Mar 172015

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!

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Today’s desk show me working on the walking pods from Christi Friesen’s class over at  Polymer Clay Adventure. All of the pieces are currently in the oven. I’m hoping to add this week’s dragon #11 to it. Nobody will be more surprised with how it turns out than me. 🙂

Since I’ve been showing you jewelry in progress for the past several weeks I thought you might like to see a few completed projects.

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These copper and silver pieces are awaiting warmer weather when I can patina them outside. (For some reason my family objects to the strong rotten egg smell that liver of sulfur gives off indoors.)

The latest project from Wire Jewelry Masterclass is that ring. I didn’t really care for it in the book, and definitely don’t like my completed version. Ah well, it was supposed to be a learning experience, and it was. However, I pretty sure those beads will soon be getting snipped off and the silver recycled.

To see what other creative people from all over the world are up to, make sure to check out What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. The party starts at Julia’s!

Sep 092014

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday once again! I trust all of you with kiddos are back into the school time swing of things. For the past several years when this time rolls around I just smile a little smile to myself and thank the Lord I’m done with all that.  🙂

I homeschooled my boys from Kindergarten on up and don’t regret it one bit. It’s one of the most worthwhile things I’ve done with my life.

But, it’s so nice to have more time now for creative pursuits.

Speaking of which….

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…. my desk today shows several polymer clay projects. (Click on the photos for a closer look.)

In the upper left is a page from Christi Friesen’s book FlourishIt’s the section on pods, there’s one I’ve started on the white tile in the middle. More to come.

In the center right, behind the pasta machine is a cautionary tale: DON’T BURN POLYMER CLAY. Yup, I zoned out and set my oven at 375° rather than 275°. It’s rather fascinating how they all puffed out and grew into something resembling prunes (they were the same size as the beads on the white paper on the left when they went into the oven.) But we definitely could have done without the toxic fumes, which is what happens when you burn polymer.

So, don’t do it. K?

faux sea glass polymer clay

Here’s what my properly cured faux sea glass beads look like. I’ll have a video up on Monday showing how to make them and how to make a bracelet from them.

In the meantime, be sure to check out what other creative people are up to this Wednesday by joining in the blog party over at Julia’s. You will certainly be inspired and may even learn something new. 🙂

Happy creating!

Mar 262014

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Would you believe this bracelet design began with the chain?  It’s funny how I was sure that would be the star player (or at least a large supporting role) but then the design evolved.

While digging through my stash I found this leaf pendant I had made while working through Christi Friesen’s book, Flourish.

It’s made by shaping Sculpey Ultra Light Polymer Clay into a leaf shape, baking, and then carving off chips with a blade (a messy, messy process, with static-y bits of foam sticking everywhere.) It was then painted with Christi’s Swelligant copper paint and green patina.

I made three of these back several months ago, and just chucked ’em into my experiments bin, not being really impressed. But now, I kinda love it. Funny how that goes. 🙂

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Anyhow, this is a fun sort of project for you to dig around in your stash, maybe rediscover some old treasures, and make something fun with them!

You can watch the Chunky Leaf Bracelet Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Happy Creating!


  • 1 large focal bead or connector piece
  • 6 inches (or so) chain
  • toggle clasp
  • approximately 1-inch diameter decorative ring
  • assorted beads to match/compliment focal, chain, ring and clasp
  • waxed linen twine

General Instructions (watch video for more details):

Arrange jewelry elements in pattern that is pleasing to you.

My order is: toggle bar of clasp, 6mm bicone bead, 8mm bicone bead, leaf focal piece, 8mm bicone bead, decorative ring, 12mm bead, double length of chain, ring section of clasp.

String a 10-12-inch lengths of waxed linen twine through one end of your focal and meet ends together. Tie an overhand knot next to your focal, treating both strands as one. Slide your next bead onto one strand of twine and tie another overhand knot. Repeat to add all beads you want, then slide toggle bar of clasp onto one strand, tie strands in a square knot (right over left, then left over right.) Trim off ends.

Repeat in a similar manner to add remaining beads, decorative ring, chain and ring of clasp, check fit after adding chain and trimming down chain as needed.

Sep 032013

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, all!  For your perusal I present today’s desk, full up with polymer clay.  Yeah, it’s kinda crowded. I seriously need a bigger desk.


This past week I’ve been working on my piece from the Voila polymer clay art class, Ways to Wow.


You can see here that I decided to go with a dragon, rather than a mermaid.  There are still many details to finish, but so far I think it’s really cute and happy.


