Thursday, January 28, 2016

February 2016 challenge - Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall)

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For February we are featuring "Four Seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall)". 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. Four Seasons Napkin Ring Set by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE's February 2016 Challenge
Set of napkin rings created with clay, silver, gold and copper leaf, and acrylic paints over ceramic napkin rings

2. Owls for Every Season by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
“Owls for Every Season” is a set of four seasons brown owl miniatures representing: winter, spring, summer, fall. I sculpted all of these critters by hand in my rural Pennsylvania studio in January which explains why Mr. Winter Owl looks a little grumpy! Read more here: marieyoungcreative.com/four-seasons-brown-owl-miniatures/

3. Four Seasons Frames by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This month's PCAGOE challenge is the seasons. These 2x3" mini frames were very nice to start with but with the addition of custom mixed polymer clay they take on an added elegance. For more about how these frames were created, check out my blog entry at http://harrisonhollowdesigns.blogspot.com/2016/01/seasons-spring-summer-fall-winter.html

4. Ivory Seasons Brooch No. 141 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
For the PCAGOE Monthly Challenge of 4 Seasons, I cured a disc of faux ivory and carved representative symbols, then antiqued. The disc was embedded in layered polymer base of magenta, orange and green, with polished edges. 3"x3"

5. Four Seasons Journal Cover by Angela of PolymerClayCreations 
"Be the CHANGE you want to see in the WORLD" Mahatma Ghandi. This is a journal cover depicting all four seasons. It was made for the PCAGOE Monthly Challenge.

6.  The Four Seasons by Line of PlaySculptLive
http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2016/01/the-4-seasons.html

7. Seasons of Change by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer wall art series, based on the theme of 4 seasons (spring, summer, autumn, winter). The panels depict the growth of a plant from spring through winter, with backgrounds corresponding to the weather of the seasons. For more information on this project, please visit my blog post:  http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2016/01/seasons-of-change.html

8. Japanese Seasons Tool Holder by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
Made for the PCAGOE February 2016 challenge - The Four Seasons.  My idea came from two sources, my continuing quest to make fun tool holders for my work area, and my immersion in Japanese culture for an upcoming family trip to Japan this summer. A little more background on my blog http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2016/01/japanese-seasons-tool-holder.html






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Saturday, January 9, 2016

January 2016 Challenge winners "Shades of Grey - A Study in Value"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Seascape in Clay by Lisa of HiGirls 


2. Still Waters by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.


3. Two-way tie

Shades of Gray Bottle by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant


Yin Yang Polymer Pillow Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns



Top entries selected by members

1. Shades of Gray Bottle by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant 


2.  Granite Gauze Cuff No. 167 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet


3. 50 Shades of Gray Statement Necklace by Betsy of StrebeDesigns


View all of the entries:






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

Comments from the voters:

  • Thank you all for sharing your beautiful works! Everything is so well done it makes it hard to pick three.
  • Thank you - pieces are beautiful ... I love the soft and quiet of the white and gray!
  • Love this theme! So beautiful.
  • Very nice work! A challenge but you guys carried it off for sure.
  • All very lovely. I enjoy seeing the submissions for this very much.
  • Nice use of topic colors!
  • All the entries as usual are gorgeous, it gets harder and harder to pick a favorite!
  • I love B&W color combination, it's my favorite. It's been so difficult to choose only 3 pieces.... I love 8!!
  • All of the entries were great. The clay landscape on canvas especially caught my attention because it was like a painting on canvas. I love to paint. Good job everyone!
  • This vote was very hard for me as I felt they all deserved it. This is one that I think they all thought was challenging, so I feel each one is a winner in my book. Awesome work Ladies!
  • Had to include Jackie's bottle, since I love it, it's on my mantle and I can see all the subtle value variations up-close ;)
  • Dragon is adorable!
  • Tough choice! Beautiful items.
  • I love the variety! Great work everyone!
  • Great work from all of you.
  • Wonderful monochromes. This challenge is an intriguing one!
  • The entries are all fun!

Friday, January 1, 2016

January 2016 Challenge - 50 shades of grey-A study in value

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For our first challenge of 2016 we are featuring 50 shades of grey - A study in value. Vote for your favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.




To see larger individual images visit:
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1. Still Waters by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
I used varying shades from white to black plus a bit of silver leaf for sparkle to create the focal bead, used some of the "scrap" clay from the stack to make the marbled beads then paired them with silver beads to make this necklace.

2. Seascape in Clay by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE January Challenge Shades of Gray
Created completely with black and white with gray polymer clay over a small canvas. Various techniques including some liquid clay tinted with white alcohol inks, translucent clay and textures are included.

3. Shades of Gray Bottle by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
This 4-sided bottle is my entry for the January 2016 Monthly Challenge - Shades of Gray - for PCAGOE. I had a wonderful time creating this graffiti-look bottle for the challenge, as well as for a gift for one of my exchange gift partners at PCAGOE, Susan O'Neil.

4.  Shades of Gray - A Lesson in Value by Line of PlaySculptLive
PCAGOE value challenge http://playsculptlive.blogspot.ca/2015/12/blog-post.html

5. 50 Shades of Gray Statement Necklace by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
The beads for this necklace are made from Sculpey Ultra Light.  The fish beads were formed by a handmade mold, the others were textured with texture sheets. The necklace is 25" long and the polymer clay beads are reversible so there is no wrong way to wear it.  For more information and a another view visit my blog http://strebedesigns.blogspot.com/2015/09/statement-necklaces-fun-fun-fun.html

6. Granite Gauze Cuff No. 167 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Shades of grey in this cuff were achieved through tinting of the liquid polymer for the gauze base. A faux granite cabochon was mixed from various chopped solid polymers. 2 5/8" wide.

