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!

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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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