Thursday, November 19, 2009

WIP Healing Spirit Doll

I have wanted to make a Spirit doll for several years now. Sewing beads is 2nd nature to me. I used to design seed bead earrings. I was not sure how to bead around the face though.

First I made a few face cabochons. I made several but have specific plans for these two. One will be a Spirit doll
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I do not use molds to make my faces. Nor do I make molds from them. I like my faces to be as individual as real people.
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To me, greens and leaves remind me of life and healing. Green reminds me of the smell of Spring and the Earth coming back to life after a Winter's sleep.

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So my doll is going to be in various shades of green, cream and white.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Bottle of Hope

Yesterday Kathi of Dragonsglass asked if anyone would like to donate a Bottle of Hope to a young girl she knows who is fighting cancer. Her favorite color is purple so I made her a purple bottle with gold leafed hearts and trim.

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I love the tradition polymer clayers have of giving these Bottles of Hope to cancer patients. You can google to find the history behind it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Name the dragon

Remember the little dragon I made for Catswire?

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Head over to her blog and vote for a name. Remember to leave a comment for a chance in a drawing to win one of her beautiful dragon's nest pendants.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back to the dragon

No photos yet. I thought that I was close to being ready to add the texture to the dragon. That was until I looked at it through a camera lens. It looked a little skinny to me so I have been building up the muscles today. Bulking it up a bit. I'm liking it much better so what I saw through the lens was correct.
Will have photos soon so you can see what I mean. ♥

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mask WIP 2

The mask is 80% complete and will be finished today. Here is what was done to it yesterday. Black clay is on it now and I have put gold leaf on a sheet of pearl clay.

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Made long ropes from the gold leafed clay and added rhinestones.

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I made the plaster face from a plastic mask I picked up. I just put it in the oven along with the clay. The photos above are from before I baked it. I propped up the curls on the top with balls of aluminum foil. The wire mesh probably would have held it out straight but I did not want to take any chances.
The finished mask my be seen at the Masquerade Clay Ball.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mask WIP

I have fallen in love with wire mesh armature. It is easily cut and shaped and very easy to work with.

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The beginnings of a mask.

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My hope is that the finished piece will be one of my entries in the Masquerade Clay Ball.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

jester pendant


jester pendant
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I made this pendant to be given away as a door prize during the Masquerade Clay Ball. The skin tone looks a little darker in the photo than in real life. Does not look like the weather is going to cooperate for good pics for another week.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Day 2 green dragon WIP

Building up the body and upper legs. The hind legs still need a lot of work.

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In this shot the tin is sitting on my work surface. A 3/4 inch thick sheet of tempered glass.

I will work on her more when I get home this afternoon. I am going to drive down to Alabama to pick up some art supplies for my entries in the Masquerade Clay Ball. I will tell you more about that a little later. It is a project that I am very excited about.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Green Dragon WIP

This is no where near being even half finished. Still lots of muscles to add on the body and upper legs before even starting on the head, feet and tail, etc. But I promised a work in progress photo so here it is.



The Altoids tin is there for a size comparison. She does not have a name yet but will before she is finished. I did not name the last one I made but at the risk of sounding crazy, this one wants a name. This one will also be more detailed and textured.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

haunted pumpkin


haunted pumpkin
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I was trying to get a photo of the glow in the dark clay glowing in the jack o lanten I recently made. My great dane nudged my elbow just as I was taking a shot and the shake was just enough to create a really cool effect in the photo. It appears as if on fire and smoking.

Friday, July 24, 2009

My first dragon

When CatsWire challenged me to create a tiny dragon I was so excited to try to make one. Sculpting is my first love with polymer clay but I had never attempted a dragon before.

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She is tiny. about 1 3/4 inches tall including horns and 3 inches long.

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She was so much fun to make that I will be making more! It felt so good to get back into sculpting again.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Giant Insect Sculptures


spider in web
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Yesterday morning my husband and I visited the Botanical Gardens in Huntsville, Alabama. There are several very large, beautiful and detailed insect sculptures created by David Rogers.

There is only one more week left to see them. There will be an "extermination party" hosted by the artist at 6pm Monday the 13th. There are more photos in my flickr stream http://www.flickr.com/photos/coltpixy/ in the Wild Outdoors set.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Faux Jade Heart


ColtPixy Faux Jade Heart
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I wanted this to appear as if it were made of old stone. It is actually polymer clay.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Be careful what you download

Yesterday one of my favorite twitter buddies and I were recommended to download Twiping.
Twitter has changed their following page so that now you have to click an icon on each tweeter to see if they followed and turned around and unfollowed as soon as you followed them back. Twiping is supposed to make it easy to see if someone does that.

I did not install it because it told me that I would have to install NET framework in order to run it. I refused to download anything else. Good for me. Not so good for him.