7. Shades of Grey Dragon by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
Dragon in shades of grey photographed in black and white for the PCAGOE challenge. The original work has a big splash of red. See the finished project and process shots here: http://marieyoungcreative.com/50-shades-of-grey-with-a-splash-of-red/http://marieyoungcreative.com/50-shades-of-grey-with-a-splash-of-red/

8. Yin Yang Polymer Pillow Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Shades of black and gray were transferred onto a white polymer pillow bead using the silk dye transfer, a technique for which I wrote a tutorial in an article for The Polymer Arts Magazine (Recycle & Reuse issue Summer 2012).


Read the expanded rules here.


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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.)
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December Challenge "Re-Do" Winners

Top entries selected by the public



1. TIE
Black and Red Drop Crystal Earrings No. 175 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet 
Emily by Marie Young of MarieYoungCreative

2. Steampunk Fish by Freda of  FredaK 



3. Fancy Soap Dispenser by Lisa of HiGirls 

Top entries selected by the members



1. TIE

Fancy Soap Dispenser by Lisa of HiGirls 
Black and Red Drop Crystal Earrings No. 175 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet 



2. Steampunk Fish by Freda of  FredaK 

3. Emily by Marie Young of MarieYoungCreative


View all of the entries:

Congratulations to the Drawing Winner: Karen E Leeman
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:
Beautiful as always!
Very nice re-dos!
Brilliant! You can tell that a lot of thought and work has gone into redoing them all. It was hard to choose.
1, 3, and 4 are all lovely. Earrings are sleek and sophisticated; fish shows a real growth in skill and taste; would have loved to see a photo of the gorgeous Emily that showed more of her.
So fun to see the makeovers!
These artists are so talented! I love seeing their work.

Monday, November 30, 2015

December Challenge Re-Do



For our December challenge we are featuring the theme "Re-do!" In this challenge PGAGOE members either improved an existing piece or created a second version of a design. Vote for your 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. Black and Red Drop Crystal Earrings No. 175 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet 
The "before" earrings were an entry for another PCAGOE Challenge. I was never really happy with the lower, translucent element. It seemed too dull and clunky by comparison with the upper focals. So, cut sleek slices from the same rich red as was used in the nugget beads, sanded, buffed them and added a sterling spiral, then re-hung as the new lower element - MUCH better!!

2. Fancy Soap Dispenser by Lisa of HiGirls 
This pink and blue soap dispenser just needed a little bit more. Gray trim with a white wash makes it a little more special. 

3. Emily by Marie Young of MarieYoungCreative
I loved "Emily" when I first created her 2 years ago, (see "Emily" Before) but my skills have improved so I decided to give her a makeover. I sanded her down and added a new layer of clay to give her features more definition (including sexy eyelids!). I also changed the color palette on her skin tones to provide more contrast.

4. Steampunk Fish by Freda of  FredaK
The first one was made in 2010 and was covered with extruder cane flowers and the other one is steampunk made last week.

5. Pod brooch re-do (revised design) by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
I never quite liked the red outer rim of the original brooch, so for the December PCAGOE "re-do" challenge, I decided to change the original piece to something I'd like more, the black and silver outside is the result. To read more about this project, please visit my blog post: http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2015/11/simple-brooch-re-do.html

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Full Name (required for voter prize notification):
Email Address (Required for voter prize notification, you will not be sent other e-mails unless you sign up for our e-mail list):
For current Dues-Paying PCAGOE Members: What is Your Etsy Shop Name?
Please select your 1st choice: (2nd & 3rd choice must be different from your 1st.)
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?
Would you like to join our email list? (former Newsletter subscribers already included!) monthly reminder to VOTE in our Challenges, along with important Guild announcements. Please add pcagoe@gmail.com and pcagoe.news@gmail.com to your approved senders. I already signed up
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Monday, November 9, 2015

November Challenge Winners "Personal Accessories"

Top entries selected by the public


1. Mini Box for Treasures by Betsy of StrebeDesigns

2. Polymer Clay 3 Piece Pendant by Freda of  FredaK    

3. Boho Beach Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns  


Top entries selected by members


1. Black Taupe Inlay Ring No. 101 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet  

2. Mini Box for Treasures by Betsy of StrebeDesigns 

3. Polymer Clay 3 Piece Pendant by Freda of  FredaK  



View all of the entries:

Congratulations to the Drawing Winner: Cheryl Holland
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:
-Greetings from Slovakia!
-Thanks for the monthly inspirations.
-Such difficult choices! All are beautiful, inspiring and wonderful.
-Love seeing how creative the artists are.
-According to the theme my number 1 choice was fitting the best. Great cane work and a lovely personal set. Second choice was the beautiful key ring, also great cane work.
-Wonderful work everyone hard to pick!
Love the continued inspirations!
-#7 what a beautiful set you made. The cane work flowers are beautiful and I love the color purple! Professional.
-#9 beautiful and artistic necklace. The colors are wonderful and the focal bead is stunning. Great work.
-#5 This ring is an art piece. Nice contrast and finish.
-Beautiful, as always! There were many beautiful pieces, very hard to pick!
-This one was really hard they are all wonderful.
-Another really tough challenge to choose the top 3 from!
-Personal Accessories - doesn't that cover a huge range of items - and all of you nailed it I think!
-Thanks for getting involved with the challenge. I really enjoy this every single month and I always get some kind of inspiration from what I see.
-This was another hard to decide challenge. All are so beautiful and well done. Good luck everyone.
-Thank you for the larger pictures of the entries!
-I love all the ideas, everyone is soooo talented.
-Hard to choose just 3. Stunning designs.
-Love them all- great diversity this month!
-All items are beautiful. It was hard to choose 3. I also love the purple millefiori collection and the mirrored piece.
-Such fun accessories! So many variations, great job by all.