Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 Week 8

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I’m late getting this post up because I’ve been sick, and so has my son. We’re on the mend, but I’m still feeling a bit run down.

Anyway, if you follow Wired Heart on Facebook, you’ll see that recently I posted about making wire crocheted beads. Well, I decided to use some of them in this week’s project. When I went on my Mokume gane making spree I was trying to use up the scraps I had as best I could, so I make some swirly beads. I was trying to decide what to make with them and I decided to try a pair of earrings to start. I still have quite a few to use though. I might make more earrings, or I might try some other ideas.

I’m hoping to have another post ready in a few days, something not jewelry or polymer clay related. Keep your eyes open!

Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 Week 7

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I’m late with my post this week for a number of reasons. Mostly because I’ve been under the weather most of the week (again). I can’t seem to get ahead, but I’m not complaining. I’m feeling better so I’m taking advantage of it.

Now, I’m not a caner by any means, but I don’t like just throwing my scraps into a pile and turning it into mud. A while ago I learned about something called a Stroppel Cane. I watched the video and it looked like something I could do.

As most of my readers know I have a love for Mokume Gane, so I decided to use scraps from one of my creations and make a Stroppel Cane because I loved the colors and didn’t want to waste them.

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This pendant and earrings are easy, but I just love them. I’m really having fun doing this every week, making things and sharing them with my readers. I hope you’re enjoying seeing what I make as much as I enjoy sharing with you!

Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 Week 6

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This past week I’ve been working on a few different things. One being this week’s necklace. I decided to make a kumihimo necklace to go with the pendant. I don’t do much kumihimo these days, but sometimes it goes perfectly with a pendant. This one is made with beading wire and I added some square silver metal beads. I don’t feel like the pictures do it justice, but it’s the best I could get.

We’re also coming up on Valentine’s Day and the end of the giveaway on my Facebook page. Make sure you enter so you can win a piece of my handmade jewelry! Keep an eye on my Facebook page because tomorrow I’m going to reveal the piece of jewelry the winner will receive!

Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 Week 5

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So, this past week I went a little crazy with Mokume Gane and figuring out how to use most of the scraps I had left over. I’d say I was pretty successful for the most part. I have a thing for Mokume Gane, I always have, ever since I first discovered it. I guess because the possibilities are endless and there’s always a fun surprise when the clay is sliced.

If you’re not sure what Mokume Gane is and haven’t seen it demonstrated before, I’d be happy to create a photo tutorial and show you the step by step process of how I do it. There really isn’t a “right” or “wrong” way as far as I know. Just leave a comment below if you want to see how I achieve some of the funky patterns in my pieces.

Besides the Mokume Gane this week, I also played around with some alcohol inks, which is what I’ll be posting as my week 5 project. I have a few pendants and a pair of earrings I made using the alcohol inks in a really fun and easy way.

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Also, make sure to get over to my Facebook page and enter the giveaway that runs until Valentine’s Day! In a few days I’ll be revealing the prize for the giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled! That will go up on my Facebook page as well as all the crazy stuff I did with the Mokume Gane too!

Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 Week 4

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So, I’m late with this post, I know. This past week was busy and I didn’t get much claying done, so I used one of the tube beads I turned into a necklace as my Week 4 Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 piece. I was working in my studio yesterday and the day before, but the pieces I made didn’t turn out. A few of them even got scorched in the oven. (Phooie!) But I was able to go to the craft store last night and pick up some more clay in the same color so I’m going to try making the same thing again (hopefully). I was playing with some torpedo shaped beads, I made a pendant and a couple of smaller ones for a pair of earrings, but all three of them got scorched in the oven. I made some round beads to go with them and they were just fine. They all baked together, so I’m not sure why the torpedo beads burned, but the round ones didn’t. Oh well, live and learn.

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Keep coming back every week to see my new pieces and keep an eye out at my shop for new pieces to be listed soon!

PS-Don’t forget to enter the giveaway over on my Facebook page! It runs until Valentine’s Day!

