Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Challenge - Negative Spaces



For May we are featuring Negative Spaces. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



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1. Bubble teapot by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE's May Challenge "Negative space"
Simple black textured clay over white ceramic with bubble cutouts.
More views here: HiGirls on Etsy.

2. Fox Hollow  by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
This sassy fox emerges from her pumpkin hollow to offer a warm welcome to potential visitors. The vibrant oranges are translucent clay combined with opaque black, white, and orange mokume gane swirls and stripes. 8 inches tall.

3. Black Tan Yin Yang Earrings No. 188  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the "Negative Space" Challenge, I began by layering olive, khaki tan, magenta and black polymer. Using a teardrop cutter, I cut a shape, cut a chunk out of it, then flipped the layer stack upside down and cut the complementary shapes. After fitting those together, I formed a top element from the ends. All edges were sanded and buffed. Drilled holes reveal the layers, and were filled with UV resin. Gunmetal black wire and findings were chosen for the metal components.

4. Masquerade Journal(?) Cover by Brandee of BrandeeBlank
BrandeeBlank.com: Made in mind as the entry for this month's PCAGOE challenge 'negative space', and named after a wonderful book I used to read as a little girl when I visited my aunties house which was an art book where you had to find the hidden bunny on every page. This piece was intended as a journal cover, but I haven't actually glued it down yet. I think it will also look great as just an art piece for the wall in a shadow box.

5. Faux Copper Butterfly Journal  by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This journal cover started with a skinner blend of yellow to red for the butterfly's wings. Next came a custom copper blend using brown, red and gold polymer clay. The cutouts were made to show the pretty color for the butterfly wings and teardrops and circles finished the look of the butterfly wings. Leaves and swirls and curls were added, then textured to finish the design. A patina was added to give it the looked of aged copper. The cover was glued to a brown faux leather journal.

6. Sparkling Tool Holder by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Made from a translucent and opal polymer clay layer over metallic painted polymer clay. Approximately 3" high and 3 1/2" in diameter.  I love making tool holders and if you work with polymer clay I have a free tutorial for you http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/01/polymer-clay-three-part-tool-holder.html



7. Made in Helen Breil's Class by Freda of FredaK

8. World in Her Hands by Line of PlaySculptLive
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/04/the-world-in-her-hands.htm

9. Spring Sprung Vessel by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer Clay and epoxy clay were the materials used to create this piece as a study of negative space as a design element. To read more about the creative process and challenges of this piece, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/04/spring-has-sprung.html


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Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 2016 Challenge winners "Flowers"

Top entries selected by the public


1. White floral covered candy dish by Lisa of HiGirls 




2. 3-way tie

Flowers Ring Bowl by Arlene of HarrisonHollow


A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art


Printemps Bowl by Berit of ClayImages



3. 2-way tie 

Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive


Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



Top entries selected by members


1. Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive 




2. Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



3. A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art





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Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Amber Bowman
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:

  • Hard to choose because they are all wonderfully done! Well done Ladies!!
  • Such awesome entries, really great work all the way.
  • There are so many great designs I wish I could vote for more. I changed my mind a few time along the way. I have found that if I take the time to visit the web sites and get a personal account of the design that helps a lot.
  • Beautiful artwork! I had a hard time deciding on just three :)
  • Hard to pick ...they are all wonderful!
  • It was a difficult choice as they were all great quality.
  • You guys never stop amazing me. It is very difficult to choose one over another. They are all beautiful. I appreciate all you hard work.
  • It was hard to choose a favorite among these beautiful pieces!
  • Why is there not an option where everyone comes first?!! This is the first time I've never been able to easily decide who to choose for the first three and even then I wanted them all to be first.
  • Absolutely gorgeous work by everyone!!
  • This was a really, really, REALLY difficult choice...
  • All are beautiful.
  • I like the organic feel of my choices.
  • I think this one is the hardest to choose from ever! All the entries blew me away.
  • Beautiful work!
  • Beautiful work!
  • So hard to choose. Everyone did so well!
  • Loved the entries this month. Such variety in wearable, vessels, stained glass. I'm sorry only three choices ladies. I appreciated very much all of the thought and hard work that went into each creation. Beautiful entries this month!
  • Loved the simplicity of #7
  • There were so many beautiful items here this time, it was really hard to pick just three.
  • Wish I could have picked all of them, they're all so lovely! Superb showing, ladies!
  • Great April theme and so many beautiful entries--I like them all!
  • This is the best challenge in a long time, so many fabulous entries and everyone keeps getting better and better. Tough choices to be made, again.





Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 2016 Challenge - Flowers




For April we are featuring Flowers. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
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1. White floral covered candy dish by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE April Challenge: Flowers
Small glass bowl covered with lots of floral texture and hand sculpted flowers in white with a touch of buttery yellow. HiGirls on Etsy

2. Printemps Bowl by Berit of ClayImages
This little bowl (4 inches in diameter) is a combination of three of my favorite things: bright colors, millefiori caning and vessels. The flower petal cane slices are in keeping with this months theme for the PCAGOE challenge.

3. Flowers Ring Bowl by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This ring bowl started as a stack of canes and a small glass bowl. The bowl is only used as a form to build the ring bowl on. The canes are sliced thin then pressed onto the glass bowl to create the pattern. The design is actually worked in reverse.

Three different canes were used in different sizes. The dramatic central flower starts with a spiral cane which is circled with thin slices from a petal cane. The next round is leaves and more of the spiral cane filling in between the leaves. The last row is the same petal cane, just reduced to fit filling in between the leaf canes. Once all the canes are in place, an acrylic rod is used to smooth to a level surface.

