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Title: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 01, 2016, 08:42:47 PM
Let's see your April makes folks!

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 04, 2016, 08:57:19 PM
Today's efforts ...

This, believe it or not, began as an attempt at crackled light blue over light pink.  Having failed miserably, it narrowly avoided the bin when I saw a necklace shape I really liked and so had an idea for salvaging what I had done.  A few times I almost gave up as it would have been easier to start from scratch without the pink clay beneath.

Anyway, here it is.  A cupreous pendant.  Sue (my wife) said it was copper-like when she saw it and that is what I had been thinking ... copper with a verdigris patina.  It may have started as a complete foul-up, but I'm pleased with the finished piece ...

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Cupreous%20Pendant%20-%20Polymer%20Clay2PCF_zps1gbe9qtz.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Cupreous%20Pendant%20-%20Polymer%20Clay2PCF_zps1gbe9qtz.jpg.html)

My other make today was a pair of earrings using some of the last of the reptile/peacock patterned clay - put through the pasta machine to marble it.  The pendant and the earrings were then treated with Renaissance Wax, which is jolly good stuff. :)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Polymer%20Clay%20Reptile%20Earrings1PCF_zpscagqm54i.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Polymer%20Clay%20Reptile%20Earrings1PCF_zpscagqm54i.jpg.html)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Polymer%20Clay%20Reptile%20EarringsPCF_zpsolyevgjn.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Polymer%20Clay%20Reptile%20EarringsPCF_zpsolyevgjn.jpg.html)   
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 04, 2016, 09:16:21 PM
Lovely - especially the foul-up :D
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 04, 2016, 09:27:17 PM
Those are cool Alan

I can honestly say that every single "discovery" I've ever made in clay, or any design that has gone on to be something of a "signature" has started out with me visualising something completely different, trying it and mucking it up.

I think it emphasises the importance of playing when claying. Just allowing yourself to try things out, to go down different alleys etc - even if a project seems like it is going off course. It is all important stuff!

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 04, 2016, 11:24:29 PM
Thank you, Carrie and Emma. :)

Yes, Emma, I have found that some of the things I have done that I really like have either started as failures or have evolved much differently from what was in my head.  It's cool when you think all is lost or you come against a brick wall and then suddenly something inspires you and it all just falls into place.  It reminds me of how Glenn Miller searched for his own unique style for his orchestra and just couldn't find it.  Then, the trumpet lead split his lip in rehearsals and was replaced with a clarinet lead ... and that was 'the sound' he had been looking for. ... Well, that's the way the Glenn Miller Story tells it.  I often think of Glenn Miller when things go pear-shaped or when I just can't get 'the look' I want. lol
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 05, 2016, 08:37:37 AM
That is a cool story - whether it is true or not - and certainly a lesson in keeping an open mind and allowing inspiration to "find" you sometimes.

It has given me an idea for a thread....

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Joe Kingthethird on April 05, 2016, 09:13:03 AM
"Bombastic" Hinged/magnetic clasp,blue/gold Beady bangle.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on April 05, 2016, 11:38:41 AM
I like them.

The "Armadillo" pendant is my favorite. Top one of Alans
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 05, 2016, 12:41:02 PM
Thank you so much, Karolina! :) ... See?  Why can't I have great imagination like that? I'm terrible when it comes to naming things sometimes and just end up calling it a 'Cupreous Pendant' - which may be be sort of accurate, but it's hardly inspiring!  :o  'Armadillo Pendant' is much better!  ;D

I like your bracelet, Joe!  I've been thinking about hinges so I can make some bracelets.  Do you anchor it into the polymer clay with metal pins or something?  I should think the ease of putting on and taking off your bracelets would be a big selling point - apart from the fact that they're cool! :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Joe Kingthethird on April 05, 2016, 03:06:08 PM
Hinge in clay. I think it is best to use some sort of glue, liquid gel or superglue. These hinges had holes but I don't think they anchor too well in the clay. This liquid gel is strange stuff.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on April 05, 2016, 03:10:27 PM
I didnīt see the hinge. That i s cool :)

