Posts Tagged ‘boh

14
Jun
11

Finished on the 15th- Fave Crafts Blog Hop- a little hope

Well, another 15th of the month and a Fave Crafts Blog hop is here. Welcome to all of you new to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit and come back again sometime.

To all of you that visit here regular like, HI!!  

Can you believe that it is the 15th of June? The year is half way over and the second half will be here soon.

http://www.favecraftsblog.com/finished-on-the-fifteenth-favecrafts-blog-hop-for-june/

Is it that my life is so full of stuff, that things are moving so fast?
How about you? Do you feel as if time is whizzing by?

Just a reminder for all of you that make your Christmas presents, START NOW!

Well, the thing that I got finished this month is a flower cane with and with out background and the instructions on how to make a Bottle of Hope.

Here are the links, there are 4 parts to this:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-1.html

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-2.html

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-3.html

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-4.html

Bottles of Hope http://www.bottlesofhope.org/ were thought up by a wonderful woman name Diane Gregoire who was going through breast cancer treatments in the late ’90’s.

She would take the bottles used in hers and others treatments and place polymer clay around them, then she would return for more treatments and pass them out to the people who were there for treatments too.

I met Diane in 1999 and fell in love with her attitude and lust for life and thriving through one of the most horrific diagnoses one can receive in life. Her large lovely grace gifted my life and I went out and taught about the program and talked to others about Diane and her bottles. I was travelling all over the world at the time and it was fun to spread the word.

Little did I know how much it would mean to me later in life when my mother and Sister in law were diagnosed with this dreaded disease.

I made 300+ bottles for my sister-in-law while she was going through treatments and before she died. I would get a call every week when I sent them, from her saying “oh I am keeping this one” or “I have a special person to give this one too”. I loved it. It gave me some thing to do. I felt like I was helping somehow.

My guild and I have been making bottles of hope ever since and have been closely affiliated with Moore’s cancer center and Dr. Casden over the years, we even have Bottles of Hope Clay Days. Yay Team!

It has been most rewarding and fulfilling  even in the tragedy of it.

Isn’t that what life is about, finding something of value and light in the dark parts?

It is for me!!

Go out and find some light!!!

Go out and make the light!!!

Go out and spread some light!!!

Go out and be the light!!!

13
Jun
11

Flower cane and Bottle of hope- part 4

This is the how to cover the Bottle of hope and make the lid. It is  continued from part 3 here,

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-3.html

You will need:

Violet Cernit- 1, 2.2  ounce packages

Opaque White Cernit- 3,  2.2 ounce packages

Black Cernit-1, 2.2 ounce  packages

Yellow  Cernit- 1. 2.2 ounce package

Blue Cernit- 1, 2.2 ounce  package

Porcelain White Cernit-  large package 1.1 pound

Clay  Machine

Clay  Slicing Blade

Acrylic roller

Ruler

All links lead to my hubby’s store http://www.clayfactory.net/

Thank you so much for looking, we  appreciate that. ;-D

Mix all of the colors, even the black and  opaque white with an equal amount of porcelain white.

69. Roll out a sheet of the Opaque white cernit on the 4th or 5th thickest (this depends on what you like, the clay you are using, and how thick or thin your 4th or 5th setting is) setting in your clay machine.

Lay the bottle on top of the sheet and trim the leading edge so it is straight.

Trim the bottom edge to the bottom of the bottle.

70. Roll the bottle over the other side of the sheet, making a mark with the leading edge and trim just inside the line you made with the leading edge.

Just like covering the canes we have done in the other lessons.

71. First you want to press in around the neck and ease the clay around the indent. This is different on every bottle and some may take more time and care than others. . Try not to trap any air in there.

72. Hold the blade level with the top of the bottle and trim off the excess bringing the blade around the top of the bottle. The blade will lay right on top of the bottle.

73. Trim along the bottom the same way.

74. Using a cutter that is slightly smaller than the bottom of the bottle roll out a sheet of clay that is on the 4th or the 5th setting of the clay machine, cut out a round of clay.

75. Press the round on to the bottom and press down in the very center,

Go to one edge and work your way around the bottom of the bottle closing the edge.

