Friday, January 28, 2011

Polymer Clay

I finally took the plunge. I knew I would work with polymer clay one day, what I did not expect was how much I was going to enjoy it. I had never worked with it before, so I started off by playing with the clay and creating some hand formed pendants. After baking my first pendants I took them to one of the shops where my jewelry sells and the owner of the shop asked me to make her some heart shaped pendants. Time to panic!
After several experimental pieces these are the results. I made a dozen of them and took them down to the shop today. Hopefully they will receive a warm welcome from customers. I can't believe I went from buying the clay for the first time to selling the pendants all in a couple of weeks. The next step is to learn all the cool tricks polymer clay artists do and learn a few tricks of my own.
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What a weekend

I've had quite an eventful weekend. It all began with some shocking news. My bank card number was stolen and in a matter of minutes someone had charged over $400 in merchandise. Luckily my bank is covering all the costs and my money will be about five days. I felt so violated. My daughter gave me some great advice, I don't know why I never thought about it, she suggested I purchase gift cards when I am going to purchase something over the inter net. This way if someone gets a hold of my card number again, they won't be able to spend a thing! Duh, why didn't I think of that before?

On a lighter note, I am learning how to make polymer clay jewelry. I have been creating test pieces and I can see that this will be a slow learning process. I'm enjoying myself, even though every piece I've done so far is not suitable for selling. I can't seem to roll out an even sized pendant and after firing some of the pieces can still be bent. I've been searching through polymer clay sites, reading books and e-mailing for advice. As soon as I have something worthy to show I will post some pictures.
Well, new to my shop is this recycled watch pendant. I am very fond of this piece, it says "believe" in the inside, I'm a little sad about letting it go,hopefully someone will like it as much as I do. What do you think?
Hope you are enjoying your Sun. afternoon as much as I am. Till next time.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Virgen de Guadalupe

I started the new year with a lot of momentum and so far I havn't lost steam. After dinner is served I make my way into my art studio to work on my pendants and my art. What I havn't done is posted on etsy. Taking pictures is sooooo time consuming! I usually take picture of two to three items when I call it quits I just can't seem to get the momentum with my picture taking.
I've also started working with a new medium, polymer clay. I've been interested for quite some time, but you know how it is, that inner voice saying "Another thing to do?" As soon as I have something to show I will post pictures. In the mean time I continue to enjoy myself as I learn how to play with polymer clay.

I hope you too are enjoying yourself with your art.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Nothing ventured, Nothing gained.

New Year, new shop! My work is now being sold at a quaint little shop called the Pink Cottage. I got a small, and I do mean small, little space for my necklaces. I spent my Christmas holidays creating new pieces for this shop along with the displays. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things will go well in this new endeavor.
I also sent some of my necklaces to Belle Armoire Jewelry in hopes that they will feature them in one of their issues. My motto for the year: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. I feel ready to try new things and want to push my jewelry business to another realm.

I'd also like to add that "my dress" is no longer blowing in the wind (Last Post). I have found calm winds once again, I just hope they are long lasting.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stop Blowing My Dress Away

This is a small piece that I created in my sketchbook. I am part of an on line sketchbook challenge where a new entry is supposed to be done every day in the month of January inspired by a Zebra. I have to admit that my intentions were good and was posed to meet the challenge. I've only done two. I went back to work on Tues. and there went my free time. Hopefully I will be able to carve out some time this weekend to try and do the entries I have missed.
The piece I created was inspired by some bad news I received during the holidays and something that my family is still trying to work through. The blowing dress symbolizes me, fluttering through the turbulent air I find myself in, waiting for some calm air....