:) Glad you liked the Amradillo reference :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 05, 2016, 11:40:55 PM
I shall call it the Armadillo pendant when I open my Etsy shop, if that is OK with you, Karolina? I can't help thinking of the Holiday Armadillo on Friends when I see it now. lol. I will, of course give you full credit for its name. :)  If anyone actually wants to buy any of my pieces, I shall be thrilled, of course.  It must feel nice when people are actually prepared to part with hard earned money when they like something that much.  But I must admit that I've become very attached to this pendant and some of my other things.  Has anyone actually felt sad when selling a piece they have made?  Silly, I know, but I think I might feel a tinge of sadness at times.  Blimey!  It's only polymer clay!  I need to pull myself together.  :D

Joe, it's a right pain fixing anything other than polymer clay to polymer clay.  I'm led to believe that few if any glues are any good.  I tried some superglue I had and it was useless, but I think it must have been too old and gone off.  My new superglue seems to be much better.  I always try and put an anchor in a join or physically trap the non polymer clay element in polymer clay, but it isn't always easy.  I must look for some tiny hinges.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 05, 2016, 11:58:00 PM
Today's pendant.  A very simple cabochon done by mixing some Cernit neon green with premo pearl peacock clay.  I've called it a Vapour Pendant as I think it looks like some noxious green ether or miasma trapped inside.  I really love this Cernit neon green.  Premo pearl bright green is great, but this neon green is even more vibrant. 

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Polymer%20Clay%20Earth%20CabachonPCF_zpslnosldyb.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Polymer%20Clay%20Earth%20CabachonPCF_zpslnosldyb.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on April 06, 2016, 07:16:16 AM
Very Classy pendant :)

You can call your pendant what ever you want and no "credit" needed. You made the pendant not me :)

Try 2 part epoxy. It is what i use.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 06, 2016, 09:35:01 AM
Thank you, Karolina.  OK, I shall call it the Armadillo Karolina Pendant! lol ... Only joking.  :P

What do you use 2 part epoxy for, Karolina?  Joining other elements to polymer clay or for getting a glassy finish on a piece?  Epoxy resin is something I want to use.  I'm keen to try one of those Altoid tin fish ponds I've seen - and to use it for other things.  I know it's used with great effect in model making for representing rivers, waterfalls, ponds etc. in dioramas.  Oops!  Just had a senior moment.  :-[  Do you mean that you use 2 part epoxy glue like Araldite to glue pieces?  If so, have you ever had any long term problems with it?  I tried Araldite on the piece I mentioned in an earlier post and it didn't work as well as Araldite usually does, but then maybe I just didn't mix it properly.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on April 06, 2016, 10:10:44 AM
I use 2 part epoxy glue for joining polymer clay (cured) with other elemnts.
Sorry i left out the glue wword :)

No , no problems with the 2 part epoxy. It makes a strong bond and in my opinion the only one that is good enough . But then i havent tested every other option on this planet :)

Tried a few ithers though with little sucess.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: MilleD on April 06, 2016, 08:18:03 PM
So I said I would try to use up an entire piece of clay that I've patterned - it was a fairly small piece in a bid to cheat :)

Whilst I didn't use up ALL the scrap, I managed to do a few different patterns and squeeze out a few different shapes.

I still have a bit of scrap (although I've not yet photographed everything - I have some sets of two small shapes left that I did for earrings, will add them in a bit).

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1694/26003677880_07234a3839.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FBRDtN)Polymer clay pendant half flower (https://flic.kr/p/FBRDtN) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1505/26276497025_0ff5822845.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2XV7a)Polymer clay pendant wing (https://flic.kr/p/G2XV7a) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1636/26003555100_89b1c46510.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FBR1YU)Polymer clay pendant (https://flic.kr/p/FBR1YU) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1693/25673727553_ee9a833049.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F7GyK4)Polymer clay pendant round (https://flic.kr/p/F7GyK4) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1685/26210188251_a2166896d8.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FW74Pr)Polymer clay pendant rectangle (https://flic.kr/p/FW74Pr) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr

This last one has a couple of layers of Glossy Accents on it, difficult to see in the pic.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1543/25673745533_86e478445c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/F7GE64)Polymer clay pendant squiggle (https://flic.kr/p/F7GE64) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: MilleD on April 06, 2016, 08:21:17 PM
And another piece made from Wired Orchid's tutorial.  The other ones above are a sort of my take on the technique.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1524/26276536575_1940f51ca6.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G2Y7S4)Polymer clay pendant flower (https://flic.kr/p/G2Y7S4) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr

And I finally got round to sanding and finishing this piece that has the Pebeo Prisme paint in it.

