Thursday, February 28, 2013

Celestial: March Challenge

For this month's challenge our artists had fun interpreting the theme "Celestial." Entries had to follow the theme and contain 50% polymer clay. Take a look at the unique creations!

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The entries are:
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1. Celestial Sun and Moon Decorative Eggs by Marie of YoungCreative
I've been playing with the celestial theme on hand-blown chicken eggs.
Each features a dimensional sun and moon peaking out of a richly detailed solar system of mokume gane (layers of opaque clay, translucent clay, and gold foil). 

 2. Northern Lights by Charlie of MaisieClay
Swirls of bright neon colours and spirals of wire, inspired by the celestial phenomenon that is the Northern Lights of Norway

3. Celestial Theme Poly Clay Hat Band  by Linda of Claymation3d
This is my entry for the PCAGOE March challenge. All beads on the hat band are created of polymer clay.

This Mexican inspired wall art piece is the largest decorative piece I've ever made. It measures approx. 7 1/2 inches diameter. Metallic gold and silver clay along with other pearlescent clay and metallic seed beads add a little sparkle.

5. Aim for the Moon Mini Mosaic by Arlene of Ashpaints
I had this cool moon stamp so the design began. Each tile is made individually, stained with brown antiquing medium to bring out the detail. Then with acrylic paints and both gold and silver metallic wax and the tiles are put together and cured.

6. Blue Moon & Stars Necklace by Line of PlaySculptLive
Once in a blue moon is such a neat expression. It took off from there when I decided to make a blue moon which turned into a necklace. And what is a moon without some stars?

This pendant was created for this month's challenge theme - Celestial, Moon, Sun, Stars. It's titled "Big Dipper" because the crystals are in the formation associated with that constellation.

This is a compact/mirror where I transferred the image onto pearlized white clay. It is the zodiac calendar of astrological signs for the celestial challenge of the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. I finished the compact with resin for a beautiful shine and to protect the image.

This little guy is moon struck and has gathered a few stars while he is up in the heavens.This is a 4" x 3" wide sculpt made from Premo polymer clay. He is an ornament or wall hanging, and as you can see, loves hanging around bright objects! 

Polymer clay front and back cover. Inside the cover are little white stars and midnight blue glitter clay on the back of the book.

For the PCAGOE Celestial Challenge, I created a reversible polymer pendant. One face is an abstract of celestial images, the other (shown in mirror) is a polished faux lapis lazuli mixture. Free-spinning sterling, gunmetal and Czech glass beads simulate more celestial bodies...

12. Starry Starry Night by Marcia of marcympc
A subtly textured and marbled covering is enhanced by groups of golden stars on this switch plate.

The Sun, Moon and Stars sit atop a blanket of swirling galaxies on this handmade trinket box.

14.  Celestial Sisters: Luna, Sola & Astra by Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio
I was watching Antiques Roadshow the other week and was struck by the simple form of an antique flask shaped like a woman. I knew I wanted to do something with it, but wasn't sure what. When I began to make the shape from junk clay, I made three - for no particular reason, just using the clump of clay. The next day inspiration for this challenge hit. The sisters are all polymer except for the tiny necklaces of Swarovski crystals around each of their necks in front and the wooden base.

For the March 2013 PCAGOE Celestial themed challenge, I created this multi-layered, dimensional star shaped night light. The base layer is made of translucent clay with gold mica. The second layer is a mixture of red and translucent with the star arms of this layer cut into shapes that would leave an open star shape in the center, revealing first layer. The third layer is a mix of purple and translucent, the star arms again were cut into shapes that would leave another center open star shape, revealing the red layer outlining the original center cut out star. Some circle cut-out shapes were included in the layers, one to reveal the red layer, one to reveal the first translucent gold layer and 2 smaller holes that were cut through all 3 layers to reveal complete negative space. After curing, sanding and buffing, as a final element, spirals were drawn onto the purple layer using an embossing pen and gold embossing powder which was heat set. I fabricated a clay piece for the light fixture attachment and the final step was to glue that in place. For more views of this piece (including views with the light turned on) please visit my flickr photo stream at:
Not only does this beauty shine with flecks of gold, and glitter, but it also glows in the dark!

17. Spiral Planet Light Switch Plate by Jill of Nature's Presents
Silver leaf, black translucent clay, purple and blue clay compose the outer space background. This Jupiter switch plate was a special request for a boy's room.

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