Give a unique greeting to every guest to your home, every walking salesman, and your postal delivery pals!
-> Large Horseshoe Door Knocker<-
Repurposed from an actual horseshoe and wrenches, this unique design will start a fun conversation with every guest to your home.
>>> Every Grease and Grace design is envisioned and hand crafted by one of our three family artisans. Most of our works are one-of-a-Kind, making them both collectible, unique, and first come, first serve.
~~> This piece:
•Hand painted/pinstriped horseshoe sculpture with wrench.
•Door knocker, home decor
• 8 x “ H
• 10 x “ W
• 2 Lbs 5 Oz
• Colors- Black, Dusty Rose Pink, and Rosewood Red
•Materials: Found Item, Metal, 1shot lettering enamel
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.
Looking to Find the Perfect Gift for his Man Cave?
Head Gasket Vintage Pinup Art Frames
Perfect addition to your home bar, man cave, recreational room, garage, Hell- hang it in the office!
Head Gasket turned Pinup Girl Frame. This features prints of the classic pinups, in classic poses, in a refinished, legit head gasket.
A most unique gift item for the car enthusiast, Retro memorabilia fan, mechanic, the list goes on and on!
Easy to hang. Simply use the pre-fabricated holes in the upper corner of the gasket.
Isn’t it fun to get into the spirit of Halloween? Some even decorate for it year round. Our new halloween decor coaster designs are the perfect fit for a unique centerpiece, as coasters, and definitely make cool party decor. They’re an awesome gift idea, too! Think hostess gifts!
Completely one-of-a-kind, these are hand-designed by our artist, Deanna. They are finished with many coats of spar urethane to ensure they are water and heat resistant. Each is embellished with beautiful glimmering highlights that sparkle in different lighting! Gorgeous, intricate artwork adorns each one. Cork bottoms make sure your lovely furnishings will not be harmed!
Art collectors, Halloween, and Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull enthusiasts will love these miniature works of art! Don’t miss out – One-of-a-kind means when it’s sold out, it’s gone!
About the Art
The candy corn series (The UNlucky 7) grew from a love of candy corn. All the corns! Have you tried the new flavors? There are so many new tasty triangles to try: The old original standby, the caramel flavor, and now S’mores, apple pie, pumpkin spice! Do you love it, or hate it? Candy corn is so divided! You love it, or hate it!
These cuties have the most unique expressions, and their spooky pals would just love going home with you!
Set includes four fun candy corn characters with various expressions, mid-century modern, graveyard dwelling black cat, a creepy colony of bats, and the notorious black widow spider.
The sugar skull set of four is an elemental representation. Earth, Air, Fire, and Water are all given unique sugar skull face paint. So pretty, we guarantee they won’t be put away at the end of the season!
Be on the lookout for more custom decor and coaster designs soon, and don’t miss what else is at our shop. Most items are one-of-a-kind, so when they’re gone, they’re likely gone forever!
Searching for the perfect gift for a Game of Thrones fan? This meticulously hand painted, vintage wood box is a perfect gift for him or her. A trinket box. Is a very special kind of gift. It’s something the recipient can use forever, and, it also affords you to fill the box with something special. For instance, a box like this one is thee perfect size to contain jewelry, or aa watch or cuff links, or even– an engagement ring! What a wonderful surprise! A gift which will hold treasures and be treasured. SHOP NOW!
This line of keepsake / memory / jewelry box items are a combination of skills by father daughter team Dean and Deanna. They are either refurbished vintage or embellished new to look antique/retro. Deanna does the painting and embellishments and box interiors and Dean occasionally does the pin-striping.
This is a vintage cedar box with hand painted details. No stenciling. Urethan coating, sparkles beautifully!
House of Targaryen, Game of Thrones Theme.
A petite size, intricate box for storing your most precious items, jewelry or keepsake memories!
Definitely a conversation starter and complete one of a kind!
Horseshoe Wall Art, Decor, and Personalized Gifts.
Designs appropriate for cool kiddos, ladies, and gentlemen (and ruffians as well) by our artist Dean!
Dean specializes in horseshoe sculpture, and the traditional arts of pinstriping, and hand-lettering, more of which can be seen in his other galleries.
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Horseshoes make unique, one of a kind gifts.
Great for baby showers, holidays and birthdays. Man cave decor, garage art, car club or motorcycle club placards, the sky’s the limit.
Personalize with a name, short phrase, dates, you name it!
Many of the examples shown are samples of past custom work. Premade items can be found at our shop.
In the unfortunate event that it becomes necessary, Refunds/Exchanges will be made on a case by case basis.
Please do not hesitate to contact us via convo or
email: contact [at] greaseandgrace.com within thirty days of your original purchase.We will be more than happy to help you.
ALL CUSTOM ORDERS ARE FINAL SALES WITH NO RETURNS.
We welcome custom orders! Please contact us with your ideas and we will be happy to create a special order just for you.
For examples of our past custom orders you can look at greaseandgrace.com for inspiration.
Recently I had the awesome opportunity to create a polymer clay mermaid sculpture. This commision was to be a gift for a lover of all things beach related — especially flip-flops! So how do you make that work?
Mermaids Don’t have Feet…
I incorporated flip-flops with a mermaid by illustrating the idea that the mermaid, who has no feet, might have found those flip-flops in the sand and seaweed, washed up on some rocks perhaps, and is returning them to their owner. A fanciful thing to imagine.
The way this was done was by utilizing both clay and natural items in combination. Her little teeny tiny clay fingers are covered in sand, as are the shoes. She carries the shoes and presents them to her owner on a half shell, surrounded by sand and “seaweed.”
Her seashell is removeable and she can hold other items in her hands, if desired. This opens up the opportunity to change things up once in a while!
So, How’d Ya Make It?
Below are a few photos of the process. The entire sculpture was only eleven inches high. This was definitely time consuming, and tricky at times, but super fun to make.
My video tutorial (which isn’t really a how-to, rather, a basic rundown of the process) shows a lot of the early parts of the creation, from creating the wire armature, to making those tiny little ‘flops! Enjoy!
One of the things mentioned in the video is that, yes, I do have MS (Multiple Sclerosis.) I don’t mention it often, but here I think it may be inspiring for others with illness.
*** Be sure to check out our facebook page to stay up to date on our latest creations and our Etsy shop to see what’s for sale now. We are always open to commision (see our FAQand CONTACT info.) Commissions become limited nearer to the holiday season.***
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!