Monday, April 28, 2008

Evolution, maybe, then again

I've been making dragons out of polymer clay for over 15 years now. The blue dragon on the hair clip, is possibly my first one. And the little guy with opal eyes guarding the gems is possibly my first dragon bottle.
As Ive made protecting dragons Ive notcied a few things have changed.
One is the size, Im just getting bigger and bigger. Im also adding in more detail. Detail really makes the design more complete.

One thing that hasnt changed is the mica/luster powder finishes. Ive been utilizing that means of enhancement the entire time, and whats interesting, Im still using the same case of shimery eye shadows I used when I started. I still have them, they are from a gift with purchase make up kit from princess borgesia that I got in 1990/91. They still work great!

alcohol inks

Originally uploaded by Zoeowyn
There once was a little dragon who was unhappy with his color. Hes was a bright bright orange. After he took a bath in assorted acrylic paints and rolled around in some buffing wax he was still unhappy with his color....

I never really used alcohol inks for anything other than a "paint."
Then it hit me upside the head "alcohol," I could use rubbing alcohol to thin it out!
I soaked a q-tip in alcohol then in the indigo colored ink. It worked great!
the colors on the dragon, intermingled with what was left of the acrylic paints, and the range of colors from just a few dabs of ink were amazing

So to end the story
the little dragon turned out quite pleased with his new range of colors.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Paisley bubbles and dots pendants class

May 4, Sunday: Polymer Clay Paisley Pendants (1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Great Paisly Pendants you can wear with panache! Learn how to cut, layer, and texture with this fun project. Polymer clay is an affordable and fun medium to dabble in. Join instructor Laura Medeiros in all the fun. Cost: $40; supplies additional cost and purchased from instructor. Note: 2-student minimum required for this class, please call and reserve your space!

Class location:

Stardust Designs Bead Shoppe
43 Brookwood Terrace
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: 615-352-5355

Across from Target on Whitebridge Rd.
Behind Mr. Whiskers

Monday, April 14, 2008


Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
This takes place in an alternative 1939. Stylistically would you call it deco-punk? or streamline-comic?
Whatever the style I LOVE IT. The film was created all "green-screen" based technology, there ya go that's the techie stuff. Lets talk about style. it takes all the best of the original King King (I say that one scene WAS the back ground from the original KK movie on Kongs island), then add some Flash Gordon, toss in some Metropolis, knead in some Lost Horizon, take a Journey to the Center of the Earth stir well with American stream line and art deco, and baste in comic book art.
It was awesome!
I think the movie was ok, after all Angelina Jolie was dead sexy with that eye patch, too bad there wasn't an equivalent male character--the guy who plays Sky Captain = yeah ok whatever, and stylistically he did not fit! He was not comic book hero style, too thin too weak jawed. Gweneth Paltrow was the brassy heroine, could have been brassier. Angelina, wasn't in the movie long enough to weaken her character, same with the quirky scientific side kick- he was plucky and smart mouthed and geeky.
The plot included everything from kid napped Russian scientists, flying robots, ray guns and miniaturized elephants, there is also a mysterious bad guy.
I wanted to see this when it first came out, but life got in the way. I found the DVD at some flea market for $2, cheaper than renting, so it was mine.
I only now got around to seeing it.
I let it play 3x while I created some jewelry.
I will become one of my favorites to work to, my biggest problem is I will really want to see the visuals.
And it will be great for the kids, child safe, and a great way to entice them to watch some old classics

Thursday, April 10, 2008

unplanned collaboration

I was in need of some waves for my mermaid. I participated in a bead swap on the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.
My last set of beads arrived today. They are by Papernclay.
they are not only little swirly waves BUT the combination of the background I covered my box top in an hour before they arrived AND the back ground color from my mermaid cane.
They couldn't have been more perfect if I ordered them!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


The Creators and Entrepreneurial Mavens over at Crafted Online had a little contest.
There were in need of a tag line.

I submitted the following for consideration, my focus was about emphasizing the comfort of being at home:

Learn from the comfort of your home

learn while in your jammies!

Learn while surrounded by your own tools

come learn with us, you dont even have to shower or wear make up

(ok these are just getting silly)

from the comfort of you own home, and bunny slippers

we dont require you brush your teeth, but your dentist might

learned online, crafted by you

they went with:
Live Teachers, in the comfort of your home!

I won a copy of Make It Mine magazine.

So if you are looking to learn some crafting thingy go check them out!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Egg voting time

Its the Polymer Clat Artists of Etsy Guild Challenge time!

Im still recovering from the impact of this challenge:
Cover an egg

All the entries are in
you have only a few days to vote for your favorite!
(Pssst: I'm entry #17)