Saturday, November 30, 2013

December Challenge: Beads, Baubles, and Balls

This month PCAGOE artists explored all things seasonal. They could create jewelry, decorations, wall hangings, anything that made them feel festive as long as the creation was 50% polymer.

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1.  Flower Garden Ornament by Linda of NKDesigns
I stamped pearlized clay onto a glass ornament and added tiny flowers and leaves for a different holiday decoration.

2.  Penguin Family Outing by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
Sculpted with Sculpey UltraLight and painted with artist's grade acrylic paints. The scene is built around a 3" diameter mirror. The scene is approximately 6" x 4" and 3" tall at the tallest trees. For more views click here

3.  New Beginnings by Becky Sue of BeckySueCreations
This bead was done as my Etsy challenge piece. it was titled New Beginnings because the women is looking to the future and moving on. It was made by making mutli-layers of translucent based on techniques learned in a Kathleen Dustin class.

4.  Holiday Teapot by Lisa of HiGirls
This teapot was inspired by vintage glass tree ornaments. Applied pearlized mica on the white clay and gold metallic on the gold clay adds a little sparkle to this piece.

5.  Roly Poly Santa by Arlene  of Ashpaints
This cute little Santa started out as a plain small clear Christmas ball. It was wrapped with green polymer clay and the individual pieces are added - arms with hands, feet, beard and mustache and hat. Small black beads are used for the eyes and a needle tool was used to add texture. This little guy can either stand on his own or hang from one of the branches of your Christmas tree.

6.  Gold and Scarlet Gingko Leaf Christmas Ornament by Susan LadyFlowersbySusan
This Christmas ornament features one of my Gingko Leaves, made from Polymer Clay in Scarlet, Gold and Bronze. The leaf is accented with small carnelian beads and Swarovski crystals. A ceramic bead carries out the color scheme. A large carnelian bead and a gold tone hanging ring complete the ornament

7.  Freddy the (Reindeer Feeder) by Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio
This is my elf, Freddy - Freddy the Feeder, he's called, up North. It's his responsibility to keep the reindeer happy and fed. (There's another elf who curries the reindeer. I haven't met him yet, but I'm sure I willl...

8.  Toasty Warm Bird Holiday Ornament by Marie of YoungCreative
This colorful winter bird is toasty warm in his knit red cap. I sculpted him from polymer clay over a hollow egg shell. The egg is from a well-educated chicken near my home that was raised by a university dean who moonlights as a farmer.

9.  Butterfly Ornament by Jill of Jkollmann
This ornament is based on a manufactured hollow glass lentil-shape. The back is gold, pearl and silver metallic clays extruded, shaved and coiled. The molded border is highlighted with Gilder's Paste and the three butterflies have Swarovski crystal bling.

10.  Mod Cane Ornament by Freda of FredaK
A mod cane made with the extruder.

11.  Penguin Snowglobe by  Beth of CreateMyWorld
 Poor Penguin so enjoyed catching snowflakes on the tip of his tongue and eating them that he didn't heed his older siblings' warning that he would grow a snowman inside his belly and now look at what has happened! To read more about the story behind this sculpture and to view more photos of him, please check out my blog post:

12.  Pearl Metallic Inlaid Valet No. 136 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
 This all-season vessel is perfect for the holidays, featuring layers of pearl, white and other metallic polymer. The copper, silver, bronze colors were stamped, inlaid and sanded smooth to reveal the mica shift. The under surface was coated with translucent (and liquid) polymer, then embedded with metallic fusible fibers and mica powders. Sterling plate wire accents three ball feet.

Handmade Christmas ornament designed to hang on the tree with a mini light bulb inside to light it up. See more views in my photostream:

14. Christmas Lights Necklace by Line of PlaySculptLive
I chose this piece for my entry of the Beads and Baubles. I swear I've had people ask me if they light up.

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