Thursday, September 20, 2012

Spice Things Up!

Today I want to share with you my latest experiment.  Now this is in no way something new that I have come up with, I read about this quite some time ago. But I finally got around to trying it for myself. I'm talking about adding inclusions in polymer clay.  And the inclusions I chose were straight out of my spice cabinet.

All you need is some translucent polymer clay and some spices! Mix your spices into the clay, shape it, bake it and you're done!

Here is what mine turned out like. I love the earthy colors!  Oh, and they smell good too.

From left to right, ground cloves, pumpkin pie spice, ground allspice, ground ginger, ground turmeric, paprika, dill weed and ground sage.

And that dark brown one on the left, that one has coffee grounds mixed in.  That one is my favorite I think.

I haven't decided if I will make something with these or just list them as is.  They would make a great necklace for a chef or anyone who loves to cook, don't you think?

Well, that's all for now. I think I will go make some more. See ya next time...... 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Work in Progress

It's Labor Day. September already. Where has the summer gone? I can hardly believe school has started and Halloween costumes and candy are in the stores. Before you know it Christmas will be here and gone too.

So what have I been doing with my time? Hmmmm, well August was a pretty good month for me.  I ended up with 20 sales, which is huge for me. Four of those were custom orders and totally unexpected.  And today I'm working on another custom order. Take a look.

Another Etsy shop owner contacted me about making some cabochons for her mosaic clocks.  She wanted  something to go along with a Celtic knot tile she is using as the center of one of her clocks.  These are the colors she asked me to use, copper, orange, turquoise, aqua and black. Yeah, it's large!

This is the cane after I started reducing it down.  Still has a ways to go before it's small enough for me to use.

And here is the first cabochon! What do you think? I guess it's not too bad for my first try. I'm still waiting to hear back from the customer before I go any farther with this project. I really hope she likes it.  

I am going to have a lot of this cane left over and need to start thinking about other ways to use it. 

I did make these pretty cool beads from some of the scrap ends. I really like this type of bead. They look different on all four sides.  

Well that's about all for now.  Next up is another custom order from the same shop owner. But I'll save those details for next time.