Monthly Archives: July 2013
If you didn’t know that I was a nerd with three science degrees, this post will convince you!
Above is the first, Fossilized Dinosaur Bone with its minerals replaced by Pyrite. When I first saw a cabochon of the real thing I knew I had to make this! Metallic polymer clay, custom mixed color and opaque clay.
This pendant is my interpretation of Lapis Lazuli. I mixed seven blue clays and one translucent one, with dozens of tiny white layers. If you hold it up to the light you can see right through the white/ translucent vein.
I saw another cabochon of Native Silver with Azurite inclusions. I had to make it. I mixed three kinds of blue clay, one pearl, into my silver clay. I manipulated the mica particles in the silver clay to give this shimmer which dances when you move.
This one is amazing. I can’t stop playing with it when I have it on a chain. I made a cabochon of the Native Silver with Azurite and laid it on a sheet of silver clay whose mica particles I’d manipulated in a different way. The lines shift and dance when you move it, just like those “tilt cards” from Cracker Jacks.
This one is my interpretation of the mineral Sodalite. I cut a window in the domed pendant and hung Grade A Freshwater Pearls from it. You can see right through the white/translucent layered veins.
Here is one of my Lava Tube pendants. I made the lava from ten shades of reddish translucent clay to portray the thermoclines in the lava flowing through a lava tube to the sea. The cooled lava that forms the tube is made from three colors of metallic clay. The lava passes light, as does the matrix, though it passes light faintly. You can see three more in this vein, or tube, in my Etsy shop.
This one is my first try at Tiger’s Eye. I made the flower from the same clay.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my new pendants. I totally enjoyed making them!
There were six Susans in my senior English class! My best friend Sue T. was one of them. We were inseparable. Teachers would say, “Hi, Susans” to the two of us.
Folks began to call her Sooty, for Sue T.
Sooty is one of those wonderful friends for life. I decided to make her a Sooty Owl pendant and the photo above is what I came up with. I am going to mail it to her tomorrow.
I have been busy this week with my clay. I gathered twigs and bark and made casts of them so that I can mold clay into twigs and bark.
The twig the Sooty Owl is on is made from one of my new molds.
The clay featured in the rectangular part of the pendant is some of my new Fossilized Dinosaur Bone with Pyrite.
I fell in love with a picture of pyrite-ized dinosaur bone and I had to make it. I mixed two metallic clays to get the look of pyrite, fool’s gold.
I also made some buffing pads this week for my Dremel from quilt weight white cotton. I polished the pendant with my new buffing pads.
Here is a real Sooty Owl:
I just received an email from my favorite jewelry supply vendor, Fire Mountain Gems, that my profile is live in the Jewelry Artist Success Stories section of their website.
The pendant that you see above was made from the trimmings from creating my Cherry Blossom necklace. The pendant is composed primarily of translucent polymer clay made into a Stroppel Cane.
Both the Cherry Blossom necklace and the pendant above are available on my Etsy shop LadyFlowersbySusan. http://www.ladyflowersbysusan.etsy.com. It comes with matching earrings.
I also learned that the pendants I donated to Fire Mountain Gems to sell to raise money for Breast Cancer Research will go live on the website October 1. Every bit of the money they receive from the sales will go to Breast Cancer Research.
Watch this space.
I am a member of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. This month’s challenge was “Tribal”. I created Nelson Mandela Turquoise to make this necklace; some of the other pieces of Nelson Mandela Turquoise were made from the leftovers from this project.
Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela is a member of the Tembu Tribe of South Africa. Mandela studied law and then dedicated himself to service to his nation. He had 67 years of public service all told. Mandela’s work was about Peace and Reconciliation.
The Nelson Mandela Turquoise is made in the colors of the South African flag: black, navy, red and green, which symbolize unity.
The necklace has seven beads of Nelson Mandela Turquoise, two “black lava” beads, twelve antique gold polymer clay spacers and hundreds of “coconut husk” disks created from a mix of brown, black and antique gold polymer clays.
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In 2001 I took my daughter down to College Station, Texas to have a look at the Honors Program at Texas A&M. It was an overnight for her, so I took myself out to dinner.
I had the most amazing bread. It tasted like coconut. It tasted like I was swimming in coconut! I tried and tried to duplicate it over the years, to no avail. At the time I thought the flavor came from coconut oil in the butter that came with it.
Today I was at Central Market in my town and I got a small cake called Cocada de Forno. Oh my goodness! I was swimming in coconut again. This time the Coconut Heaven came with an ingredient label. Coconut flour was the first ingredient. Duh! Butter, sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, sugar and flour brought up the rear.
The mystery is solved. I can have coconut heaven anytime. Mmmm.
I decided to make some Beads of Courage for my 67 minutes. Because I will miss my polymer clay guild’s workshop on Saturday, which will teach about spiral beads, I decided to make some spiral beads from a little pile of scrap clay that I had on hand.
Swirling the clay under a glass plate was very soothing. I am tickled at how the beads turned out.
The Nelson Mandela Turquoise that I made recently, also from polymer clay, continues to get kind and generous comments. You can read some of them here:
So, if it feels right, get out there (or in there, like I did) and give back to the world today, 67 minutes.
Mandela’s contribution to our world was in the area of reconciliation. If you can’t give 67 minutes of time to your favorite charity, consider reconciling with someone today.
Did I mention that I love my Fitbit One pedometer?
I got my weekly summary email from Fitbit last night. Last week’s stats:
* 28,851 steps. That’s 12.42 miles.
* 20 flights of stairs.
* 11,290 calories burned walking.
Last week I averaged 4122 steps per day. This week I intend to walk at least 5000 steps every single day. Last night I paced up and down my hallway until I got to 5002 steps!
Since I set it up May 23 I have:
* taken 237,989 steps. That’s 102.48 miles!
* gone up 133 flights of stairs!
* lost 3 pounds.