Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chef Escargot

Yes, I am still on a snail kick. I don't think it will end anytime soon. Here is one I finished this afternoon, Chef Escargot.

Chef Escargot

Monday, January 30, 2012

Photographer Snail

This is Perry the explorer. He likes to travel the world taking photographs. He will be leaving on a trip to England very soon.

Hand sculpted by me from ProSculpt polymer clay. The camera was sculpted with Kato polymer clay. The eyes are hand painted with resin lenses.

photographer snail

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Charla the coffee addict

My latest snail has tiny pink polymer clay hair rollers. I was nervous about making them but it was easy. Rolling the Tibetan lamb's wool hair onto them was the headache. I like how she turned out. Sleepy, not quite awake.

Charla the coffee drinking snail

She is listed in my etsy shop.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Paisley in polymer

I showed step by step photos of this on plurk as I was making it. Here I will show you the beginning and the end result. This is for the lid of a large keepsake box. My friend Diane of Cymberrain asked me to create one for her in blues, greens and purples. She left the design of it up to me. I have always loved paisley and Diane has made some absolutely beautiful ones! So I know that is what I wanted to make for her.

I started with a very rough sketch of an idea that was in my head.

rough sketch

This is the end result. Originally I was going to do a Sutton slice piece and chopped that up for the Stroppel cane that is part of the design.

paisley wip7

You can click the images to see larger photos on flickr.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Favorite Tool Super Sculpey

Yes Super Sculpey is a clay but in this case it is a favorite tool. It all started a few months ago when I saw this pinned on Pinterest...

I read Cynthia Blanton's blog post linked in the pin and decided to give it a shot. It works! I have not cleaned my pasta machine nor taken it apart once since using the super sculpey in this way. When I made the Snail Mailman I was able to go from black clay to white clay with no streaking at all.


That gray piece is what I have been using the past couple of months. What it is sitting on is the original color. You can see how much it has picked up. So I do believe that in this instance Super Sculpey qualifies as one of my favorite tools.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Interview on CatsWire

I was interviewed by the lovely Cat of CatsWire and it is on her blog today. If you would like to know a little more about me just head over there to her blog and have a peek.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dr Feelgood and Nurse Goodbody

These were a special request from a dear friend. They were so much fun and I hope they are what she had pictured in her head.

Dr Feelgood and Nurse Goodbody

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Art mediums and techniques

I have spent my entire life learning and trying to master various art and craft mediums. In a recent interview I was asked which ones could I do. I named off a few but did not list even half of them because I knew it would get to be too long. That and my age was starting to show. =)

The truth is one interest leads to another and so on. Every thing learned in one medium can help compliment another. For example: proficiency in drawing and then learning the properties of cutting glass can lead to being able to create your own stained glass patterns. For me those lead to mosaics so I could do something with my scrap glass.

acorn vase
Original mosaic design by ColtPixy 2006

I like learning new things. Just doing the same thing all the time would not only be boring for me but it would also limit my abilities in my chosen medium.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Necklace from B-Lee Kreations

I won this necklace in a drawing on B-Lee Kreations' blog.

Made by B-Lee Kreations

It is really lovely ♥ So much more than I can show in a photograph.
Thank you so much Bonnie!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Doctor Snail

I am still working on the nurse that will go with him but here is the Doctor Snail I made.

doctor snail

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Speed Racer Pixie

Finished this pixie riding a snail this morning. My friend Catrin of CatsWire suggested my next racing snail should be wearing a helmet.

Speed Racer Pixie

The teeny pixie is about a half inch tall. It will be listed on etsy soon.
Check back tomorrow to see if I was able to pull off the doctor and nurse snails. I always get a little nervous trying to create what someone else sees in their imagination. This is a fun project though.

Monday, January 2, 2012

polymer clay mosaics

This year is starting with my muse kicked into overdrive. It is exciting for me and making me excited about 2012. I have so many ideas running around in my head and getting sketched out on paper. The first thing on my list is more snails. Absolutely first is finishing a doctor and nurse pair of snail sculptures for a dear friend.

My background is in stained glass mosaics and I have really enjoyed creating them with polymer clay. I am planning to make a few more.

My etsy shop reopened this morning. I will be adding new things to it almost daily. This morning I added this black and white mosaic box.

black box

Next I will be adding the brown and metallic one with Sutton Slice grout.

brown box close-up

Along with... more snails =)
I hope that the new year finds you following your passion too.