Friday, September 30, 2011

Week 39 - Stockinette

Simple but one of my favorites. Now back to work.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Good Little Soldiers

As I put a tray loaded with a couple of days work into the oven, I can’t help thinking of the clay pieces as soldiers in another battle on the road to completion. All of these pieces have been cooked once before, and they will be cooked one or more times after this before completion. Every time I wonder if they will come out unscathed – even with my new oven I worry. Each time they are cooked the number of hours I have invested grows. I am a general in the war to complete my craft and I worry about my soldiers.                            Maybe I’m loosing it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Week 38 – Duplex

Duplex buttons are double sided buttons. When I started making buttons, all of them were like this. I like the idea that the back or lining of items being just as interesting as the front. (Most of my earrings have a different design on the back for just this reason.)

These buttons give the knitter a chose of which side to use. They are lightly curved – I bake then on a curved surface but I don’t push down the corners. I have used my Dragon Parts texture sheet on one side and my Japanese wave patter on the other.

A would really like to offer some of my stamps for sale but I have not found company that will do it ata reasonable price. Anyone out there who can make a suggestion of give me a link will earn my gratitude and a texture sheet if the lead works out.

Now back to production. The more I work the less I blog. I will try for a big reveal at the end of October.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Week 37 – 1950’s Modern

Week 37 – 1950’s Modern
These  are a variation and the extruded cane technique that I used for the Pipeline back in week 16 my button project. This time I used translucent clay with thin levers of opaque white. I use a lot of translucent to dilute that translucent colours which I find too intense it the are used by themselves. The variation in colours in achieved by make a rainbow skinner blend and using it as a base for the layers that I feed into the extruder. The extruder has a lot of potential for making canes. Perhaps I can work into my production schedule. Now back to work – little time to blog until Christmas shows are over.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Week 36 – Bone Flower

Week 36 - Bone Flower
 These buttons are make with a hand made stamp. First I made a single petal and used it to stamp a circle of five. Once I had that as a base I could poke in the ring of dots and crisscross the centre with a needle tool. It is amazing how many of your own tools you can make from polymer clay it if you do it in stages.
2 steps in making a stamp