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1443/26210256051_33a95d9d50.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/FW7pYp)Polymer clay pendant prisme paint (https://flic.kr/p/FW7pYp) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on April 06, 2016, 08:54:42 PM
Nice.They look peaceful somehow. Soothing :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 06, 2016, 08:55:59 PM
Thank you, Karolina!  Yes, it dawned on me (slowly) that you meant.  I've always found Araldite (2 part epoxy) to fix things rock solid.  Perhaps my old Araldite has gone off too.  ::)  The worry with all of these things like glue, paint and other surface treatments is whether they may degrade the clay with time.  The last thing I want is to have someone's pendant melting all down their silk blouse a year down the road! ... Yikes!!!  :o
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 06, 2016, 09:11:19 PM
That is a cool story - whether it is true or not - and certainly a lesson in keeping an open mind and allowing inspiration to "find" you sometimes.

It has given me an idea for a thread....

Emma

How did I miss this?  :-\  Well, Wikipedia says that the idea came to Glenn Miller to use a lead clarinet with saxophones playing sustained notes and so he re-wrote his scores for clarinet and that's how his unique sound came about.  Whatever his inspiration, he had a 'eureka' moment.  We probably all get those light-bulb in the head moments.  I frequently get them - as there's usually not much else going on in there at the time.  ;D 
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 06, 2016, 09:18:10 PM
Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! ... where's a bouncy emoticon when you want one?  ;D  Millie - I mean Claire - I've seen some of your things on flickr searches and never realised it was you!  :o  They are absolutely brilliant.  I love them.  They are all fabulous.  I really like the circular one, but what is pebeo prisme paint?  I'm sorry if you've explained elsewhere.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 06, 2016, 09:23:08 PM
Oh wow Claire!  I love those  8) 
Yours are nicer than the one from the tutorial l think...perhaps it's the colours l prefer.

I have the tutorial....as usual still untried......Still, when my back is better perhaps l'll feel some inspiration  ::)
Looking at those certainly makes me want to do something!

You got some nice patterning in the Prisme.  Mine were seriously vile ;D
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: MilleD on April 07, 2016, 07:36:09 AM
:)  Thanks guys.

Carrie, the tutorial technique itself I found a bit tedious, so I found a cheat (as always!) that takes a fraction of the time.  It doesn't look quite the same, but I quite like it.  Hope your back is better soon.

Alan,  I think a lot of us pop up on searches but we don't twig who it is.

Pebeo Prisme is a paint that dries in a honeycomb effect.  You paint it on after baking - best in some sort of recess as you can see so it's quite thick.  It's pretty difficult to control, and when it dries it does it's own thing (which I actually quite like). 

This is another example where two colours are used - turquoise and purple.  Excuse the lumps and fingerprints...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7318/15863017793_e4a9bf4121.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qaL7wM)Polymer clay pendant with Pebeo Prisme paint (https://flic.kr/p/qaL7wM) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on April 07, 2016, 12:20:06 PM
Looks really nice :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 07, 2016, 01:45:24 PM
That's a good one, Claire!

I must say the method in the tute seemed a bit fiddly and did put me off and l reckon l can think of an easier method too ::) 

Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 07, 2016, 05:46:10 PM
Brilliant, Claire!  And thank you for the low down on Premo Frisbee  ;) That sounds just like the kind of stuff I would love to use.  I'll check it out.  I don't think Emma sells it in the shop, but I'll check first. :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: MilleD on April 09, 2016, 01:07:25 PM
Ha ha, Frisbee :)

Another one finished for me.  On a bit of a roll :)

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1670/26257289541_8fb5821fd0.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/G1gtoD)Polymer clay heart pendant (https://flic.kr/p/G1gtoD) by Claire Oswald (https://www.flickr.com/photos/46494368@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 09, 2016, 01:53:22 PM
Lovely!
Looks very much like the 'watercolour' technique, if you know the one l mean.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 10, 2016, 12:43:24 PM
Lovely, Claire!  :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Joe Kingthethird on April 10, 2016, 09:22:33 PM
Rainbow spectrum beads using cernit polymer clay.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 13, 2016, 04:20:43 PM
Just checked it and all the colours are there!  :D  Brilliant, Joe! :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 16, 2016, 01:50:02 AM
I've been laid up with a gammy foot for most of the week, but managed to get a bit done yesterday and today.

