Mokume-Gane with Polymer Clay

Faux Mokume-Gane Focal Pendant

Faux Mokume-Gane Focal Pendant

Whoa! It’s been a while since I last posted and I have so much to share with you I don’t know where to start.

Since my last post about Polymer Clay and the wonderful things you can create with it I was inspired to broaden my horizons and set out to learn some new techniques involving this wonderful medium.

I’ve been wanting to experiment with translucent clay and Liquid gel for a while.  So, I’ve been experimenting with mixing clay with alcohol inks, pastels, acrylic paints, mica powder and gold and silver foil.   Using the alcohol inks with liquid gel set me off on a whole new path of producing buttons (for a later post) and trying to create faux enamel pieces and when I mixed the inks with the translucent clay this got me doing lots of experiments as what you think you are going to get, sometimes turns out very different! (Yet another post for me to write).

This post though is about a faux technique I recently discovered called Mokume-Gane.  Mokume-Gane is Japanese, roughly translated meaning “wood grain metal” or “wood eye metal”, it is known for it’s distinctive layered patterns, which is great for producing in clay and quite simple too and it gave me the opportunity to use the gold and silver foil I’ve been wanting to try!

Faux Mokume-Gane black, white and silver beads

Faux Mokume-Gane black, white and silver beads

What I love about this technique is that you never know what you are going to achieve until you start slicing, the above beads where created with black, white and silver foil, I really love how these turned out but I just couldn’t get the photo to do them justice.

The beads and pendants above and below, were all created with White, metallic gold, violet and caramel fimo soft.  This is just a small sample of what I created.

Here is a finished piece.

Polymer Clay faux Mokume Gane beads, Gold, white and pink necklace Georgia P Designs

 

There are quite a lot of tutorials for faux Mokume-gane available on Pinterest, Youtube etc, but many are in foreign languages, so I am thinking I might write a brief tutorial for anyone that might be interested in giving this a try. It’s also useful for me to write the method down so I don’t forget about the technique.  Let me know if you are interested and I will post it sooner rather than later.

Thanks for reading and visiting.

Linda x

 

 

 

 

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The amazing things you can make with Polymer Clay

Polymer clay eggs

Polymer clay eggs, by Kamila Herdinova

Oh! sorry it’s been a while again since I last posted, as you can probably gather I’m not someone who posts anything and everything, I tend to post only when I have something to say and now I have something to say about Polymer Clay.

I discovered polymer clay about 3 years ago, before then I didn’t even know it existed. I can’t even remember how I discovered it but I can remember my first attempt at making some beads with it, I burnt them!!! They went in the oven as lovely red and white beads and came out brown. I had read the instructions wrong on how to bake them and instead of using a cool oven I had it seriously hot, not a mistake I’ve made since, although I have had a few other disasters!

I am going to say it now, I  ♥ LOVE  ♥ Polymer Clay and I am using it more and more in my work especially as I discover more things you can do with it.  It comes in a range of basic colours but you can also blend these colours together to create many other colours.  It is very malleable and any shape can be created.  It is very durable once baked, I have a very hard porcelain tiled floor in my kitchen which I have thrown beads at, they bounce and don’t break no matter how hard I try.  They are also quite tactile and very comfy to wear as jewellery, especially if you like larger beads but don’t like things too heavy.  I am also testing how it fares in all weather conditions with some herb plant markers I have made. (I’ll keep you posted on that one).

I have also discovered that not only can you create fabulous jewellery with it, there are lots of other amazing things that have been created with polymer clay by some very talented artists.  I want to introduce you to just a sample of what I’ve seen, so you can see why I love it and why I am constantly inspired by such a simple medium.  Where I can I have put links to the artists.

So let’s start with some beautiful Polymer Clay bowls and vases:

Now some amazing Polymer Clay sculptures:

 

I also thought I would show that you can more or less cover anything in Polymer Clay, as you will see in this selection:

You can even cover books, I did try doing this when I did my BTEC mixed media course a couple of years ago, it was one of the items I submitted for assessment, nowhere near as good as these though!

