We finshed the Pandora swap and now have moved on to pens…..Enjoy the eye candy.
Well the swappers did it they decided that we would be making Pandora Style beads. If you would like to join in on the fun you do have to be a member of the Yahoo group City O Clay so come on over and join in on the fun. Due date is Feb 1st
Here are some inspirational links that were found by some of the members. Even if you do not join in on the swap see how easy it is to make a Pandora Style bead!
What exactly is a Pandora bead?
A Pandora bead is a bead that will fit on the Pandora style bracelet or necklace.
Here is a link that has almost every quesiton you could have about a Pandora style bracelet answered at your fingertips.
They typically are ___approx 4mm in diamater and made to fit on a Pandora style bracelet.
Below please find some links to Pandora type beads made from polymer clay.
one with stripes
Cat Therian’s take on this
And here is a whole bunch of videos for oyu to enjoy
This is a tutorial that you can buy but the picture might give you an idea of how to make lampwork beads a-la pandora style
One of my favorites! I am going to try to make some of these in dog and cat form
Some YouTube movies
In this one the camera moves a lot but it’ll give you an idea
I really like this one and the clear instructions. Also the idea to use a toothpick first, then a skewer and then the core, because it will distort your bead less… Oh and she uses cane slices
Italian video but she uses a flathead screwdriver to get the rest of the clay out of the hole AND I saw she is also using the grommets that one would use for fabric (with one of those special pliers that crimps them together)
Not a tutorial but it shows a lot of different style pandora beads
These are from Luny….Thanks Luny!
This Pandora bead tutorial doesn’t have the grommets but will still give you a good idea of things/designs you can do …
“Chunky” Pandora bead tutorial
A simple tutorial – it is in French but still easy to understand by looking at the photos …
Please know that some of these are for sale but I am not affiliated with them in any way.
These are just pictures (images) of Pandora beads for ideas and inspiration.
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These are sterling silver Pandora beads but I thought I would share them as I sure got a few ideas while browsing through them.
Here are some cool colors I mixed.
Could not figure out what to do with them so I made some slices that turned out real nice.
My husband has been out-of-town for the last two and a half months, he comes home Thursday. With that in mind I spent today watching Wild Card Weekend and getting all the clay related items all over the house back in the studio.
One of the first projects I will be working on while back in the studio is this………….
The artist in me says Wonderful! I have the opportunity to learn a technique with new tools that are provided to master that technique.
The crazy clay lady in me says Heck Yea mama got some new toys I am going to play!
Finally the mini food swap pics are up. As always I was so amazed at how wonderful the entries were. Great job guys!
One of the things on my vacation checklist is to remove my chairs from my desk. They think the customers will sit down and wait for me to come back (they might). This week for me is a staycation with few plans.
I want to get work shoes. Did that one today along with a few other really good deals yea for me!
I want to watch one of son’s football games which I will do Monday after noon.
I want to finish the Colorful Ocean Creatures for the swap at City O Clay. I will be able to do that one next week while hubby is at work and son at school.
I want to not feel the pressure to complete a bunch of the things that need to be done around the house.
I want to not be distracted by one of my finds. I first saw this last year and ever since then I keep seeing this as a new clay series.
Wish me luck!
I am finally able to share with you the participants for the tin swap 2011. We have such a group of talented artists who really made this swap fun. I hope you enjoy the pictures and if you would like to join in on the fun the next swap has already started it is colorful ocean creatures.
Again I want to thank all the participants. Without you I would have nothing to sort and send. Thank you for all the hard work, time and determination you have proven to complete this task. Great job!
This is the post at City O Clay announcing the next swap. In case you do not know already it is a yahoo group focused on clay where I host the swaps that run every two months. You do have to be a member of the group to participate in the swaps. Astrid a wonderful member there helped with the last part of the links I hope you do not mind I left her post at the end.
You guys did it. You chose what we would be making for the next swap.
And the winner is Colorful Ocean Creatures!
This is a great chance for you to do what your muse is guiding you to create. This is a chance for you to really take a chance and create something that is one of a kind and you!
You can choose what you make. It can be beads, a cane, a pin, a whatchafrazen whatever it is that your muse is telling you to create.
You must make sure that your creation fits into a small priority box and gets to me by the due date of October 1 2011 with a mail date of Oct 15. Those are the only two stipulations for this swap. Sound like fun? Sign up at
and e mail
In gathering links for this swap I wanted to inspire you with colorful ocean creatures and this is a great way to do that.
If the link does not work then just go to your favorite search engine and type in colorful ocean creatures and voila. It was hard finding links of things for you to make with tutorials and that is why this is really an inspirational swap. Muse get over here we have some work to do!
This if from the Daily Art Muse
If you want weird sea monsters you can find them here.
make a trout
super simple wormie thing
How to make a shark
sea urchins and starfish
Deviant art search
polymer clay fish
Lot of mermaids
exploring life in the coral reef
Ocean Scene with simple but cute fish, octopus etc.
This might give you some ideas of the fish living at “crushing depth”
Since it is hard to find clay related Ocean Creatures I looked at tons of pictures of what lives in and around the oceans.
Besides the fantasy ones like mermaids and mermen, I’m thinking about Manatees,
Sea Otters, all sort of seals, sea turtles, all things in and out of
the ocean, different shells and conches, Starfish, mollusks and
crustaceans (crab, lobster etc), ocean fauna like anemone, seagrass
(and sea cows), the octopus, different sharks (there you go, Luny!
LOL), colorful fish like the Butterfly Fish, Dragonets, Rock fish,
Lion Fish, Tangs, Angelfish (juveniles with their “brain-cane”
pattern and the colorful adults) etc.
