Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

I am looking forward to beginning a new year. I've never made resolutions. In my 20's I started each year with a list of new ideas and techniques I wanted to learn. New things to experience. It is more fun than trying to give something up. I never understood that particular ritual because most of the people I know who make resolutions end up beating themselves up for not keeping them.

For 2011 I am finally going to do all of the things I have been dreaming about for months. Some of these things I have been studying for a year and an finally taking the plunge into doing them. All of my goals are artistic endeavors and I ordered supplies and tools for them last week. Regardless of my successes or failures I will show you what I am up to as I go along. Who knows maybe you will want to join along on my journey.

teeny fairies


I hope the new year finds you healthy, happy and fills your days with laughter. I hope that magic touches us all.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

White Christmas


christmas day 2010
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

It started snowing last night and it is still coming down as hard as it can. The road we live on is impassible. It is so beautiful!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Purple Mica Shift

In January Premo's new colors will be released. Among the new shades will be purple pearl. I have always mixed my own metallic colors to achieve mica shift. Still, I might get some to play with when it hits store shelves.

I love the mica shift technique. It makes images appear three dimensional when it is actually flat and smooth like glass. My friend Haffina loves purple and I made this purple bunny butt for her.

purple bunny butt for Haffina

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tried something new

A bunch of friends signed up for a Secret Santa swap on plurk. Plurk is like twitter only better because you can have actual conversations that are threaded. Anyway, I knew the person I drew had been wanting a fairy door so that is one of the things I made for her.

fairy door for Franni


She has it now so I can finally show it here. I have made several fairy doors over the years but this is the first one I ever made from polymer clay.

Edited in 2013 to add: This keeps getting pinned/repinned on pinterest with a note stating that I do "kid's parties and supply materials."  This is not true.  I have never done kids parties, ever. The original pinner apparently wanted to scam people because if she really did this she would have used a photo of her own work and not mine.  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Time is flying by

Christmas is next week and am I ready for it? No!

snowman


My shoulder problems and subsequent surgery to fix it caused me to start much later than I usually do. I am well known to procrastinate to the last minute for projects.

I have decided that to keep my sanity I have got to just do the best I can and hope people understand. My wish for all of you this holiday season is for it to be as stress free as possible.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Creating again

I am finally able to create again and it feels so good! Cannot show any photos just yet because I am working on a couple of holiday swaps that I am in. Don't want the recipients seeing what it is until they open the boxes. As soon as I get these things finished I will be working on some things I can show photos of. For now I am just happy that the surgery on my shoulder worked and I can now play with clay again.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm still around

The surgery on my shoulder was 2 weeks ago today. There was a little bit of a hiccup while I was in the recovery room. I could not breathe on my own for a little bit but I am ok. It was an expected side effect to one of the medications used. I knew it was a possibility before it was given to me so I was not scared when it happened. I knew it was temporary. If I had to do it all over again I still would have had them give it to me.
I am getting stronger every day thanks to the physical therapists I see 3 days a week. Daily exercises prescribed by them are strengthening the muscles around my shoulder. I am not creating anything yet but will be soon.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My muse is visiting!

Today my muse returned. It felt so good because I have not felt much like creating anything lately. Today I sculpted some things but I also got started on a doll repaint project that I have been thinking about for a very long time.

Here is a before shot and another after her make-up has been stripped off and her head scalped. Tonight I will remove the hair plugs.

work in progress before and step one


I am hoping my muse hangs around at least through Tuesday. Wednesday I will be having surgery on my shoulder. The first physical therapy session is scheduled for Thursday. From now until then I want to create as many things as I possibly can. Or at least have fun trying to.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Deck has been reshuffled

I was at the hospital at 5 am this morning. Unfortunately even with the antibiotics my white cell count only went down 3 points. It is still too high to risk surgery. The chance of possible infection would be too great. So after laying there for 3 hours with an i.v. in my arm I got to come home with instructions.

