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09
Sep
14

A Class Act! Teaching with Birdy Heywood and Angie Scarr

My friend Angie Scarr is going to be teaching in the UK November 7th through 9th, 2014, at a small event in the Southern UK. I believe she just might be the best teacher to teach beginning and advanced alike because of her years of practice and training. She is also a brilliant mind and I am looking forward to seeing her again, it was in 1998 the last time we saw each other.

And I am thinking it has just been too many years.

angie

 Angie and I will be teaching along with Birdy Heywood, also know as the dragon Lady because she makes so many wonderful dragons. She is also a very good teacher for the just starting out on the polymer clay journey and the things that she has shown that students have made are very close to hers with little or no experience at all.

birdy 

 

Collectively we have almost 90 years in polymer clay experience we are bringing to this short but action packed retreat. We have kept the cost down knowing the economy and how it has effected us personally as well, we would also very much like to visit and see each other again in the process. And to visit with the people that come to the event as well.

 marie

 

The event is:

“Three exciting all day Polymer Clay workshops at Bewl Water Activity Centre Kent Lamberhurst Kent TN3 8JH, UK with a fantastic Package Deal of £285.00 for those booking to stay at the venue in dormitory accommodation (all with en suite). This includes, 3 workshops, 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. (Each tutor gives details of what you need to bring on the booking information which you can download below.) Those staying overnight also have the opportunity to spend time getting to know each other or join in a mini workshop or a demonstration during the evenings.”

 

You can find out more info and download the booking form here: http://polymerclayunited.weebly.com/ 

Please come to visit and to have a couple of cuppas with us! Cheers! I have heard Kent is amazing!

12
Sep
12

Blast from the past part 2- Cloisonne type beads

Cloisonne type beads

These are very easy beads and quite fun to make, this was published in November of 2008 in this blog.

It was published in a magazine before this, I believe 2004.

I love these and they are easy and very fun to make.

Have a great week you all!

14
Aug
12

Blast from the past- 1st installment BPCanes

It is way too hot to take pictures. I was thinking that some of my content in the beginning of my blogging adventure was pretty cool, so sort of like summer re-runs on TV, I am going to re-post some of these babies that I really like.

Silence on a radio, no picture and sound on a TV, and no words on a blog are always a little disconcerting.

May your summer be cool.

May your drinks be cooler,

and may your heart be content.

Blessings all over all ya all!!

Just a note: Bead Space is no longer a viable link, but bead patterns are readily available all over the web!

Click on the title header below to take you to the full blog post!!

Extruder Canes with Bead Patterns as a guide

I put up the color mixing chart yesterday for this project!

Millefiori is the glass technique of bundling or layering colored rods of glass together to form images and then cutting the cross section of the bundled or layered glass to get a little tile of an image. These colored rods of glass are called canes. I have seen this technique duplicated in many mediums, ceramic, candy, food, and polymer clay, and it can sometimes seem almost impossible to achieve, but if you start with basic design, bulls eye canes, open spirals and checkerboards just to name a few, you can combine those to make more intricate pictures or images, called advanced caning. Anytime two or more simple patterns are combined it becomes advanced. I have found a way to make intricate canes that is so easy to do, yet gives the impression of intricacy and complication. Bead patterns and a Makin’s Clay extruder are great for attempting this.
08
Aug
12

Vox Sacramento and Clayville California Present The Art of Polymer… and the dog days of summer

It is hot and it is humid. Has been for weeks it seems like.

She has never-ending energy and I am zapped in this heat and humidity.

I have a hell of a lot more respect for you people in the Midwest and on the East coast.

The guy at the gym said his electric bill here in San Diego is about 17000$ in August and September, crazy yeah???

I am just too tired to blog at the end of the day.

Well anyway, enough whining.

But I do have something tell you besides “I am hot!!”

I am going to be in a show that Lala Ortiz put together at Vox in Sacramento.

Lala will also be teaching some classes there. She is a wonderful person and make art with the best of them.

https://www.facebook.com/lala.ortiz

http://redwoodcoastcreativearts.typepad.com/redwood_coast_creative_ar/

Stay cool and go see this show and Lala, I bet they have air conditioning!

Vox Sacramento will be hosting a Polymer Art Exhibit

For the month of August, Vox Sacramento will be hosting a Polymer Art Exhibit

Where: Vox Sacramento, 1818 11th Street, Sacramento CA

When: Saturday, August 11th, 4-9 p.m.

Leaves with citrus
Leaves with Citrus Necklace by Jacqueline Dodd

Clayville California and other polymer artists will be showcasing the diversity of one of the art world’s newest mediums. Featuring sculpture, jewelry, vessels, masks, and functional art objects. Artists include: Adriana Ayala, LaLa Ortiz, Mary Fassler, Jacqueline Dodd, Michael J. Marx, Amy Fort, Marie Segal, Jennifer Young, Mary Lu Ellliott, Rachel Young, Yoli Rodriguez Manzo, Anita Sterling Winthrop

Vox Sacramento is also proud to present a solo photography exhibit “Memories of Betrayal” by local photographer Andy Brooks. All the images in this exhibit were shot in April 2012.