I’m going to the library
tomorrow and get me some books on the many colorful fishies
this helped some
The following is the Covered Tin Swap announctment at City O Clay an online polymer community. You will find several sites and videos to learn how to cover a tin it is pretty basic when you think about it. This leads to the question of a tutorial as was done with the rock purse tutorial.
I had a lot of fun doing it and it added to my online polymer clay tutorials. With a tin I do not know if I have anything that I could add to it that has not already been done. I mean am I just going to be saying and showing what has already been done? How can I make it uniqe and MINE? Would anyone even want to see another tin tut? I will have to mull this one over for a while because I have to think of a cane to make sheets wooo hooo!
Okay wait a minute I just went back and really read the rock purse tutorial…… read what I said months ago. Why am I still doubting my craft?
I mean what could my tut be that has not already been done, do I have anything new to say or do that has not been already seen? When I realized that was the fear in me talking (I could list 10 reasons for why not) I got over myself and just did it. I can tell you there were a couple of times I sat there looking at my clay table, or just after I messed up a step (mess up kept in BTW) I could have quit but did not. I encourage you to face your fear and just try something, anything you would not normally do. The sense of accomplishment you will feel will give you the power to succeed in life no matter what you try. As my clay mentor Nj says Baby Steps.
Now that I have worked out my artist issues here are some tin links!
Soooo you want to cover tins hunh? Well
let us think of a few things before getting too inspired by links of
others’ work or the crazy ideas already running in your head.
We will be sending these to the swap
mistress in a SMALL PRIORITY box so you will need a tin or tins that
will fit into said box. Please take a moment to focus on this before
going crazy and covering a bunch of tins that are too big to fit in
one. Another issue we need to focus on is that if we make 5 tins they
all need to fit into a small priority box. Those of you swappers who
like to make one for each participant will not be able to do so this
time as you need to get it to me in a small one and I need to return
to you in the same size box. Now if you want to fill up a larger
priority box and send the correct amount of postage to return the
same size box to you that is an option for you if you want to make
more than five.
As far as the tin you can use it is up
to you just make sure that it (or how many ever you will send in)
will fit into one small priority box.
So now that we have the pesky details
out of the way we need to get inspired. Lets have some links.
Desiree as usual has a great tin tut
e how’s version
I am not sure who put this one up but
it is based on the ehow version. I liked the therapudic benefits part
of the instructions in the tut!
Zuleykha has one too
Squido has a video tut
This is a U Tube video that is almost 9
This is not a tin but a wooden box. No
step by step here but some valuable information can be found.
This page is about wooden beads but I
put it here because it has more infomation about wood and its
properties. Wood is a tricky object to cover because of the water
that it can contain, which will lead to problem solving you will not
find when covering glass or metal.
There is always the motherload of
information on this site
Be careful you will get lost there so
make sure to get food and drink before going!
I could go on and on positng links but
I really think these give you the basic foundations needed to cover a
metal or wooden tin. Now I think we need some flickr overload with
I started by enering in my Flickr
polymer clay covered tin and came
up with this
polymer clay covered wooden box
brought these links
The thing I did notice is that the
wooden boxes were mostly only PARTIALLY covered in clay. I wonder if
that has anythig to do with the unique prperties of wood when
covering with clay.
Polymer clay covered box and these
pop up most of them you have already seen if you looked at both of
the previous searches.
You now have the fundamentals of
covering a box and some eye candy to hopeully get you inspired all
that is left is to sign up for the Tin Swap! Further informatoin to
follow in the Tin Swap Announcement and the General Swap Rules.
This week I have been working on finishing up a commissioned face cane for a local jewelry artist. She asked me if I could make something for her since she did not feel confident enough to produce one in clay herself. She had found this wonderful U Tube video by one of the polymer clay masters.
This is Cynthia Tinapple’s video tutorial on how she makes her face canes. I watched it and loved the idea instantly of course with a couple of twists. I did not feel comfortable making the white plug and adding the details rather I made the details and added the white. For me if I did it the way Cynthia did I would not get smooth even cuts and the cane would come out distorted looking before I even began reducing. I also told my client to give me examples of eyes and noses she liked since I would not copy the face Cynthia had used. Here are the drawings that were sent…..
She liked Photo 2 and I began building. I reduced the eye cane that I made last week for this.
Added some lips.
Put the components together.
Added a little more white and squeezed just a little to work out any air.
See the dent in her forehead? I dropped it and since the Kato Pearl was too soft (YES I SAID TOO SOFT) I decided to wait a couple of days to reduce. Insert the Tom Petty Song about waiting being the hardest part.
I made a conscious decision to work the cane for at least a half an hour before beginning the reducing process. This was done by just banging the thing from all sides to warm the clay before reducing. This is her after working 35 minutes.
See how her lips are not working out? This happens when using different brands of clay or clay that is the same brand but not the same consistency. I knew at this time that I needed to reduce and prepare myself for the fact that she would not reduce evenly. So I began.
Also check out my cane ends. The pieces with just the eyes and brows are the first cut. Then you will notice a little of the nose showing up, and finally the face with lips.
The client has really enjoyed the process she said it was like giving birth she is the one who named her Lucy and her birthday is today. As an artist I could not ask for anything more. Client is happy and loves her faces and she is having design ideas and let me tell you they are some good ideas! If you would like to see some of her other work it can be found here.
I am excited because I now have some cool face beads to donate to the beads swap which is due May 15th.
Enjoy your clay journey and if you ever need a face cane think of me!