Friday, December 5, 2014

Organic Forms




Organic seems to be the rage right now. I've always loved the forms of nature and  when I saw the pictures of  Eugena Topinas openwork forms, I knew I had to have her tutorial. https://www.etsy.com/listing/199228011/polymer-clay-tutorial-openwork-pendants?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=openwork+polymer+clay+tutorial&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery   

I was not disappointed as I read “Polymer Clay Tutorial Openwork Pendants: Under a Microscope”.   The tutorial is detailed. clearly written with good illustrations but as with many things, one has to try it to really understand or believe it.  Using polymer clay and the supplies listed in the tutorial, I went to work following the directions. 

openwork before dissolution
Everything went well until the part where you have to put the form into water to dissolve the part that creates the open work.  I had pans of water all over the kitchen for days before I had dissolution! At one point Eugena warns about being impatient because the polymer walls are fragile and easily destroyed.  That is absolutely true.  I’m sure you realize that I am trying not to give any of the secrets of the tutorial away.   If you like the look and want to test your patience, I recommend buying the tutorial! 


When I learn a new technique somewhere along the way I make it mine by deviating from the instructions or seeing if I can do something else with it.  That was true with this tutorial and I want to share my experience with you. 

Some have backs and some do not

After I conquered the concept of openwork, I decided I wanted to make a medallion that was bigger and thicker than the ones in the tutorial-something that would look old and bone-like. I made my large cane (groups of polymer tubes) and cut it about ¾” thick.  I put it on a plastic dome, turned it upside down in a bowl of water and waited for the inside of the tubes to dissolve.  I waited 4 weeks!  (Impatience?)

Larger and thicker than the tutorial recommends


Finally I decided it was time to take it off the tube. Impatience at work! The clay medallion was fiercely stuck to the plastic dome and I had to carefully cut and lift the clay.  The plastic dome went in the trash as I took the fragile medallion to the oven to cure.  It turned out a lot better than I expected and it does look old and rustic.  This is the medallion and chain that I asked everyone to vote on last week.  (Pearls won over coral!)


I decided to use one of other medallions with the coral beads.  A more casual summer organic look!


I tried all of the variations in the tutorial and have lots of openwork circles.  I made earrings, pendants, and beads.

pendant and post earrings

Beads - I love these!
I still had circles!  That is when I saw the video tutorial of Sona Grigoryan on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGMjRdStUiI&list=PL_fsqalybeEIhTwWe-MdVBLtr3DLJh0Z0  and decided to put the circles into cuffs.  This is the final result.  


This really turned into quite the organic project!





Friday, November 28, 2014

Which Style Do You Like? Please VOTE!



I've been experimenting with two polymer clay tutorials and before I share that experiment with you, I'd really like you to let me know which chain you favor.  Then I'll put the finished necklace on my post next week with the explanation and reviews of the tutorials.  I would REALLY like your opinion!

The round pendant could be paired with the pearls shown here making a wear anytime necklace.  I'm thinking one strand of the larger pearls.  CHOICE A



OR

The round pendant could be paired with the coral shown here making a summertime necklace.  Just the angel skin coral not the red.  CHOICE B



Please leave you choice in the comment box or on my facebook page www.facebook.com/lindabrittdesign

Friday, November 21, 2014

Our last day of the Australian trip would be spent in Sydney.  We arrived early in the day and went to rent a car.  We had no idea how hard it would be to get one!   Finally we were able to drive away from the airport and explore the Royal National Park south of Sydney.  What a beautiful area!


We had lunch at The Dance Hall in the park.  We ate our hamburgers and chips outside while we watched Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Black Ducks, kookaburras, Little Wattlebirds and so many more birds. 



Flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in trees
Laughing Kookaburra
We spent all afternoon exploring and enjoying the area. 

Gymea Lily at a lookout
Popular Beach

National Falls



Since our plane left early the next day, we had checked the car back in with the rental company, grabbed a panini at the airport for dinner and walk to the Ibis Budget Hotel.  Since we spent our first night here we knew what to expect - a bed, a desk and chair.  No coffee pot or cups and just enough space to walk at the end of the bed – all for $95 a night!  But it was within walking distance of the airport.

The next day turned out to be the longest day!  We left Oct 4 and flew 1 ½ hours to Brisbane.  We had an hour layover and changed planes.  The flight to Los Angeles airport was 13 hours. We arrived Oct 4 at 6:40 a.m.  Still not sure I really understand the international dateline! But sunrise was spectacular!

sunrise

Our plane from LAX to Phoenix was delayed due to maintenance issues and after an hour or so, we boarded, taxied out and taxied back in due to maintenance issues!  Eventually we arrived in Phoenix and had a 2 hour shuttle ride home!  See why I said Oct 4 turned out to be the longest day?

We had a great trip and are very glad to be home!  And we have over 100 new bird species for our birdlist.  Thank you Australia!
 
