Saturday, 14 December 2013

Latest Polymer Playing

I've been playing a bit lately with this look of bead. What do you think?


I forgot to cover these beads when I cooked them so they blistered and browned a bit but I like them!






Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Look what I found!

I finally got round to tidying the craft room - I'm always putting this off as it takes soooo long and I'd rather just play with the clay. However, last week I decided enough was enough and it had to be done. I'm so glad I did as I found this fab bead set that I made well, I can't even remember when! I had forgotten all about them. Whoop. 


Still have to drill and sand these but I like them already!

Monday, 11 November 2013

New beadies listed on Folksy

Woh, I've finally found some time to list 3 new sets of beads on Folksy. I finished the beads quite some time ago and they've been sitting around waiting to be listed!

So here they are: 

The first, a set of russet millefiori beads with mushroom and flower designs.


Then this set of lucious purple flower beads. Made using my purple flower canes and Zuleykha's wonderful sunflower tutorial. 


And finally this set of mint beads made using my dragonfly cane and other flowers.





Sunday, 13 October 2013

Bails for Polymer

When I've made a polymer clay pendant or focal bead, I do have trouble finding a way of hanging it that I'm happy with. None of the bails I can buy locally really do the pendant/bead justice or they are just too expensive for me to consider using. 

So I invested in a couple of books to give me some ideas. The first was Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin's Build Your Own Wire Pendants. The book seems a bit expensive for what you get - it's barely 100 pages but it does have some great ideas for making ornate bails no matter where your bead is drilled (or if it isn't drilled at all). There are also some really funky wire pendant projects which you could easily adapt to incorporate some of your more abstact polymer creations and faux stones. 

I used the book to create a bail for this front drilled pendant and added some embellishments to the bail. 


It looks so much better than using a simple bail ;)


For my focal bead, I used a project from the Abby Hook book Wire Jewelry Masterclass. This is a great book full of fun wire work projects. I had only made one of these polymer clay beads beads so it was a good excuse to have a go at the "orbital woven round pendant" project. As I had used a lot of grey in the bead, I thought pink wire would look fab and I have to say I feel I was right!


What do you think?

Friday, 4 October 2013

Spacers

Ah you can't beat making a few spacers from black and a little mud coloured clay.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

October

Ah October, cue leaves falling, shorter evenings, the need for that extra blanket on the bed and Halloween related gubbins.

Everywhere!

I couldn't resist when I saw this "munchkin pumpkin" in the supermarket today. Yes, I know it's just a littl'un that didn't get any bigger, but it was just too cute to resist ;)




Saturday, 21 September 2013

New Beadies

Time has yet again got the better of me and here we are, 3 weeks into September but I have managed to make and list 2 sets of beads!

Firstly these mint beads and spacers are for sale in my Etsy shop


I fancy some vegan ice cream now, mint flavoured of course.

I also made these grey based flower and cupcake beads, for sale now in my Folksy shop.






Thursday, 29 August 2013

New Beadies for Sale on Etsy

Yes it has finally happened, the kitten has gone to sleep and I have had some time to make, bake, sand, buff and finally post 2 new sets of beads in my Etsy shop

Firsty this cutesy set of 7 pretty pink millefiori beads made with flower and butterfly designs. For sale now in my etsy shop.


Next is this set of 10 powder blue polymer clay millefiori beads with flower and butterfly slices of millefiori. For sale now in my etsy shop.





Sunday, 11 August 2013

Some work!

My goodness time has gone past in a flash again. That little kitten is keeping me busy. I have managed to do a couple of pieces though, so I'll post those here to remind you all that I do actually still make clay items!








Monday, 8 July 2013

Bit preoccupied

I've been a bit preoccupied recently and haven't had time to do any clay. Here's the reason...


She keeps me pretty busy but she is worth it :). Look at this next photo - butter wouldn't melt eh? 


Well actually it would! I found she had been having a good gnaw on some beads I had made from a Sarah Shriver workshop. I was hoping to turn these into earrings - no chance now!






Monday, 27 May 2013

Powder Blue Beads and Earrings

I was feeling all springlike when I made these beads and earrings. I mixed a powder blue colour for the background and used slices of flower and bumblebee millefiori. 

I used the primary colours as a guide for the colour combination in the beads although it was more of a tertiary blue so not quite a primary combo! These are now for sale in my Folksy shop. 



For the earrings I used a colour combo of blues and inserted a splash of yellow. 





Monday, 20 May 2013

First Ladybird Themed Beads

My little ladybird cane has now made an appearance on 2 sets of beads. 

Firstly this set of russet red millefiori beads, which is now for sale in my Folksy shop


And this set of beadies on a bronze background, for sale in my Etsy shop

Lucky ladybirds!







Saturday, 18 May 2013

New Beadies

New beadies for sale on Etsy! Lovely purple beads with purple flower and leaf millefiori designs. 


