Tuesday, December 31, 2013

From the Recycle Bin: PCAGOE January Challenge

This month PCAGOE artists were given the theme, "From the Recycle Bin."  They could create anything that contained at least 50% polymer clay and fit the challenge criteria - recycled, repurposed, reused. 

 
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And the entries are: 

1.  Nest Egg Jar by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
This is a repurposed creamy horseradish jar. I was thinking a little jar for change when I started. Then I decided to put a bird's nest on the lid with pretty blue eggs. Result is the "Nest Egg Jar"

2.  Vintage Daisy by Charlie of MaisieClay
Vintage hand stamped polymer clay beads mixed with an up cycled vintage necklace.

3.  Beneath the Surface by Janet of RussellAmarillo
This vase has 2 distinct sides to it. One side has vivid colors. Both in the yellow with purple fish, and coral below. The second side is shades of green plant life, with more pastel coral. Also, rock is Mokume gold leaf in translucent clay. This fish is done in pewter, silver and antique gold. There is beach sand mixed with the clay I used for ocean bottom and the off white coral. Black sand is scattered along with actual shells from the beach to complete ocean floor.
Water background was done with Blue Diamond liquid glass.

4.  Calico Clock by Marcia of marcympc
Recycled millifiori canes created this design: discarded pansy and cornflower canes were extruded into square snakes. These were then stacked randomly into a new cane 5 squares high x 5 squares wide. Slices from this new cane were applied to a sheet of grey/lavender clay that was used to cover a ceramic tile. I was surprised to see that tiny flowers still appeared within the pattern. Pinks, blues and reds from the original flower canes combine to give an overall purple effect from a distance.

5.  Northern Nativity by Line of PlaySculptLive
For this recycling challenge, I decided on a bowl. To make the form of the bowl I used the paper I get from the books I order. there is always lots of that stuff. I shaped the paper like a bowl and covered it with clay. I wanted to go for the look of ice and all its variant colors of blue. In the bowl there is a crystal sculpture of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. It belonged to a glass nativity scene that broke in storage. Reusing at its best.

6.  Recycled Vessels by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I used plastic caps from shaving gel cans as the base forms for these two lidded vessels. They are covered with previously sheeted polymer mokume gane in colors which coordinate with the purple and orange caps.

7.  Eye Pencil Shavings Pendants by Marie of YoungCreative
These pendents are created using shards of eye pencil shavings that I retrieved from my sharpener. The shavings became inclusion bits mixed into translucent clay, adding texture and color. 

8.  Recycled Filigree Tree by  Beth of CreateMyWorld
Using an old beater from a hand mixer that died, covered with liquid polymer and adorned with "quilled" polymer scrolls. To read more about the story behind this creation, please go to my blog post: createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/2013/12/recycled-christ...

9.  Rose and Gold Necklace by Lisa of HiGirls
This time of year in my house there are a lot of burned out bulbs-this year they ended up on the clay table! The large pendant is a candle bulb which utilizes a vintage end cap. The smaller charms are miniature light bulbs. Even the clay has been recycled on this piece, as it is a re-made mokume mix that I think looks a lot like some kind of stone with metallic soft gold and shades of red and rose. Sanded and buffed to a soft sheen.

10. Recycled Mosaic Treasure Box by Arlene  of Ashpaints
This recycled wooden cigar box is sporting a new look with a custom mosaic design featuring one of my favorite sayings: Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a Butterfly. Isn't that a beautiful thought. The mosaic design uses mostly blues and greens but has touches of the rainbow. A fleur-de-lis border finishes the edges.


11. Pink translucent petals with recycled pink pearls by Mary of Maryclaires
The pearls are recycled from the Oakland Museum annual junk sale and the petals are polymer clay.

12. Garden Kaleidoscope Vase by Jill Stone of Beautified Essentials
Reused maple syrup jar into a vase. All my original canes (leaves, sunflower, and flower petals combined to make the kaleidoscope cane).

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