The new large Shrinkets dome mold is great for creating shrink plastic focal beads for pendants. It has a plaster base, steel glide pin and wooden doming pin and comes guaranteed . View the video to see how to use the mold.
I struggled with this piece . I had first created the pewter wrapped bird using the hand carved ready to decorate birds I sell in my Etsy store . I wanted something unique yet simple and wanted to use my favorite techniques. Paper clay for the leaves , dry brush painting on the leaves, wooden pear and wheel base , wire work for some of the leaves and a wee bit of shrink plastic on the domed portion of the hat . A Pewter Bird in a Pear Tree .
Ready to decorate hadn carved wood birds for slae in my ETSY shop
December is my time to create, I do not make travel plans are schedule classes in Dec. So I can have much needed studio time. I find it hard it switch gears from marketing my creative business and turning that off in order to be purely creative. To switch the gears I spend a lot of down time down immersing my self in researching the many aspects of of our lives that stimulate the senses paying close attention to the trends in those areas - home design , clothing, film, writing, food, etc, Then the creative ideas begin to form, it is a great way i have find to stimulate the muse. Creativity cannot be forced but it can be stimulated and if one wants to live full time and earn using ones passion one also has to embrace that fact that life is based on the passing of time, and one has to find a way to best maximize the time one is given....
I just added precut shrinkets beads to the Shrinkets shop. these are cut using the Shrinkets shrink plastic film sanded on one side and shiny on the other . Many of you say you do not like the process of cutting out so here is the solution. Each pack has 10 precut flower design (5 pairs ) in my favorite shape and size They are all ready to design and shrink using the Shrinkets molds and your favorite mediums. Remember when designing to use lighter colors as color will intensify 50 percent .I like to think in terms of using bright pastels.
I finally created a piece using matt black shrinkets shrink plastic . I sanded the shiny side of the Shrinkets shrink plastic and sprayed it with a light coat using Rustoleum's chalk board spray paint.
GRANDMA'S COOKIES I just added a new class to my online shop class line up . It is called Grandma's Cookies after my favorite cookies my Grandma made . Butter-horn cookies so perfect for dipping in hot steaming coffee. These cookies are rolled up like tiny crescent rolls and so I create beads and a color themed necklace that mimicked the look and style of her cookies . I have added a bit of a plum color theme to the necklace . This is the prefect necklace to create for your winter wardrobe in lovely shades of whites, ivory , plums, blacks and grays and a variety of metal colors tool .
Oh so fun... oh so cute . Holiday layered tag style charms class. Use these sweet charms for gift tags, tree ornament , wee hand made gift exchanges, stocking stuffers , dinner place cards, wine charms , jewelry , card making etc.
In the class will be taken through the processing of coloring these charms using colored pencils and learn some of Julie's illustration trade secrets creating simple drawings that really stand out . The background tags will be desgined using stamp and inks. All will be layered together in a floating style assemblage .
New to the Shrinkets shop, gold and silver shrink plastic . It is used just like my Shrinkets sanded and smooth shrink plastic.One side is sanded or frosted and one side is shiny . The frosted/sanded side works best for showing off the glisten and sparkle effect and being sanded you can use many different types of mediums on the surface.
Go to me Free Tutorials page to watch how to use the gold and silver shrinkets shrink plastic.
I introduced The Drape mold set at to a limited group of 20 at Bead Fest Phili. 2017. Now they are available to everyone in the shrinkets shop. A new class utilizing the 2 set Drape Mold is also new in the Shrinkets shop and it is called The Tassel
I love The Drape mold as it forms a drape meaning the center of the bead has a dimple or I call this an "in and out mold" all my other molds are a single cup style shape or fluted flat shape as in the Fluted Spacer Bead Mold .So this mold is a rather special 2 set mold ( a large and small ) and thus used for your specialty projects of which The Tassel class is very special. As it also uses my new Gold shrinkets shrink plastic .
Last month I spent 3 days in Southern CA and learned some fun new skills from master polymer clay artist Laurie Mika . I have been in love with her work for years . She is simply my favorite Polymer clay artist in the WHOLE world .
If you are not familiar with Laurie's work, she is a premier polymer clay artist who works in a mosaic style .
Her work is heavily influenced by the travels she takes with her husband and history teacher, David . Both Laurie and David are are the kindest and most loving of host.
One of the techniques Laurie taught me was how to emboss polymer clay using rubber stamps.
Well once back home I instantly had to tryembossing my Shrinkets Shrink plastic using rubber stamps too. So here is the video I shot on how to do this yourself.
Saturday JUNE 2 My first BIG ROAD TRIP pulling Peanut, my tiny vintage trailer . MY new to me Tundra I bought this March is up for the task. It has been a long time saving for a truck that would pull Peanut and all my art supplies plus rigging out the truck bed to handle the storage for all my supplies as I also will be take my online shop on the road .It is now ready and I am so happy this day has arrived. I hope Scooty and Dixie enjoy the ride too.
BEAD and BUTTON SHOW I have dreamed of attending for years and the day has arrived .I will be selling and doing demos of my SHRINKETS molds, selling my online class and kit combos, offering my hand made bead wraps which I only sell at trades shows and I will also be offering other shrink plastic product like tools my shrink plastic etc... No I will not be offering live c...
A time for everything . I have been on a creative roll, riding on my passions and the ideas just flying effortlessly . Then Saturday it hit me ….boom I was so drop dead tired that all I could think of was a mid day nap. I listened to my body and slept solid for 3 hours.
Then back in bed at 9 pm and a heavy sleep all night long.
Sunday morning I was off to Phoenix teaching at the SOUTHWEST GARDENER I felt fresh and alive . It was fun class filled with new jewelry makers.
I headed home and boom after dinner I feel back asleep and slept till 10 AM .
I am so lucky to live a flexible life style where I can let my biological clock be my guide.
Here are just a few images of my students work from Sundays class . Everyone brings their own design of patterns and color palette to the creative table.
Thanks Lynn and Amy for hosting me . If you live in the Phoenix area this is...