Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Carving Challenge

For our December challenge we are featuring carved designs. Vote for your favorites. Three lucky voters will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.

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1. Carved Turquoise and Copper Brooch No. 136 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Carving through layered polymer reveals the underlying colors. Some trenches were left plain, others filled with polymer and yet others with liquid polymer and resin for a bit of shine. Three holes were drilled and tiny coordinating polymer balls were embedded. Metallic paint and mica powder add BLING!

2. Long Tall Santa Ornament by Arlene of Ashpaints
This is one of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments that I've made this year. Each one is hand sculpted starting with the face. Then tiny black beads are added for the eyes. Next comes the beard, then the mustache and eyebrows. Then the final touch – as on any traditional Santa – his red hat! Texture sheets or stamps are used to give his hat more interest. The detail in his beard and mustache are deeply incised then an antiquing glaze is used to bring out all the details.

3. Barrette #7 "Charlotte" by Berit of ClayImages
I am entering Charlotte into the December Challenge "carving". This is the only piece I have ever made that has some carving in it! Enjoy!

4. Tropical Donut Pendant by Lorraine of Wired Orchid
''Don't Worry, Be Happy'' tropical pendant. Must be worn while drinking a Mai Tai. :) Green, turquoise, lime and black polymer clay is the donut pendant base with carved areas highlighted in acrylic paint.

5. Chocolate and Vanilla Kitchen Switchplate Cover by Marie Young of YoungCreative
Polymer clay switchplate cover to match my new "Chocolate Pear" kitchen cabinets. I carved the diamond "tile" pattern into raw cay and added a deep brown frame using a flat stamp that I gave dimension through a combination of carving and sculpting. The finished product looks like antiqued leather.

6. Peace Bird by Line of PlaySculptLive
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7. Upcycled Crop Circles by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
For this sculpture, I upcycled lots of cured bits of polymer from previous failed projects. The finished polymer piece was then carved with spiral circle designs. To read more about the working process of this piece, please visit my blog:


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Please select your 1st choice: (2nd & 3rd choice must be different from your 1st.)
Please select your 2nd choice: (2nd choice must be different from your 1st and 3rd.)
Please select your 3rd choice: (3rd choice must be different from your 1st and 2nd.)
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Featured artist Yonat Dascalu

 Meet Yonat Dascalu
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of November 17 through 30. 
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!
Yonat has been working with polymer clay since 2007 and lives in Raanana, Israel. She is also a member of Israel’s polymer clay guild (ILPCG). Yonat’s work ranges from Judaica art, beautiful canes, image transfers and tutorials. She recently authored a book entitled “Polymer Clay: All the basic and advanced techniques you need to create with polymer clay (Volume 1)", which is available at Amazon.

Find more of Yonat’s work at these online locations: and and

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mandala Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE November Challenge "Mandalas" are:

Public Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Geometry Class Redux by Jill of JKollmann

2. Colors of Thailand Mandala by Betsy of PolyClayCafe

3. Woodland Mandala by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

Member Vote

Top entries selected by the public:
1. Geometry Class Redux by Jill of JKollmann


2. Woodland Mandala by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

3. Colors of Thailand Mandala by Betsy of PolyClayCafe

 View all of the entries:

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

Cheryl Holland
Sharon Robinson
Patty Barnes 

Comments from the voters:
So pretty and colorful!
Love all the colours
Actually love them all!
So pretty!
Este desafĂ­o es muy colorido y me encantan los trabajos realizados, pero el de Create My World Designs es espectacular y muy cuidadoso. (here is translation: This challenge is very colorful and I love the work, but to Create My World Designs is spectacular and very careful)
All of these are lovely. I chose the more "traditional" mandalas because I thought they were very well done and they seem to celebrate polymer clay as a media.
Great work ladies.
I follow your page on Facebook and came to know these wonderful things. Since I am just starting I do not understand which work is more complex than other. Still way to learn. Happy to vote. I loved colors are awesome to uplift any mood and make every season bright and shiny.
I love mandalas. It was so hard to choose, they are all so pretty. Beautiful work!
I think they were all beautiful entries for this challenge. It was hard to select but since I really liked the repetitive pattern and colors on number six, I had to go with that as my choice.
Oh my goodness. What great pieces. Hard to make a choice.
Love the colors and rich texture of all the creations. I love to paint mandalas and now I'll try to make a polymer clay one. They could be a nice Christmas ornament.
The colors are pretty.
A great assortment of mandalas! Difficult to choose since all are beautiful!
What an incredibly hard challenge to even decide upon! I'm sure it was an even harder challenge to do! Thanks to everyone who submitted!
Unusually hard to choose this month, all are truly awesome, but #9 spoke to me!!!!!! You all deserve major kudos for your work. All of the above are awesome.
I am always so impressed by the skill shown here! Nice job folks!
Love all the entries.
Beautiful submissions. I could go into a trance staring at the colors, shapes and patterns. Well done, everyone.
Beautiful work ladies !
Gorgeous work this month!
Such talent! Love all the happy colors! Color me happy!
Beautiful mandalas!
Really great job
cool theme!
Beautiful work all!
Beautiful interpretations- I am especially struck by the variety of color choices. So much variety!
Wonderful! love the bright colors and the fun designs.
really interesting theme this time--I need to do some mandalas!
Beautiful, intricate work.
These are truly remarkable in their design and use of color. Showing off polymer clay for its endless versatility!
You all made it so difficult to choose this month, stellar work everyone! :)
They're all beautiful, it was hard to choose.