From yesterday, a Medieval style pendant I had made, but not finished and decided to add a bit of embellishment to the back. ...

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Medieval%20Pendant5PCF_zpsphiysd0h.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Medieval%20Pendant5PCF_zpsphiysd0h.jpg.html)

I made two things today, but the photos for one of them were all wrong.  I'll see if there is a thread about it.

I'm fascinated by mushrooms and fungi and stuff like that.  I don't know exactly why - except that some of them just look alien and fantastical.  So I wanted to do some things including fungi.  I love some of the spores and fungi that grow on trees and had the idea of a piece of dead bark from a tree invaded by leaves, tendrils, flowers, fungi spores and moss.  Even in death, there is always the hope of new life!  :)  So this developed and I loved every moment working on it.  Great fun!  ;D

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Barking%20Mad7a_zpsbjntybnr.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Barking%20Mad7a_zpsbjntybnr.jpg.html)

Now I've just got to work out why a lilac background looks pink ... and maybe make a manky foot pendant!  Pass the port and stuff the gout. ... Or words to that effect. ;D
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 17, 2016, 11:26:38 PM
The pink background 'Lilac Spring' pendant.  I took it in daylight and it looks lilac now, I think.  Don't get out your Encyclopaedia of Flora and Fauna of the British Isles.  You will be a long time trying to identify these.  Having said that, someone on Facebook said they were clearly 'daffodansys' - a cross between a daffodil and a pansy.  Of course they are ... and found only in the foothills of the Himalayas!  :D

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Lilac%20Spring2PCF_zpse4klolp4.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Lilac%20Spring2PCF_zpse4klolp4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: MilleD on April 18, 2016, 03:41:40 PM
Lovely pieces Alan.

The only thing I can suggest is that (if your camera has it) your white balance is a little off.  It looks to me like it could be set to the wrong sort of lighting. 

If you take a pic of white piece of paper, does it come out white?
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 18, 2016, 09:28:18 PM
Thank you Claire.  :)

Now, that could be the problem.  I remember some time ago, I pressed a button by mistake and had a scale come up on the screen from -3 to +3.  Perhaps that was the white balance and I changed it!  :o  It's strange that some colours look spot on on the computer against the real things, but the lilac looked pink and pearl peacock - which is a beautiful colour - looks too blue in photos.  I'll look up the instructions on white balance.  Thank you! :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 18, 2016, 09:38:28 PM
Lovely pieces Alan - the medieval one looks really authentic  :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: MilleD on April 19, 2016, 07:42:50 AM
Thank you Claire.  :)

Now, that could be the problem.  I remember some time ago, I pressed a button by mistake and had a scale come up on the screen from -3 to +3.  Perhaps that was the white balance and I changed it!  :o  It's strange that some colours look spot on on the computer against the real things, but the lilac looked pink and pearl peacock - which is a beautiful colour - looks too blue in photos.  I'll look up the instructions on white balance.  Thank you! :)

Would you mind if I download your lilac pic and fiddle with the settings to see?  It will still have your name on it. 

Computer monitors are inherently bad representation of colour unless you've calibrated it :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 19, 2016, 08:16:16 AM
Lovely pieces Alan - the medieval one looks really authentic  :)

Thank you so much, Carrie.  I've got a new Etsy shop  :o ... and I have it listed there as medieval in the hope that I can fool someone enough to get Ģ150,000 for it. HA! HA! HA! ... It's the way I tell em. :D
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 19, 2016, 08:27:21 AM

Would you mind if I download your lilac pic and fiddle with the settings to see?  It will still have your name on it. 