Because my fellow tweeter downloaded Twiping his account got hacked. He contacted me because he was afraid I also ran the program on my computer. He is a good guy. Now his hacked account is posting spam over and over and... you get it.

Be very, very careful what you download.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

faux jade experiment


faux jade experiment
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I have always preferred mixing my own colors with polymer clay. Today I experimented with faux jade. In person it looks great. There are variations in color and tone just like with the real stone.
Jade symbolizes immortality and the Ouroborous symbolizes eternal renewal. It seemed fitting that this was the first thing I should make with this clay.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Beautiful bloom on a rainy Sunday


Lily
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I don't know the name of this lily. A friend in another state send it to me in a trade two years ago.
I love how the blooms look like they have just been tickled with a paint brush.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Playing with clay


ruby slippers, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

Remember when you were a kid and you made things just to be making them? It was relaxing and fun. That is all I was doing when I made these. Playing with textures and seeing what I could come up with using unconventional things to make textures on polymer clay.
The texture on these shoes was made with a paper doily.

Monday, May 18, 2009

From Mica Shift to Textures


Flower Mica Shift Heart Magnet, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

This piece was made using the mica shift technique. I love how mica shift causes patterns to look 3 dimensional when they are not.

Lately I keep finding myself drawn to textures. Not just textures but combination's of different techniques in one piece. This week my plans are to just play and see where this takes me.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

bitchy peas pendant


bitchy peas pendant, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

Someone challenged me to make my bitchy peas in a pod into a necklace. I made two of these. I love how they make people laugh!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Muddy May


purple iris, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

It has rained here almost every day for weeks on end. Yes it is good for the flowers, not so much for construction. We have been trying to build a wheel chair ramp and tomorrow is the last day to get it finished.

The day after that my mother-in-law arrives for a vacation. She has apparently become wheel chair bound. Hopefully it will not rain every day they are here because they love to get out and soak up the local flavor.

Just wanted to let you know I am still alive and kicking even though I have not been blogging here much and my shop is on vacation. Just trying to make sure everything here is just right for company.

Monday, April 27, 2009

bitchy peas in a pod


bitchy peas in a pod, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

Ever heard the expression "peas in a pod" to describe like minded people? That is what inspired Deronda of http://derondadesigns.com to come up with the idea for this particular pod of peas. I made them today out of polymer clay. It is a 2½ inch long magnet.
It features: Moanie, Bitchy and Whiny. They scream and rant so much they do not notice when the spittle flies from their mouths.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mokume Gane


green Mokume Gane, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

Mokume Gane is the Japanese term for "woodgrained metal". It is also the name of a technique used in polymer clay.
These Mokume Gane pieces are a work in progress. Not finished yet. These have been cured and sanded with 9 different varying grits of wet/dry sand paper then buffed with old denim.
Now I am going to add a clay edging around them. Once finished they will be used in a project I am finishing today

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sneaker Tuesday

Each Tuesday at 8pm Central the Art Fire Sneakers announce a seller to "ambush" on Art Fire. We go on a media blitz to promote this seller and their Art Fire studio.
We choose sellers who have been on Art Fire at least two months, are verified, do not have many sales yet remain positive.
Do you fit that criteria? If so our un-sub could be you!

It is a lot of fun. We would love for you to join us. You do not have to join the ning to participate. The un-sub will be announced on the Art Fire forum, Twitter, Plurk, Blockhead radio and many other places. Come join the fun!


Visit Artfire Sneakers

Sunday, April 12, 2009

purple mica shift


purple mica shift, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

Working my way down the list of colors I can get to work for me. I like the way these purple ones came out. The larger ones are 1 inch wide.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Orange Mica Shift In Polymer Clay

orange mica shift fish
I have become completely obsessed with the mica shift technique. Orange being my baby sister's favorite color I thought I would attempt to achieve the shift in this color. I am thrilled that I was able to do it! These are just under 1½ inches long and are magnets.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Mica Shift Bunny


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Originally uploaded by coltpixy

In case you haven't noticed I am currently addicted to polymer clay using the mica shift technique. It looks 3 dimensional even though it is not.
This piece is a pale blue. It has a bunny on one side and a swirl pattern on the other. There is a photo of the other side in my Flickr photos. This one got turned into a key chain.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sandcastle


Grove Sandcastle
Originally uploaded by ImageMD

Every once in a while you read something so beautiful that you just have to share. Today I read a blog post that falls into that category. It is A Trip To The Beach by Ninja Jenn. I highly recommend that you take a moment to check it out.

I also would like to thank Ninja Jenn for going out of her way to help me give this blog a make-over. I could not have done it without her.

Friday, March 27, 2009

It Is A Small Beautiful World

The last 2 weeks have been such an emotional rollercoaster ride for me and my husband. The great dane we had raised since he was 2½ weeks old was hospitalized and very ill. Until his first blood tests came back it was thought perhaps it was his age. General life expectancy for a great dane is 7 years. He turned 8 last november 18th. Then the lab results came in and he was going into kidney and liver failure.

