Friday, June 16, 2017

Resistor Arts at Etsy

My friend Don Geer from Resistor Arts on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/ResistorArts has just opened his shop at Etsy.
He is making my man in the moon pendants with my permission. I made the mold quite a few years ago and he has started selling them. YAY!
You can buy them in his shop on etsy, at the link above.
I seriously love this piece and Don has done a fabulous job of reproducing them in silver.

He uses the lost wax casting methods to make the piece from an original mold. Thanks Don, these are wonderful and I love the one you made for me.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I wanted to share with you some of the Candle shades that my friend Maria Jam Brown has been making lately.
They are made from Cernit polymer clay and alcohol inks and mica powders. You can find all of these products in my store the Clay Factory. www.clayfactory.net
I think these are amazing in their execution and drama, so simple yet SO wonderful.
Lesson here for me too, complex and complicated is not always better.
Thank you for this Maria and thank you for letting me share these beauties.
Enjoy the expression, joy, and drive of something well done!
These are stunning!
This is excerpt from the Facebook post I made in my store pages.

This candle holder is made by Northwest Artist and a cartographer at IRL in Seattle, Washington, Maria Jam Brown. I love the quality of nature Maria Jam Brown has captured in the Polymer clay with ink colored translucent Cernit.
From Maria's post,
"Today's project: translucent Cernit and mica gold mixed with alcohol inks to create an amber, gold, and rosy quartz candle holder. It looks a bit like it was carved from Himalayan salt! (I had to test it out with a tea light before giving it as a gift tomorrow. )"
Here is Maria's on line studio with pieces she makes, tutorials, and info at her page at Blonde Crow Studio.
http://www.blondecrowstudio.com
# Cernit
Here is the very first candle shade she made.


Here are the new Candle shades she has been making! I love the colors and the effect she is getting and how about those trees?






Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This candle holder is made by Northwest Artist and a cartographer at IRL in Seattle, Washington, Maria Jam Brown. I love the quality of nature Maria Jam Brown has captured in the Polymer clay with ink colored translucent Cernit.
From Maria's post,
"Today's project: translucent Cernit and mica gold mixed with alcohol inks to create an amber, gold, and rosy quartz candle holder. It looks a bit like it was carved from Himalayan salt! (I had to test it out with a tea light before giving it as a gift tomorrow. ☺)"

Here is Maria's on line studio with pieces she makes, tutorials, and info at her page at Blonde Crow Studio.
http://www.blondecrowstudio.com


Friday, June 2, 2017

The Earrings I made from the last tutorial post

These are the earrings I made from the the last tutorial post- the little translucent headpin flowers. 
This is the link
https://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2017/05/little-translucent-head-pin-flowers-you.html

I love the way these turned out. You can find them in my Etsy store
https://www.etsy.com/listing/520751614/spring-flowers-dangle-earring-with?ref=shop_home_active_1


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Little translucent head pin flowers
You will need:
2-3" headpins gold or silver
Cernit Translucent clay- I used Emerald, Violet, Turquoise, Ruby, and Amber
Square cutters- 3/16", 5/8", and 3/4"
Scotch Quick dry adhesive
Cernit can be purchased at 
http://www.clayfactory.net

#Cernit
#mariesegal

Little Head pin flowers

Put a tiny drop of the glue on the head of the pin and let it dry. The bottle has been re-labeled I will place a picture of the new bottle below


This is the new labeled bottle

Condition and roll out clay on the 3rd or 4th thickest setting in your pasta machine. Using the 3/4" square cutter, cut out as many squares of the color as you want to make flowers. I used 2" Skinner blends for my flowers. Emerald for the leaf squares which is the 5/8" square. And all the centers will be the new 3/16" square cutters that we are now carrying. Push the head pin through the center of the flower square.
You can find all of these square cutters at any of our etsy stores ask for special order.
Or at http://www.clayfactory.net/kempertools/pages/pattern-cutters-kemper-tools.htm
On this page you will find links to all of our shops and my blog
http://www.mariesegal.com/Shops.html





Add a 3/16" Amber colored square to the top of the head pin with the dried glue dot and press the flower square and the center square around the head pin top.
Here is the link to all of our shops.
http://www.mariesegal.com/Shops.html



Pull all the corners together in the center by doing the left and the right side corners first and then top bottom corners. Tack the lightly together with out smashing together.

Slide the 5/8" Emerald leaf square on to the end of the head pin and slide up against the flower bud. Tack the leaf and the bud together in the centers of each the leaf square and the center of the bud bottom.





Like so.


Curl under two opposite corners to the center of the leaf square and tack to the clay lightly with out smashing the curl.

Curled leaves have rolled look like a curl of chocolate.


Here is the completed bud. Lay on a piece of card sock in your tray and bake in a oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. I also tint the whole tray with aluminum foil. I bake in a regular electric oven for 50 minutes. I plunge them into an ice water bath hot out of the oven until they are cool. The translucent will be more translucent if quenched in ice water.
Have fun!
#Cernit

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Blast from the past Jewelry Crafts 1997

There is something about cleaning out your studio thoroughly! The things you find can be surprising.
I found a large box back in a corner, it had been sealed from a Bead and Button show in 1997, it was similar to a time capsule of bead work from before 1997. Lots of beads.
I also found this article that was written about the same time in Jewelry Crafts magazine. A very fun day all in all.
Princesses have castles, I still don't have one!
Memories, I have many! Welcome to my studio time capsule!




Monday, May 8, 2017

New cutters!

I am happy to announce that Kemper has added two new cutters to the 3/16" and 5/16 cutter styles with a small square and a small triangle. We are loading different sets in to www.Thehoarderscloset.etsy.com and in to www.Clayfactory.net stores as we get them photographed. you will be able to by them in the full square set, full triangle set, all the 3/16" cutters and all the 5/16" sets also, even just the two square and triangle sizes.
This is a very nice thing!

http://www.clayfactory.net/kempertools/pages/pattern-cutters-kemper-tools.htm

https://www.etsy.com/listing/529115361/brand-new-4-piece-new-square-and?ref=shop_home_active_2



These are the two new cutters added to the square and triangle sets
If you already have all the cutters you will be able to buy just these individually also


The Square is now a 7 piece set as well as the triangle set now

Now the smallest cutter set in 3/16" has a triangle and square