I STARTED Early--Took my Dog--And visited the Sea--
The Mermaids in the Basement Came out to look at me
--Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Santa Claus...

I finally finished up the Santa Claus I made at Clay Camp last year.  I gave it to my mom before I remembered to take pictures.  Lucky for me, I know where she lives....

Anyway, here it is; all textured and painted:

Snail's Trail variations....

I tend to get interested in some technique or idea and just run it into the ground.  Take the snail's trail quilt pattern for example.  I can't seem to leave it alone.  I decided to make a cane that would shade from light to dark and another one from dark to light...then I used the leftovers and combined the two:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Four-color Snail's Trail Quilt Pattern, part two

Take the cane from the first part and reduce it down to around 1" square; trim off the ends until the distorted part is gone (hang on to those pieces--you'd be surprised what you can make with them); cut into four equal pieces:

Stand the pieces on end and orient as shown below (each piece is rotated one quarter turn from the one before):

Push the pieces together:

*sigh*  Right away I'm disappointed.  I can see that two of the swirls are not going to work.  I fiddled and rotated and walked away.  Then I came back.  It's still pretty, just not quite what I wanted.  At this point, try the different combinations to see which one pleases you best.  Then put them together, compress and reduce, then cut off the distorted parts as before and cut into four equal pieces:

Orient them as shown and press together.  Compress and reduce one more time:

You can leave it as is, or repeat the cutting and reducing process a time or two more (depends on how fine you want the pattern):

 Ta-da!  Finished again!

Four-color Snail's Trail Quilt Pattern, part one

Okay, now that thing a day is over, I can move on to the four-color version.  Here are the colors I'm using this time:

I should have mentioned whacking off a little bit of each color for borders and/or embellishments before building the cane...but half the time I forget to do it my self.  It's not a big deal if you're using colors straight out of the package--you can always condition more.  But if you've mixed your colors, that's not so easy.  Anyway, I've cut some off as you can see in the picture.

Here's the components.  You'll notice I cut four triangles instead of three.  I wanted to see if it made a difference in the final cane:

For the center checkerboard, I put the two lighter colors diagonal of each other and the two darker colors on the diagonal of each other:

I'm going to keep this checkerboard oriented the same direction for the following steps, in hopes that it will be easy to see how to put it together.  Put the smallest turquoise (or whatever color you're using) triangle on the top of the checkerboard:

Next the white goes on the right side...the purple on the bottom...the lime green on the left side:

Okay, the first round is done.  On to the second round, using the next size triangles:

Third round:

Okay, now for the final round (if you cut four triangles like I did...otherwise, you're done!):

The basic cane is done.  I'll show the rest in the next post....

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-eight

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Polymer clay cat (or is it a dog?)...

I was going for a cat, but I've gotta admit...it does look like a dog....

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-seven

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Polymer Clay Flower Ring.

I seem to make these flower rings a lot.  Some of my scrap canes make very good petals and this is a way to use them.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-six

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Angel ornaments.

I think I'm done with angel ornaments for now.  No promises, though!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-five

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Alien with red balloon.

A friend of mine wanted an alien with a red balloon.  So here he is (he's about two inches tall).

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-four

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Polymer clay beads...

It's amazing what you can make with leftover scrap clay from quilt patterns.  I just can't leave it alone....

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-three

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Polymer Clay Fox. 

I was going to cover it with a quilt pattern, but I like the way the scrap clay marbled together on this little fox.  So I left it as is.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-two

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Polymer Patchwork Platypus

I think I might like this one the best (well, after the giraffe).

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty-one

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So tired...I didn't have any inspiration tonight, so I made a few beads (technical computer issues didn't help)....

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day twenty

It's funny how things work.  I planned on doing another animal figure, but when I sat down to make something, this little Japanese ornament came out....

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thing a Day 2014, day nineteen

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Angel Ornament

I really like the colors in this "hen and chicks" quilt pattern.  As an over-all pattern on the hen and chicks figures I did a couple of days ago, it didn't turn out as well as the snail's trail pattern did for the other animal figures.  But for this ornament, where the borders are more prominent, it works really well.

Thing a Day 2014, day eighteen

A swan, using the twin star quilt pattern....