Thursday, April 9, 2015

An over view of how I make a retro cane

Hello! Can you believe it a second blog post this month? I thought I would share an over view of how I create one of the patterns you see often in my work in a variety of colours.

The colours before I sheet them out and make them useable

Here they are all flat and ready to be used. Here you see
shades of blue, turquoise, lime greens, white and brown.

Next I use a cutter to cut all these circles.

Then those circles are stacked like this. Sometimes I will make up
a pattern other times I just grab and stack with no pattern.

Those logs of clay now go into this tool called an extruder the end
of the extruder has a square die in the end of it.

The clay comes out looking like square snakes.

I cut and stack the snakes and it looks like this from the front.

A side view of the same stack of snakes.

That stack of snakes is now called a cane and when sliced with a sharp blade looks like this. Each slice looks slightly different.

The textured sheet of clay now becomes the back of the buttons
and the lighter blue sheet is where I will apply all the slices
of cane I am about to cut.

The slices of cane are applied to the sheet of clay then rolled
and smoothed out until usable. 

The pretty sheet and textured sheet are now stuck together.

Now its time to choose the shapes I want to cut out. I  grab my cuttersand fit as many shapes onto the sheet as I can. After the shapes are cut I put holes in the buttons. Put them in the oven to cureand sand and buff as needed. After that its time for pictures, editing and listing online. I hope that gives some understanding of
all the steps I take to create a back of buttons. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Creative Day Dreaming

I find myself doing daily tasks like dishes or interacting with my son and between my ears my brain has come up with a creative idea or inspiration that remains a dream until I can find a moment, an hour or a day to smoosh and manipulate the polymer clay I work with. The time I carve out to create seems stolen from something else I should be doing like sweeping the floor or building a lego tower. I could be working for 5 minutes or 5 hours it all passes so quickly and becomes a moving meditation for my body and mind. Some days I find myself caught mentally in the creative day dream while I am out doing errands or visiting with friends. My muse visits more often now and after a full year of creating as much and as often as I can I settle in to create with less struggle and effort.  It is easier now to sit and make something then it was last year. I doubt my mostly self taught aristic self less. I appreciate all of my customers and each sale I make. I have learned a great deal about my muse, my creative process and operating a small handmade business where I am the creator, dreamer and administrator. 

I enjoyed the following video it is worth watch .

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time to Catch up!

I haven’t blogged in more then a year. I have thought about it a few times but haven’t followed through. I’m not sure why I quit blogging but I am going to attempt a return and blog once a month. In my very last post I wrote that I was going to create 100 Bottles of Hope that didn't happen. Instead I started creating buttons with polymer clay and posting them on my Facebook page. As I posted more and more buttons it caught the eye of Tanya from who happens to live in the same city as I do. She purchased a few buttons and shared my page. Next I was “found” by Allison of . After connecting with both of these women who I can now say are great friends and amazing support. I began to sell buttons slowly and I was enjoying the process of making new buttons and selling them. A few months passed and I was still making buttons and they were selling the same day as I was listing them on my Facebook page. I kept thinking this is amazing but I ‘m sure it will slow down. Things haven’t slowed down at all! Instead I have met many amazing customers and made 100s of buttons over the last year.
With the mind blowing success of my page on Facebook I created a site on Etsy so spread my wings and continue selling my handmade work.  My goal before the end of 2015 is to have a stand alone website with my blog and e-commerce. This is an intimidating and overwhelming idea that will take a whole lot of work to make it happen. I will make sure to let you know when my site is launched. Here is a collage of some recent buttons I have made.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A few more Bottles of Hope


I set a goal for myself in late fall to make 100 Bottles of Hope before June of 2014 and donate them to the Relay for Life event in my community. I will likely meet my goal of 100 bottles but I doubt I will get them donated to the Relay for Life. I had a gal contact me via my Facebook page she requested a single bottle for herself. We chatted a bit more and I found out she participates on a team for the Relay of Life. I sent her about 15 bottles she chose one for herself and shared the rest with her team mates.

I went to work last week ( I work casually on call) at the school I worked at before I had my son and found out person I worked with previously was away and receiving treatment for cancer. I will be sending some bottles her way as well.