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 3

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So, here it is, week 3 of the Polymer Clay Challenge 2017. This time I’m sharing a necklace made with beads and a pendant I had made quite some time ago. Usually, when I make beads and things I try to make something with them as soon as I can so they’re not sitting around going to waste. Well, the beads and pendant I made eluded me, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with them, until now.

There I was, trying to sleep, but couldn’t. It was about 1 am one night this past week and I was lying in bed wide awake for God knows what reason. I decided since I wasn’t able to sleep I’d have a look at some of my jewelry supplies and some of the random polymer clay bits I’d been working on. If you head over to my Facebook page, you’ll see 3 necklaces total, but this is the one I’m using for this week’s challenge.

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I can’t say for sure how long these beads have been hanging around, but I know I had fun making them. I had seen this really simple process for making the beads so I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s a simple as forming the beads (or whatever else you want to make, like a pendant) and embedding salt into the clay before baking. The kind I used was Grey Celtic salt because it was chunky and I wanted that look.

So, after putting the salt onto the clay and of course putting holes in the beads I baked them. When they came out of the oven I dunked them in ice water and not only did that cool them off, but the salt dissolved and that left the beads with those nice divots you see. After drying them off I painted some black acrylic paint over the surface of the bead and wiped off most of it, but left the paint in the divots. I think it’s a lava rock sort of look. Very easy technique to do and I didn’t feel the need to seal it either.

*BONUS ALERT*

Starting tomorrow I’m going to have a giveaway on my Facebook page running until Valentine’s Day. I’ll draw the name of one lucky winner that morning and they will receive a wonderful piece of jewelry created by yours truly. I don’t know which peace yet, but when I decide I’ll post that to my Facebook page. In order to enter just visit my page and find the Giveaway tab where you can enter to win. And please, share, share, share! So all of your friends can have a chance to enter too!!

Polymer Clay Challenge 2017 Weeks 1 & 2

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I’m late with this week’s blog post, blame life, lol. It won’t be all that long, but I wanted to post a quick update so you can keep up to date with my 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge weekly progress. Granted, not everything I’ll be posting is made the week I post them, but I’m still going to post a new project each week. And at some point I’ll start photographing some of them and listing them in my StorEnvy shop. Make sure to check out what I have listed.

Week one’s project was the purple filigree cross earrings. I posted them on my Facebook page, but didn’t write a blog post dedicated to them. Oh well. They’re nothing fancy, but I wanted to start small so I didn’t overwhelm myself. There are SO MANY tutorials and techniques that I’ve picked up/discovered recently and I can’t make up my mind what I want to work on when I get into my studio! LOL Because I usually only get about 2 hours at most in my studio I really need to be focused on what I’m doing.

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So, week two’s project were some pendants I made. I took some pearl clay that I had treated with water color paint and put it into a few round bezels then baked them. I initially made three, but my niece and her husband came to visit the other night for dinner and I gave her one before I’d taken a picture for this post. So, I only have two to show you, but they look pretty similar, so it’s ok, right?

I’m not sure if I’m going to leave them on the black cords or put them on a chain. Either way, when they get posted in my shop you’ll have the option to have a chain or a cord. I like to give people options. I hope you enjoy seeing my posts each week and seeing what I’m getting up to in my studio. I’m hoping to get in some more studio time today because yesterday I started a few new pieces and I need to check on them and see what I can do with them.

As always, I love feedback and comments! Thanks for visiting!

I’m Back!!

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I’m Baaaaaaaaack!! LOL

So, in case you missed the post to my Facebook page yesterday, I was FINALLY able to get back into my clay studio after TWO YEARS away! I spent some time going through supplies and materials I had ordered recently and then I just grabbed some clay and started playing. I wasn’t sure how much time I’d have, so I didn’t plan to do anything very elaborate or time consuming. I was thrilled to be back in my studio and I’m going to make it a priority in the future. Y’all have NO IDEA how much I’ve missed working in my studio!

