After a break since November, I have begun to delve back into the world of sculpture. Now that the holidays are over, focus can switch back from personal pieces to pieces for our shop.
I make almost all of our holiday gifts by hand, so it can be very time consuming. It is fun, but I am quite ready to get back to the world of polymer clay.
This piece was a gift to my mother on her birthday early in January. I enjoyed it, and think I’ll be making more to offer for sale at our shop. It sparked my interest in going back into botanical works.
Mushrooms are certainly a subject enchanting to many. Personally, I find the stories of fairy rings to be wonderful, and the mysticism that lies in the lore of the woods in general, is always fascinating. To be honest with you, I don’t find it to be so much “lore”…
Mom is also into nature, and preserved things, dried things, found things, as am I. So, when I was thinking up what would be neat to make for her, this is what came to mind.
A mushroom collection, not quite so fragile as the real deal, however, a real dried mushroom sample is what I used as reference in this piece. This, was to be, a quaint collective of mushrooms with little insects that might be missed upon first glance, but found upon closer inspection!
An illustrator at heart, I enjoy adding things to any piece, no matter the medium, for the viewer to find. It’s fun, and you get to make up the story. Where is this mushroom? Have you found it hiking? Or are you a fairy resting on its cap? Are you a curious child roaming the woodland, plucking the precious fungi from its earthen home?
Making of (Tutorial)
Enough with all that, here is a video of the piece, and I will surely be making more. It’s not a true tutorial, but a bit of behind the scenes.
The Art of Creating Art with Distractions – Polymer Clay Jewelry
Sometimes it begins with boredom. Perhaps not boredom, per say, but a desire to do something just to do it. No agenda. Just letting creative energy out, and whatever happens, happens. This is usually either the best work, or absolute shite.
Occasionally I work with my daughter around, and by occasionally, I really mean, like, eighty percent of the time. This can go swimmingly well, or disastrous, but most of the time we work really well together. She’s six, so, you know, things change by the day, interests by the hour, and attitude by the minute. So when working with a kid at home, which is where my studio is, you have got to be flexible. My goal wasn’t originally to create a piece of polymer clay jewelry, but sometimes magic happens when you least expect.
When I have ‘serious’ work, or commissions, I try to do them when she’s out of the house, or someone else can entertain her. A lot of the time, however, she likes to hang out and watch, usually doing her own art project or just being some character in her head. Turning the studio into a castle, or jungle, or something else fantastical (the locations of which and characters also change by the minute.) One has to be pretty good at multitasking to seriously work with a kid like that around.
I often hear, “Okay, mama, you don’t have to play it, just sit there.” Which is code for: You don’t have to actively get in costume, act, and make stuff up, but I’m gonna talk at you, really, really closely and non-stop, until you’re done working. Chatter, chatter, chatter. Like a small chipmunk burrowing in all your tools and supplies, all the while chirping like they do.
So, I play along. I work on whatever project or computer work I may have, concentrating as best I can on it, while still focusing on her, and answering every now and then with something like, “Oh, yes, your majesty!” Or, “Yes, that sure is the best pizza I’ve ever had!”
Then I take a bite of pretend pizza made out of my polymer clay stash with those craft puff-balls thingies glued on top.
When Guinea Pigs and Witches Collide
To give myself a break from the seriously challenging art of making ‘serious’ art with child present, I take days where we make things together on purpose. She’s really into watching tutorials on YouTube. One day while looking up “cute Guinea pig,” we found tutorials on how to make them with clay. (Her favorite is here.) This spawned a mass amount of guinea pig figurines in my home, currently we have twenty, all of which are different colors and have names like, “Lemony.”
One Christmas everyone got a clay guinea pig ornament. They’re everywhere. But I digress. This fortuitous web search spawned an interest in sculpting with clay, not only for her, but myself.
One day we sat down to make more guinea pigs and I decided to try something new. I wanted to experiment with using my metal jewelry trays (which are for fitting cabochons or cameos inside.) The goal was to try to see how well polymer clay would mix with it, and whether I’d like it.
Trying Something New
It worked pretty well, I’d say. Well enough that it sold before it was even finished. Periodically I’ll post my art in progress on social media to get fresh eyes and opinions, especially with something new. This wasn’t my first experience with polymer clay, but it was with creating polymer clay jewelry. I started out with a lump of black clay just trying to figure out what exactly I was going to make. Black clay went into the background of the tray and next came a head in a glorious, almost glowing green color.
I sat there staring at this green head wondering where this was going, no real intentions on the table and it hit me. Wicked Witch of the West. And that was it. From there on out it was a no brainer. I kept at it for a few hours. It’s small, and pretty tedious work. Surprisingly I’m really good with miniatures. It’s surprising because I have little to no patience.
After she was baked, I painted her details on and used some powder metallic. This looks just phenomenal in person, but because of the nature of metallic and the shiny glaze I used, she was irritating to photograph at best. I did manage to get a few though, and her new owner loves her very much.
Thanks for checking her out! Don’t forget to see what’s new at our shop!
Let us know what you think of this first attempt at polymer clay jewelry. Leave us a comment and give us your opinion!
Another Fantastic Piece of Skull Decor by our Artist Dean
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•Lid hand painted
•Frosted glass sides
•The last two photos show the box with white paper inside, to see the art without the reflection. Does not come with paper.
Super excited! I’m gonna get all dooted up! (Hey, where’s my pinup gals?) There will be a photographer taking vintage holiday photos, awesome vendors (Hellooo, 100!), awesome food, and we’re going to set up a little Christmas tree with our ornaments. Plus we will have our usual one-of-a-kind handmade gifts! Yes, there will be skulls next to this tree!
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We celebrate our 6th year at The Masonic Center of Lancaster. PhotOlé Photography will be on hand with his trusty polaroid to take your vintage holiday photo ($10 each, no appointment needed). Vintage Santa will be there. And we’ll be giving away Forty Elephants tote bags filled with goodies from our vendors to the first 50 customers in line. We pride ourselves in offering you the most creative & wacky things from our top notch vendors. Shop small with us this holiday season!
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Saturday, November 26 at 10 AM – 4 PM Lancaster Masonic Center
213 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603
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Decorative tile, hand painted with a rockabilly, TIKI theme. Old school tattoo art style.
This item is an ORIGINAL set of art. Any future listings with these designs will be prints of this original art.
The art is drawn on the tile and then clear coated for protection.
See them here at the shop!
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I (Deanna) recently started doing some original art on coasters. Each one takes several hours to complete and is absolutely original.
If I make new sets of these images, it will be from these originals.
This is my first set, which sold before I had a chance to list it at our shop.
The newest set (original) is Tiki themed, complete with Tiki Gods, Mermaid and hula dancer. You can see that here.
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