Friday, February 26, 2016

Revisiting Memories


Once in a while I clean off a shelf in my studio and find things I put aside for inspiration or a project.  This week I found the pressed flowers from the trip to Ecuador.  They were stacked between construction paper in a folder and are in pretty good condition.  There were even moth wings we collected.

In between other projects (like using older clays in jewelry and making soup and jerky), I decided to take pictures of the  pressed flowers for a photo book and research how to mount them.   I want to give a book to my friend, Michelle, who helped me collect the flowers as a memory of our trip.  Michelle and her husband, Chan, went to Ecuador with Peter and me in 2008.  I remember Michelle asking what I ever did with the pressed flowers and my answer was ‘nothing’.  Guess it is time to do ‘something’. 


Today I set up the camera on a tripod outside in natural light and started shooting.  Next was editing the photos and deciding the book layout.  I’m almost done with the editing and I’ll show the finished book in another post. 


 

It seems important to keep some of the memorabilia from life’s experiences so we can revisit them.  We never know when inspiration and action combine to produce tangible memories!

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Making of a Silver Bug


What could be better that silver bug pendants for my spring collection?  Turns out at the rate I'm going it may be my  summer collection!  Nevertheless bugs it is!  This is the second silver bug and the third is done except for finishing.  

I have several bug stamps that I am using for the basic bug and then I add dimension and faceted CZ gem stones.  I thought you might enjoy seeing the process. 


This is the stamp!


This is the silver clay that in stamped and drying on a curved surface
These are the dimensional pieces drying

After I made the curved front and back, I placed ball supports  that will help keep the curved shapes.  This is a hollow piece. 

The front and back are connected and all the dimensional pieces applied.  You can see what a difference the stone makes!

I fired the piece in my kiln, sanded, polished and patina'd it.  How do you like it?  Please leave a comment!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Participating in a World Art Project.

My 4 x 4 tile 
As any of you who read my blog regularly know, I love working with polymer clay.  50 years ago the company ‘FIMO’ made the first polymer clay in Germany.  Fimo is now world famous and there are also many other companies who make different brands of it. Fimo has 115+ colors and is used in 60+ countries. 

As part of the 50 year celebration, The Fimo 50 World Project is under way.  This world project is a way for polymer artists to participate in a collaborative art project that will benefit charity.  It works this way:  an individual polymer artist makes a unique 4” x 4” tile that is sent to a central site.  The tiles will then be placed on a large scale sculpture symbolizing the earth.  Once the ‘Fimo World’ is finished, it will be dismantled and each piece will be auctioned.  All profits will go to (1) Dr. Ron Lehocky’s Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies and (2) the Samunnat community in Nepal.

As I look at some of the tiles that already have been received, I am amazed at the variety of ideas and techniques that are being used.  Being part of a large community like polymer clay is inspirational and such fun!  If anyone is interested in participating go to www.staedtler.us  The deadline is April 30.

My 4” x 4” tile is finished and ready to pack.  I thought you might be interested is seeing some of the process.  In a previous post (http://www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com/2015/06/monarch-butterflies-and-more.html) I shared the process of the butterfly cane.  I decided to use that cane for my tile to call attention to the plight of butterflies worldwide.  The 5 images (similar to the human form) in the center circle symbolize the need for all of us to connect and take care of the environment.

The 3 sizes of butterfly canes I used

Planning the geometry.

The finished piece

There are several pieces of polymer jewelry on my etsy site using this cane.  www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign  Please take a look!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Revisiting Memories


Once in a while I clean off a shelf in my studio and find things I put aside for inspiration or a project.  This week I found the pressed flowers from the trip to Ecuador.  They were stacked between construction paper in a folder and are in pretty good condition.  There were even moth wings we collected.

In between other projects (like using older clays in jewelry and making soup and jerky), I decided to take pictures of the  pressed flowers for a photo book and research how to mount them.   I want to give a book to my friend, Michelle, who helped me collect the flowers as a memory of our trip.  Michelle and her husband, Chan, went to Ecuador with Peter and me in 2008.  I remember Michelle asking what I ever did with the pressed flowers and my answer was ‘nothing’.  Guess it is time to do ‘something’. 


Today I set up the camera on a tripod outside in natural light and started shooting.  Next was editing the photos and deciding the book layout.  I’m almost done with the editing and I’ll show the finished book in another post. 


 

It seems important to keep some of the memorabilia from life’s experiences so we can revisit them.  We never know when inspiration and action combine to produce tangible memories!

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Making of a Silver Bug


What could be better that silver bug pendants for my spring collection?  Turns out at the rate I'm going it may be my  summer collection!  Nevertheless bugs it is!  This is the second silver bug and the third is done except for finishing.  

I have several bug stamps that I am using for the basic bug and then I add dimension and faceted CZ gem stones.  I thought you might enjoy seeing the process. 


This is the stamp!


This is the silver clay that in stamped and drying on a curved surface
These are the dimensional pieces drying

After I made the curved front and back, I placed ball supports  that will help keep the curved shapes.  This is a hollow piece. 

The front and back are connected and all the dimensional pieces applied.  You can see what a difference the stone makes!

I fired the piece in my kiln, sanded, polished and patina'd it.  How do you like it?  Please leave a comment!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Participating in a World Art Project.

My 4 x 4 tile 
As any of you who read my blog regularly know, I love working with polymer clay.  50 years ago the company ‘FIMO’ made the first polymer clay in Germany.  Fimo is now world famous and there are also many other companies who make different brands of it. Fimo has 115+ colors and is used in 60+ countries. 

As part of the 50 year celebration, The Fimo 50 World Project is under way.  This world project is a way for polymer artists to participate in a collaborative art project that will benefit charity.  It works this way:  an individual polymer artist makes a unique 4” x 4” tile that is sent to a central site.  The tiles will then be placed on a large scale sculpture symbolizing the earth.  Once the ‘Fimo World’ is finished, it will be dismantled and each piece will be auctioned.  All profits will go to (1) Dr. Ron Lehocky’s Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies and (2) the Samunnat community in Nepal.

As I look at some of the tiles that already have been received, I am amazed at the variety of ideas and techniques that are being used.  Being part of a large community like polymer clay is inspirational and such fun!  If anyone is interested in participating go to www.staedtler.us  The deadline is April 30.

My 4” x 4” tile is finished and ready to pack.  I thought you might be interested is seeing some of the process.  In a previous post (http://www.lindabrittdesign.blogspot.com/2015/06/monarch-butterflies-and-more.html) I shared the process of the butterfly cane.  I decided to use that cane for my tile to call attention to the plight of butterflies worldwide.  The 5 images (similar to the human form) in the center circle symbolize the need for all of us to connect and take care of the environment.

The 3 sizes of butterfly canes I used

Planning the geometry.

The finished piece

There are several pieces of polymer jewelry on my etsy site using this cane.  www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign  Please take a look!