76. You can then press the edges together. Do this all the way around.

77. I then like to roll the edge on my work surface.

78. I roll the bottle on my work surface to smooth the fingerprints out or off.

79. Take a 7/8″ ball of the opaque white Cernit and roll it till it is smooth on the surface.

80. Roll in to a teardrop. Roll into a teardrop by rolling on one side of the ball.

81. It will look like this. The thinner end should fit inside of the bottle opening.

82. Place in the opening of the bottle. Shape the lid.

Keep from pushing it on to the lip of the bottle.

83. Gently take it out of the bottle by turning gently and pulling it out.

Cut off the end at about 1/2″ or more so the stopper is not too long on the bottom.

84. Place the stopper back in the bottle to reshape and decorate the bottle.

I sliced off a large slice from the flower cane and then rolled down a small section (2″) of the cane to about 1/4″ and sliced off small flowers about 1/8″ thick and place them around the neck of the bottle.

85. I added the flowers with out a border to the top all the way around the larger slice and then added some of the plain petals to the bottom placing the points of the petals in to the dips between the 1/4″ round flowers.

I rolled down some of the plain shaded blue cane and added those slices between the petals.

86. Gently pull the top back out of the bottle twisting as you go.

Bake the top out of the bottle on a piece of corrugated cardboard in a 275 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes, shut off oven and let cool a bit. Pull out of the oven and place the stopper back in the bottle while still warm and let cool completely.

The stopper will stay in the bottle and will pop in and out when you remove it or put it back in!

I like the tops made this way because we never lose the top then. When we do lots and lots of bottle and the tops fall out all of the time, sometimes it is hard to find the matches and sometimes we lose them when transporting them too!

This way they are always in the bottle.

I stained this bottle with some brown Ne-Opaque and washed off the excess with a damp not sopping old towel. I then blushed on some hi-lite blue Lumiere to the slices of the canes.

09
Jun
11

Flower cane and Bottle of hope- part 3

This is the next flower cane and it will have a background to it. It is
continued from part 2 here http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-2.html

Also in case you haven’t noticed, I have added colors and
amounts to this and the last “you will need” list.

You will need:

Violet Cernit- 1,
2.2 ounce packages

Opaque White
Cernit- 3, 2.2 ounce packages

Black Cernit-1, 2.2
ounce packages

Yellow Cernit- 1.
2.2 ounce package

Blue Cernit- 1, 2.2
ounce package

Porcelain White
Cernit- large package 1.1 pound

Clay
Machine

Clay Slicing
Blade

Acrylic roller

Ruler

All links lead to my hubby’s store http://www.clayfactory.net/ 

Thank you so much for looking, we appreciate that.
;-D

Mix all of the colors, even the black and opaque white with an equal amount
of porcelain white.

45. Take another section of the 1/2″ diameter petal cane that you rolled down
from the instructions in part
2
.

Cut 5- 2″ sections.

46. Make a pinch in the end of the 2″ section where the black lines meet on
one side.

Turn to the other end and make a pinch in the same side on the other end of
the 2″ cane section.

Sometimes the pinches will line up along the length and sometimes they will
be off like this.

Rock the ends of the cane back and forth to line the end pinches up.

47. Like this! Do this to each of the 5 sections.

48. Now lay them on your work surface and press them into petals.

Place one of your fingers at the end of the cane and use the finger on the
other hand to press the coil in to a teardrop by moving towards your other
finger holding the end of the cane.

I do not show this here, but that is how I do it.

I need one hand to take the pictures though.

Press only on one side of the length of the section.

Make the point of the petal into a point down the length of the 2″
section.

Do this to all 5 sections.

49. Place three of the petals together in a fan shape with the points of the
petals in the middle leaving a little channel in the center of the points.

50. Place a small coil of yellow in to the channel that you have made. This
little coil is about 1/8″ in diameter.

51. Put the other two petals in place in the grouping. Move the petals around
so that they are coming out from the center of the cane center equally and
evenly.

Turn the flower over and do the same thing to the other side of the
flower.

Set this aside to work on the next part of this cane. We are going to be
making another shaded cane out of blue and white to pack the outside of this
flower with.

52. Roll out some of the white you have in the clay machine on the thickest
setting.

You will want a sheet of white that is double and 2″ high and the width of
the clay machine.

I always make the sheets the width of my pasta machine so they don’t get all
wonky on my while I am rolling them in the Skinner Blend Process.