 

And finally just a few bits of jewellery, made with polymer clay, but doesn’t it look like something else?

 

 

I could go on and on showing the wonderful things created with polymer clay but I will leave that for another time I think.  But if you are interested in seeing more you can always take a look at my Polymer Clay Board on Pinterest, I even have a few of my own designs on there too. http://www.pinterest.com/linda_fidler2/polymer-clay/.  There are lots to be inspired about.

 

Thanks for looking.

Linda x

 

 

Flowers galore!

Tulip

Have I told you yet that I have joined the WI? It is a brand new group in my local community so we are still very much finding our feet and planning what we will be doing over the next year. Already we have had a fun night decorating our own mugs to use at our meetings and yes I painted flowers!

My WI mug

Considering I had very little time to do mine, I’m quite pleased how it turned out, here are a few more that were done by the other ladies.

WI mugs

The design I did on my mug did give me some inspiration to make these, which will be bag charms as soon as I get the bag clips.  I am loving them very much and  I’m thinking if nobody else does, I have plenty bags I can hang them from. 🙂

Polymer Clay Flower Bag Charms Georgia P Designs

Here are a few more items I have been making over the last month, whilst I’ve supposedly been taking a rest from making jewellery.

Little bird bag charms:

Here are a few necklaces I’ve made with some corded polymer clay beads, Oh! and a bracelet.  I’m quite hooked on making these as they are so comfy to wear and I’m loving the colours too, especially for summer.  I can make these in any colour combination.

And lastly another flower bracelet lime green and white this time!

Polymer clay Lime green flower bead bracelet Georgia P Designs

It’s lovely and sunny here today, so I’m off out to catch up on some gardening, enjoy your week, I would love to hear your comments and your thoughts on my latest creations?  Oh! The top photo is one of my lovely tulips, they have done really well in my garden this year.

Thanks.

Linda x

 

 

 

 

A walk around a Craft fair in pictures

St James Craft Fair 22March 2014

This time last week I was at a local Church Spring craft fair and although I don’t do as many fairs as I should, I do enjoy attending them.

I love it when my friends pop in to say hello and support the event, I love meeting new people and hearing all their lovely comments about my jewellery,  I also like selling a few items and making a bit of money too to keep my habit going, who doesn’t?  But the thing I enjoy most is meeting and having a chat with all the other stall holders, some are new to selling at fairs and are doing it for the first or second time, whilst others are old pros at it, but they are all talented and I love looking at how they set up their stalls and admiring their products.

So I thought I would give you a little tour around this craft fair and introduce you to all the people that attended.

The first stall you came to is  Love from Poppy , meet Beverley the maker behind Love from Poppy, she makes personalised bunting, tissue covers, passport covers etc.  Beverley was one of the few people who didn’t do a runner when they saw me approaching with my phone, although her friend did!

Love from Poppy

Love from Poppy

http://www.lovefrompoppy.com
http://lovefrompoppy.wordpress.com/

 

Next is Diane with her stall A Place to Set.  Diane makes the most amazing patchwork table sets, felt coasters for your wine glasses (I have a set) and lovely sets of felt houses smelling of lavender, I bought the set on the left :-).

Next is me! Georgia P Designs, cluttered as usual, I enjoy making jewellery so much, I  just have too much to sell, lol!

Georgia P Designs craft fair stall

 

Next to me was Sarah from Heaps Of Joy, providing happiness in a bag.

Heaps of Joy

Heaps of Joy

Then there was Tracey from Eternally Yours Bridal Bouquets UK, as weddings can sometimes be seasonal they are also now do other seasonal type gift items as you can see in these pictures.

Next was Kate with  So Sweet as a button,  just look at this array of scrummy sweets.

Then we have Vicky who owned Buttons & Bows, she is so new to this that she hasn’t set up a website or Facebook page yet so here is her mobile 07730 613178 if you are interested in anything.

Next was Cathy from Cute as a button, who makes beaded jewellery, Cathy was also the person who worked tirelessly to organise and market this craft fair.  Shame I didn’t get a picture of her!

