Friday, January 1, 2016

January 2016 Challenge - 50 shades of grey-A study in value

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For our first challenge of 2016 we are featuring 50 shades of grey - A study in value. Vote for your favorites. One lucky voter will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certificate from one of our sponsor shops.

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1. Still Waters by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
I used varying shades from white to black plus a bit of silver leaf for sparkle to create the focal bead, used some of the "scrap" clay from the stack to make the marbled beads then paired them with silver beads to make this necklace.

2. Seascape in Clay by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE January Challenge Shades of Gray
Created completely with black and white with gray polymer clay over a small canvas. Various techniques including some liquid clay tinted with white alcohol inks, translucent clay and textures are included.

3. Shades of Gray Bottle by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
This 4-sided bottle is my entry for the January 2016 Monthly Challenge - Shades of Gray - for PCAGOE. I had a wonderful time creating this graffiti-look bottle for the challenge, as well as for a gift for one of my exchange gift partners at PCAGOE, Susan O'Neil.

4.  Shades of Gray - A Lesson in Value by Line of PlaySculptLive
PCAGOE value challenge

5. 50 Shades of Gray Statement Necklace by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
The beads for this necklace are made from Sculpey Ultra Light.  The fish beads were formed by a handmade mold, the others were textured with texture sheets. The necklace is 25" long and the polymer clay beads are reversible so there is no wrong way to wear it.  For more information and a another view visit my blog

6. Granite Gauze Cuff No. 167 by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
Shades of grey in this cuff were achieved through tinting of the liquid polymer for the gauze base. A faux granite cabochon was mixed from various chopped solid polymers. 2 5/8" wide.

7. Shades of Grey Dragon by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
Dragon in shades of grey photographed in black and white for the PCAGOE challenge. The original work has a big splash of red. See the finished project and process shots here:

8. Yin Yang Polymer Pillow Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Shades of black and gray were transferred onto a white polymer pillow bead using the silk dye transfer, a technique for which I wrote a tutorial in an article for The Polymer Arts Magazine (Recycle & Reuse issue Summer 2012).

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