53. With your blade start at the top in the left corner and 3/4″ down on the
other side cut out a triangle section from the top of the double thick white
sheets.

54. Condition and roll out a piece of the blue and double that.

55. Use the white triangle that you cut away from the white rectangle sheet
to measure and cut a blue triangle.

56. Place the blue double thick triangle where the white one was cut away to
make the rectangle whole again.

57. Roll the sheet together with your acrylic roller.

Place in to the clay machine on the thickest setting across the rollers. Do
not spread the sheet by rolling just roll the two colors together.

Press on the top of the sheet where the blue is as you roll through the
machine.

Bring the sheet out of the bottom of the machine and turn your hand with the
sheet 1/4 and fold the sheet left to right, always matching the ends of the
sheet not the top.

Place the fold in to the machine and roll through again. Bring out of the
machine turn the sheet 1/4 and food from left to right.

Place the fold in to the machine and roll through on the thickest
setting.

Do this same step as described 20 more times until the sheet is blended from
light to a darker blue.

58. The sheet will look like this.

Fold in half again from left to right. All the light will be on one side and all the dark will be on the other side. Keep it that way when you fold the sheet too!

59. This is the picture from the purple shaded cane in part 2. I forgot to
take the blue picture like this, sorry!!

Place the end into the clay machine right next to the right edge and roll
this way though on the thickest setting.

Turn down the machine to the 5th thickest setting and roll this sheet through
again on the thinner setting to lengthen some more.

60. Trim of the end of the length on the light side for a straight edge and
mix the trimmed off part in to one color.

61. Roll onto a coil and make it the width of the d sheet. Lay it across the
end of the light edge. Roll the coil and the sheet up as tight as you can into a
larger coil.

Squeeze and turn as you move up to the one end and then turn it over and turn
and squeeze top the other end of the coil. Reduce the diameter this way until is
half the diameter it was.

Roll on the work surface to lengthen out in to a long coil that is 1/2″ in
diameter.

62. Cut off sections of the blue shaded cane that are the same length as the
flower cane you just made. You will need 5.

63. Press in to a triangle shape with one hand while hold in the opposite end
with your finger so it does not get longer.

Do this to all 5 sections.

64. Flatten out the triangle some more. Do this to each one.

65. Stand the flower on end and place each one of the blue shaded cane
triangles in each dip between the petals before pushing them in.

66. Cradling the cane log in your hand you bring the edges of the triangle
together with the last one.

Do not force this, go around the cane and press them together and then turn
the cane from end to end and press them together again.

This is another one of those pictures where 2 hands should be in here, but I
need one of my hands to take the picture.

67.  Squeeze the cane in the middle to put a waist on it and then turning and
pushing as you move up the cane itself.

Flip the cane over and start in the middle and work your way to the other end
by turning and pushing a little at a time again.

Work the cane down to half the diameter before rolling  the cane on your work
surface.

Star with your hands in the middle of the cane and rolling it 360 degrees or
more forward and then backward as you move your hands away from each other.

Reduce down to 3/4″ and then do a rolling cut by rolling the cane forward and
moving the blade forward at the same time. It should look close to this!

68. Here are two of the canes we are going to use. These two and the petals
we made by themselves and the shaded blue cane too!

That will be continued in part 4…

06
Jun
11

Flower cane and Bottle of hope- part 2

Here is the second part and it is continued from part one here http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/06/flower-cane-and-bottle-of-hope-part-1.html

You will need:

Violet Cernit- 1,
2.2 ounce packages

Opaque White
Cernit- 2, 2.2 ounce packages

Black Cernit-1, 2.2
ounce packages

Yellow Cernit- 1.
2.2 ounce package

Porcelain White
Cernit- large package 1.1 pound

Clay
Machine

Clay Slicing
Blade

Acrylic roller

Ruler

All links lead to my hubby’s store http://www.clayfactory.net

Thank you so much for looking, we appreciate that.
;-D

Mix all of the colors, even the black and opaque white with an equal amount
of porcelain white.

17.  Flatten the shaded coil that you made a little on the work surface by
standing it on its flattest end. Cut through the length of the cane with you
clay blade.

I stand over the top of the coil and watch as I cut down.

Leave the cane exactly this way after you remove the blade.

18. Make another cut in the top half of the cane, fan it out from the center
of the last cut.

Leave the cane this way after removing the blade again.

