Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Jewelry Blog Hop!

This year I thought it would be fun to play in a Halloween Blog Hop.
Thanks to Diana Ptaszynski for putting this together (she is the first in the list of blog hoppers).

Our rules:

  • Participants will create at least one piece of jewelry in a Halloween or Day of the Dead theme.  
  • Each piece of jewelry must contain at least one art bead (visit Art Bead Scene if you need clarification on art beads).

Since I make most of my components anyway I thought this would be fun. Its always halloween around our house, skulls and the like are "normal" for us, so i thought I would challenge myself and push it a bit. Then the next thing I know time has gotten away from me and instead of making a groovy haunted mansion like my chicken shack, Im doing something quick and fast and easy.

Oh well. I m still going to make that haunted mansion, just its not my entry for this. My pieces are all polymer clay (ran out of time) candy corn earrings, a mini pumpkin pendant and a witch's hat, that still needs to be glued to its hair clip. They will all be presented to my halloween baby this year for prezzies (yup, born on Oct 31, and she LOVES it).

Your hoppers:

Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

Dawn M. Gallop

Thursday, October 24, 2013

What's on the bench?

I really haven't taken the time to clean off my work space and dive back into metal clay like I had hoped. But thats ok.
I started playing with these talisman/amulet "Juju" collection pieces.

These pieces are fun because I can play with my collection I mean stash of supplies, I can toss in some wire work, and include charms I make.

By the time I got to the last one of this bunch, I think I had the swirls on the large frame figured out.

These will make their debute at the Alabama Renaissance Festival this weekend October 26-27, and then they will make their way over to my Etsy store, with a few other I have assembled (well actually these will sell this weekend and I will have new and different ones in my Etsy store!--the power of positive thinking!)

This talisman collection features a carved jade fluke, an amethyst point, a ceramic sphere, a bronze tentacle, and a faceted amber bead.

This collection has a large fluorite bead, a buffalo tooth, a metal hand holding a ring, and a carved coral skull.

This was my first collection. it features a large hamsa and has raw amber beads, a raw garnet, a green glass bead and a silver drop with a wood bead from central Asia.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Ball Burnisher, Love this tool

I have a small collection of ball burnishers. The original one is from my art school days, when I used the tool to rub down custom colored text elements for design comps (yes that tool is over 20 years old, and I still use it!). It was during school that I discovered it was a great tool for clay (my first polymer clay playing was back in 1988/89). I now use the ball burnisher for polymer and metal clays.

Ball burnishers are great for making texture, drawing, smoothing seams, punching holes, and of course, making dots. Lots and lots of dots-for me that means suckers on tentacles.


Back when Sculpy expanded with the Studio brand clay, they also expanded the tool offerings. Even though Studio has disappeared from craft store shelves, the tools have not. That is a good thing, because the tools are fabulous. One of the sets is a small, piece, collection of ball burnishers one one end with clay pushers on the other. the different sizes of ball burnishers are very useful -- I particularly like the large ball for smoothing seams, and as a dome forming base.

My tiniest ball burnishers are nail tech tools--I got mine at a beauty supply store.

Drawing with a small ball burnisher
Not only are these tools great with clay. you can paint with them! They make perfect dots, and with some practice (clearly I need some more) and a flick of your wrist, you can make stars, swirls, flowers and fireworks.
I clearly need practice, painting with a ball burnisher.
If you don't have any ball burnishers, I can't recommend getting one enough. In the mean time you can use a dried up ball point pen (you don't want ink transfer), or knitting needles of various sizes. Aluminum knitting needles are incredibly handy tools to have as well, they make dots, they smooth, and you can use them as big hole forms.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Medusa featured in Fire Mountain ad!

Originally uploaded by Zoeowyn  
Im very excited, my metal clay and wire wrapped Medusa is featured in Fire Mountain Gems and Beads ad that is on the inside back cover of the current (september/October 2013) issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine!

This piece was a finalist  in the 2012 metal clay competition.
I used Bronzclay the make a face with snake hair, and snake heads. I the. Used bronze jewelry wire to wrap the snake heads and a rattle tail, and make a framework of swirls. I used iridescent purple beads as accents along the edges.

Using the same wire I made a viking knit chain. The clasp is made of Bronzclay and is two intertwined snakes.  The caps are brass tubes, that I forged and drilled holes in. The chain is epoxied into the end caps.