Computer monitors are inherently bad representation of colour unless you've calibrated it :)

Of course, Claire!  Thank you. :-)  I'm not precious about my name or anything.  I just stick it on my photos because I've read you should, if you are making a business out of what you do.  So I did. :D

I have a light box now and I would have thought that would have solved my photo problems.  I use the lamps that came with it and not normal bulbs, which I know can give off a yellow tint.  They're certainly better than they were though, I think.  It's just some colours look way off kilter to me.  :-\
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 19, 2016, 09:48:39 AM
Some 'bark effect' earrings and a pendant.  Not really bark effect, I suppose.  A friend made us a wood-turned bowl which had dark knotty holes in the lighter wood and I suppose these remind me more of that, but 'Dark knotty holed wood-turned effect earrings and pendant' don't have much of a ring to it. :D

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Bark%20Earrings2aPCF_zpsgs7yguxx.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Bark%20Earrings2aPCF_zpsgs7yguxx.jpg.html)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Bark%20Pendant3aPCF_zps6omhynuj.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Bark%20Pendant3aPCF_zps6omhynuj.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 21, 2016, 09:57:12 AM
A bit different for me.  Some pastel abstract pendants.  I love pastel colours.  These started as a mokume gane, which I hated.  So the pasta machine called and I think it was rescued as I do like the colours and patterns.  The one with the holes was just a moment of madness due to my love of pearl peacock and neon green.  ;D

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant1PCF_zpsp37urjk9.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant1PCF_zpsp37urjk9.jpg.html)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant10PCF_zpsqy7l2u9f.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant10PCF_zpsqy7l2u9f.jpg.html)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant23PCF_zpsazye0kac.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant23PCF_zpsazye0kac.jpg.html) 
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 21, 2016, 09:59:15 AM
(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant16PCF_zpslsgqdbu8.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant16PCF_zpslsgqdbu8.jpg.html)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant6aPCF_zpsez8yvatk.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Pastel%20Pendant6aPCF_zpsez8yvatk.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 21, 2016, 11:01:26 PM
Fantastic work Alan

I love the Daffopansies pendant - I think it looks very retro

The abstract ones are another favourite, especially the second one down - very appealing shapes!

As for photos - I've been photographing my stuff SO many years and still haven't really mastered it and am constantly trying different settings on the camera to see if it works better. I still end up having to correct the white balance in photoshop often. Mind you, my digi camera is about 10 years old or more now, which in human years is about 100

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 22, 2016, 06:38:44 PM
Thank you so much, Emma! :)

Ha! Ha!  You are soooo funny.  Yes, I think my camera is a bit like that.  I keep thinking it is new because it's digital - sort of a digital SLR - but forget that it's over 10 years old and positively antique compared to today's digital cameras.  :o  I might borrow my wife's new little digital camera and see if that makes a difference.  It seems to be better in daylight, but I got a light-box and lamp set and would have thought that should have done the job.  Mostly, photos are fine, but just the occasional colour looks wrong to me.  I shall persevere. :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 22, 2016, 06:57:30 PM
I just love polymer clay and working with it and looking at all the amazing things people create with it.  I love every minute I spend with polymer clay, but I really enjoyed making this pendant.  Not being the most imaginative soul alive, it is called 'Flower Garden' (yawn).  It took about ten hours of eye-strain to make, but it was a blast.  I hope you like it. :)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Flower%20Garden5aPCF_zps9s7bvcmi.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Flower%20Garden5aPCF_zps9s7bvcmi.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 26, 2016, 09:48:59 AM
For years and years, I have been using light cubes and lighting for my photos

Recently, since moving and having a light-filled conservatory, I thought I would chance my arm at trying to do photos just using the natural light and nothing else.

I was amazed how well my camera liked this set-up actually. I have to generally over-expose it still and bracket the exposure to take a sort of shotgun approach, but by and large the photos are coming out very true colourwise and need little tweaking after.

Harsh shadows can be a problem, so cunning deployment of reflective foil-backed card is needed at times if it is too sunny. Bright but overcast days are great though.

I never would have thought my camera could cope with the natural lighting for macro shots, but it has surprised me yet again.

This camera is one Mr Man and my family clubbed together to buy me well over 10 years ago now and he researched and researched it, to the point of driving me nuts - but have to say he did make a good choice as it is still going. That thing is a little workhorse and must have taken tens of thousands of photos over the years. It's little memory for exactly how many died some time ago and for some reason the camera now believes it is 2001 and nothing will shake it from this fantasy. But this is what happens with old friends, you learn to accept their little ways don't you

Emma

Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 26, 2016, 09:51:11 AM
Alan - your pendant reminds me of the Orchid house in Kew gardens...

