One of my blogger friends posted about this challenge and after reading her post, I checked out the challenge. It sounds like a good project for me. I’ve had a vague goal about learning to work with polymer for quite some time. To enter this challenge you have to have specific goals and post about your progress.
Hmmmmmmmmmmm, sitting down and figuring out the goals was the hard part.
What do I want to do?
I want to set stones in clay so I have unique pendants. Sounds easy enough, right…..until you actually sit down with the clay and don’t know what to do. I found a good tutorial at Claylessons.com and think I will start there (NO….not more I think, or I should) I WILL start there.
I also want to make earring components that are colorful and unique.
I want to find simple tutorials for beginners that I can make.
I signed up for 3 polymer clay newsletters. Even if I can’t do complicated things, I can see what others are doing and clarify my goals for the future.
I have other goals for the coming year and I do not want to commit to blogging once a week about the clay.
Here is my statement of goals for this challenge.
1. I will purchase the 3 tutorials I saw at Claylessons.com, one for setting stones, one for cute earring components and one that is more complicated but very interesting.
2. Each week, I will commit to setting one stone until I am satisfied that I have mastered the technique. Only after this will I move along to the earring components. Only when I am satisfied with the components will I move on to the more complicated piece.
3. I will BOLO other interesting tutorials and increase my skills base throughout the months until, at the end of 2015 I can say that I have significantly increased my knowledge and can be proud of my work.
4. I will NOT try to do 15 new things at once and overwhelm myself.
5. I will blog approximately every 5 weeks about my clay progress so I have a record of successes and failures.
I still have 6 more months of the Language of Clothes posts. I’ve had such fun with this series and want to cover the rest of the colors. That’s six more posts.
One more goal! Bsue Boutiques is offering for the first time ever, a master class in design. We have to Build a Line and Brenda will help us all the way. Only stipulation is that we use her products in our designs. No hardship there. I love her stuff! And, she has so many ideas and tutorials. She is fun and down to earth.
this is her challenge…….for 3 months we will work on and develop a line of five products that we want to feature in different styles and colors with interchangeable aspects. Well, I’ll blog about it in January, the whole deal. I’m such a scatter-ass, I try so many different things and am always off on a tangent somewhere. I’ve got an idea for a line I want to try and this will help me learn how to develop the line. Woot woot! We have signups on January 8th and have to submit our ideas. We also have to be accepted and the number is limited. Plus, if our idea is already taken, well, we better have a backup plan. So, I’ve got some doodling and studying to do and all other hops and projects will be ON HOLD till I’m done. This is going to be a fantastic learning experience. I’ll have to come up with a branding name and logo type thing and it means I’ll be opening a small new shop just for these items. Lots of work, lots of fun!
All in all, I”m going to have fun.
Holidays are often a depressing time. At the very least, they are stressful. That’s good reason to “get the blues” this time of year. The color blue actually lowers blood pressure and respiration. It has a calming effect. It’s the color of the sky and the ocean which are always constant. Landscapes may change, buildings may crumble but the sky never falls and the ocean keeps on rolling. Blue sends a message of constancy, trust, and dependability. (this may be why we see a lot of blue used in uniforms)
(not a fashion statement here, just some eye candy)
The more black you add to blue, the more serious and sober you seem. Navy blue: we see it and our brain tells us; dependable, traditional, classic, conservative, professional, confident, quiet but authoritative. It’s a great color for job interviews, presentations, and speeches. Wear it when you ask for that raise, reminding your boss he can count on you.
Okay, I’m done fooling around now. Let’s move along to sky blue. It’s calming and cool. The vibrations you send out will be those of a person who is tranquil, happy, stable, faithful and true.
Its also a great color for accessories. It will add serenity to the dangerous element of black, make white more approachable and turn the passion of purple toward a more spiritual vibe.
Light blue is definitely calm and restful. That’s one of the reasons it’s used in hospitals for scrubs and walls. It calms the patients and inspires trust. When you want people to relax around you, trust you and calm them down, wear light blue. Initial impressions: calming, cool, peaceful, clean. On a hot day, wear a light blue dress and people will be drawn to your cool, watery serenity.
Bright blue sends a different message. It says happy, energetic, vibrant and it stirs these emotions in others. It’s a great color to pair with neutral tones to jazz up their traditional stable messages. Try bright blue with olive and antique gold and you will get the vibrations of stability and tradition plus happy and trustworthy energy.
Wear bright blue with purple and hot pink and you have happy festive vibes.
Teal has a whole different meaning of its own. Wear it and say “I’m unique”! It has a richness, an expensive upscale quality that says Not only am I unique, I’m darn classy!
So, that’s my story for December. Go out and get the blues! And……..if you see something from my shop that you really like, you can get a 25% off code if you “like” my Strega Jewellry Facebook page. You’ll save some money.
Here is a collection of blue accessories from my guild sisters on Artfire.
Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things blog is hosting this hop. Our challenge is to use a bead or beads we have been hoarding and make something. We all have stashes of beads we buy, thinking we are going to make something but have no idea what it is yet. The beads end up laying around in our storage area and we add more beads. I am guilty of this for sure.
I chose this octopus bracelet component from Bead Freaky. I love octopi. I love this little guy, and he has laid in the drawer long enough. Because I chose black, I’ve just had a hard time being inspired by what to make. At first, I had only a title for the piece: Black Water. Those of you who know me, know I go for music to match my blog and post but Black Water by the Doobie Brothers is about the Mississippi River and I think there are no octopi there. There was a movie trailer for a film called Black Water but it was about giant crocodiles, so no octopi there. I decided to go for fantasy art.
I found this wallpaper which was free and no artist I can credit. I love this. It’s weird and wonderful.
I also found this Kraken. Now who does not like Kraken? That’s the photo I decided to go with so it’s off to PicMonkey to make a photo collage I can work with.
I could not find an artist to credit with this one either so I’ll refer you back to the blog where I found it, a WordPress blog by M.L. Aitken, a “fantasy devotee” from their Mythical
Creatures post. Check it out. There is also a cool picture of the Lock Ness monster.
Anyhow, it’s settled. When I think of Black Water, I think of mystery and danger and mythical creatures. I think of moon and starlight, silvery-gold, reflecting off dark waters. I think of shivers, that aren’t just chills from the fog as I gaze down into those dark waters wondering what lies below.
I started with a ceramic bracelet focal I had been hoarding, from Bead Freaky. I wasn’t sure which chain I was going to use until I started going through the box of chain. I found this weird gunmetal chain with a sort of ropey, nautical look that I had found at the thrift shop (me….humming the Thrift Shop tune….) Original intent was to add some copper chain, but I didn’t like the way that looked. Now, I know this is plain but I want the eye to go to my little octopus/kraken, not his accessories. I settled for copper bead caps with silver headpins and I’ve got some really mixed metals. I used hematite beads. Real black would be too dark for black water and hematite has that silvery patina of shimmery water.;
Love this hop. I managed to use my focal I had been hoarding AND that weird chain I picked up on a whim. Thanks, Lori, for putting this together. Let’s go see what the rest of the ladies made.