Now instead of getting the impacted wisdom tooth removed after my shoulder surgery, it will have to be done first. After that another blood count will be done and if the white cell count is still too high after that my surgeon is sending me to an infection specialist. :(
Guess it is a good thing my shoulder got so bad I wanted to get it fixed or I would not have known about any of this until the infection had possibly spread to my bloodstream.

Just trying to look on the bright side.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wish Bottles



Photographing dark purple is proving difficult for me. It looks almost black in the photo. I have tried different settings, different backgrounds. Nothing is working for me. The other colors look true to life just not the purple.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Miniature Mask from the beginning

For masks I start with wire mesh armature. Ignore the doll armature holding it she is for a different project I am about to start.



Then I mix my clay color and apply it to the wire mesh making sure there are no air bubbles trapped inside. To achieve the shade of gold that I wanted I mixed gold and silver Kato clays. I really like the resulting color.



Once the mesh is completely covered then the fun starts. Here it is ready to go in the oven to cure.



After curing I put on a couple of coats of a polymer clay safe polycrylic finish.

mini gold mask with quarter


mini gold mask

Saturday, September 4, 2010

work in progress shot of sea monster

I showed daily work in progress photos on plurk of the sea monster I am making, Taking a daily work in progress photo is a good way to see how much you have accomplished on a project and to see if anything needs changing before it is too late. It is about 90% completed in this shot.

sea monster 90 percent complete


I like this shot because you can see the eyes in it. My own eyes are not as good as they used to be so with the photo I was able to see if they looked the way I wanted them to.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Niki's makeover

Yesterday I showed you my 1:6 scale model, Niki wearing miniature chainmaille made by Haffina. I was able to successfully remove that huge honking glitter that Mattel so foolishly put on her lips.

niki


Before shot...

Niki modeling chainmaille by HaffinaCreations


I have not done any repainting. I have not decided if I will or not now.
How I removed the glitter:
Tied the doll's hair up out of the way.
Removed a tiny bit of cotton from a cotton swab.
Wrapped the cotton around the tip of a toothpick creating a miniature swab.
Dipped the mini swab in acetone and used it to remove the glitter.
Washed her really well with baking soda and a little water to neutralize the acetone.
Rinsed well.

That is it. I stopped when the glitter was gone without removing her paint.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Caliburn

In Geoffrey of Monmouth., Arthur wields Caliburn when he defeats the Saxons at Bath, in single combat with Roman governor Frollo outside Paris, and in his battle with the Roman army commanded by Lucius. The sight of Caliburn spurred the troops onward and the enemy's armor gave them no protection from its power.

The Sword In The Stone


3½ inch tall sculpture representing my favorite story from the Medieval time period.
Built on a strong armature, the blade is made of Apoxy Sculpt. The hilt and stone are polymer clay. There are crystal Swarovski rhinestones in the hilt.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tiny hand woven polymer clay

I have been weaving polymer clay on a small scale. There is a miniature picnic basket listed in my shop. Weaving it on a teeny scale though was a little aggravating. That is until this week when it just seemed to click for me.

This is the bottom of a bread basket I weaved.

bottom of handwoven polymer clay basket


Next to a quarter for size comparison. It is lined with a red check 1:12 dollhouse scale fabric.

hand woven polymer clay bread basket

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Invasion

The crop circle prep team has landed in the corn field. The reason they have never been spotted before is finally revealed. They are very tiny. Their ship is only 2 inches (5 cm) tall and 2½ inches (6 cm) wide. That dome on the top glows in the dark.

Invasion



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Miniature bottles


1:6 scale bottle
Originally uploaded by coltpixy


Lately I have been making a series of miniature bottles with polymer clay. I love the romantic feel of it and the colors chosen for me to use.

Click the image for a larger view.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Passion Flower

There are 700 different varieties of passion flowers around the world. One of them is the official Tennessee State wild flower. I live in Tennessee so when a friend on plurk asked me if I could create one with polymer clay I jumped at the chance to give it a shot.

