'm off out today and I'll be sure to keep an eye out for more polymer finds. 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

More beadies

There isn't a lot to say about these but here are some beads I made recently:)

I used many of the canes I made recently whilst practicing the play doh technique. You can check out that post here:  http://floraeme.blogspot.com/2011/08/idit-zootas-play-dough-technique.html

The jelly roll I used in these beads really smudged onto the white glitter clay. I'll have to put these into my "sale" pile when I make it into a necklace!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Polymer Beads and Spacers

I made these pink beadies the other day (I do like backgroundless canes but they are much harder than round canes to reduce!). 

I always space beads like this out in a necklace, because I feel that a necklace full of these vibrant beads would be too much. When it comes to making up the necklace though, I always struggle to find spacer beads that will look "just right". So I decided I would make my own spacers this time out of the background colour used in the millefiori beads. I made up a batch of polymer spacer nuggets.

Then I put them together in a necklace. 

Of course, I needed a little bead to space out the spacers and I spent a while deciding on those. Ho hum!! I think it works though.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Christmas beadies

Christmas beadies for you to see. You know, Christmas beads because they are green and there is a little fir tree on them :)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

First Picarello

I know I am way behind here but I have finally had a bit of time to have a go at the wonderful Picarello imprint technique from Julie Picarello's book Pattern's in Polymer. Now I'll never be good at slicing clay - my cheese slices look like doorstops - but I am pleased with the resulting pendants and I'm more than happy to practice my slicing using this technique!

The colour scheme was inspired by a scene from a magazine. If I did it again, I would use a darker blue-black and some mica but the technique has such dynamic results that I think these colours work here. 

I also made these beads using Julie's technique. 

Monday, 5 December 2011

Time for Tropical Tea

Being British, I am partial to a good cuppa (tea of course!). So when I found a set of mini cookie cutters with a tea-time theme, I was really chuffed and looking forward to making something with them. 

Here is what I like to call my "Time for Tropical Tea" charm bracelet.

I used vibrant colours of scrap cray to create the pattern and backed this onto a white granite clay.

Aren't these cutter shapes cute? I think they would look great with a steampunk background too. 

Friday, 25 November 2011

Autumn Waffle Beads

After successfully mixing a lovely autumn colour scheme and creating the waffle look, I made these beadies.

Optical illusion as a result of the waffle look - these beads are round not multi faceted! 

I'll definitely be having a go at more colour schemes and using the waffle look.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Colour schemes and Waffles

Last week I did something rare with polymer clay. I made a colour scheme. Well, rare for me that is. I know many polyclay artists create the most wonderful colour schemes. Me, I don't usually have the time for this and I use clay colours straight out of the packet. Last week I decided to break the habit and I mixed a colour scheme. I was a tad apprehensive...how would it turn out?...would I waste precious time if it all went wrong?...would I end up with lumps of awful coloured clay?...

Well I should have trusted myself earlier! I based this colour scheme on my autumn garden, with its burnished colours, hints of gold and underlying browns. I love the colours and through using a little brown in all my colours I have gave each a slightly neutral look. 

I also played around with some tools last week and came up with this waffle look - it is making  me a bit hungry as I am now picturing dairy free margarine melting on warm gluten free waffles! 

I made this last pendant using the waffle method, scrapume gane and scrap slices. 

Autumn waffle beadies to follow...

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Lemon Meringue

I made these iccle lemon meringue beads a week or so ago and today I made them into earrings. They are so cute - and I am saying so myself! I have a real craving for lemon meringue pie now...

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Polymer Play Days 2011 workshops - Natalia

For Natalia Garcia de Leaniz's workshop at Polymer Play Days 2011 we made these great desert bracelets.

I also made these matching beads.

I definitely intend to make some more, with other colours but I don't have the "special equipment" needed to make them.


Cat hacker

Now I know who keeps using my facebook account...

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Bumble's Beads

If you remember, back in July I made a bumble bee cane. As I had made the cane over several months, different parts of the cane had different consistencies. When I reduced the cane, it shifted at different rates and I lost a lot of clay due to distortion.

Here are some beads made with the scrap clay.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Jewellery from my Tutorials

Just a few piccies of some pieces made using my cane tutorials. All details about that in my previous post.

My favourite - love that little water can.

For shoe lovers everywhere

Drop leaf necklace with matching earrings. 

Friday, 4 November 2011

Bead Magazine Article

The third part of my "Creating Canes - Millefiori" article was printed in the Winter Sparkle 2011 issue (34) of Bead magazine :)


This is definitely the best part of the article! It shows you how to make my double petal flower cane and then to use all canes together to make an eye catching millefiori pendant. You can also use the cane tutorials to create a lovely focal bead. 

This pendant shows the double petal flower cane.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Polymer Play Days 2011 workshops

Alison Gallant taught us how to use silk screens on polymer clay. I  thought I might not enjoy this workshop as I have a tendency to make a mess! I didn't. Make a mess I mean, I certainly enjoyed the class. I believe this workshop will soon be available on CraftEdu and I do recommend doing it.

Pendant and earrings in the making.

I think the pendant will look great on a lovely beaded necklace - photos to follow when I make that (give me about 3 months!!)

I added a layer of liquid Kato (to seal in the pattern) and blasted it with my heat gun after baking to give the pendant that glossy/glassy look. Thanks to Jema for that tip :)

Shown in artificial light - it shows the glossy look off better!