Home Sweet Home in Prescott AZ


















Friday, December 5, 2014

Organic Forms




Organic seems to be the rage right now. I've always loved the forms of nature and  when I saw the pictures of  Eugena Topinas openwork forms, I knew I had to have her tutorial. https://www.etsy.com/listing/199228011/polymer-clay-tutorial-openwork-pendants?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=openwork+polymer+clay+tutorial&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery   

I was not disappointed as I read “Polymer Clay Tutorial Openwork Pendants: Under a Microscope”.   The tutorial is detailed. clearly written with good illustrations but as with many things, one has to try it to really understand or believe it.  Using polymer clay and the supplies listed in the tutorial, I went to work following the directions. 

openwork before dissolution
Everything went well until the part where you have to put the form into water to dissolve the part that creates the open work.  I had pans of water all over the kitchen for days before I had dissolution! At one point Eugena warns about being impatient because the polymer walls are fragile and easily destroyed.  That is absolutely true.  I’m sure you realize that I am trying not to give any of the secrets of the tutorial away.   If you like the look and want to test your patience, I recommend buying the tutorial! 


When I learn a new technique somewhere along the way I make it mine by deviating from the instructions or seeing if I can do something else with it.  That was true with this tutorial and I want to share my experience with you. 

Some have backs and some do not

After I conquered the concept of openwork, I decided I wanted to make a medallion that was bigger and thicker than the ones in the tutorial-something that would look old and bone-like. I made my large cane (groups of polymer tubes) and cut it about ¾” thick.  I put it on a plastic dome, turned it upside down in a bowl of water and waited for the inside of the tubes to dissolve.  I waited 4 weeks!  (Impatience?)

Larger and thicker than the tutorial recommends


Finally I decided it was time to take it off the tube. Impatience at work! The clay medallion was fiercely stuck to the plastic dome and I had to carefully cut and lift the clay.  The plastic dome went in the trash as I took the fragile medallion to the oven to cure.  It turned out a lot better than I expected and it does look old and rustic.  This is the medallion and chain that I asked everyone to vote on last week.  (Pearls won over coral!)


I decided to use one of other medallions with the coral beads.  A more casual summer organic look!


I tried all of the variations in the tutorial and have lots of openwork circles.  I made earrings, pendants, and beads.

pendant and post earrings

Beads - I love these!
I still had circles!  That is when I saw the video tutorial of Sona Grigoryan on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGMjRdStUiI&list=PL_fsqalybeEIhTwWe-MdVBLtr3DLJh0Z0  and decided to put the circles into cuffs.  This is the final result.  


This really turned into quite the organic project!





Friday, November 28, 2014

Which Style Do You Like? Please VOTE!



I've been experimenting with two polymer clay tutorials and before I share that experiment with you, I'd really like you to let me know which chain you favor.  Then I'll put the finished necklace on my post next week with the explanation and reviews of the tutorials.  I would REALLY like your opinion!

The round pendant could be paired with the pearls shown here making a wear anytime necklace.  I'm thinking one strand of the larger pearls.  CHOICE A



OR

The round pendant could be paired with the coral shown here making a summertime necklace.  Just the angel skin coral not the red.  CHOICE B



Please leave you choice in the comment box or on my facebook page www.facebook.com/lindabrittdesign

Friday, November 21, 2014

Our last day of the Australian trip would be spent in Sydney.  We arrived early in the day and went to rent a car.  We had no idea how hard it would be to get one!   Finally we were able to drive away from the airport and explore the Royal National Park south of Sydney.  What a beautiful area!


We had lunch at The Dance Hall in the park.  We ate our hamburgers and chips outside while we watched Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Black Ducks, kookaburras, Little Wattlebirds and so many more birds. 



Flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in trees
Laughing Kookaburra
We spent all afternoon exploring and enjoying the area. 

Gymea Lily at a lookout
Popular Beach

National Falls



Since our plane left early the next day, we had checked the car back in with the rental company, grabbed a panini at the airport for dinner and walk to the Ibis Budget Hotel.  Since we spent our first night here we knew what to expect - a bed, a desk and chair.  No coffee pot or cups and just enough space to walk at the end of the bed – all for $95 a night!  But it was within walking distance of the airport.

The next day turned out to be the longest day!  We left Oct 4 and flew 1 ½ hours to Brisbane.  We had an hour layover and changed planes.  The flight to Los Angeles airport was 13 hours. We arrived Oct 4 at 6:40 a.m.  Still not sure I really understand the international dateline! But sunrise was spectacular!

sunrise

Our plane from LAX to Phoenix was delayed due to maintenance issues and after an hour or so, we boarded, taxied out and taxied back in due to maintenance issues!  Eventually we arrived in Phoenix and had a 2 hour shuttle ride home!  See why I said Oct 4 turned out to be the longest day?

We had a great trip and are very glad to be home!  And we have over 100 new bird species for our birdlist.  Thank you Australia!
 
Home Sweet Home in Prescott AZ