Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Challenge Illuminated

For our January challenge we are featuring illuminated 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. Red Riding Hood Votive by Marie Young of YoungCreative
For this piece, "Red meets Granny," I covered a recycled blue glass jar with a thin layer of translucent clay. Cut outs show off the bright blue underneath. Over this "sky," I recreated the moment when Red Riding Hood and her "Grandmother" come face-to-face for the first time. Read more:

2. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of polymerclaycreations 
This was made by "drawing" the solder lines with silver clay and then filling in with tinted liquid clay. It took forever to make because each panel had to be made and baked before I could do the next one.

3. Lighted Dome by Jill of JKollmann
Up-cycled glass element fits into a polymer base with a bezel to secure a battery operated 'candle', then topped with sculpted floral elements. The shape of the glass is rather egg-like.....hmmmm!

4. Tinsel Tree Light by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Christmas tree themed light created with polymer on a wire base with magnetic removable star topper. The dichroic surface effect of this piece was created using The Blue Bottle Tree's Holo effect tutorial, by Ginger Allman. To read more about the process of creating this piece, please visit my blog post:

5. Illuminated Ocean by Lisa of HiGirls
This small votive uses tinted translucent clay highlighting rough edges and a bit of carving. Molded seashells form the base.

6. Organic Light Pod by Line of PlaySculptLive
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7. Sunflower Garden Votive by Arlene of Ashpaints
The sunflower is my daughter's favorite flower so I chose it to use in this challenge. The design begins with a square glass votive. The "frosted window" on two sides is a unique combination of white and translucent and I've added a cross-hatched design to give it a more pane-like look. The sunflowers petals are from a petal cane that I made and each is individually shaped and placed. Vines and leaves plus ball feet to lift it just a tad add that finishing touch. 

8. Candle Holders by Berit of ClayImages
Another use for my Stroppel 2 cane. These are lovely like stained glass when lit. 
9. Global Warming - Polar Bear sitting on a Hudson Bay blanket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
I knew I wanted to do a globe shaped nightlight for the January PCAGOE challenge theme illumination. I recently finished taking Leslie Blackford's class at Creative Journey Studios in Buford, GA on nightlights - an awesome experience.

Global warming is of great concern to me and I worry about our future generations both two and four legged when it comes to the changes it is causing in our environment. I decided to do a polar bear on a shrinking sheet of ice to signify what is happening. The Hudson Bay blanket takes me back to my childhood when there were no such worries.

The nightlight globe is made from an inverted round glass vase covered with ink dyed Pardo translucent polymer clay. To see more views including a turned-on view and to learn a little about the process visit my blog post:

10. Red and Black with Translucent Earrings No. 175 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Light-diffusing chopped translucent polymer is the bottom element for these polymer earrings, with red and black polished focals and a ruby Swarovski crystal.

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