Saturday, November 8, 2008

Dragon imprint neck piece

I was born in the Year of the Dragon, so I have quite a few dragon motifs around the house. I stamped a pin into some clay to make this and I also made a mold so I could do a relief in future. 
Finally got around to making a few things with my fabric pattern...I'm keeping the wearable vessel for myself, the necklace is a stocking stuffer and so is the works super...the book closes completely, opens easily and the top looks nice sticking out the top of the book. I decided to glaze red clay objects with a matte brings out the red wonderfully but even though I usually use a satin varnish a gloss finish seems to fight with the pattern. 


Friday, November 7, 2008

First New ChOPPER bangles

Here's just 4 of the 6 designs I've done so far...

I really like the contrast of the matte black against the metallic ducat gold, so I left this type unvarnished.

These would make great Christmas gifts (hint, hint) and if someone mentions seeing them on this blog post I will give them my wholesale price ($20.00 each, retail is $25.00). I'll post my new designs here as I finish them, but you can see all the designs on my webpage , as I'll post them there immediately. 

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Baby Chimp Sculpture Art Pendant

I had a lot of fun making this little guy :) As always there's lots of little fun details that just can't be captured in a photo...his little foot is swinging out in front of him (just in case you don't mind shaking a foot).
You can see my whole sculpture art gallery here.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Finally...the right design for my Wearable vessels

I think this is the best design I've come up with yet. This one is square but it'll still work on a round. The back is hinged with a piece of ribbon that is then covered with clay, except for the tiny seam left between the top and bottom which allows it to move. This allowed me to run the necklace right through the top of the bottle, and although it looks like the necklace is then coming thru to loop around the bottom bead, it's just a separate loop made of the same material. I like this because it hangs perfectly straight and there's enough room to actually put something small inside the bottle, and for the fact that anything inside the bottle will stay there.


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Yes We Could!!!!


making my own Polymer clay fabric

I use polymer fabric to cover molds I've made for boxes and wearable vessels. A lot of people use canes in their designs but I use a pretty soft polymer clay that stretches most flowers and designs way out of recognition. Today I made a free form fabric that I quite'll make several different objects as it's about a foot long and 6 inches wide and it's always fun to play with design because I'm never quite sure how it'll come out.

So first I rolled some ivory clay through the pasta machine at the thickest setting...folded it and ran it through once more. Usually I would use a black base for these colors, but I was running out. Then I grabbed my extruder and mixed in layers of black, red and gold and pushed it out in a thin rope.  Then I made a few free form shapes and started to create the pattern below over the ivory base.

Then I rolled it through the pasta machine at the thickest setting and then reduced it down two more settings until there were no crack lines (sometimes I like the texture they give and keep them).

You can see how much the pattern spread out, that randomness makes it like opening a present when it comes out of the machine. :)

Then I trimmed the edges off (you'll see what I did with those further down) and textured the 'fabric' using a straining screen.
It reminds me of some very colorful upholstery fabric. The underside of this is white, but I covered it well enough that only a little squished out of the sides. 

I then took the leftover scraps (really, this is the most fun part for me...I like just winging it with these) and made one bead and 3 pendant pieces. 
Although I love my sculpting sometimes it's just therapeutic working with design and form like this...there's so much that's out of my control that it's not really about talent, it's more about experimenting and going with the flow of whatever you end up getting. 

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Original ChOPPER designer bangle

I just had to share the new page I put up on my website, with my own brand new design for a bangle bracelet! (My graphic design HTML for the page did not translate, so you'll have to go see that there.)

 The two bracelets pictured above are the prototypes for the original ChOPPER designer bangle. The cut bangle is an idea that was already out there, but the design of the hand banded twisted wire with polymer clay end pieces and focal piece is all my idea. I came up with the name because of the combination of the use of copper with the chopped design (plus it's part of my name). 

Copper is purported to have healing properties and is added to silver and gold for strength, and also used with zinc or tin to make bronze and brass, all wires that can be used in the making of these bangles (although any made with silver, gold filled or gold will have to be at a price based on market cost, and therefore a custom order). The strength of the banded copper/brass/bronze holds the original shape but is also soft enough to slightly adjust to the wrist once on and warmed by the skin. This is jewelry wire and has been treated before being sold. I've had some for 10 years with barely any tarnishing and that was easily removed with lemon juice and salt.  Although the design has texture it is smooth against the skin, although it rarely touches the skin due to the clay lifting it about a 1/4 inch up from the surface. The polymer clay is protected with a tough coat of acrylic varnish.

I've test worn the one on the right (I love pretty sparkley colors) and it's a very durable and extremely lightweight piece. I'm very pleased with the clean design and that I can guarantee a solid and careful workmanship on each and every piece.  

 I will be adding a gallery of the different designs later this week, no two will be exactly alike, although I will have some similar designs. I will be making them in 3 sizes:

4" will fit a 5 inch round wrist

5" will fit a 6 inch round wrist

6" will fit a 7 inch round wrist

I am large boned and wear the 6" size, it's loose enough to move from side to side, but not turn around, as the shape is oval in design. The center piece has stayed dead center on my wrist no matter what I do. If you see a design you like that is not your size then drop me an email...although I can not exactly duplicate any design I can make a very similar one in regards to style, shape, texture and color.