The light purple flowers are a design I've been playing around with. The roses are made using a variation of Mars Designs rose tutorial. Marcia does some lovely work and her tutorials are fab. The leafy designs are Irish Mishley's, which you can find in her rose tutorial set, Iris does fab work too!

I really need to make up more of my own cane designs don't I?!




Thursday, 16 May 2013

First Beads using Mushroom Cane

Yup, the title says it all really so here are the first set of beads I have made using my groovy mushroom cane...

I used slices of frog, flower and leaf canes along with the backgroundless mushroom canes on a dusky pink background. These are for sale now on my Folksy site.

I also made my first mushroom cane focused earrings - see them below. 


They have a little froggy surprise..


Don't forget you can win some of the mushroom cane here. 





Monday, 6 May 2013

Cane giveaway - update.

I think I totally confused everyone by holding 2 cane giveaways at the same time. People weren't really sure what they had to do. Sorry!

I have successfully selected a winner from my FloRaeMe Facebook page. However I didn't have anyone who left comments on this blog telling me what they would like to do with the mushroom cane if they won. 

So I'm holding the giveaway on this blog again.



Win, win, win, win, win, win, win!!

For your chance to win 3 inch long bits of mushroom cane (various sizes) plus a bit of scrap clay to practice slicing (the cane is a bit delicate) here's what you need to do: 
  1. Become a follower of this blog. Of course, if you already follow this blog you can simply skip this part.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me how you would use this cane if you won it.
That's it! I will pick my favourite comment and that person will win. 

I will be holding this giveaway opportunity until Monday 27th May so get commenting. 



Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ladybird Polymer Clay Cane

I recently made this ladybird polymer clay cane. I thought it would go well with my dragonfly cane and mushroom cane



I packed the cane to an oblong shape as I didn't want to use lots of translucent. I reduced the cane by making an oblong shape between my thumb and forefinger and choking from the middle outwards.



As you can see I did get a little distortion so it may have been better to use the play doh technique here and reduce a round cane. When I try that one, I'll let you know how it goes!

I also made this snow capped flower cane from Tamishvat's tutorial. I can recommend it.







Sunday, 21 April 2013

Cane Giveaway!

Hello Folks.

A couple of weeks ago I made a backgroundless mushroom cane and asked if you would be interested in winning a bit. Well I had some positive comments about this one so finally here it is!

My cane giveaway!




I'm doing 2 giveaways and for each one the winner will get 3 inch long bits of mushroom cane (various sizes) plus a bit of scrap to practice slicing as the cane is a bit delicate.

Here's how you can try and win:

1) Become a follower of my blog. Leave a message on this post to let me know how you would use the mushroom cane if you won. I'll pick my favourite answer and that person will receive the magic mushrooms!

2) Become a fan of my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FloRaeMecreations), leave a comment on the large piccie of the mushroom canes, saying you want to win. I'll pick a winner using a random generator. 

If you are already a follower or fan, simply leave your comments. 

I'll be holding the giveaway until Sunday 5th May when I'll reveal the winners so get your comments ready!


Friday, 12 April 2013

Polymer Clay Friendly Cling Film

Hi UK Folks

Wouldn't you just love to be able to find a brand of cling film locally that doesn't react to polymer clay? One that doesn't end up all squidgy and sticky a week after you have used it on your clay?

Well I found one! The Co-op do a Non-PVC brand of cling film that has not yet reacted to my clay!


I had some Premo and Kato clay wrapped in the Co-op cling film for 6 months now and it's fine. No reaction, I think the clue is in the "non-pvc" bit as polymer clay contains PVC, so this must react to the cling film with pvc. 

Its isn't the strongest brand of cling film so it can be a little annoying in that respect, but YOU CAN FIND IT AT YOUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET. Whoop!! 

I found some in Sainsbury's too but I haven't had a chance to test this brand. I'll let you know how that goes!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Polymer Clay Dragonfly Cane

I was having a ponder on what I do with my little mushroom canes (see here if you missed that post: http://floraeme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/new-mushroom-cane.html). As these mushrooms are quite fantastical, I wanted to make a cane along the same lines. 

Here is my new dragonfly cane


Ok, a dragonfly isn't a creature of fantasy, but there is certainly something magical about them when they dart around the garden and pond. 


What do you think of him? If you really like him and are based in the UK, you can find this little fellow for sale now in my folksy shop.






Thursday, 28 March 2013

New Mushroom Cane

I've a new cane to show you all. Introducing my new mushroom cane!



I made this cane using the play dough technique because I didn't want a clay background. It does make it pretty difficult to photograph the right way up though as the top is heavier than the bottom. Flipping the photo makes it look a bit odd but you get the idea!





Would you like the chance to win a bit of this cane? 



Saturday, 23 March 2013

New beads

I made these eye catching beads a couple of weeks ago and just finished polishing and listing them. They are striking yet not overpowering as there is a lovely muddy colour running through them. For sale now on my Folksy site



I also listed these groovy beads, I call them splatter beads! For sale now on Folksy


And these 2 sets of spacer beads: