Thursday, March 24, 2016

April 2016 Challenge - Flowers

For April we are featuring Flowers. Vote for your top 3 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. White floral covered candy dish by Lisa of HiGirls 
PCAGOE April Challenge: Flowers
Small glass bowl covered with lots of floral texture and hand sculpted flowers in white with a touch of buttery yellow. HiGirls on Etsy

2. Printemps Bowl by Berit of ClayImages
This little bowl (4 inches in diameter) is a combination of three of my favorite things: bright colors, millefiori caning and vessels. The flower petal cane slices are in keeping with this months theme for the PCAGOE challenge.

3. Flowers Ring Bowl by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.
This ring bowl started as a stack of canes and a small glass bowl. The bowl is only used as a form to build the ring bowl on. The canes are sliced thin then pressed onto the glass bowl to create the pattern. The design is actually worked in reverse.

Three different canes were used in different sizes. The dramatic central flower starts with a spiral cane which is circled with thin slices from a petal cane. The next round is leaves and more of the spiral cane filling in between the leaves. The last row is the same petal cane, just reduced to fit filling in between the leaf canes. Once all the canes are in place, an acrylic rod is used to smooth to a level surface.

After curing, a layer of textured clay is added to the "outside" of the bowl and three "bun" feet were created out of the same clay as was used for the outside. A log of color coordinated clay is wrapped around the top edge of the bowl and texture is added. After curing, an acrylic antiquing glaze is used to bring out the texture in the rim and the outside surface. And wa-lah! Your ring bowl is ready to use.

4. 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.

5. Polymer Pansy by Marie of MarieYoungCreative
I created this flower by shaping the petals by hand from purple and white clay with a dot of yellow. Black paint was used to shade the edges. It is about 3 inches long.

6. Whimsical Flowers and Vase by Betsy of StrebeDesigns
In the past year I have come to know and be inspired by the work of several polymer clay mixed media artists. So when the time came to create an entry for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) April challenge "Flowers", I knew right away I would sculpt and paint flowers, leaves and a vase.  The arrangement is about 12" tall. For the mixed media artists who inspire me and more views visit my blog

7. Carly's Rose  by Freda of FredaK
My granddaughter admired this so it's hers now.

8. Flower Bottle in Orange with Pink Stopper  by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant
Created for the April PCAGOE Flowers challenge, this bright orange and pink bottle with bright flower really pops!

9. A rose by any other name... by Brandee of Brandee Blank Art Rose necklace submitted for the PCAGOE monthly challenge

10.  Tulip Flower Challenge pcagoe by Line of PlaySculptLive

11. Pink Silver Abstract Petal earrings No. 187  by Susan of 11BOLDstreet
The Flowers Challenge is a personal challenge, as I love flowers but seldom interpret them in polymer. From two Skinner blends, I created petal shapes, reinforcing the top element with impressions and antiquing. The petals, plus Swarovski crystals, sterling and hematite beads dangle from a hefty sterling cap. 4" overall drop.

12. Pressed Flowers in Polymer by Jill of JKollmann
Cane slices applied in layers applied to the focal and smoothed, then left dimensional on the bail and accent beads.

13. Poppy Love Necklace by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns
Polymer clay & wire, wrap style necklace. To read the history and process behind this piece, please visit my blog post:

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March 2016 Challenge winners "Rings"

Top entries selected by the public:

1. Bold Orange Ring by Jackie of ThePleasantPheasant

2. Blue Millefiori Napkin Rings by Angela of PolymerClayCreations 

3. Royal Blue Sunflower Napkin Rings by Arlene of HarrisonHollow.

Top entries selected by members:

1. Blooming Ring by Betsy of StrebeDesigns

2. Spun Gold Ring Bling by Beth of CreateMyWorldDesigns  

3. Mod Statement Ring by Line of PlaySculptLive  

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Congratulations to the drawing winner:  Marina Halvarsson
You get to pick a prize from one of our lovely participating sponsor shop owners.

Comments from the voters:

  • Beautiful work!
  • I am impressed! Nice work, ladies!
  • I want to vote for everything. Your challenges are always so amazingly creative.
  • These rings were all lovely. So hard to choose!
  • Very talented group.
  • Really tough choice this month ladies!! I wish I could have picked them all!
  • Really wonderful rings this month!
  • Such fun entries! It was really hard to choose (once again).