19. Make another cut in the lower half of the cane fanning it out from the
center cut.

Remove the blade and leave the cane standing with the everything the way it
was cut.

20. Roll out some of the black clay on the 5th thickest setting and make it a
long sheet.

Trim off the leading edge for a straight edge.

Separate the bottom section of the cut cane.

21. Lay the cane section along the straight edge with the cut edge of the
section facing down on the clay. Trim the black sheet to match the bottom
section of purple shaded cane.

Place the cane section and the black sheet back together with the shaded coil
exactly (or almost exactly) the way it came apart.

22. Take the half section of the coil apart and place it on the black sheet
cut face down on the sheet.

23. Trim the black sheet around the cane half.

24. Place the cane half back together with the black sheet in the center.

You do not have to smash these together now. You do not really have to touch
the cane that much. Just place it back together and match top and bottom.

25. Remove the last section and place the cut edge on the black sheet and
trim the black clay away from that section.

26. Place that section back together.

27. Place the shaded coil and its inserts on the black sheet of clay on the
last trimmed edge and wrap the cane with that sheet.

28. Roll the leading cut edge over on the
opposite edge of the sheet of black and gently make the mark. Roll the coil and
the sheet back.

29. With your blade cut just inside the line you made with the leading
edge.

30. Roll the coil up and the edges should meet almost perfectly.

31. Pinch a waist with your thumb and forefinger like we have already done on
the African trade bead canes, you cane see them here

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/05/african-trade-beads-part-12-shinning_22.html

Turn and press all the way to the top of the cane from the middle section.
Turn the cane over and press and rotate a little at a time to the top again
until you have reduced the cane to half the diameter it was.

32. The cane section might be quite knobby, it is OK!

33. Start to roll the cane down with one hand and when it gets longer add
both hands. Roll over 360 degrees and draw hands out gently away from each
other. If you roll with short little movements you will place lumps in the coil.
360 and nice and smooth.

34. Roll down to a little over half-inch in diameter and cut in half with a
rolling cut by roll the coil forward at the same time that you move the blade
forward.

35. Your cane cut should look like this.

36. Cut off a 2″ section of half of the cane.

Roll down section to 10″.

Should be about 1/4″ to 3/16″ in diameter.

Cut in to 5- 2″ sections.

37. This will look wrong because the section is bigger that yours will be. I
made it that way so you could see it better.

Pinch the end of the cane section right where all the black lines meet.

Turn the can over and pinch the other end where the lines meet.

38. The pinches should line up. If they don’t you rock the ends of the cane
back and forth to line them up.

39. Like these do.

Pinch all the way down the edge of the cane to the other mark or pinch you
made. If I do this I do not have to use registration marks on the outside of the
cane. If when you roll your cane you flip it from end to end once in a while and
roll on the other side too.

40.
Place the sections together with the points in the middle forming a little well
in the center as you go.

Place
three together.

41.
Like this!

42.
Take a small amount of yellow and roll it in to a tiny coil, this one is less
than an 1/8″ in diameter. Place it in the center.

43.
Place the other two petals in around the center and look at the end to move the
petals around so they all come out from the center at the same distance and are
uniform.

Take
the ends of the coil with your fingers and rock the ends back and forth opposite
from each other, to pull out the cane gently.

You
can also run your fingers down the edges of the cane to move it down. This is
very gentle and slow process that takes patience so not to smash the edges of
the cane together. You place your fingers in to the dips in between the petals
as you move down the cane.

44. If you cut the cane in the middle you will have a flower with out edges
and is in the shape of a flower. Set this aside and we will add canes to the
outside of another flower to fill it in also.

I use this flower just like this by taking slices off it with out having any background on it. The next flower will have a background and the two will be used together on a BOH (bottle of hope) along with just the petal slices too, Oh and some of the background canes too. You will see step by step… ;-D

Coming next part 3…

05
Jun
11

Flower cane and Bottle of hope- part 1

I am going to start a new flower cane with a skinner shaded cane and the go
to covering a Bottle of hope.

1st we will start with the shaded cane to make the flower.

You will see that when we build this it is pretty close to the African Trade
bead canes
but using Skinner shaded canes. This is a technique that Judith
Skinner came up with to make our cane (or rod of clay) shade from one color to
another. She, with this technique changed the Polymer clay world.