Most days it’s just my son and I at home together so the only time I can work in my studio is while he’s napping. However the past few weeks we’ve taken turns being sick and so of course he wasn’t sleeping very well at night or at nap time so we’ve both been exhausted and grumpy. Things are better now and he’s back to napping like he should, so I’m taking advantage of it! There’s going to come a day (too soon!) when my son won’t want/need to nap anymore (he turned 2 this past November). When that happens I don’t know how I’ll find time to work in my studio unless my mom is home and can watch him for me. I don’t want him playing in my studio because of my oven and other things that could prove dangerous to him.

I’m challenging myself this year to be more creative so I’ve joined the 2017 Polymer Clay Challenge on Facebook! The goal is to create one new piece every week for the year. There’s a page here: http://katersacres.com/polyclay/pcchallenge/2017pcchallenge/ that gives you lots of info about the challenge as well as a link to the Facebook group for this year’s challenge! Technically, I have 3 items in progress in my studio, so if I finish them all this week I’ll be ahead a bit, but that’s awesome for me because there may be days that I don’t feel well or need to do other things, like adulting, and won’t have time to get into my studio.

Week one (this week), I played around with watercolor paints (the pink) and pressed some clay into the filigree crosses just to see how it would look. I also played around with some Mokume Gane, but I still need to figure out what I’m going to do with it.

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The 2 on the left are what I did yesterday and they’re raw. The one in the middle is what I did today and it’s raw too. I need to figure out what to do with them. The one on the right is what I did with what I made yesterday and they’re baked.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, but with this challenge I’ll have a post for a week all year long (maybe) hopefully! Here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been working on this week. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my studio is calling my name! If you’d be interested in taking a photo tour of my studio at some point make sure to leave a comment for me down below and I’ll work on making that happen! My studio is a mess, but what sort of creative would I be if things stayed neat and organized all the time!? I hope you’ve all enjoyed your holidays! Despite sickness going around here, we did!

Consignment Shops and Why They Work For Us

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Consignment shops and second hand shops like Goodwill are two different things in my book. I think most people would agree with that. I prefer going to Consignment shops, especially when I’m looking for clothes for my son. He’ll be two soon (REALLY!?) and it seems like not long after my mom and I go through the pain staking process of finding him clothes he’s starting to outgrow them. Yes, I know, children grow like weeds. That is my number one reason to shop second hand.

There are times I’ll buy new clothes for him, but I usually look for things on clearance or discounted in some way. Being a single mom and not having a steady income, I can’t tell you how grateful I am for my mom’s help. BUT money is tight, so buying these new expensive clothes from Carter’s and such isn’t usually an option. These days I think Target is a big deal when shopping for new clothes for him. Yes, we shop at Wal-Mart, a lot. But it’s affordable and we have to stretch pennies as much as we can.

Another reason is that a lot of children are hard on their clothes, especially boys. Now my son isn’t quite at that stage yet, but I know soon enough he will be. I don’t want to stifle his fun because I’m worried about staining a pair of $20 jeans or ripping a $15 shirt. I mean, really, what’s the point in spending that much on clothes for children that will stain them up and get holes in them? Yes, some nice pieces are a good thing to have, but again, why the high prices?? That’s why I love the clearance racks. I shop ahead and off season so I can find better deals.

My mom really likes to look at clothes for him while she’s out and sometimes comes home with the cutest things. We really need to get out together soon though so we can look at clothes for him together and look at boots. The pair I bought at the Consignment shop are already too small! And he hasn’t even worn them out of the house yet!

I also love going back to Consignment shops, especially Once Upon A Child and selling them some of his clothes. They’re pretty picky about what they’ll take, which is good when buying (I’ve found items with tags still on them), but can be frustrating when selling because something that looks perfectly good to you they may not take. It’s also a good idea to find out what seasons they’re buying for before dragging bags or bins full of clothes down there only to find out they’re not buying for the season you have.

I’d love to know if you shop at Consignment shops and why you prefer it (if you do) over buying new. Feedback and comments are always welcome!