I entered a challenge a couple of years ago (I think it was a couple of years ago--it could have been longer ago than that...or sooner. *sigh*). It was a challenge to make a jewelry piece in the orange-purple-green triad. I used the Aunt Dinah quilt block and made the beads and strung it up into this necklace:
It's funny, but the more you shrink it down and reassemble the pattern, the more it looks like plaid to me. This turned out much better than I thought it would and I love the color combination. I probably wear this necklace more than any of the others I've made.
Heh. I did a little research and the challenge was for Beadwork Magazine in 2009. My memory *shakes head*....
Sorry for my absence. I've been in the middle of a big commission project that hast to be done in a short period of time. AND I'm trying to get a bunch of Christmas ornaments done by the end of the month for an upcoming show. It's taking all my time and (almost non-existent) energy. I'm going to try to post pictures of some of my past stuff. Starting with this one (what else--a ring!):
This is one of my favorite canes and, when I first started making rings, I used it to create this one.
I don't know why I don't make more of these. They're pretty popular and not too hard to make. I think it may be because I don't make that many green canes--I usually wait until I'm ready to make trees. Which are pretty complex.
Anyway, here's today's ornament--a wreath...
(grrr--I just spent an hour and a half trying to figure out how to post a photo from photobucket onto blogger using my tablet computer...I finally gave up and fired up the desktop....)
I used this ornament to go outside of my normal quilt pattern zone. Normally, I use cane slices to build my ornaments, but this time I built the quilt pattern and then embellished it a bit. It was fun!
It turned out a little bigger than I wanted, but it should still be okay.
This is a bit of a departure for me. Normally I make quilt canes, but I decided to make a block using pieces of clay--like a mosaic. I couldn't stay away from canes totally, though--I used a flower cane for some of the "fabric" pieces. I think I like it...I have some more ideas in mind.
I've had these quilt cane slices laying around for months. Yesterday's ornament inspired me to get these puppies in the oven. I'm going to sand the snot out of them before I put the ribbon and beads on them, to give them a soft sheen.
These quilt block ornaments are relatively easy to make, but I think they're quite nice. I make these in two sizes--the larger ones are about three inches square and the smaller ones, like this one, are not quite two inches square:
I have a certain way of doing things. My flat snowflakes, for example. To my way of thinking, snowflakes should be white. So I usually use white and translucent for my canes. Last year, though, I had a bunch of quilt canes lying around just begging to be used. And, as I was pressed for time, use them I did. Today's ornament uses a cane with white, orange, and purple:
Compare with the one I did a few days ago:
Another thing I'm usually particular about is a border on the cane. It just makes it look more finished and polished. Here's one I made last year that shows what I mean:
That said, I do like the ones I've made this month. What do you think?
Ideas come to me when I least expect it. Several years ago I was sitting in church, taking notes and doodling. I remember thinking of handkerchief angels that I saw in a magazine and "poof" the idea popped into my head of adapting that to polymer clay. I couldn't wait to get home to try it. And, oh joy, it turned out just as good as I hoped. I made them with canes (all kinds of canes), but a while back I decided to try it with straight, white clay that was cut with a scalloped cookie cutter. I pierced the edges to make it look more lacy and fabric-like. They're a bit more labor intensive, but I like how they turn out:
How many of you have children or grandchildren? Then perhaps you can understand the lateness of my post. After work yesterday (yes, I had to work), I decided I needed to relax a little. So I took my grandchildren to the beach. Along with the dog. While I had a ton of fun and it was relaxing in its own way, I was pretty wiped when I got home.
I was trying to think of a relatively quick ornament and my daughter suggested I use my moebius heart beads in graduated sizes, using canes I already had on hand. Good idea! Well, I got the hearts made, but while they were baking I completely ran out of steam and figured I'd string them up today. So here 'tis. Ta da:
This is another of my little angels. It kind of came about by fiddling with my folded angels (from a couple of nights ago). I wondered how it would look if I didn't flatten the shapes. There's also a little bell in the bottom. I like this type quite a lot.
My snowflakes typically take 12 or 13 cane slices to complete. Invariably, I'm left with a sad, little stub of cane. Now if I'm really lucky, I can squeeze six slices out of the stub and make a smaller, easier version of a snowflake ornament:
It's nice, too, because it's cheaper to make and I can sell them at a lower price for people who are on a budget.
I know Christmas is several months off, but my biggest show is coming up the first weekend in October. That gives me about two months to build up some inventory. So I'm going to try to make an ornament a day in the month of August. Here's the first one:
Snowflakes are my favorite ornament to make. They're fairly easy and look quite elegant. And there's always opportunity to try new quilt patterns. I believe this one is "Double X". It looks nice, yes?
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about beads...look for something new in September, but enjoy this Christmas preview interlude until then....
Does anyone have a favorite? My favorite is probably the large purple flower with the blue/white/purple ikat band (upper right hand portion of the pic). I've made several and I never get tired of them. The ring I wear the most often from this batch is the small purple flower on the white outer/purple inner band (lower left corner portion of the pic). All in all, a few misfires, but many more that I like quite a lot.
I like this lacy look. I had a hard time deciding whether or not to put flowers on it. I finally decided I'd done enough flowers (at least for now), so just went with the little bow. It looks quite nice as a thumb ring...