Here is my version...

polymer clay passion flower

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Beautiful Day

Early this morning I did get the clay out and make blue bunny butts for a custom order. This afternoon we barbecued and had friends and neighbors come over. I have lots of flowers so my yard is filled with butterflies. This is one of the photos I took today.

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I hope it was as beautiful in your corner of the world today.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Octopus in Faux Bronze



Faux Bronze Octopus

There are no paints used it is just polymer clay hand sculpted over an armature I created for it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jeweled Beetle

Invading designer beetles? Not really.

beetle brooch


The lily is real but the jeweled beetle is polymer clay and swarovski rhinestones.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

works in progress

I have several different works in progress going on at the moment. Remember the green dragon I was working on a while back? I had set him aside for a while and I don't think he is happy about it. He is asking to be finished so between making brooches and finishing a miniature bread basket I will be working on him too.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mica Shift Bunny Butts

I had a request for more Bunny Butt key chains so I have been playing with one of my favorite techniques again. Mica shift.

copper bunny butt mica shift

blue bunny butt mica shift

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Flight

You have to be very fast to fly away from angry bees. Fortunately this little fairy is magical and can get away before they even know any honey is missing.

Bee Skep with Honey Thief Fairy


1:6 Play Scale Bee Skep with Honey Thief Fairy. Polymer clay bee skep or hive in a golden wheat color. There is a tiny fairy about to sneak into it to steal its cache of honey.
Actual size is 2 2/16 inch (5.5 CM) wide, 2.5 inches (6.5 CM) tall.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

1:6 play scale Flower Basket



Flower Basket 1:6 Play Scale


Actual measurements are 3.25 inches (8.25 CM) long by 2.50 inches (6.35 CM) tall up to the top of the butterfly on the handle.
There are 2 permanently attached butterflies and 15 removable flowers. There is a photo of the basket without the flowers along with more photos HERE

Flower Basket with quarter for size comparison


1:6 Play Scale is Barbie size. Here it is with my Mod Barbie.

Flower Basket with my doll for size comparison

Monday, April 12, 2010

Miniature Picnic Basket Finished

The actual measurements are 1 14/16 inches (.5CM) long x 14/16 inch (.2CM) to top of lids x 1 14/16 (.5CM) tall including handle.

miniature picnic basket


I think I am addicted to making these miniature polymer clay picnic baskets. 1:12 dollhouse scale picnic basket can also be used as a 1:6 play scale lunch basket. The lids are hinged so that it may be opened.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Finished Basket

1:12 scale picnic basket is also good as a 1:6 scale lunch basket. I finished it this afternoon.

finished basket

Saturday, April 10, 2010

1:12 scale picnic basket work in progress

This one is a lighter color than the other one...

1:12 scale picnic basket work in progress


What I learned from the darker one is that I will be attaching the hinged lids in a different manner.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

1:12 scale picnic basket challenge

When I mentioned to some friends that I wanted to make a series of miniature baskets my muse (who is no longer on vacation) tossed picnic basket into the list of possibilities.

Weaving clay on a scale this small proved a bit challenging for me.
picnic basket work in progress


I just need to make the hinged lids for this one and it will be done. There is a 12oz can in the photo for size comparison.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

1:6 scale Easter Basket

1:6 scale Easter Basket


I am going to give this one to my sister-in-law. It is play scale 1:6 (Barbie size), the chocolate bunny and colored eggs are removable so it can be used off season.
1½" tall (4CM) to top of handle. Chocolate bunny is 1" (2½ CM) and eggs are 5/16". All of it is entirely polymer clay. I have some pretty blue ribbon that I will use to make a bow for it.

