Sunday, April 29, 2012

April's gone

Wow, the end of April already and I have only done one post this month.  Between work, running for softball for my daughter, getting taxes done and everything else, the time has just slipped by.  It's getting to be time to prepare for more shows, and I have been squeezing clay time in whenever I can.

The good news is......I finally got my Dream Machine!!!!!  I love it.  It was well worth the cost to save my hands from anymore pain.  I have arthritis in the basal joints of my thumbs and cranking the pasta machine really takes a toll.  The Dream Machine turning crank is so smooth, and I have had no pain this week. Check out Polymer Clay Express if you are interested.

I'm working on some new designs for necklaces to build up some stock for our shows.  I purchased some graduating sized cutters when I bought my Dream Machine, and have been thinking of doing some layered pendants.  I'm pretty happy with the results and have a lot more ideas rolling around in my head.

I made a necklace and earrings of faux turquoise on patterned black background.  The necklace is hung on a double strand of suede and I made the ear wires from non tarnish silver copper 20 guage wire.  The pendant was sanded and buffed with my Ryobi bench grinder that I attached a buffing wheel to.  The earrings have a coat of liquid wax.  I prefer to use my buffer for finishing pieces, but the earrings are a little too small to use with the machine.

Last, but far from least, I'm still working on my clocks.  I have been receiving tutorials from Cindy Lietz and love the art sheet look.  You can check out her site here:  I decided to make a large sheet for my clock face.  Here is the result.  As you can see, I haven't yet drilled and attached the clock component.

I'm hoping to be able to make larger clocks now that I have my new Dream Machine.  So far, the ones I have made are about 6 inches in diameter.  Small, but a perfect size for a home office, don't you think??

Well, time to get my daughter up for her double header today.  Hope everyone has a great day!  

Til next time....          

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy April everyone!

This week's blog topic, for the Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild, is yellow.  Think sunshine, springtime and yellow peeps!  We have had a very mild winter here and as you go about your daily routines, you can see small signs of rebirth everywhere you look.  Flowers peaking out, starting to bloom.  Catching a whiff of a wonderful fragrance.  Seeing and hearing the birds out back.  Have even noticed some enterprising individuals cooking out already!  Seems like you just have more energy when the weather is this nice.

Spring cleaning?  Redecorating?  Check out this beautiful wall hanging from Fantasy Clay.

Jazz up a springtime outfit with these cute earrings from Keep you posted.

How cute is this lemon drop bracelet from Wyvern Designs!  Get ready for your cookouts.

This is but a sampling of all the wonderful items on sale by the Polymer Clay Smooshers.  Be sure to browse their shops.  You can find the list of artisans at

Till next time, stay safe and enjoy the wonders of spring!