Monday, September 30, 2013

Forest-Woodsy October PCAGOE Challenge

This month our members created entries inspired by the theme "Forest/Woodsy" 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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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. Autumn Birches by Susan of LadyFlowersbySusan
The background is three colors of golden translucent polymer clay in a translucent Stroppel Cane. The birches were carefully hand built from different thicknesses of pearly white and opaque black clay. The pendant is backed with white clay for reflectance through the translucent gold and then backed again with black clay.

2. Autumn Leaves Statement Necklace by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
Fall leaves are so beautiful where I live, and the forests abound with fabulous colors. I wanted to represent the leaves in fun bold colors. The colors represent the leaves as they are turning.
3. Moonlit Wood Nymph Wall Plaque by Lisa of HiGirls
Wall plaque is 100% polymer clay with lots of texture and color.

4. Woodland Barette by by Jill of Jkollmann
A big Woodland/Forest concept is squeezed into this 1 inch by 3.5 inch bezel barrette. I wanted to include moss, wood, ferns and a flower or two for a punch of color.

5. Owl Shadow Box by Marie of YoungCreative
This wise old owl is another experiment using a hollow egg shell as the base for a bird sculpture. The branch is constructed on a coat hanger armature.

6. Bronze and Copper Earrings No. 154 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
The PCAGOE Monthly Challenge theme of Forest/Woodsy had me pulling out some of my signature gauze/liquid polymer "fabric". With hues echoing a forested autumn landscape, I embedded a piece in a base of textured bronze polymer. Black accents, including gunmetal black findings, as well as copper beads and a Swarovski crystal complete this unique pair of earrings.

7. Leavings Falling on the Forest Floor Barrette by Angela of PolymerClayCreations
Beautiful fall foliage falling on the forest floor. Quiet and serene.

8. Raku Pine Cone and Pine Needles Decoration by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
I created this faux Raku pine cone and pine needles Christmas decoration using Gloria Spruiell's fun tutorial from the December 2008 Polymer CAFE magazine! I am entering this piece in the PCAGOE monthly challenge "Forest or Woodsy" theme for October 2013.

9. Owl Bowl by Line of PlaySculptLive
I have been fascinated with making bowls lately, this one of an owl and his splendorous feathers is the Woodsy Challenge for the PCAGOE.

10. Owl by Freda of FredaK
Owl among the leaves

11. Goddess of the Geraniums by Suzen of PhoenixRose
Very small elf guarding the geraniums in a tub. She is covered with vines, in the back as well, and flowers.

12. Owl Friends Mini-Mosaic by Arlene of Ashpaints
This mini-mosaic's center tile features a stylized owl surrounded by tiles with leaves, twigs, flowers and swirls. This mini-mosaic was made for the PCAGOE Monthly Challenge - Forest/Woodsy.

13. Acorn Light by Beth of CreateMyWorld
This acorn is created with polymer sculpted over a jar. The cap of the acorn unscrews to allow the battery operated light to be turned on and off. Lynda Moseley's controlled marbling technique was used for the striped part of the top of the acorn, which blends into a brown/bronze color which fades into a lighter brown at the tip of the acorn. The cap is constructed of many tear drops overlapped which were then antiqued with acrylic paint. The size of this piece is 4" long and 3" wide by 3" deep. For more views (including photos when lit) of this piece, please visit my flickr photostream:

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September Challenge Winners

And the winners of the September Challenge are:

Public Vote

1st place 

2nd place 

2nd place 

Drawing Winners: 
Peggy Jean Gerbo
Sharon Wittmann
Moyra Riley

They get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

 Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted and supports our challenges each month.

A sampling of comments left by voters:

- You all are sooo awesome, keep up the beautiful work.
- I love the Turtle Island by Beth. Very beautiful and very well balanced. I hope she does more pieces in this style in the future.
- All are lovely!
- Hello! I just read about this challenge on this blog: and I came here to vote. Nice challenges! :)
- The choices were hard to make. But I think I picked the most talented projects. Great work!
- Wonderful work. I love seeing everyone's ideas come to life.
- Directed to site by Susan Delphine Delaney, via Facebook. I find some of her work quite interesting.
- Beautiful imaginative work of high standards.
- What a beautiful array of items - very difficult to chose between them!
- Great stuff.
- Loving all the stories this month!
- Really hard to choose this month!
- I'm a scuba diver and one of my favorite subjects to photograph is the sea turtle. I was ecstatic to find out The Turtle Island piece was designed by Beth!
- Wish I could have picked more than three! Great interpretations!