Sunday, January 29, 2012

Prizes Galore for February Challenge

Public voting opens for our February Challenge on Wednesday. Here is a sneak peek at the prizes up for grabs for three lucky voters! If you win the drawing YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR PRIZE(see below).

Winners will be notified by email and given instructions on how to select and claim a prize.  Before or after you vote, we invite you to visit the shops and start thinking about what you will choose if you win the drawing.  Have fun browsing!
Gift certificates:
$20 gift certificate (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days
$20 Gift Certificate

$20 on anything in my shop, must be used within 60 days, no cash remuneration.   

$20 gift certificate to be used within 60 days
Choice of 1 item worth up to $25 in my shop (no cash refund on balance). Shipping costs will be covered by me. Must be used within 60 days.  
any item(s) worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days
Young Creative
any item worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days
Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance
Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance; good any time
Gift certificate of $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner
Gift certificate up to $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner

$20 gift certificate, up to 60 days unless by private arrangement with me.
$20 dollar gift certificate to be used within 60 days
$20 gift certificate towards any item good for 60 days
Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance.

$25 gift certificate towards total purchase amount, good for 60 days

Specific prizes:
Polymer Clay Pen plus 5% off a new purchase within the next 3 months.  

Elemental Dragons
Custom made dragon (value of 24.99)

Small Ideas
Map pins: cookies and crackers

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

You don't have to wear your heart on your sleeve 
Lisa of HiGirls put together this darling collection,  You don't have to wear your heart on your sleeve,  filled with polymer clay hearts. Great for Valentine's Day gifts.

Monday, January 9, 2012

January Challenge Winners

And the winners of the January challenge are:

Winners voted on by PCAGOE members:

1st Place 

Pomander Pod - Black Brocade No. 122 by Susan of 11BOLDStreet


2nd Place 

Evergreen napkin rings by Lisa of HiGirls


3rd Place 

Handmade Millefiori Floral Polymer Clay Clock by Angela of Polymer Clay Creations


Winners voted on by Non-PCAGOE members:

1st Place 


Handmade Millefiori Floral Polymer Clay Clock by Angela of Polymer Clay Creations

2nd Place 


Evergreen napkin rings by Lisa of HiGirls

3rd Place: Tie

Dance to Your Own Music Mini-Mosaic by Arlene of Ashpaints


Pomander Pod - Black Brocade No. 122 by Susan of 11BOLDStreet

The voters who won prizes this month:
K. Tracy Fabian
Waxela Sananda
Pamela Fox

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted and supports our challenges each month.

196 votes were cast this month.

Comments left by the voters:
Several things here that I would love to own myself, but I chose #13 and #12 for their beauty and because I liked the idea of building a bottle from a piece of copper pipe and the idea of extending the life of an old CD. #1 got my vote for its beauty, workmanship, and also because a polymer pomander seems to me such a novel idea.

Love the entries - so hard to choose. I could see the dedication that each person put into their art. There's a whole lot of work here!

I love looking at ALL of the entries and seeing if I can pick from the artist that I think they are. I think all of us have a little something, something that shows through. Thanks for sharing.

Love the patterns in the entries I choose. But it was REALLY hard choosing as they're all so cool!

Loved them all, but think the Millifiori clock is something I would like myself. Loved the mil as something different in Polymer Clay. love anything Nativity and think this expresses it all in Polymer clay. E. K.

I love the gardener bookmark. Creative idea that I have not seen many times before. Fresh :)

What a fantastic range of entries this month. So cool to see what else can be made from polymer. Well done to all entrants.

I love how the clock base is a CD. It just started ideas of things I could make. I also love the color!

Just love to come and discover new things in polymer.

I love the idea of doing bookmarks !!

Lovely pieces, it was hard to choose a favorite :)

I just love that mill. I think it is so neat that the wheel spins. This is
a wonderful piece and the farthest thing
from jewelry or being wearable. :)

What wonderful talent. It was difficult to choose. Thanks for being here.

Many, many lovely pieces. I'm just not one that's about jewelry. I hope that's ok.

Great work everybody! You guys are so talented.

All of these handmade creations are unique and fabulous... Thanks, Cindi

Susan how clever. Love your inventiveness. Arlene, its very Laura Mika but with your own feel. :) Linda your mirrors are always so pretty.

So many beautiful choices...such fantastic is hard to choose! Thanks to all of the members for your hard work! You are all inspirations to the rest of us! All I can say is FANTASTIC!

