Sunday, July 22, 2012

August Challenge Sponsors

We are getting ready for our traditional August charity challenge. This year we decided to make bracelets for The Global Genes Project. Be sure to stop back here on August 1 to show your support.

7000 Bracelets for Hope
Public voting opens for our August Challenge will be open August 1-7. Three lucky voters will get to pick a prize from the shop of their choice! That's right, if you win the drawing YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR PRIZE (see our sponsors 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!
$20 gift certificate to 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

$20 gift certificate (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

$20 Gift Certificate

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
Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance.

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

Small Ideas
Free map pins: cookies and crackers

Elemental Dragons
Custom made dragon (value of 24.99)
Gift certificate of $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner   
$20 on anything in my shop, must be used within 60 days, no cash remuneration.

$20 gift certificate towards any item good for 60 days

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Picnic Perfect Salt and Pepper Shakers

Cute salt and pepper shakers created by Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy members and a few Etsy friends whose work we admire.

Monday, July 9, 2012

July Challenge Winners

And the winners of the July Challenge are:

Winners Voted on by PCAGOE Members

1st Place
Knit One, Clay Two by Lisa of HiGirls

2nd place
Make Mine Blue Soap Dispenser by Arlene of Ashpaints

3rd place
Klimt Rock 'Roll Art Tin by Deb of RenGalSA
Winners Voted on by Non Members

1st Place
Make Mine Blue Soap Dispenser by Arlene of Ashpaints

2nd Place
Flower Bangle by Becky of BeckySueCreations

3rd Place
Black & White Flowers by Freda of FredaK

Drawing Winners

Congrats to April Carmen, Judith Lee, and Nancy Woodward.
They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating shop owners.

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

150 votes were cast this month.

Comments left by voters:

I love the craftsmanship and attention to detail on Lisa's salt and pepper shakers and on Arlene's soap dispenser.

This is not an easy challenge. The entries are beautiful and shows the diversity of using an extruder.

Another tough month of choosing between such wonderful works! To make it easier on myself, I went with the more unusual applications.

Really need to get myself an extruder. These are lovely!

This was a very hard choice!

once again, it is very difficult to choose amongst all these wonderful and imaginative entries!

#4 - WOW. Took a lot of work but sure looks worth it. What a beautiful pendant!

Carniverous Art by Line is showing a different way of using the extruder.

Beautiful pieces, everyone of them! Good Luck!

All these entries are stunning. It's so hard to choose because I love them all.

I love all of the unique art solutions to the theme of extruded clay. There are just so many possibilities and these talented artists have delighted me once again with their interpretations.

The salt & pepper shaker set is not only adorable but seriously creative! Well done!

As always awesome work all! Love it all!

Once again, I'm forced to make a difficult decision. All of you are so talented.

As always, all the work above is awesome, everyone should be proud of their accomplishments.... i loved them all, but alas had to choose just 3.....

All of my votes are for what I think the extruder is really used for.
#7 Loved the colours and the design
#5 love the colours here to and the extruder doew that no other way
#4 love the black and white extruded flowers and always has people saying
"how did you do that"!

very nice work for all of the entries

Everyone's use of color was wonderful!

I love the soap dispenser and I think it really represented the challenge !! I may have to try covering a piece in the future.

They are all beautiful and so much imagination.

The colors in each project are wonderful.

This seemed like a difficult challenge - what to do with all those ropes of clay?!?! The solutions are all inventive and fun. The three I voted for are items I would buy for myself or as a gift.

No 9 - great use of colour, striking design

Some great work there. And when you're competing against other good work, keep in mind the tiny details may mean the difference between first and 3rd.

All entries were great. I especially liked the uses of color in 7 and 10. I liked the pattern/texture created on 2.

really wide variety in this one--love that!

These are all so amazing. I based my decision on the pieces that really looked like they were made from mostly extruded clay. I am so impressed as always!

I changed my mind about 10 times this month... wish I could pick them all! ;)

I think the soap dispenser shows the most creativity and effort, it is beautiful

Thanks for all that you do...!

Love the colourful bouquet on the bangle by Becky. It reminds me of fields of wildflowers.

I think all the pieces are exquisitely inventive. A joy to the eyes! It was very difficult to select just three.

I enjoy using my extruder so it was interesting to see what others do with theirs. Lots of fun stuff!!

Love the extrusions! I am just learning this technique and it is so much fun. I really had a hard time picking a favorite, they are all beautiful and fun.

Lovely work!

Love all the interpretations on a theme.

All great...wonderful inspiration!

Just love the colors and details!

I've yet to try an extruder. These designs are inspiring.

I loved how each person made such a different design from one idea. Such talent.

I especially enjoy seeing how these clever artists develop new techniques for these challenges - fantastic creativity!

All entries are awesome! It was hard to pick the top 3!

I clay with Arlene Harrison.
Good luck Arlene.

These are so creative I love the different ideas - Awesome!!!!

Thanks for the reminder, Jackie S.

I admire the vitality of the Etsy polyclay group.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Links to our Artists

Have some time to browse? Grab some coffee and relax while checking out these links to our member artists websites, shops, blogs, and social media pages.