It is lovely - a little world in a pendant

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 26, 2016, 10:12:50 AM
Thank you so much, Emma.  An idea for another pendant! I must try and do some proper orchids. Most of the flowers I do are generally just generic - petals and leaves and turn out like daffodansys.  ;D

I've tried using natural light, Emma, and that's what I'm doing now, but with the light box surrounding the subject to cut out direct light.  The strange thing about this house is that it's Victorian and has some large windows, but it is unusually dark - maybe because the rooms are big and the ceilings high.  My camera is an Olympus SP-560UZ.  It's a kind of digital SLR.  It has all kinds of settings and you can change shutter speeds etc., but we've always used it on automatic.  I've never been much of a photographer if it meant any more than just pointing and shooting.  I'm quite happy with the photos on the whole.  I think they are better since having this light box and using a stand for the camera and taking timed shots to avoid camera shake.

Your camera sounds great, Emma!  Your photos on EJR Beads are certainly great. :)  2001?  You should count yourself lucky - I'm still trapped in 1976!  :P

Alan

Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 26, 2016, 10:33:16 AM
Monday's efforts.  Staying with the nature theme.  I love doing all my jewellery, but I really, really love doing this sort of thing.  I know the flowers can't be identified as particular species, but then it's not supposed to be a lesson in botany! ... Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Ha! Ha! ... Besides, I need all the practice I can get.  :o

Bark effect earrings with flowers of the woods ...

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Bark%20Earrings6aPCF_zpsasjbfs7o.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Bark%20Earrings6aPCF_zpsasjbfs7o.jpg.html)

'Secret of the Forest' Pendant.  The 'stone' is a 'Dragon's Breath' glass cabochon.  It's not the real gem, but still looks lovely and adds that bit of shine to an otherwise matt pendant.  I thought of using an acryllic wash for the leaves, but it actually looks good as it is in 'real life' and the natural light provides the shading as in real leaves.

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/DB5aPCF_zps1ggz10su.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/DB5aPCF_zps1ggz10su.jpg.html)

Have a great week, peeps! :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 26, 2016, 04:50:30 PM
Very nice indeed, as usual, Alan  :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 26, 2016, 11:24:04 PM
Thank you so much, Carrie. :)

Today's work ...

I LOVE fungi.  I love the colours, shapes and textures of some of the more unusual ones.  They always seem like they should be growing on another planet.  It's no wonder that they feature so much in fantasy art and fairy gardens!  So today, I exorcised my need to sculpt some fungi.  Besides, I have been dying to use that Cernit Neon Green on something like this for ages.  I love that colour.  As usual, the plants aren't exact sculptures of real fungi - although no doubt every one has something very similar to it in nature.  I just researched fungi shapes and colours and did a representation of some of the many, many kinds that exist.

I know it isn't everyone's 'cup of tea', but I love colour and texture and different shapes.  And, while I love some really simple designs, I love anything that is interesting to look at and things where you are always discovering something new in it.  So here is my 'Fungi Frenzy' Pendant. 

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Fungi%20Frenzy3aPCF_zpsyrqzrtji.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Fungi%20Frenzy3aPCF_zpsyrqzrtji.jpg.html)

And a close up of some of the detail.  Just look at that Neon Green!  Thank you Emma and EJR Beads! :)

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Fungi%20Frenzy16aPCF_zpsbughb1pr.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Fungi%20Frenzy16aPCF_zpsbughb1pr.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Carrie on April 27, 2016, 08:26:01 AM
Oh - l love it!  That green....what else could it possibly be used for?! 
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 27, 2016, 10:15:33 AM
Thank you, Carrie! :)  Ha! Ha!  Yes, that green just screams 'FUNGUS!'  ;D  I think it would look good for succulent plants or as part of a coral reef.  It really is an eye-catching colour.  I got it to do part of a Steampunk journal cover, but haven't got round to doing that yet.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 28, 2016, 09:01:38 AM
Wonderful!