Cute as a Button

Cute as a Button

 

Then I was very happy to meet for the first time although I have seen pictures of her items many times on The Crafty Network Facebook page, Diane from Daisy Felts.  Her stall is a colourful array of lovely felt items.

Daisy Felts

Daisy Felts

Next was Handmade by Perfect Delights.  Sorry I didn’t manage to get any contact details.

Handmade by Perfect Delights

Handmade by Perfect Delights

Then our last stall around the edges of the hall was another jewellery stall, Glitterati, sometimes craft fairs have too many stalls selling jewellery, but what made it OK at this fair, was that we all sold very different jewellery and complimented each other very well.

Glitterati

Glitterati

In the centre of the room was Helen with Cakes For All seasons, lots of scrummy cakes, I love the Minion!

Then Willows with Love who makes luxury personalised 3D cards, gifts and packaging.

And last but not least our only male stallholder of the day Chris from Aloe Clean Forever selling Forever Living products.

Aloe Clean Forever

Aloe Clean Forever

 

I hope you enjoyed my little pictorial tour around the craft fair, please visit the other stallholders by clicking on their links.

Thanks.

Linda x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Giveaway (UK Only)

Ref M12-03 Mothers Day spring flower heart

Hi there, this is just a quick post to say I am currently doing a Giveaway on my Facebook page. I still have a few Mother’s Day Clay hearts left and some brooches and keyrings. So I have decided to give one Mother’s Day heart to the first winner and a choice between a brooch or keyring to the second winner.  You can still see what is available in my Mothers Day Album HERE , the winners can choose which they want.

All you need to do is visit my Facebook page and comment below the pinned post. Once I get a minimum of 25 comments (one comment per person) I will do a random number generator to select the 2 winners.

Here is the link to my Facebook page HERE

Thanks.

Linda x

UPDATE: 26th March 2014 

The Winners were drawn and announced on my Facebook Page on Wednesday 26th March.

1st Prize: Sharon Blackledge who chose the Mother’s Day Heart above.

2nd Prize: Debra McCreith who chose a heart and rose keyring

Thank you everyone who supported this and commented.

Mothers Day giveaway 2014

 

Polymer Clay Flowers ~ Daffodil (Narcissus) tutorial

DAFFODIL (NARCISSUS) FLOWER

When I first decided I wanted to make a daffodil with polymer clay, I went looking for a tutorial, but I only found one which you had to pay for.  Not wishing to pay for something I thought I could possibly make myself, I decided to try my own way of making one and I’m happy to share my experience for free.  Please bear in mind that this is my interpretion of a daffodil and I have been using them on brooches and Mother’s day gifts (see pictures below).

Looking at a daffodil it is formed with 6 petals, a centre trumpet, a stem and some leaves. They also come in many colour variations other than yellow, but for this tutorial I will use Fimo Colours, Lemon for the petals, Tangerine for the centre trumpet and Apple Green for the leaves.

What you will need:

Ceramic tile or glass board to work on

Cocktail stick or bamboo stick

Blade for cutting

Conditioned Polymer clay

Method:

1. Take a small quantity of Lemon (Yellow) coloured clay and roll it into a thin sausage approx 5-10mm thick.  Cut 6 equal slices depending on how big you want your flower to be.

Cutting the daffodil slices

2.  Roll each slice into a ball and then gently flatten each of them between your fingers, narrowing them at each end into a diamond shape, I make them quite thick to ensure strength but you can make them thinner if you wish.

shaping the petals

3.  Now take your cocktail stick or kebab stick and gently roll it across each petal (see photo 1).  Then pinch in one end on each of them. (see photo 2).

shaping the petals2

4.  The centre of the daffodil, the trumpet can be made with the same colour or a contrasting colour.  I am using the Tangerine colour clay. Take a small piece of clay and roll into a ball and then flatten between your fingers. (See picture 1) and then using the cocktail stick indent the top edge (picture 2), now wrap this around the stick to form the trumpet (picture 3), remove from the stick and it should look like picture 4.

