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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Multiple techniques...

I took one of the canes from yesterday and added a couple of techniques I've been playing with recently.  Silkscreen, stamps with metallic paint and cutters:

I haven't decided whether to make pins or pendants out of them....

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Toad in the Puddle?

Toad in the Puddle is a fun quilt pattern.  I was playing around with some colors and...well, it's not toad in the puddle.  I have the pieces oriented wrong, so it's some other pattern and I don't have any idea what it really is.  Doesn't matter, though, because I really like the way the canes turned out:

This first one uses up some yellow, orange, and red premo that I've had lying around forever:

Well,, the beginning component is actually this:

Then I used some of my favorite colors to make this:

The cane ends for the initial component look interesting:

Kind of like a flower....

I had some leftovers, so I made these (I think I like that last one best):

Monday, January 26, 2015

Another angel...

Let's take a break from bracelets, okay?  I really like this cane. And since  I pulled it out for the bracelet (see yesterday's post), I'm inspired to make a little kimono angel with it:

A little bit of a dilemma, though...it's a wee bit too small for an ornament and a wee bit too big for a bead.  I'll figure something out....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Still obsessed...

I made a few more bracelets this weekend:

I made this first one just plain and flat; the band has a couple of colors layered into it.  It's a little rough, since the cane is an old one.  I should have smoothed it out a bit more, but I still like the way it turned out:

The second one is another take on the colorful bracelet I made a bit ago.  I made it narrower, but still used the striped lining:

This third one uses what was left of the cane I used on the Emerald Boa.  I love using my canes to make things, but it makes me sad when it's all gone:

Finally, I made this cane a LONG time ago.  It's from a quilt book (or it could be from a quilt magazine...it's so long ago, I don't really remember).  It took quite a while to make and I didn't want to reduce it to far; I would lose too much detail.  But the size works for one of the bracelet blanks that I had, so I put it together:

I'd like  to say I'm done, but I still have ideas in my head, clamoring to get out.  Maybe I'll take a break from bracelets for a day or two and make something else this week...or not!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog Post - Emerald Tree Boa...

Welcome, everyone to Catrinket.  My name is Cathy and my cousin used to call me Catrinket for a nickname when I was little.  When I decided to start a blog to show off my crafting, I thought the name was perfect.  I've been working with polymer clay since 1995.  I LOVE it!  And I also love quilts (but sewing, not so much), so I merged it with my clay work and the results are here.

Quilt patterns lend themselves to caning, which is a good thing because I can't get enough of it!  It can be a bit of a problem, though...what do I do with all those canes (I probably have well over a hundred quilt canes right now?  Lucky for me, I've signed up for the year-long PCA Virtual Retreat and I've managed to find new ways to use my quilt canes in the first two lessons!  Yay!  First with Syndee Holt's bracelets, and now with Katie Oskin's animal figures.

I used some of the techniques from Katie Oskin's class to make this Emerald Tree Boa.  I'd been wondering what to do with this quilt cane--I put a border on it too soon and reduced it too far to be very usable.  But it works great for this critter!  Thanks so much for coming!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A couple more bracelets....

Now that I've made all five bracelets, I've been using up some scrap clay and practicing a few more.  Of the bracelets I've learned to make, I like the rounded, domed shape best (which is why it's mostly what I'm making)....

Monday, January 19, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat - Lesson One, bracelet five...

Finally!  I made the last bracelet in Syndee Holt's class:

It's a bit sloppy.  The lesson used pearl ex powders and I didn't have the powders in the colors I wanted, so I used Lumiere paints instead.  I wasn't as careful as I needed to be, but I still like it.  I think I might try it again later this week.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat - Lesson Two

Katie Oskin's class was to sculpt a little raccoon.  I can't seem to ever follow the rules, so I made a platypus instead.  A purple, polymer platypus:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Yes, another bracelet...

It looks like I'm on a bracelet kick right now.  Perhaps that will change when the next PCA Virtual Retreat lesson comes along.  Anyway, I really like the way this one turned out:

I think I'll sand and buff it....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Practice bracelet...

So I'm exploring a little bit...making more bracelets after Syndee Holt's PCA's Retreat class.  I just grabbed some scrap clay and fiddled around with it a bit.  It's pretty rough, but it gives me an idea of what to do next.

Eh...maybe next time....

I turned once again to Pinterest for inspiration:

Beautiful, isn't it?  Here's my take:

...not so much....

I'd better try again.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Trying out a new ornament...

I know I tried this out with one of my flat folded angels.  I thought maybe it would work with my bell angels.  I like it, but I need to refine it a bit:

Friday, January 9, 2015


I'm always trying to come up with new Christmas ornaments.  Pinterest has been a source of ideas.  Here's one I used for Sunday School.  The girls liked it a lot and made half a dozen each.

I thought maybe I could adapt it to polymer clay.  My first attempt:

Eh...maybe my second try will be better.  And the photo, too!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat - Lesson One, bracelet four

After a couple of misfires, this is what I came up with:

I think it's my favorite so far...I might tweak it a bit, though.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sometimes it seems like it's always Christmas...

When you make Christmas Ornaments on a regular basis, it's always Christmas.  I'm trying to get a bit of an early start this year:

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat, Lesson One - Bracelet 3

Here's my take on bracelet number 3:

My texture sheet didn't quite work right, so I touched it up with a little bit of paint....

Monday, January 5, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat, Lesson One (bracelet 2)

Here's the second of five bracelets from the first lesson of the PCA Virtual retreat:

I'm not overly fond of extruders, but I've got to admit it made a big difference in making this bracelet.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat -- Week One

So I signed up for the Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat.  Twenty-Four lessons from twenty-two instructors over the year 2015.  First up...Syndee Holt.  An hour and a half lesson on making five bracelets using various techniques.  I gotta say--it was just packed with information.  I always have put my own spin on things, so here's my version of the first bracelet in the lesson:

Saturday, January 3, 2015

More quilts, more canes...

So I did a boatload of Snail's Trail quilt pattern canes a while back.  I experimented with color and pattern.  I made two different canes using mostly the same colors and a "fabric" pattern:

The problem with using a "fabric" pattern in a quilt cane is that it can get "muddy" when it's reduced .  I think that's what happened with the top cane.  The bottom one looks less so because the "fabric" is surrounded by white.  It acts as an insulator and is more distinct rather than muddy.

At least...that's my best guess....

Friday, January 2, 2015

Appropriate cane for an ornament...

When I can, I like to make canes that are appropriate to the ornament I make from them.  In this case, I used the "Pine Tree" quilt pattern for the cane for this Christmas tree ornament.  I even put in the brown tree trunk...it's pretty tiny, but can still be seen:

It stands about 4 inches tall and I think it turned out pretty well....

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Clay Days are always fun.  At the last one, I was making those folded angel ornaments I blogged about a couple of days ago.  I cut off the end of the cane, which was a little ragged.  Still, I didn't want to just toss it.  So I made an angel, but I was whining about the hair.  I both love and hate doing hair on my angels.  When it works well, I feel such a sense of accomplishment.  But a lot of the time it's a real chore coming up with a unique hair style (I just can't do them all the same...I just can't), and it can often turn out looking pretty lame.  Hence the whining.

Maria took pity on me and took over the hair styling duties.  Oh my word!  It's fabulous!

Thanks, Maria!