Thanks very much for the chance to win one of these gorgeous items! Happy New Year! : D

Love this group! someday, I'm going to join!

As an artist myself I appreciate the wide variety of things these talented people can do with polymer clay - amazing!

Really good stuff. Hard to choose!

The Pod is a neat idea and one I've never seen before in polymer clay. It's useful and beautiful and my mind congers up a billion different looks and wants to make one. I like how this one looks very forest like. The box is functional and I like that. I looks well made precise and beautiful and strong. #16 I would buy, #17 is really beautiful, I like the colors wish the glass was more transparent maybe? I just a big fan of swirls :)

Once again hard to choose! Love all the work! Thank you for letting me be a part of this wonderful world of polymer clay!

Love Wired Orchid!

I love the idea of the Pomander Ball. I can see all sorts of applications for aromatherapy, air fresheners, etc. I found the purple raku irresistible, and the napkin rings caught my eye, because I have been trying to come up with a good technique for making some for over a year now. Great thinking "outside of the jewelry box!"

So hard to choose. Every entry was impressive. Well done!

Having created mostly jewelry myself, it's so fun to see what else can be created with polymer clay!

Such wonderful diversity! Love every one!

I love all creations by Small idea..they are amazing!

Wonderful always! And..again, as always...hard to pick a favorite. Admiration goes to them all!

You guys are so amazingly creative, I'm saving up to join the team, one day...

I follow the Pleasant Pheasant's blog. Wonderful entries -- it is always so hard to choose.

Amazing work everyone. Handmade is the best. What beautiful treasures.

It's hard to choose, but fun to see all the entries submitted. One day I will get up the nerve to have my own entry.

Very well made products by the clay artists.

All the entries are exceptional and made it very difficult to choose! Lovely work everyone.

These are just beautiful. Everyone has done a great job. Makes it very hard to choose which 3 are the best. Just wonderful.

nice to see hand craft is still around

have been away for some weeks. But I had to vote, lovely entries ladies! Polymer is so multifunctional.... See you soon 

(digital) greetings Els

Unique theme & great entries.

Enjoyed all the creations! Well done everyone.

Always enjoy viewing items from talented artists.

I love all the talent displayed --- wow!

What amazing talent you all have!!! It was very difficult to choose the top three!

I'm new to polymer clay and enjoy seeing what other artists are creating. Very inspiring! I think I am quickly becoming a fanatic!!

Wow, so many things can be done with polymer clay!

These kinds of challenges are among my favorites - we get to see just how vast are the applications of our wonderful medium. Conversely, we have the agony of deciding which are our favorites!

It is always wonderful and interesting to see a small but beautiful art work. This world has a ability to build many such things, Many Many Thanks to all Participants and wish them all the Best for their Future.

I absolutely adore the idea of Susan's pomander, and it is executed beautifully, hence, my #1 pick. Wonderful work by everyone who participated, this was one of the toughest challenges for me to vote on, as I love them all!

I too make a lot of non jewelry items. Although I am going to be doing a lot more jewelry because it is fun.

Just a great beginning to 2012! So many different items from Polymer Clay. Amazing medium. Love them all.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Elvis Birthday Tribute

Happy birthday to the "King of Rock and Roll." Elvis Aaron Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Line of PlaySculptLive created this tribute Etsy treasury, It's the King's Birthday,  to celebrate. It includes the work of PCAGOE members and nonmembers.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January Challenge: Not Jewelry, Not Wearable

Scroll to the bottom of the post to vote for your favorites!

For our January PCAGOE challenge we decided show you all of the great things that can be made out of polymer besides jewelry.  Public voting is open until Jan. 7. Vote for your favorites at the bottom of the post and you could win a prize! It may take a minute for the voting form to appear. 
NEW prize format for voters( select your own prize)
Three lucky winners will be selected in a drawing of all non-member voters and will be able to choose a prize offered by our member shops sponsoring this month's challenge. See the list of participating sponsors and prizes.

And the entries are:

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Hit your back arrow (top left) to return to the challenge.

1 - Pomander Pod - Black Brocade No. 122 by Susan of 11BOLDStreet
"What I'm calling "pomander pods" - perforated polymer clay containers filled with with whole spices, such as cloves, allspice and cardamom. Just pick up and give it a shake to release subtle, spicy fragrance. Reversible, with separate coordinated polymer base. 3" dia. x 1 3/4" pod."