You will need:

Violet Cernit- 1, 2.2 ounce packages

Opaque White Cernit- 2, 2.2 ounce packages

Black Cernit-1, 2.2 ounce packages

Porcelain White Cernit- large package 1.1 pound

Clay Machine

Clay Slicing Blade

Acrylic roller

Ruler

All links lead to my hubby’s store www.clayfactory.net

Thank you so much for looking, we appreciate that.
;-D

Mix all of the colors, even the black and opaque white with an equal amount
of porcelain white.

1.   Roll out a sheet of the opaque white clay on the thickest setting in the
clay machine and fold in half to double the thickness and the sheet. Cut the
sheet so it is 2″ high and the width of a 5 3/4″ machine. If you have the longer
machine you and use a 2″x 1″ magnet to make the rollers small in width.

2.  Roll out a sheet of the violet and fold it in half to double the
thickness of the sheet. Place the folded edge against the cut edge of the
white.

Trim off the right edge so it is straight up and down.

3. Trim off the top edge of the violet sheet to form and complete rectangle
with the white sheet being half and the violet sheets being half.

4. 2″ high by width of the clay machine and half white and half violet.

Roll these together with and acrylic roller.

Place the White side into your clay machine and roll through on the thickest
setting.

Bring the clay out of the machine every time the same way and do not change
directions ever.

When you get used to this you can play with flipping it around and not lose
you way. I bring it out of the machine with my left hand and rotate my hand 1/4
to lay the sheet in front of me on my work surface.

5. I fold the sheet from left to right every time.

6. Always match the edges I am pointing to, not the top or what will be the
top when you place this in the machine rollers.

7. Place the fold in to the rollers, see the top edges are not even and
matching.

Roll through the machine on the thickest setting.

Bring it out the same way we did in step 6 and fold from the left to the
right again always matching the side edges.

Place the fold in to the machine again on the thickest setting and roll
through again.

Do steps 6 and 7 twenty more times.

8. The sheet will look like when it is blended completely.

Fold from left to right one more time and…

9. Turn the folded sheet up on the end and roll through the machine on the
thickest setting.

Turn the dial down to the 5th thickest setting and roll the length through
again to stretch out the length again.

10. You will have a long strip that goes from light to dark.

11. Trim off the light end of the strip for a straight edge.

12. Mix the cut off part until it is one color.

13. Roll the cut off mixed up part in to a coil that is the width of the long
skinny sheet of white to violet. Place it on the sheet.

14. Roll up the coil and the sheet together.

15. Roll all the way up and roll on the work surface to smooth a little but
not reduce.

16. This is what the end will look like and it will be light in the middle
and darker on the outside.

Part 2 coming…

23
Nov
10

Angel maker!

Shelley’s Phoenix BOH

Sorry about yesterday and not posting in the morning. I went to my friend Jodi’s over the weekend after clay day and on Saturday I made things from 10am to 2 am the next day. I got up on Sunday and did it from 9am to 9 pm.

I was exhausted Sunday when I got home and just couldn’t bring my self to do another thing after a massive making weekend. I adored it, every moment of it.

Clay day we had so much fun and made Bottles of Hope for Moore’s Cancer center at UCSD again.

We made over 80 bottles for the center.

I have pictures too!

Everyone there, thank you so much for working and playing so hard, ya all did so good!!

Jodi and I Paper play

Then I left there and went to my friend Jodi’s to craft some more.

I was doing some paper arts with her and making a couple of things, I will have more on these two things later.

Right now I want to introduce you to an artist I admire and respect so much, Susan Hyde.

Susan has just opened a Etsy store.

In my opinion Susan makes some of the most artful and heartfelt angels I have ever seen.

Go visit her and heart her. Her clay “fabrics” that she dresses her angels in are not painted and her techniques in polymer fabric making are beyond compare.

We all know how hard it is to get started on something new in life and it is always nice to have a hand up.

Welcome her to Etsy and see some beautiful angels made by a beautiful woman and friend!

I have had the complete pleasure of working with Susan and I have several of Susan’s pieces and the work and detail is meticulous.

Welcome to Etsy, Susan, may you make many contacts and sales.

Looks like this is turning out to be an angel kind of week. I think I will follow, I could use some angels.

If you would like to participate in the 17th giveaway, there is a picture and a link on the right top side bar.

Comment and you could win an angel.




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