Wednesday, July 31, 2013

August Challenge Tribal-Goddess

This month our members celebrated nature with the theme Tribal/Goddess. It is great to see how each artist interpreted the theme. Entries had to meet the theme and be made from at least 50% polymer clay.

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And the entries are:

1. Earth, Water, Mountain, Sky Tribal Box by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
I love the simplicity and impact of tribal designs. The repetition of geometric patterns in this little box (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/4") portray the tribal designs that I am most attracted to. I selected colors that remind me of the US southwest: rich reddish-copper, dark sienna, turquoise and a light cactus green. The box is made completely of polymer clay and brushed with kiwi Perfect Pearls and Inka-Gold copper to accentuate the carved designs. There is a small pattern of the same colors repeated on the inside bottom. It's always fun to find something when you open a box!

2. Rousseau inspired Goddess of the Jungle Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls
I've always love Rousseau's lush jungle paintings, and so took the challenge in this direction.
The small teapot is covered all around with an assortment of flora and fauna. At one point I wondered if I was taking this too far, then I referred back to Rousseau's paintings and realized there was no way I could go too far with it!

3. Abstract Dagger Tribal Necklace by Lorraine of WiredOrchid
The focal pendant was created with a flower stamp on polymer clay and was enhanced with powders. Turquoise daggers, snowflake obsidian and hematite beads complete the necklace.

4. Carved Bone Choker No. 175 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
I chose to create a faux bone pendant for this challenge. It was distressed, carved, then back-filled with turquoise polymer bits. Then it was antiqued and accented with copper and sterling plated wires and hung on a three-strand brown leather cord.

5. Paleo Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorld
Polymer clay necklace of faux stone and faux rock beads, etched with caveman type drawings. When I set to work on this challenge, I had in mind an all together different concept, I was planning to create a mother earth figurine. While mixing the clay for the figurine, I saw a beautiful crackled blend of colors emerge which begged to be turned into something. Instead of setting that aside to move onto the "planned idea", I let the clay guide me to create this piece. Those are my favorite types of creative sessions... so rewarding! For more views please visit my flickr photostream at:

6. Faux Carved Ivory Cuff Bracelet by Arlene of Ashpaints
This cuff bracelet was designed as a result of the Tribal/Goddess theme of the August PCAGOE challenge. After a bit of research I determined that carved ivory was very typical of tribal design. One of the great things about polymer clay is that it is the great imitator! I first created faux ivory, then covered the bracelet and added the "carving". A rich golden brown acrylic paint was used to bring out the details then a sealing/polishing wax was added. A final buffing brought a soft glow and the bracelet was done.

7. Light Switch Cover Blue Petroglyph by Freda of FredaK
These petroglyphs are from tribes way back in time.

8. Nelson Mandela Turquoise, Tembu Tribe, South Africa by Susan of LadyFlowersbySusan
I created Nelson Mandela Turquoise to honor the life and work of Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela. Mandela's 67 years of public service focused on Peace and Reconciliation. I set myself the challenge of creating a Turquoise that had the colors of the South African flag: black, red, green and navy. These colors signify unity among the peoples of South Africa. Mandela is of the Tembu Tribe of South Africa. Unbeknownst to me at the time I created Nelson Mandela Turquoise, there exists in South Africa a Turquoise Harmony Institute dedicated to the principles of Peace and Reconciliation.
The tribal necklace has seven beads of Nelson Mandela Turquoise, two "black lava" beads, twelve antique gold polymer clay spacers and hundreds of faux coconut husk polymer clay disks created from a mixture of black, brown and antique gold clays.

9. Sudsy Goddess by Line of PlaySculptLive
I made this one to keep us all clean.

10. Channeling the Goddess by  Carol of CompelledCraft
This piece is a variation of my Bambooya beads from my April 2012 Tutorial in Polymer Café.
The warm mix of earth tones in the cane was then hand shaped to nest into each graduated bead. The goddess is a faux ivory finish using several blended colors and then a patina after it was cured.

11. Garden Goddess by Jill of Jkollmann
I used a black and white image transfer then colored with pen and pencil, did a top layer of translucent, sanded and buffed. The back of the bezel has a well deep enough to add a picture and cover it with resin to make it two sided.

12. Tribal Goddess by Suzen of Phoenixrose
This is my favorite necklace I have ever made. All the beads are polymer except the silver. It is in a tribal style and celebrates the ancient goddess.

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