I want to make a whole series of baskets, not for Easter, in both 1:12 scale and 1:6 scale. But first there is something else I need to make. You will see it tomorrow if I finish it in time.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Basket in 1:12 scale

I have always loved tiny things. I challenged myself to make a 1:12 doll house scale Easter Basket and here is what I came up with.

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Basket measures 1" (2½ CM) wide and 1 6/16" (3½ CM) tall.
Eggs measure 3/16".
It is entirely polymer clay except for the ribbon. I am happy with the results but would like to work on making finer blades of grass.

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I just listed this one in my shop. Now I am working on one in 1:6 play scale (Barbie size).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Filigree Egg

filigree egg


I have made quite a few polymer clay covered eggs over the years but never one like this. The shell has been removed from everywhere that polymer clay was not touching it. I could go farther and completely remove the shell but I like the contrast of the white on the inside on this one.

I was inspired and encouraged to create this by one of my muses. She taught me this technique. If you are thinking that a Muse is a mythical creature you are only partly right. There are muses all around us the key is recognizing them for what they are. Mine is DerondaDesigns. She has given me a great many ideas without even trying. As a matter of fact my bitchy peas came from a conversation we had that had nothing to do with art.
I truly hope that you all find and recognize your own muses.

Deronda's shop is currently on vacation but be sure to check back. She makes beautiful lampwork beads, etched copper and more.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Just Playing


Just Playing
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Playing around with combining techniques. Mica shift with Pixy stone. Mica shift with sculpted flowers. No paints were used, it is all polymer clay.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Baking Soda Experiment


white mica shift
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I bake translucent and white clays buried under corn starch to prevent them from discoloring. A few days ago Carolyn of
2goodclaymates
replied to a blog post saying that she tried Donna Kato's idea to bake clay buried under baking soda. I just had to try this out.

My results: Just like corn starch, baking soda prevents the clay from discoloring while baking. However, baking soda is finer and because it is more water soluble it is much easier to wash off completely.

I love it! From now on I will bake my translucent and white clays under baking soda. Thank you so much Carolyn!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

handmade hand drill

I needed a hand drill and the closest craft supply store is almost an hour away (one way) and in another state. So I made one.

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I took a drill bit in the size that I needed. Using a dremel with a diamond bit I ground down the shank on two sides just until it was flattened a little. Then I made a handle with scrap polymer clay. After baking I pulled out the drill bit and glued it back in permanently with Loctite glue.
It works perfectly.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

bunny butt keychains


bunny butt keychains
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Spring is coming and that always makes me think of bunnies. Lucky bunny butts made with polymer clay using the mica shift technique. This technique makes images look 3 dimensional when they are actually flat and smooth as glass.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's!

red mica shift heart


I will tell you a secret, I love to cook. Each and every holiday is pretty much an excuse to prepare a feast. That is tradition in my family. This year Valentine's and Chinese New Year both being the same day is turning into a really huge feast and my family is not even Chinese.

Reading recipes and some of the traditional Chinese superstitions about the foods that must be prepared and stories around them has made me miss my grandparents on my mom's side so much. They were not Asian but they were superstitious backwoods Tennesseans. There are really a lot more similarities than one would think.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Heart with Pink Roses


Heart with Pink Roses
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

My favorite real roses are very pale pink. So it was only natural that these polymer clay roses ended up being that color.
The theme I created this for is Hearts Afire. To people who do not know me it may not fit in that theme. My thought process went to passion and romance. For me that means pink roses.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pink Pixy Stone Heart


Pink ColtPixy Stone Heart
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Pixy Stones come from the magical Realm of ColtPixy. They are the result of dew drops dripping down the horn of a Unicorn. They come in various shades and colors. Some fairies of the realm believe that the different colors are caused by the mood of the Unicorn at the time of their formation.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pink Pixy Stones©


Pink Pixy Stones
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

Here are a couple of my Pixy Stones© in pink. They were so much fun to make and I love how they turned out.
A special thank you to fellow Polymer Clay Smoosher Gingerbells for naming them for me.