2 - Elegant_Wine_Stopper_Deco_Style by Marie of YoungCreative
"I wanted to bring the look of a flapper dress to a hand-sculpted wine stopper. The red hand-cut fringe sits on a black swirl mokume gane background. Glass beads finish off the design."

3 - Funky Salt and Pepper Shakers, Zebra Print by Berit of Clay Images
"My entry into the PCAGOE Challenge for January. My popular zebra design on a set of vintage salt and pepper shakers! Fun!"

4 - Pink Man with Shining Heart by Marcia of marcymPC
This figurine was made at a Dale Doroshow workshop several years ago. His glittering heart with its peaceful flowered background seem very restful to me."

5 - Celtic Cane Kit Application by Jill of JKay Jewelry
"I used Valerie Wallace's Celtic Cane Kit to make the cane that embellishes the side of this box. I used a kalaidescope technique on a cane scrap to make the embellishment for the center of the lid. The box is 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 and 1 1/2 inches deep.

6 - Abstract Flower Wine Stopper by Lorraine of wiredorchid
"This is my entry in the Polymer Clay Artists of Etsy's January Challenge: Not Jewelry, Not Wearable. I achieved the abstract flower pattern using the mokume gane technique. I love using this technique. The patterns look painted, rather than layers of different colored clay."

7 - Christmas Tree Nativity-5 by Line of Play Sculpt Live
"Using cookie cutters, I made the tree with polymer clay. The snow is a sort of embossing medium and the figurines are vintage pieces I had in my xmas craft box.

8 - Old Fashioned Rose - Image Transfer Pocket Mirror by Linda of NKDesigns
"This is an image transfer onto pearlized white clay. I have covered the image with resin for a beautiful finish. It is one of my favorite images to transfer. It is a two sided mirror, one magnified and one regular.

9 - The Mill by Cindy of Arrowdale Art Studio 
"This is a piece I did for my husband's "private collection," which has gradually grown to a small village. I liked the challenge of this piece - the mill's wheel actually spins, and i like the sense of the moving water in the mill stream. The porch's "tin" roof contrasts nicely with the "shingles" on the main roof. This is my entry into the latest Monthly Challenge of the PCAGOE, Not Jewelry, Not Wearable."

10 - Mrs Gardener Bookmark by Shirali of SmallIdea
"This is my entry in the Polymer Clay Artists of Etsy's January Challenge: Not Jewelry, Not Wearable. Her name is Mrs Flora Gardener. Guess what ??!! She loves gardening. The miniature flowers, Lady bugs, Mushroom, leaves and little gardening tool are all made out of Polymer clay and foil."

11 - Mr. Snowman's Look When He Saw His Wonderful Christmas Surprise! by Jackie of The Pleasant Pheasant
 "Mr. Snowman Votive's face registered his shock and surprise over his wonderful Christmas gift...
This is my entry for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy's January Challenge."

12 - Handmade Millefiori Floral Polymer Clay Clock by Angela of Polymer Clay Creations
 "This one of a kind clock is made with an upcycled old CD. I covered the CD with hundreds of flower and butterfly cane slices. After baking and sanding I added a clock movement kit. Makes a unique and useful item, keeping one more used CD out of a landfill." 

13 - Purple Raku Vessel by Kathy of ElPasoClayNation
"The core of this tiny bottle is a piece of copper pipe. The crackle effect of the clay is created by using different brands and ages of clay."

14 - Salt and Pepper Shakers by Becky of Becky Sue Creations 
"This is my entry for this month's challenge. I used a cane slice to decorate the four sides of the salt and pepper shakers. I used a base coat of white clay for the salt and black clay for the pepper." 
15 - Evergreen napkin rings by Lisa of HiGirls
"Created with a veneer of layers and textures in deep greens over brass rings."

16 - Dance to Your Own Music Mini-Mosaic by Arlene of Ashpaints
"Dancing is one of my favorite things to do so this mini-mosaic really speaks to me. Built on a 3” x ¾” wooden square with a self easel, this is made with many small individual polymer clay tiles with a few black and white seed beads added in for contrast. The "Dance" message is stamped then a process using acrylic glazes brings out the message."

17 - Polymer Clay covered candle votive set by Nikki of AdornmentsByEstelle
"This is my first attempt at making candle votives. I covered each one with translucent polymer clay. I then used extruded strands of gold, blue, purple and translucent. I made spirals, swirls and circles on each of the votives. I was worried that the glass votive might crack but I am happy to report that nothing of sort happened."

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