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I was an emotional mess. George was all I could think about. I neglected this blog and my work. I spent my days at the clinic with George as tried to get him to eat and walk. I mentioned it on Twitter, Plurk and Creative Living. I was not expecting what happened next. So many people from all over Earth in many different countries offering well wishes and emotional support. It was so amazing that people who did not really know me reached out to me and let me cyber cry on their shoulders about a dog they didn't know.

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George got to come home Monday and is continuing to recover. The latest lab results show that he is on his way to a full recovery. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful veterinarian who worked tirelessly at helping my baby.
I do not even know where to begin thanking all of those wonderful people out there scattered by miles yet brought together by the world wide web who helped me get through this. Their words meant more to me than I could ever express.
It really is a small and beautiful world.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mica Shift mini tutorial


mica shift
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

These polymer clay pieces looks 3 dimensional but they are not. It is actually flat and smooth like glass.

To achieve this you use a metallic clay. These are made from Premo Pearl, Premo Blue Pearl and Premo Green Pearl.
First condition the clay. Then run it through a pasta machine in one direction at least 20 times. This is to get the mica flakes in the metallic clay to run in one direction.
You can either draw in a design or push in a rubber stamp. This forces the mica flakes in the design into another direction.

Very carefully slice the top off of the clay with a tissue blade. Do this until the surface is completely flat as possible. You will be able to see the design that was created by pushing the mica in the clay in two directions. Bake according to manufacturers directions.

After the piece is cured and cooled the real work begins. Sanding brings out the design even more. You don't have to go as far as I do but you do need to sand it. I I start with 200 grit wet/dry sandpaper and then work my way down 400 grit, 1500 grit and finally 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Finally polishing on old denim.
The result is perfectly smooth and shiny like glass.

If you decide to do this I do hope that you show me photos.

Monday, March 2, 2009

cat nap


cat nap-pola
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Poladroid (not misspelled) photo of one of my cats taking a nap about 12 feet up a tree in my yard.

My blog buddy over at Mulberry And Main (blog link on the left) blogged about poladroid so I Googled it. Boy am I ever glad that I did! It is the coolest little tool that turns your digital photos into a polaroid. You just drag and drop an image onto it and after you wait... and wait for it to develop it puts your poladroid into your My Pictures folder.

It is a fun and very cool toy! They even have their own Flickr group. Well don't take my word for it. Head to http://www.poladroid.net/ and check it out. Don't forget to show me your poladroids.

http://www.poladroid.net/

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wishing For Spring


Wishing For Spring
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Last week we were in short sleeves. This morning the blooming daffodils are covered in snow and it is still snowing. Gotta love the South. It is normal for huge swings in temperature in this part of the country. The daffodils will be alright. My lilacs and other flowering bushes will not be blooming this Spring though. Oh well, there is always next year.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

almost blooming


almost blooming
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

The daffodils have big buds that will open soon. They are a reminder that Spring is almost here. I am looking forward to it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

hearts


hearts ColtPixy
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I really love this mica shift technique. All five of these are the same color brick red, but the design in each one is different.


Red Heart

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mica Shift Hearts


Mica Shift Hearts
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

These are made using a technique called mica shift. I love this because it looks 3 dimensional yet it is not. The pieces are smooth as glass. I made 15 of these to list on Art Fire but they all sold locally yesterday when friends dropped by and saw them and called more friends. Today I am going to make more so I can list them.
Google "mica shift" and you will find a great YouTube tutorial fully explaining the technique and its origins.
The two here were never for sale. The burnt orange one I made for my sister and the pink one is for my mom.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Polymer Clay Smoosher Imagine That


Coin Shaped Brown Artisan Beads
Originally uploaded by ImagineThatArt

Imagine That creates absolutely gorgeous beads with polymer clay. If you are lucky enough to live near Evansville, Indiana she teaches classes in her store there. You can find her beautiful beads and more in her Art Fire studios

Monday, January 19, 2009

Polymer Clay Smoosher CalysJewelryCreations


ceramic 1
Originally uploaded by Calys Day at the Beach

The owner of CalysJewelryCreations is a sweet soul with a big heart. She has a love for the ocean that shows in much of her work. Recently she has been making polymer clay pendants that have a ceramic look. This heart is just one example. Visit her shop to see what other goodies she has to offer.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Favorite Tool of the Week

Conditioning polymer clay is done much faster with the help of a cheap pasta machine. Makes the job easier on the hands too.
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Shopping on Art Fire, a tutorial

Art Fire is growing by leaps and bounds even though it is still in Beta. TheTinyFig has created a wonderful tutorial for shopping there complete with screen shots. Check it out HERE.