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Joe Kingthethird on April 28, 2016, 10:25:21 AM
Purple professional clay and gold coloured chain close fitting magnetic bangle spiral design.
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 28, 2016, 02:02:55 PM
Thank you, Emma!  That Cernit neon green makes all the difference - thanks to you and wonderful EJR Beads.  I don't think Sculpey or Fimo do a colour quite like it.  Sculpey pearl bright green is good, but looks positively dull beside this one.  Well done for stocking Cernit.  All I can usually find online from Britain is Sculpey and Fimo - so it's nice seeing something different. :)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 28, 2016, 02:04:45 PM
Love purple and love your latest bangle, Joe.  My favourite so far, I think. :-)
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 28, 2016, 03:22:40 PM
Love that Joe - very sophisticated. It made me think of Chanel stuff, I guess with the chain and block colouring. Very on trend!

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on April 28, 2016, 03:26:52 PM
Thank you, Emma!  That Cernit neon green makes all the difference - thanks to you and wonderful EJR Beads.  I don't think Sculpey or Fimo do a colour quite like it.  Sculpey pearl bright green is good, but looks positively dull beside this one.  Well done for stocking Cernit.  All I can usually find online from Britain is Sculpey and Fimo - so it's nice seeing something different. :)

In ye olden days of polymer, all the brands carried fluorescent colours I think. One by one they all discontinued them except Cernit.

And as for stocking Cernit - well I am glad you are enjoying it. I used to stock other clay brands too, but decided a while back to just focus on one. Given that I found myself reaching more and more for Cernit over anything else, it seemed logical to go with the Cernit really. As to the future - well, never say never - you could find EJR Beads stocking other clays - but for now I am really happy with the Cernit range as it seems the most versatile to me.

If I am honest though, much of it is a nostalgia thing - I find Cernit is so much more like how polymer clays used to be way back when, with really big colour palettes, speciality clays, subtle metallics etc. It also had the best translucent and is super strong when baked so case closed!

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 28, 2016, 05:44:46 PM
Well, I'm pleased you stock Cernit, Emma.  I suppose there are other British online shops.  I haven't really looked.  I tend to get all my stuff via ebay or Amazon because I don't trust putting my card details all over the net and I use paypal for ebay.  Anyway, all you can get from either is Fimo or Sculpey.  I love Sculpey, acually and prefer it to Fimo, but that's just a personal thing.  Like most things, I find that a lot of polymer clay writing comes from the USA and they can obviously get stuff we can't get easily over here and shipping costs the earth from the USA.  I know there is Kato clay as well, but like Cernit, ebay and Amazon don't seem to do it.  So I will definitely be looking at your Cernit range for my next order on Monday. I am in love with the neon green though. ... I know!  I need serious therapy! Ha! Ha!

Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Alan on April 28, 2016, 11:23:53 PM
Probably my last post of on of my efforts this week, you will be pleased to know!  :D

This one is called 'Wild Meadow'.  It reminds me of summer days down in the meadows and paddling in the stream and playing on the rope Tarzan swings we had.  I blot from my mind the day I slipped from the rope and ended up in the beck with a broken wrist!  :o  I felt more like Cheeta the chump than Tarzan that day.  :-[

(http://i1233.photobucket.com/albums/ff397/alancord/Polymer%20Clay/Wild%20Meadow3aPCF_zpsefwkg1sh.jpg) (http://s1233.photobucket.com/user/alancord/media/Polymer%20Clay/Wild%20Meadow3aPCF_zpsefwkg1sh.jpg.html)

My next project is to make a necklace and earrings for our daughter, Emma, as part of her 21st birthday present.  Last time I used two wrong colours so i will use the right ones this time and hope it comes out OK.  Knowing me, it will come out worse than when I did it wrong and i will hear the call of the pasta machine again.  :P
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: ejralph on May 01, 2016, 10:32:11 AM
We're never happy to see "last posts" from anyone - the more work the better. But I will be starting a new thread for May showcase and leave this one open for a while too so people can continue to comment. But feel free also to re-post in the May showcase so your cool pendant gets a longer exposure Alan - loving the daffodils - my fave flower!

Emma
Title: Re: Beads & Jewellery Gallery Thread - April 2016
Post by: Karolina.S on May 03, 2016, 11:02:47 PM
Nice one