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October Art Bead Scene Challenge

This month’s Art Bead Scene Challenge is full of colors I love – the reds and browns – as well as colors I’d never imagine putting with them – the blue and magenta.  The palette was totally outside of my … Continue reading

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Ivory Leaf Earrings for September Art Bead Scene Challenge

For my Art Bead Scene entry this month, I used the leaf shaped crackle beads from my faux ivory experiments.  I’m having fun with this shape and I really like how well it works for earrings. The inspiration artwork is … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Faux Ivory in Polymer Clay

This month’s Art Bead Scene challenge was a perfect opportunity to finally try to create some faux ivory.  The principle is simple, thin alternating layers of light clay and translucent.  The execution, however, takes a bit of practice. For my … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Blueberry Rolls

Every now and then, I get a hankering for some cinnamon raisin bread.  However, the part I like the most is the cinnamon swirls.  The raisins are pretty “meh.”  Of course, when you bake it at home instead of getting … Continue reading

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Fondant Cutters for Mokume Gane

Last week, I got a fabulous package in the mail – a nice sized box filled with an assortment of fondant cutters.  Now, I’ve never done anything with fondant in my life, but fondant cutters can do double duty as … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Self-Portrait

Like plenty of people, I’m reluctant to get in front of a camera.  I’m much more comfortable behind one.  However, this picture from 2008 is one of the few where I got to do both. I was walking along the … Continue reading

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Sunflower Power and Black Thumbs

Over the years, I have tried to grow many different kinds of plants.  Sadly, not many of them have lived to tell the tale.  Here and there, though, I’ve had some luck and I’ve made a mental note about which … Continue reading

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Three Variations of Extruder Swirl Beads

This weekend I mixed up some custom purple, brown, gray, and white and used those colors with my extruder to make three varieties of bead.  All three started the same – I put the colors into the extruder and extruded … Continue reading

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Watercolor Polymer Clay

About two weeks or so ago, I did my first experiment with the watercolor technique for polymer clay.  Maggie Maggio did a great tutorial, here, if you’re curious what the steps are.  This was also my first foray into using … Continue reading

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Photographing Jewelry

I’m in the process of setting up an Etsy shop for some of my jewelry, and one of the key parts of having a good shop is having good photos.  The challenging part is having photos that look nice, have … Continue reading

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