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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Carrie on May 28, 2017, 05:41:08 PM »
I saw some in a branch yesterday and thought about trying one......
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Beadbug on May 28, 2017, 12:30:53 AM »
Hi Alan, hope things get good for you both soon. Don't know if you have one close to you, but The Works book shops have recently had some wood boxes in stock at a price that's hard to beat- cheap enough to experiment on I think.
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Carrie on May 27, 2017, 11:21:20 PM »
Well, I hope things will soon settle down for you both, Alan. 

I'm glad you've been able to start claying again - and that you are still as inventive and creative as ever - I really like these and it is interesting to know where the inspiration came from for some of them  :D

I can see a full polymer clay box flopping all over the place with me!  ;D 
You've hit the nail on the head there, Alan!
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Alan on May 27, 2017, 10:21:22 PM »
Well, folks - again, I'm sorry for not being around again.  We'll get back to normality again soon I hope.  My wife came out of hospital at the end of December after her bipolar episode and was recovering when she had problems which ladies know about and has had hospital appointments and an operation a week this Monday (5th) - so I hope things will return to normal for us again after that as I have had to do virtually everything since last October.

Anyway, I started claying again just over a week ago.  So here's a collage of some of my favourites so far.  If you'd like to see a bigger photo of any of them, I can easily post one.  I've put what they are supposed to be below.  I should say that with the planet and nebula ones I do, I study the photo that inspired me and then do the pendant from memory as they aren't supposed to be accurate representations of the real thing - that would be futile and pointless and how on earth can you truly replicate the glory of a nebula?  :o  So they are just my take on the shapes and colours and a rough and feeble representation of a part of our awesome universe. :)



1.  Crab Nebula Pendant.  Inspired by photos of the Crab Nebula by the Hubble Space telescope.  The Crab Nebula is the remnants of an exploded star (a supernova) and is basically a mass of gas, dust and rock.  It is found in the constellation of Taurus.
2.  Milky Way Pendant.  Inspired by a spectacular condensed photo of our entire galaxy.
3.  Torpedo Pendant.
4.  Chasm Pendant.  This started as an experiment with a ball of polymer clay and some rock salt and ended up as this pendant and two others from the ball.  This one is my favourite of the three.
5.  Born of Fire.  A fortunate accident?  I had these two lovely glass marbles and wanted to include one in a pendant.  To cut a long story short, what was meant to be a metallic support to ensure the marble didn't fall off, looked like a dragon's arm and claws.  I was encouraged to stick with that idea and so it turned into this depiction of a dragon's claw removing a globe from a fiery, molten lake.
6.  Jupiter Pendant.  No, it doesn't look like Jupiter.  However, this was inspired by NASA's latest photos of the planet.  A probe has gone below the clouds which give Jupiter its distinctive striped look and has photographed its North and South poles.  This is a representation of Jupiter's South Pole.  It is a violent, bubbling mass of storms and tornadoes.
7.  Abstract Pendant.  Not at all what I set out to do, but ho hum!
8.  Pearlescent  Pendant. Or Purplescent Pendant? 

So they are some of the pendants I have made in the last ten days or so as I get geared up and inspired again.  I have been away from my clay for so long, I had even forgotten what a pasta machine was called.  Thankfully, like riding a bike, it is all coming back. :)
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Alan on May 27, 2017, 09:31:14 PM »
I'd like to do a box in polymer clay, but as you say, Carrie, a wooden box would be easier to cover.  I can see a full polymer clay box flopping all over the place with me!  ;D  I didn't know Emma had written two books.  Our Emma is a girl of many talents - I'll have to look them out and I'll have a good look for napkins. :)
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Carrie on May 27, 2017, 09:28:59 AM »
Thank you!  I enjoy Patricia's videos but the transfer one has taken fb by storm!  My napkins are from UK sellers.

Some of the things using napkins - bottles and so on - are probably decoupaged rather than image transfer.  I enjoy the challenge of using 100% clay, although covering a wooden or cardboard box would make things a whole lot easier!  The box method I've nearly always used is from Emma's two books, btw.

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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Alan on May 27, 2017, 12:45:19 AM »
Thank you, Carrie.  Decoupage is probably the key word.  I just put in 'decorative paper napkins'.  One or two were OK from China or Hong Kong or somewhere, but most were for birthdays and things.  I often come across Patricia who did the video, on Facebook and she makes some lovely things.  I've seen bottles and wine glasses decorated with the napkin transfer technique.  You should do some bowls and boxes - you've obviously got the technique off to a tee. :) You've made some gorgeous things this month, Carrie.  Really lovely. :) I'll have to find you on Flickr too. 
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Carrie on May 26, 2017, 10:57:11 PM »
Ha ha - thanks, Alan!
The napkins we are all using are sold for decoupage (or table use!) and I'm sure Emma won't mind me saying that indeed they are from ebay. Napkins and decoupage should do it!  Some in the US seem to have been bought in real shops, but the ones I saw in our local kitchen shop were very expensive.....

It is very addictive!  I really only make jewellery but I think I might branch into little bowls and I will try box making which is something that usually goes hopelessly wrong for me but occasionally produces something great!  At least jewellery hangs in a fairly small space whereas bowls and boxes are just clutter.
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and Jewellery showcase - May 2017
« Last post by Alan on May 26, 2017, 10:41:27 PM »
WOW!  What a wonderful set of pendants, Carrie!  :)  I love them all.  The Helen Breil ones are fantastic and I'd love to have a go with the napkin transfer ones as loads of people are doing them on the Facebook forums, it seems.  Where do you get the napkins from? Yours are lovely!  I looked on ebay and they are all naff.  Maybe I didn't put in the right search term or something.  I'm trying to think what sort of shop you would buy them in either.  We're a bit stretched up here in Cumbria.  If you're looking to buy some Dandelion and Burdock pop, a pork pie or a spittoon, your laughing - anything else is a bit of a challenge.  ;)
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General Polymer Clay Questions / Re: Clip on earring findings
« Last post by Carrie on May 25, 2017, 10:32:51 PM »
I've got tiny rare earth magnets and you've reminded me that I did think about using them for earrings...I tried them either side of my earlobe but didn't do anything about it....I might try to make some.  Not at home atm so will very likely forget (especially after grandparenting next week!)
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