These exhibits will be up from August 11th through September 3rd.

These exhibits will be up from August 11th through September 3rd.”

Check it out!!

Congrats Lala, great job!

12
Jun
12

Dawn Schiller’s new book

Dawn Schiller is a very talented sculptor and she has finally written a book. Yay!! Dawn, I am very proud of you!

She has step by step photos and shows you how to make these lovely Fae Creatures from scratch. With detailed instructions and great pieces, this looks to be an asset to the polymer clay books library available for sculptors today!

Dawn is not only one of the most talented sculptors that I know, she is funny, quick-witted, and a dear friend. I am thrilled that she is published and I am thrilled for all of you. No matter where you are in the world you can enjoy Dawn’s talent.

Dawn has a wonderful website with her works shown http://www.oddfae.com/

She has an etsy store http://www.oddfae.etsy.com/

Sells on ebay http://myworld.ebay.com/autumnthings/

Has a blog http://www.oddfae.blogspot.com/

She has and ArtFire store http://www.artfire.com/users/oddfae

And also a Cafe Press store http://www.cafepress.com/oddfae

Also has a fan page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/71326176904/

She shows at Comic- Con in San Diego and has been there for the last few years.

That finding is one of my Hoarders Closet findings. Yay Dawn!

Pre-Orders on Amazon are welcome and it won’t be long before it is out!

http://www.amazon.com/FaeMaker-Making-Fantasy-Characters-Polymer/dp/1440313660/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339479914&sr=1-1&keywords=faemaker

But if you cannot wait to get the book, Dawn is teaching a class in the San Diego area before her Comic-Con appearance. She is going to show you how to make her assistant Fetch. I believe there are only a couple of spaces left.

24
Feb
12

I was featured in the Etsy Blog by Mary and Kate from Reverie Magazine

I was featured, well my goldfish in the Hoarders Closet were featured, along with other Etsy sellers and their products, in a blog by Mary and Kate from Reverie magazine.

Thank you, Mary and Kate, so much!!

You can read Reverie Magazine here: http://reveriemag.com/

Every thing for the bride, photographed with style, written with love, and all the latest for your Wedding Reverie.

And here is the blog post, where I and many lucky others, were featured on The Etsy Blog.

Handmade Weddings: Inspired by a City

http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/handmade-weddings-inspired-by-a-city/ 

Reverie Magazine is a quarterly online wedding magazine created in London, England. Mary and Kate hope to spread their love of wedding design and ideas to brides on both sides of the pond. The next issue of Reverie Magazine will go live on April 12; you can also find daily wedding inspiration on the Reverie Blog.

I learned about my fish and weddings too, from Kate.

The tables would be decorated with wild flowers in mismatched glass bottles, and each guest’s place setting would have spiky air plants and napkins tied with gold fish charms (said by the ancient Greeks to enhance good luck in marriage and relationships).

Thank you again Mary and Kate! and thank you Etsy for having them blog!!

08
Feb
12

Another bib necklace!

I am sorry I haven’t been around lately. I am getting ready for my classes at the Cabin Fever Clay fest.

It is now open to day visitors, so if you live in the area of Laurel, Maryland or surrounding areas and you want to take a few classes, this would be a good place to do it.

I will try to keep you up on what is going on while I am away.

Here is another way to use the Hoarders Closet bib finding. It is such a fun and versatile finding to play with. The brass ones can even be drilled.

Check it out here:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-new-year-finally.html

This is yet another way to use the bib finding.

Brass or silver bib finding

24 gauge brass of non-tarnish silver Artistic wire

Spool of tiny gold chain or silver chain

Assorted beads, chain, and findings

Flush cutters

Chain nose pliers

Thread the 24 gauge wire into the loop on one side of the bib finding.

Bend a small bit over and twist the wire together.

I am going to use a mix of red, black, and white beads, glass, polymer clay, and some chain.

String on a few of your beads. I am using some of the smaller ones on the ends.

Pull the beads back and the wrap the wire around the end of the finding a couple of times.

Like so.

Push a couple of beads down the wire.

How many you use is up to you and how big the beads are.

Wrap the wire around a couple of times again and then push more beads down and wrap again.

I took the wire and wrapped it around the big black bead and the under.

I just keep adding more beads and wrapping.

This is not something that has to be perfect.

Here I am stringing some of the small chain on to the wire.

String on some more beads. Add some more loops of wire. Add some more chain.

You get the idea.

I haven’t had time to finish this, but you get the idea

Now go have fun and make something.




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