Saturday, January 31, 2015

February Challenge Masks

For our February challenge we are featuring Masks. 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.  Balinese inspired mask by Lisa of HiGirls
The mask measures 11 inches tall and is molded for dimension when hanging. I was inspired by fun painted masks from Bali and used a polymer interpretation with lots of tiny snips of clay in bright colors.

2. Jewel Toned Coiled Filigree Mardi Gras Mask by Angela of polymerclaycreations 
This Mardi Gras mask was made in the rich jewel tones of Premo pearl clay. The thin ropes were coiled and placed in an all over filigree pattern. It was textured lightly and finished off with a gold rub and buff wax coating.

3. Masked Mardi Gras Fox by Marie Young of YoungCreative
Marcelle, The Masked Mardi Gras Fox is set to party. She'll stand about 7 inches tall when she's done. She's waiting for her creator to add some dancing legs. Read more about how she was created:

4. Ms. Violet on Her Mask by Betsy of PolyClayCafe
Ms. Violet sits atop the world on her eye mask. Wearable for fun, or hang as wall art. Read more about the process and see other views on my blog

5. Teal and Purple Fiber Mask Brooch no. 139 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Starting with a layered polymer base, this brooch features two fiber techniques: metallic fusible fibers cover one side and the other is tinted gauze/liquid polymer. Lumiere paint accents and a Czech glass bead add accents. 3 1/4" x 2"

6. Zentangle Mask by Line of PlaySculptLive
Read about Line's entry:

7. Funny Bone Mask by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Built upon a base of a turkey's breastbone. This polymer mask incorporates other armature for supporting it's creepy/weird/funny style! To read about the creation process of this piece, and how I used a process similar to a cast to fix broken pieces, visit my blog post:

8. Purple Passion Millifiori Mask Plant Stake by Arlene of Ashpaints
This mask started out with a purple base layer, then I pulled out my flower and leaf canes and used quite a few of them on this millifiori sheet. The final touch on the millifiori sheet was very thin slices from a spiral ghost cane. The millifiori sheet was carefully fitted over the base layer and trimmed out with purple "snakes" of clay. A wooden dowel fits into a special fixture on the back to make this mask the perfect companion to your favorite house plant.

Read the expanded rules here.

Full Name (required for voter prize notification):
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For current Dues-Paying PCAGOE Members: What is Your Etsy Shop Name?
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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Monday, January 26, 2015

Featured Artist Brenda Wilson

Meet Brenda Wilson of BeejWilson
PCAGOE featured artist for the weeks of January 26th through February 8th
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Brenda works in both polymer and upcycled glass arts, and often combines the two art forms resulting in very unique creations. Brenda has this to say about herself: “I grew up in a very talented family. Mom was a porcelain doll artist. My sister became a world renowned artist at an early age. As a single mom, I didn't have much time to develop a creative style. Since retirement, I've played around with several mediums. My passion has become working with polymer clay. I really enjoy recycling ordinarily disposed of items by covering them with clay to give them another purpose.”
Find more of Brenda’s work at these online locations: and and and

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Featured Artist Lise Boss

Meet Lise Boss of Ooh La De Da by Lise
Featured artist for the weeks of December 12th through January 25th
Please go check out her highlighted works on the PCAGOE Facebook page!

Lise resides in Edwardsville, IL and has this to say about herself: .“I’ve spent most of my life as a Nail Stylist. I have always been into creative possibilities. But one day I had a terrible fall, and destroyed my femur (leg). It changed a lot of my life, since I was wheelchair bound almost a year, So I discovered polymer clay. So I now create polymer clay jewelry. I love all things jewelry, so I also make jewelry with beads, and vintage pieces too. I live in a cute little house in a very nice college town near my brother, with my spoiled cat I rescued.” Find more of Lise in these online locations: and and

Friday, January 9, 2015

Illuminated Challenge Winners

The winners in the PCAGOE January Challenge "Illuminated" are:

Top entries selected by the public

1. Global Warming - Polar Bear sitting on a Hudson Bay blanket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe

2. Tinsel Tree Light by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns

3. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of polymerclaycreations 

PCAGOE Member Vote


1. Tinsel Tree Light by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns


2. Global Warming - Polar Bear sitting on a Hudson Bay blanket by Betsy of PolyClayCafe

3. Faux Stained Glass Votive Holder by Angela of polymerclaycreations 

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.

Alina Preston
Ginger Petraglia
Beth Bunts

Comments from the voters:
-As always, some very creative and well-executed interpretations of the theme.
-It was hard to choose, because they are all so good!
-Hard to make a choice. All so beautiful.
-I look forward to this event every month...LOVE all the beautiful creations :)
-The work of all the artists is just wonderful!
-What fun!
-Happy creative 2015 to all.
-Beautiful work by all, it was hard to choose and rank a top 3! I eventually chose what I felt best addressed the challenge topic, then ranked by what appealed to me most. So much talent!
-It has been very very difficult to choose three creations this month!! They all are wonderful.
-Beautiful work on all.
-Beautiful as always, ladies! So inventive. :)
-Thanks for offering us a chance to see such neat creations!
-All the works are wonderful. So many talented artisans!
-It was very difficult to choose, as always. All of the projects were very creative and well done.
-Hard to choose this month!
-I was so impressed this month with the challenges that I actually went around and read how they were accomplished! It was difficult to decide on the top three and I wished that I could have more options for an additional runner-up....
-Wow! What a challenge this month was what came out of it at this time of the year was amazing! So well done everyone! Thank you!!
Esta vez fue muy, muy difícil la elección. Todos son fantásticos, felicito a las creadoras.
!!! FELIZ AÑO !!! which means This time it was very, very difficult choice. All are fantastic, I congratulate the creators.!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
-Pretty! I love Light ups--very hard to shoot, though.
-Beautiful designs. It was hard to pick.
-As always lovely work !!
-Beth uses Ginger's Holo effect very well - I love that it's a recycled item, love the magnetic star, and I can see that it would give a beautiful glow when lit from inside.
-Hard to choose.
-Really nice job.
-Loved the whimsy of Little Red Riding Hood!
-#8 these are stunning!!! Very delicate yet striking!
-So much creativity shown here...Very hard to choose!
-I tend to enjoy the more organic and the more intricately creative pieces.
-Very creative as always!
-Wow, so tough to choose this month! Awesome entries by all!
-Keep up all the great work! Beautiful creations!!
-GREAT way to kick off the new year!
-Boy was it hard to choose! Fantastic job everyone! I am so impressed as always with the talent in this guild. I think I chose the polar bear not only because it is just a wonderful art piece but also for the cause behind it.
-Excellent interpretations. As always, it's difficult to choose my top 3. Well done to all the artists.
-I’m just amazed by all the beautiful work you all do and the time you put into your work..( it shows!) keep up the great work happy New Year!
-Hard to choose. All are beautiful!
-It is so cool to see all the variations of using pc in these illumination pieces. They all are wonderful, as usual it was very hard to pick three!
-I love the Global Bear.
-Marie Young mentioned the contest on her FB page. She is an amazing artist!
-Truly impressive work with a fairly difficult process! Congrats to all - well done!