The book in the upper right of my desk is Christi Friesen’s Flourish.  It was months ago that I bought it, but I’m finally working through all the different ideas she has in there.

The beads in the above photo are for a water lily necklace.  Dunno that I’ll ever make it, much less wear it, but going through Christi’s step-by-steps is always instructive. 🙂

So, that’s what’s in my workdesk this Wednesday.  If you have a little time and are in need of creative inspiration, be sure to check out lots of other desks over at Julia’s.

Happy creating!

Jan 052012

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it’s been a blast playing with polymer clay lately.  Although I’ve been spending a lot of time working with ideas from Christi Friesen’s books, it’s my goal to get some ideas, new techniques and all, then branch out and do my own thing.

Here is some of the latest stuff to come out of my craft room.  (Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.)

Isn’t this pendant the coolest?


The texture on the flower was done by pressing each petal into a definition stamp.


This one gets loads of compliments whenever I wear it.  It’s based on Christi’s “A Clockwork Orange” from her book Steampunkery.

This steampunk Christmas tree pendant is my own design.


I used the same stamps to create texture on the presents as I did on the flowers in yesterday’s post.  Using less pressure results in a more subtle pattern on the clay.


The ornaments are all manner of beads, gears and chains, wired into the clay.  I love using Christi’s idea of using heat-set rhinestones, because the heat of the oven sets the adhesive on the back.  Clever!


These two fantasy birds are from Polymer Clay and Mixed Media.


I can’t decide which one I like best.

I call this one “Feathers.”


And this one I call “Swirls.”


Here’s a close up of Swirls’ wing.


And a close up of Swirls’ tail.


Here’s Feather’s tail.


Now you understand the names.  🙂

I plan to list one for sale in my shop, but I don’t know which one to keep and which to sell.

I’m leaning towards selling Feathers, as she’s just a bit more graceful overall.

Which do you prefer?

For the next project I’m thinking of completely different colors, like reds, gold & black, with a different shaped head, and I’ll have a dragon!

Speaking of dragons, I just received the nicest belated Christmas gift. It will have to wait until tomorrow, though, because it’s too dark now to take a proper photo.

Happy creating!

Jan 042012

Today’s workdesk finds me finishing up several polymer clay creations by adding a satin glaze. The two Sizzix dies were on clearance.  I’ve been wanting those!

I hope the fact that those were on clearance means A.C. Moore will be getting in some newer Tim Holtz dies.  Hope, hope, hope….


I’ve been having way too much fun “claying around” lately.


I made two dozen of these funky flowers, most were for Christmas gifts.


You can find the how-to’s in Christi Friesen’s book, Polymer Clay and Mixed Media.


The main change I made was to use her idea from Steampunkery and add texture with a rubber stamp.


There are only six flowers left.  funky-polymer-clay-flower-light-blue-crackle

One I’m keeping for myself, and the others will be listed in my shop shortly. (Greedy little moiself wanted to keep them all, but seriously, do I really need six more necklaces?)


I’ll tell you more about the other creations in another post.


In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this pic of my granddaughter in the hat and apron I made her for Christmas.


Even though I made the pattern’s smallest size (3) it’s all a little big on her. That’s ok, there’s room to grow.  🙂

Happy Creating and Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

*****Update 3:40 p.m. Jan 4, 2012******

The following five flower necklaces have been added to my shop.  Happy Shopping!






Nov 152011

Since I haven’t been able to work on my lampwork beads for quite some time, I’ve gotten back into a variety of sculpture that doesn’t require torch, kiln or special studio: polymer clay.  After having an idea for some fun potential products, I got sidetracked in my research by Christi Friesen’s book, Steampunkery.

Christi is a riot. Even if you never pick up a package of polymer clay, you’ll love reading her descriptions of how to go about making each project. It’s a hoot!

I got so sidetracked, in fact, that I spent a blissful Saturday afternoon creating this little steampunk chameleon. steampunk-chameleon-002

Isn’t he adorable?

(It helps to have friends who repair clocks for a living. They were able to supply me with all kinds of fun brass gadgetry. I also ordered some smaller bits and bobs here

Still working on a name for him, any suggestions?

Next I’m going to try for the dragonfly, them maybe a steampunk kitty cat.  Oooooo, the possibilities…

By the way, if you want to dip your toes into Polymer clay, I highly recommend any of Christi Friesen’s books.  These are a few I own, love and use.

Happy creating!