Friday, August 12, 2011

Polymer clay and Bead soup mix

A long time ago at least 8 years ago I decided that I was going to make my Mom a rosary made out of polymer clay beads.  I went out and bought several colors of clay, with very good intentions of making all of the bead that I was going to need to make the rosary.  My Mom and Dad even brought me back a pasta machine from New York City when they went to visit Ground Zero.  Well I had fun playing with the clay and I made a few beads, but alas the rosary did not get made.  I eventually made one for her, but not out of the polymer clay beads.
Well all of the clay and pasta machine got put away and forgotten, it was not until I was packing up my house, that I found where they had got put and I decided to take them to my Mom's instead of putting them into storage.  After seeing all the beautiful pieces some of you make out of clay I decided to get my clay out and play.
Here are some of the things I did yesterday and today.

I found a tutorial on making polymer clay roses and thought that it sounded easy enough so I sat down and made these two roses.  The tan rose was the first one I made it was my practice rose.  I have an idea in my head of a pendant that I want to make for a Harley Davidson Jewelry Challenge I'm going to do.  The pendant involves roses, a skull, and a snake and that is all I'm going to say about it.



The pendants I did today.  I got the idea to make these pendant for the ABS August Challenge.  I love the Art Nouveau period and I wondered to myself if I could transfer pictures of Art Nouveau posters onto polymer clay, so I googled it and found a great tutorial on transferring images to polymer clay using T-shirt transfer paper.  The above pendants are the results.  I still need to sand the ones with the polymer frames and then seal them with a clear sealant. 

I received my bead soup mix from my partner Lola Surwillo today in the mail.  I love it the colors are beautiful and she mixed in crystals, gemstones and some peanut seed beads that I have not worked with before. The focal is a Mother of Pearl mosaic pendant, and the clasp is a sweet little sterling silver toggle.


I think I will sleep with this mix above my head on the top of the head board of my bed and dream of designs I can make with this beautiful mix.

Happy beading Y'all
Therese

10 comments:

  1. oh wow girl.....love your pendants, can't wait to see what you whip up for that challenge. I've never tried PC before in fear that I get addicted.

    How lucky are you, what a great Soup you received, can't wait to see what comes of those great colours.

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  2. Wooow Therese! I lose you for a week ,and you crank out treasures like this? Those pendants rock! And your roses remind me or marzipan roses and I just want to eat them. I mean working with clay is like marzipan and fondant, and so so wonder they look so yummy!

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  3. HI,THERESE:-)
    I have never played with polimer clay.I think,I'd be not good at it,as I have never had any temptation and skills towards this kind of art,but Your roses....yuuuummmmyyyyyy!:-)
    They are so sweet!I love both of them.
    The pendants are also very nice and the bead-mix...I'd be crying of joy being given such a 'soup':-)))
    I bet,You'll create something special from it!
    Warm Hugs-Halinka-

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  4. ps:/concerning pendants/
    'Alphons Mucha'-good choice!
    Once I was crazy about his art.I got known everything,or almost everything about his creations.I had a special folder in my comp with all of his works.
    Once I made the large gobelins-handweaved,with wool,or silk and line ropes.I had the weaving workshops in Poland-Warsaw-this was the art I started from.Thanks to those skills and workshops I owned,being so called a 'lonely mother' I could buy my own house with the garden:-)I have got much appreciation and respect towards Alphons Mucha :-)
    -Hugs-once more-Halinka-

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  5. Get outta here! You just sat down and mad those roses??? For REAL? Super talented, and I can't wait to hear more the the Harley challenge! And that bead soup is fabulous!

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  6. Love the colors of your bead soup! I too am a fan of Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha, love his work. Those pendants are so crisp and clear i may have to google that. I learned years ago how to do the transfers with Gin, this looks better. Great job!

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  7. Your Bead Soup looks like fun! And your roses turned our terrific!

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  8. Hi Therese - not quite sure why I've only just got to your Soup reveal, I must have taken a wrong turning on my blog tour! But it was worth the wait. I love green and purple together - very rich and regal. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

    And those roses are amazing - do you do cake decorating by any chance? They do look good enough to eat!

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