Susan O'Neill  - 11 BOLD street

Alison Kurek - AlisonEKurek

Flikr: alisonekurek

Angeli del Rosario  - Bead Lady Manila 

Cindy Matthews - Arrowdale Art Studio

Arlene Harrison - Harrison Hollow Designs

Beckie - Aurora Clay Works

Barbara - XO Candles & Clay

Els Vanhaasen - Beadelz

Becky Sue Creations

Janice Sears - Blessed Bead Jewelry

Cat Albaugh - Sacred Cat

Cecilia Miller - Cees Craftworks

Charlotte - Dream Leaping

Berit Hines - Clay Images

Linda Clay - Claymation 3D

Compelled Craft

Carola - Crafts by CAG

Beth Petricoin - Create My World Designs


Angela - ElementalDragons

Valerie Ashley - Elysian Fields


Phoebe Doehring - happycreations4u

Lisa Rapp - HiGirls


Tamara Jones - Irrysistable Jewels

Jainnie Jenkins

Jan Geisen

Jill Kollmann - JKay Jewelry

Kathy Anderson - El Paso Clay Nation

Kelly Feeney - Kelly Plays Clay

Kimberly Idalski

Knightwork Studio

Lee Cornell

Lynn - Lynns Little Creations

Marcia Palmer


Estelle "Nikki" Tyler

twitter:  adornmentsestel

Linda-NK Designs

Norma I. Agron - Normasclay

Pati Bannister

Peggy Reichenbach

Manida Pena - PetalCove


Line Labrecque - Play Sculpt Live


Angela Hickey - Polymer Clay Creations


Clarity of Purple Sage

Deb Hart - rengalsa

Renaissance Gal of San Antonio

RMKDesign - Randee M Ketzel

Sage Bray - The Sage Arts - The Polymer Arts Magazine

The Polymer Arts magazine:


Sigal B. - Sigals Art

Shirali Patel Woolfrey - SmallIdea

Kira Slye - Studio Bijou

Jackie Sieben - ThePleasantPheasant

Tonja Lenderman


Jenny Sheppard, Vievespolys

Patti Underwood -Voila Designs

Lorraine Vogel, Wired Orchid

Yonat Dascalu

Marie Young - Young Creative

Sunday, July 1, 2012

July Challenge: Extruded Art

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

About the Challenge: 
Polymer clay extruders work much like a cookie press, using metal disks to shape clay forced through the tube. Our artist-members tested their skills this month to see what they could create with extruded clay. The only rules were that the project had to incorporate extruded clay and be at least 50% polymer clay.

Vote at the bottom of the page and you might win!
Vote between July1-7 and you could win. 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.   

TO VOTE: scroll to bottom of post.

And the entries are:

1. Mini Ring Bowl by Berit of ClayImages
This is 3 inches in diameter, a cute bowl made from extruded clay. My entry in the July PCAGOE challenge, "extruded."

2. Knit One, Clay Two by Lisa of HiGirls
Knitted polymer clay mini salt and peppers.
I always wanted to try out this technique and the "extrusion" challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity.

This piece is for the extruder challenge. I added little bits of extruded clay to make up the leaves which look like they are moving, like those plants that eat bugs and birds. Watch out!

Extruded flower pendant

5. Flower Bangle by Becky of BeckySueCreations
Four different colors of clay were loaded into the extruder. Then two different disc placed onto the end of the extruder. Magically flowers were produced in small canes that were then placed together to form the final pattern.

6. Teddy Bear Picnic Vase by Marie of YoungCreative
The idea for this hand-sculpted flower vase started with a jam jar. The label was so cute, I couldn't bear to throw the jar it away! The basket weave, the dolls hair, and the bear's gingham top are all created from extruded clay. You can see more details on my blog:

7. Make Mine Blue Soap Dispenser by Arlene of Ashpaints
Three of my favorite colors - Cobalt Blue, Turquoise and Lavender - are cut into disks and, with the addition of white disks, are stacked and extruded using a small holed die to make variegated "strings" of clay. These "strings", or as we clay artisans refer to them "snakes", are coiled and placed to create a beautiful highly textured design on this glass soap dispenser.

8. Points of my Compass Brooch by Beth of CreateMyWorld
This is my entry for the July 2012 PCAGOE monthly challenge... this month's theme extruded clay. This piece is constructed with woven and wound extruded clay.

9. Klimt Rock 'Roll Art Tin by Deb of RenGalSA
This is my entry in the July PCAGOE challenge - EXTRUDED. Outline of the guitar was created from a rope of extruded gold as were the strings and the other features. They were placed on a canvas of liquid polymer and manipulated into the design and baked. The inside of the guitar was inlaid after baking and the background of extruded klimt cane added with coordinating colors. After sanding the surface smooth, I add an additional layer of liquid polymer to seal the inlay and fill any gaps. It's a fun little project made with lots of extruded fun. =) I'll be adding a tutorial of a similar project to my newsletter in the next month or two. Feel free to subscribe using the link on my Blog at
10. Happiness is ...all the colors of the rainbow by Angela of polymerclaycreations
This is a mini hurricane votive jar with a coordinating shade. It was made using extruded snakes of clay in all the colors of the rainbow. The snakes were used to make swirls and stripes in a colorful filigree design.

Vote Here

Choose your top 3 favorites. The same entry may not be counted more than once. Voting is open to the public the 1-7. Read the expanded rules here.

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