Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 2011 Challenge: Flora & Fauna

Entries for May Challenge: Flora & Fauna
Go to our challenge blog  between May 1 and 7 to vote for your three favorites and you could win a beautiful polymer clay prize from one of our member artists.
 
1 - Maria of MariaPsaltis entered a set of Floral Brooches in a pattern of black and red.

2 - Laurel of LaurelSteven entered a rustic piece called Poppies done in a faux ivory, and framed in a faux granite. It's a circle within a circle, with lovely Art Nouveau images of poppies embossed upon it. The pendant hangs from a bit of multi-colored antiqued brass chain, and attached to it is a little textured silvery link used as a necklace bail.

3 - Berit of ClayCenter has entered Pinky's Flamingo Box. "It was a custom order for a friend. It was created from my own millefiori cane work."

4 - Marcy of marcympc has entered a Wall Clock covered in golden Marigolds.

5 - Amanda of Polyclarific has entered Down in the Garden - an adorable little mushroom which is actually a cake topper.

6 - Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant has entered a 3 Piece Pink Spring floral desk set. "This beautiful Pink and Black flower set of desk tools were made by me. The flower canes were made by Seana Bettencourt."

7 - Lisa of HiGirls has entered this Mokame Gane Necklace. The petals of this flower are made of mokume gane on one side and mother of pearl on the other of each petal. Swarovski crystal center and gold and translucent arrow beads finish the piece.

8 - Valerie of ElysianFields is showing us her Woodland Frolic necklace. "Woodland Frolic is a 16" necklace that is one of a kind! Sculpted toadstools, whimsical owls, a fairy leaf focal pendant adorn the necklace. Braided Czech bead strands, turquoise chunks, and swarovski crystals accent the piece and interwoven throughout is a gorgeous piece of hand dyed moss raw silk on a copper chain with copper spiral accents.

9 - Becky of BeckySueCreations gives us this Leaves, Flowers and Ladybug Brooch. The background is a silver with layers of leaves, flowers, and ladybugs It was finished with a thick glaze.

10 - Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio tells us that her Red Poppies were "inspired by my neighbors hillside of poppies every summer. All polymer clay and the green "leaf" sticking out is actually a loop for stringing onto a chain. Each poppy is approximately 1" across."

11 - Linda of NKDesigns has entered her Copper and Cappuccino Pendent designed with spotted and striped flowers as well as roses.

12 - Angela of PolymerClayCreations has entered Hummingbird with Wild Flowers and tells us - "I always really try to challenge myself to try something new. After all that is the whole point of these challenges. This month's challenge was "Flora and Fauna". Since everything I do is flora, I really had to think about this one. I have long admired the molds that Penny Jo Couch has made, so thought I would incorporate something made with them. This is my first try at using these molds. I love them! So fun and easy to use. This is a 6 X 8 inch wooden plaque. It is 100% covered with clay, no paints were used."

13 - Jill of JKollmann.etsy.com shows us her Easter Bonnet Trinket Box. "This box features wire work created by my most favorite collaborator Shaktipaj (Perri Jackson) who designs and engineers to most amazing and delicate wire pieces. The box is 1.5 inches in diameter and just under 2 inches tall at the top of the crown. The tiny pink rose at the crown is 2mm in diameter (1/16th inch) and the larger ones at the brim are 1/8 inch across. We like working small!"

14 - Susan of 11BoldStreet describes her Zebra Valet piece - "This valet was created for the May PCAGOE Challenge theme, "Flora and Fauna". I chose Fauna, represented by a transfer of an original photo of a herd of zebra in Kenya in 1996. A simple palette of black, tan and the new Premo hue "Rhino Grey" lets the zebra stripes stand out. Not shown in this angle are the feet, which are carved to mimic more zebra striping. 4 3/8"x 6" x 2"H. "

15 - Arlene of AshPaints describes her Stained Glass Irises - "This design is based on a clock face I made for my sister last Christmas. I learned a lot making that piece which made this piece a much more successful project. The combination of irises and butterflies seemed to be the perfect combination for the Flora and Fauna challenge. This Faux Stained Glass wall hanging is made totally of polymer clay with the exception of the 8" x 8" hard surface artist panel."

16 - Marie of YoungCreative brings her Hummingbird Pin. "Hand-sculpted hummingbird pin with alcohol ink accents. Measures just over 3 inches (about life-size)."

17 - Lorraine of WiredOrchid provides her Red Flower Pendant. "The background was stamped and tinted with alcohol inks. A simple tomato-red and pearl cane was cut into "petals" for the flower, making a bold, graphic statement."