Vintage Key Necklace

One of the great things about being a part of different art groups and participating in challenges is the amazing wealth of resources that are shared.  This week I combined two great tutorials, Rugged Beauty Art Beads class with Marlene Brady from Polymer Clay Adventure Retreat and Polymer Clay Faux Patina Vintage Keys and Feathers Necklace by Ilsya and Kira at Polymer Clay TV to create a vintage style necklace.

Vintage Key Necklace

While I’m not completely satisfied with the way it turned out, the process itself was a great learning experience and my head is filled with wonderful ideas for future projects using techniques from each tutorial, and isn’t that the whole point?

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
-Scott Adams

Experimenting with alcohol ink

Continuing to work with alcohol inks and one thing I have definitely learned is that I will need gloves and a clear work space. I am much too clumsy and had my hands dyed a lovely shade of blue this weekend. Thankfully I had plenty of Clorox wipes on hand and while they aren’t the most gentle thing to use on your hands, they are effective for removing those stains.

I used the blue and green from the Ranger Adirondack Brights on a white Premo tile I had baked.  Originally I created a Zentangle with micron pens, but in the process of trying to add color I smudged it.  So I sanded it down and decided to cover what I couldn’t sand off with the alcohol inks.  Once the tile was “inked” I decided that it had a deep sea vibe to it and thought that an octopus bail would be cool.  I went with it, and this was the result.

polymer clay octopus pendant

Challenge Accepted!

I am seven months late, but I have accepted Kater’s Acres 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.  For the remainder of the year I will commit to creating a weekly project in which I learn a new technique and try new products.

This week I used my 50% off coupon at Michael’s to buy some alcohol inks and spend all weekend experimenting.  It was a messy endeavor and I certainly need more practice.

I also found a great tutorial for Faux Rusted Metal by ArtisTerra Studio.  My luck was better with this and I created a neat little pendant.

polymer clay rusted metal


Of course I had to add some gears to make it a bit steampunk.