Sunday, January 22, 2012

Junk the Drill

I have been re-reading Lisa Pavelka's Complete Book of Polymer Clay and Donna Kato's The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiore Techniques and I kept going back to their tutorial on junk canes. I have lots of scrap clay and even though I don't have a lot of scrap canes, I wanted to try this technique. Basically you wrap your scrap canes (choose colors that you like and they all have to   relatively be the same length) and lay your scraps on a sheet of polymer clay. Once your scrap canes are laid out, you form it into a jelly roll of colorful scrap canes!

It sounded like something I could do and I really wanted to put my scrap canes to good use. I hate having clay just lying around! Some of my canes were really crumbly and too small to reduce, I think my junk cane also ended up looking too fat but its a good start :)

There it is! A slice of my junk cane. Wish I had more colorful canes that popped right out once you slice it.

I also had a drill bit that I kept for the longest time, waiting for me to make it into a proper tool. I got my scrap clay, covered it with the junk cane I just made and finally a drill tool I could use!

I will work on making it look less phallic-y next time! LOL. Happy weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Colorful Christmas and A Happy New Year!

For the last month of last year, my local guild organized a bead swap and the theme of course, was Christmas! I was lucky enough to get a rainbow of colors of Pardo clay balls which I figured would be safe enough to use even during my pregnancy. What's so special about this Pardo clay is that it doesn't have any  phthalates and is actually made out of beeswax. They are very easy to use and come in eye-catching colors :) 

I wanted to use my bunch of Pardo clay as soon as I got them but every ball of color was only the size of a marble so I had to think hard about what I wanted to make for our "Christmas Ornament Bead Swap". 

There's this artist who I admire very much. She makes beautiful pieces from polymer clay and her work is always so intricate and elegant. I love how she mixes her colors so beautifully! On Etsy, her name is Starless Clay ( and she served as my inspiration for the challenge. Please visit her site because honestly, her style of claying is quite difficult. My finished projects don't look as polished as hers and I need more practice coiling the strands of clay. Here are my little ornaments to bring in some holiday cheer!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas! Happy new year to you and yours! <3