Daffodil trumpet

5.  To assemble the flower, take 3 petals and lay them as shown in pic 1,  then take the other 3 petals and lay them in between the first 3 petals as shown in pic 2.  Don’t worry too much about overlap, the centre trumpet will hide this. Now take the trumpet and position in the centre of the flower, gently pressing down the edges pic 3.

Forming the flower

6.  You can now curl the petals upwards slightly to improve its appearance.  To add a stamen to the centre of the trumpet, scrape off some yellow clay with the stick and place in the centre of the trumpet.

Finished daffodil

7.  If you require a stem and leaves.  Use the green clay and roll out a very thin sausage, thin enough for a stem, cut to size.  To form the leaves, take a section of the clay sausage, size as required and roll one end into a point and then flatten with the cocktail stick see pictures.

Making the leaf

Good luck if you have a go at making one, any comments or questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks.

Linda x

Feeling Happy & Inspired!

Today is National Happiness Day. 🙂 What makes you feel happy and inspired?

For me it is definitely Spring, bright colours, flowers, nature, exercise and the Sun and I have certainly not been lacking in inspiration these past few weeks, so much so I have hardly had time to keep up with blogging, Facebook etc.  So I thought I would make this weeks post a bit of a catch up on what I’ve been inspired to make these past few weeks.

Birds, Bees & Ladybirds!

I was at the dentist recently and whilst waiting for my appointment I started to read an article in a gardening magazine about ladybirds, I didn’t get to finish it but it inspired a thought.  I also have a very good customer/friend who loves ladybirds and for her recent birthday I made her a bracelet with beads that were the colour of ladybirds (no photo I’m afraid). She jokingly said, necklace and earrings to match then for Mother’s Day? With the article on ladybirds still in mind, I took this as a bit of a challenge and as I love a challenge, I decided to try to make some ladybird earrings for her.  This then inspired me to have a go at making some bee earrings too. I’m rather pleased with how they both turned out and I have made more since.  You may have noticed that on each of the Mother’s Day hearts I have made there is a ladybird included too (see further down)!

This then lead me onto making birds. I started with the intention of making earrings but they seemed rather big so became keyrings instead.

And the only bit of inspiration for these was a bit of leftover clay and yet another chance to make a flower!

Pantone Colour of the year 2014 Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid Pantone colour of year 2014

My next source of inspiration was the Pantone colour Radiant Orchid, I love bright colours and this colour is a particular favourite, a kind of combination of pink and purple.  I mixed together the clay first to create the colour and then I made the flower bracelet.  I then started to think of colour combinations including this colour and using my extruder is a great way to create patterns with different colours.  I think these turned out really well and I loved combining the silver beads with the clay, I must do more of this.

Shades & Neutrals

I’ve also been working on trying to create different textures and shades using only 2-3 colours of clay, first the browns, then the blues and finally some neutrals. If you want to know how I created the texture on some of the beads, it was with a cheese grater!

Still thinking about colour, I’ve also been practicing my skinner blends with clay, which is blending 2-3 colours together through a pasta machine to create shades and depth.  These are the first items I’ve created using this method.

And lastly a couple of necklaces with some cord beads I made with the help of my extruder again. I love the colour combinations of both of these.

Hot Pink & Turquoise

Back to my favourite bright colours and flowers again, I combined turquoise and hot pink to make a flower cane and then I created these pieces of jewellery.  The elasticated tile bracelet didn’t turn out as good as I would have liked, I spoilt the shape of the beads trying to make the holes, so I am keeping this one for myself.

Flowers

And finally more flowers and a couple of flower bracelets in different colours.  I think my aim is to make flower bracelets to match most of my outfits in all colour combinations. I love how the purple and white one turned out.  I have in mind to make a lime green and orange one next!

And last but not least I will leave you with a few more Mother’s Day hearts I have created, trying out some Bluebells (I think I got the colour wrong), more daffodils, crocus, snowdrops and even a sheep!  I am in the process of writing a tutorial on how to make a daffodil with polymer clay,  I will hopefully post this next week.

Thanks so much for looking, feedback and comments are gratefully received.  Have a happy and inspired week.

Linda x