After curing, a layer of textured clay is added to the "outside" of the bowl and three "bun" feet were created out of the same clay as was used for the outside. A log of color coordinated clay is wrapped around the top edge of the bowl and texture is added. After curing, an acrylic antiquing glaze is used to bring out the texture in the rim and the outside surface. And wa-lah! Your ring bowl is ready to use.

4. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of PolymerClayCreations 
This was made by "drawing" the solder lines with silver clay and then filling in with tinted liquid clay. It took forever to make because each panel had to be made and baked before I could do the next one.

5. Polymer Pansy by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
I created this flower by shaping the petals by hand from purple and white clay with a dot of yellow. Black paint was used to shade the edges. It is about 3 inches long.

6. Whimsical Flowers and Vase by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
In the past year I have come to know and be inspired by the work of several polymer clay mixed media artists. So when the time came to create an entry for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) April challenge "Flowers", I knew right away I would sculpt and paint flowers, leaves and a vase.  The arrangement is about 12" tall. For the mixed media artists who inspire me and more views visit my blog  http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/03/whimsical-flowers-and-vase.html

7. Carly's Rose  by Freda of FredaK
My granddaughter admired this so it's hers now.

8. Flower Bottle in Orange with Pink Stopper  by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
Created for the April PCAGOE Flowers challenge, this bright orange and pink bottle with bright flower really pops!

9. A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art
BrandeeBlank.com:: Rose necklace submitted for the PCAGOE monthly challenge

10.  Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/03/its-flower-power.html

11. Pink Silver Abstract Petal earrings No. 187  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
The Flowers Challenge is a personal challenge, as I love flowers but seldom interpret them in polymer. From two Skinner blends, I created petal shapes, reinforcing the top element with impressions and antiquing. The petals, plus Swarovski crystals, sterling and hematite beads dangle from a hefty sterling cap. 4" overall drop.

12. Pressed Flowers in Polymer by Jill of JKollmann
Cane slices applied in layers applied to the focal and smoothed, then left dimensional on the bail and accent beads.

13. Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay & wire, wrap style necklace. To read the history and process behind this piece, please visit my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/03/poppy-love.html





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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 2016 Challenge winners "Rings"

Top entries selected by the public:


1. Bold Orange Ring by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant


2. Blue Millefiori Napkin Rings by Angela of PolymerClayCreations 

3. Royal Blue Sunflower Napkin Rings by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.


Top entries selected by members:


1. Blooming Ring by Betsy of StrebeDesigns


2. Spun Gold Ring Bling by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns  

3. Mod Statement Ring by Line of PlaySculptLive  

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Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Marina Halvarsson
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:


  • Beautiful work!
  • I am impressed! Nice work, ladies!
  • I want to vote for everything. Your challenges are always so amazingly creative.
  • These rings were all lovely. So hard to choose!
  • Very talented group.
  • Really tough choice this month ladies!! I wish I could have picked them all!
  • Really wonderful rings this month!
  • Such fun entries! It was really hard to choose (once again).


Monday, February 29, 2016

March 2016 Challenge - Rings


For March we are featuring Rings. Vote for your top 3 favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.



To see larger images visit:
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1. Blue Millefiori Napkin Rings by Angela of PolymerClayCreations 
My entry into the March PCAGOE monthly challenge. The theme for this month is "rings".

2. Three Rings by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE March Challenge - Rings
Three chunky rings made with my own special mix of clay to achieve the stoney look. The secret ingredient? Dryer lint! The colorful ring is treated with alcohol inks and all of them have been sanded and buffed for a nice shine.

3. Purple Spiral Ring No. 102 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Using 14 ga silver-plated wire as a base, smoky purple polymer was sandwiched onto resulting wire prongs. Tiny shavings from a purple/silver/bronze mokume gane snake-skin sheet were applied, and the entire front was textured. The edges were sanded smooth and buffed to a shine. A silver-plated spiral adds a bright accent.

4. Royal Blue Sunflower Napkin Rings by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
Our challenge this month was Rings. Now this could be any type ring - jewelry ring, candle ring, or even a set of napkin rings. I still had a fair amount of this sunflower petal cane on my worktable so with the help of some 1.5 inch pvc pipe, a rich marbled mix of dark and light blue clays, a nice leaf cane and a LOT of sunflower petal cane slices, this set of four napkin rings came into being.

5. Mod Statement Ring by Line of PlaySculptLive
 http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/02/a-woman-can-never-have-too-many-rings.html

6. Spinner Ring  by Freda of FredaK
My adaption from a Lisa Pavelka tutorial.

7. Blooming Ring by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
My Blooming Ring consists of layers of opal and translucent polymer clay dyed with alcohol inks.  A fun accessory for spring and summer! See the components and more views on my blog http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/02/fun-for-summer-blooming-ring.html

8. Bold Orange Ring by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
This beautiful bold colorful ring is my entry into the PCAGOE Ring Challenge for March 2016.

9. Spun Gold Ring Bling by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Handmade polymer ring shank and handcut/sanded polymer faceted gem with some decorative wire accents and securing. I created 5 different ring styles for the PCAGOE March challenge because they are oh, so addictive to make! It was a tough choice for which to enter in the challenge. To see all the different styles and to read more about this project, please visit my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/02/ring-bling.html



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For current Dues-Paying PCAGOE Members: What is Your Etsy Shop Name?
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Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
Please select your 3rd choice: (3rd choice must be different from your 1st and 2nd.)
How did you hear about the PCAGOE challenge?
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