Friday, May 31, 2013

June Challenge -- Elements

For this month's challenge our artists had fun interpreting the theme "Elements-Earth, Wind, Fire, Water." They could experiment with one or all four elements as long as the entry contained 50% polymer clay. Take a look at the unique creations!

Vote and 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. 
And the entries are:

1. Fire Choker No. 159 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
 For the PCAGOE Elements Challenge, I chose "fire." Mixed mokume gane techniques produced the texture and movement, while warm bold reds, yellows and oranges suggest tongues of fire. Copper was the metal of choice to complete this dramatic neckpiece.

2. Earth Walk Pendant by Els of Beadelz
I made some very nice mud colors with a very earthy look. I wanted to combine them and add something extra to it, the structure of trees you see when you fly over a forest. The shape had to be simple, round, like the Earth. That's how I came up with this pendant.

3. Hearts on Fire Switch Plate by Marie of YoungCreative
I created this plate using blends of translucent,  metallic, and opaque polymer clay with some alcohol ink and mica powder accents. The orange is created using paprika in translucent clay and the green has flecks of parsley. Each piece is hand-cut and pieced together in a mosaic-style pattern.

4. Touch of Flame by Freda of FredaK
This reminded me of a flame.

5.  Lily Pond Switch Plate by Marcia of marcympc
A blue and green modern switch plate with a mokume gane pattern evocative of a lily pond. Calming, cool and restful.

6.  Airflow Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls
Working completely with white clay, I explored movement and flow on this teapot. I've wanted to try covering a teapot for quite a while, and when I found this cute one at a thrift store, I knew it had to become a challenge piece.

7.  Balance is in the Wind by Line of PlaySculptLive
This image came to me in a daydream. Using an lamp bulb as a base, the earth was created then the fire fingers are just holding her. I wrapped wire around the piece with the charm entitled "Balance" because our earth can survive or be consumed depending on the winds. The balance is in the Wind.

8. Dancing Flames Soap or Lotion Dispenser by Arlene of Ashpaints
I love to sit and watch the flames in a fire pit or fireplace and this design is my interpretation of how those flames dance and spin. Each spiral begins with a thin extruded "snake" in variegated shades from golden yellow to rich red. The "snakes" are painstakingly formed into the tight coil in the middle and continues to follow the contours of the spiral. Lines in alternating rows adds texture. The design wraps all the way around the dispenser including on the bottom.

9. Flaming Embers Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorld
This pendant was created by painting the colors in ink on 2 pieces of translucent clay and locking the color on the inside of the 2 pieces. The strip was then shaped in an organic ribbon type form. The "embers" streaming out of the top of the flame were created by coating beadalon cable wire with liquid polymer. The pendant is hung asymmetrically from a strand of clear glass beads with single red and orange glass beads interspersed to add to the look of flying embers of a flame. For more views of this piece, please visit my flickr photostream at:

10. Earth Woman by Jill of Jkollmann
The shaped base for this focal is from Helen Breil's "Shapes" with a Skinner Blend, embellished with the female face and vines with leaves. It is 2 1/4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches at the widest.

11. Fire-hot Pepper (and Salt) by Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio
Simply covered salt and pepper shakers with a tri-color skinner blend of red to orange to yellow.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

June Challenge Sponsors

Sampling of what you could select with a gift certificate from one of these stores if you win.
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Stop back June 1-7, cast your vote for your favorites in our next challenge, and you will be entered to win a prize from the sponsor list below. Three lucky voters will win.

Our June Challenge Sponsors:

any item(s) worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days

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

Gift certificate up to $20 to be used within 60 days of date of announced winner.

Young Creative
$20 gift certificate toward anything in my shop (no cash refund on balance) valid for 60 days

$20 Gift Certificate

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

$20 gift certificate (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days
$20 on anything in my shop, must be used within 60 days, no cash remuneration.

$20 gift certificate, up to 60 days unless by private arrangement with me

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

Beautified Essentials
Gift Certificate for any item(s) worth up to $20 in my shop (no cash refund on balance); valid for 60 days following date of announced winner.

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Any existing item up to $20, no made to order items. Use within 30 days.

Any one item of your choice up to $20 value; no cash balance; use within 60 days from date winners are announced

$20 gift certificate to be used within 60 days. No cash refund of unused amount.

$20 gift certificate to be used within 60 days

Thursday, May 9, 2013

May Challenge Winners

And the winners of the May Challenge are:

Public Vote

1st place 

2nd place 
Eightfold Path by Suzen of PhoenixRose

Members Vote

2nd place 
Eightfold Path by Suzen of PhoenixRose

3rd place

Drawing Winners:
Judy Massey, Karen Leeman, Ashley Hetler

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. 147 votes were cast this month.

A sampling of comments left by voters:
-This was a fun challenge for me since I love doing mosaics. It was great to see the wide range of different projects and how our members interpreted the challenge.
-Nice job as always... so hard to choose a favorite
-Gorgeous entries, it was hard to choose favourites!
-There should have been eleven winners this month!! Every entry is so beautiful.
-Beth's peacock platter is amazing. The amount of work and talent that went into it is astounding.
nice work everyone
-That tray is absolutely stupendous. Love it. The patchwork is so incredibly appealing. Well done everyone
-Beautiful entries! So much color and texture and we're spoiled for choice!
-Each piece is prize worthy.
-So many lovely pieces to choose from it was hard to decide. They ALL deserve to be winners.
-Love all the entries! Hard to pick just 3 out of 10, let alone 1st, 2nd, 3rd!
-My personal interpretation of mosaics and a love of peacocks influenced my 1st place selection but all the works of art entered this month are all beautiful.
-WOW This one is really hard to pick just three that are the best. I think they are all the best. Good work to all of you.
-Hard to chose only 3!
-Wow! Everything looks amazing!
-It was very difficult to chose this time. So many outstanding pieces. Good luck to everyone.
-I just have to say that these are all great entries! Beautiful work!
-Wow, ladies you have done it again. Nice work all. Beth the tray was fabulous, with bright colors and neat design. Phoenix: really nice work, and Arlene Your mosaics are always spectacular...didn't know where to look first. Lots of good work, I enjoyed each piece
-That peacock tray is incredible! The amount of time and effort is just WOW!
Nice work on all entries! It was difficult to pick a favorite. I love colorful so I picked #5 for my vote. 
- Beautiful creations once again!!! Choosing is never easy! BTW where does one see who the winners are for voting. hard to decide as there is so much talent! All of them were amazing!
-This was so very difficult for me. All of them were beautiful and well-done, but the Peacock tray and the two mosaic tile hangings were simply marvelous!
-The best theme yet, my top three are really all joint first place .
-All of these are artful but some just 'stood out' . I look for finishing techniques...can't help it. First thing I do with a piece of jewelry is pick it up and look at the back. #10 drew my first place vote immediately.
-Wow!! I'm going to have to give this a try. I love all of them!!
-Very nice ladies. I didn't get a chance to make an entry, but you have all inspired me to try.
all are wonderful and eye catching, but these three spoke to me in the order I have them listed above.
great works!
-Most beautiful assortment of artworks this month. Thank you all!!!!!!!!!!
-Aside from the entries I voted for, all the other pieces are impressive and worthy of consideration.
-Such rich colors this time!
-Congratulations to everyone for their ideas and inspirations to us who are trying to be as good as these artists are!