As of today I have made almost 50 bottles and am quickly running out of my bottles to cover. I am now seeking more tiny glass bottles to use for this project. I will include an example of the bottles I am using. If anyone has any leads on more bottles that would be great. I am hoping to find a source for bottles that will be free as I am giving them away and don’t have funds to buy new and pay for shipping.

36 - 37 - 38

22 - 23 - 24

25 - 26 - 27

28 - 29

30 - 31- 32

33 - 34 - 35

39 - 40 - 41 - 42

43 - 44 - 45

unfinished bottles

The bottles I am currently using came from some sort of hair coloring the bottles are about 2 inches tall and very narrow. I don’t put anything in the bottles but do include two notes from the Bottles of Hope website with the origins of the project and well wishes. It would be wonderful to find similar bottles for free and in a large quantity of 100 or more.

Each bottles is slightly different and most of them have a word on them that may provide inspiration and strength at a time when it is needed.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

This years Christmas Ornaments

This year I attended two craft fairs I enjoyed both of them and had wonderful reactions to everything I made. Here are a few pictures of the ornaments from this season.


small pink and purple scale ornament

large textured starfish ornament

green wreaths 2 better pic

light bulbs 1 2 3

4 snow flakes

2 trees 1 bell 2 star bursts

beach ornament 4

hanging navy and silver ornament 1


large show flake ornament # 7

ornament 2 completed

ornament 5 finished white to black

pink sparkly ornament  3


small snowflake ornment # 8

white silver blue ornament 6

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Improving my displays for a local shop and more


I have started working on the Christmas ornaments that I will be making for this year in the past I haven’t started on these until late November. I have purchased 6 medium sized glass balls and 6 small glass balls to make into ornaments. Here is the first one.

hanging navy and silver ornament 1

bottom view of navy and silver filigree ornament

This navy, silver and pearl ornament sparkles in the light!


hook display holding hooks 

I have my crochet hooks on display in a local shop hanging out in a cup and they aren’t selling and I suspect its because it is difficult to see the colors and size of the hook and this is my first attempt at a better display for them I am not thrilled with it and will be re working it tomorrow. This display measures 11 inches long and 3.5 inches long.


pen display 2

I have the same issue with my pens they are hanging out in a cup and aren’t sell so I made this display. It will hold 9 pens and hopefully increase the sales. The pen holder measures 8 inches long and 3 inches wide.

pen in turquoise and purple I love the colors of this pattern purple and turquoise is beautiful! This little cylinder is a pen in the making.

boh 1 I have continued to clean up in my studio and found a box of small glass jars I had forgotten I had. I had gotten the jars a few years ago in hopes I would make a while bunch of Bottles of Hope. I haven’t done any of these bottles in a year so decided it was time to start making them slowly as I do other projects.

Monday, September 30, 2013

A Tree canvas, 2 boxes and a score!


I recently covered a 8x10 inch stretch canvas in polymer clay. I was inspired by several different pictures of trees created using polymer clay and this is my interpretation of a fall tree.

The solid blue black ground is surrounded by a textured frame highlighted with silver. I made a series of about 10 polymer clay leaf canes. This was the firs time I had made leaf canes

My husband liked the picture enough that he asked if he could have it for his office at work.

finished view of tree canvas

close up of border frame

close up of edge 

edge of picture with more leaves


My next inspiration came from a twist I saw on a retro or extruded cane.

top view of football shapped box lid of box


lid off football shapped box lid off and the inside

bottom view of football shapped box side view


Next I did a square box with the same colours.

side view of square texture box with black and white lid


square texture box with black and white lid

I have several other ideas floating around between my ears but nothing that is quite coming together. I did pick up some little 4x4 inch canvases last week. I have been looking for small canvases for several months so I am excited to get to work with them.

I am on Facebook a little too much and follow way too many local swap ‘n shop type pages. A couple days ago I saw a quiet little add posted for some polymer clay items that someone was selling. After chatting with the person it turns out she was giving away all the art supplies. I commented and went to pick up the goods. I came home with 4 banker boxes full of goodies plus some some stuff that didn’t fit into the boxes.


banker box of clay 

Here is just one picture from that wonderful score! In total I came home with over 200 pieces of polymer clay. I have sorted through the treasures and shared with two friends and have another box of items to share yet.