Sunday, July 28, 2019

Use Up Polymer Clay Scraps

No frills tutorial...

STEP 1
Cut out shapes, arrange on a sheet of clay. Put your sheet on a large, smooth-surfaced tile so you can easily pick up the whole thing and rotate it. The ability to move the whole thing around will come in handy in the next steps.

Run an acrylic roller over it gently to press the shapes down into the base layer. (My pieces are a little thick -- a tad thinner would make the flattening process go faster.) Don't use the pasta machine at this stage -- it will warp the design. After you have gone over it multiple times in different directions with the acrylic roller and it's almost flat, you can put it in the pasta machine to make it totally smooth if you want to. Just be sure to turn the sheet 90 degrees with each pass through the machine so your shapes don't warp.

STEP 2
 Etch lines into your shapes to define and add interest if you want. 

STEP 3
Use cutters on the sheet to make a series of pieces you can use for necklace or bracelet components. Peel away the excess clay from around your pieces. Use a small cutter to make holes or opt to drill small holes after curing. Bake right on the tile for flat pieces or gently peel the pieces off the tile with a slicer and place on a curved surface as shown below.

STEP 4

Bake according to your clay's instructions. If you etched designs into the clay, rub your favorite paint into the etched lines and wipe the excess paint off the surface. Then sand and finish as desired.



Sunday, April 28, 2019

NYC April 2019

Cool girl at the Museum.

At the Metropolitan Museum. Artist learning by copying the old masters.

Hot and Cold Pizza

Walking the dogs


Chevrons and Stripes

We stayed at this hotel. Fifty by Affinia on the corner of 3rd and 50th.

At the Metropolitan Museum. I always think of this one as "The Virgin Mary and the Blessed Baby George Washington."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Best PIctures of 2018

YEAR IN REVIEW



November 8-10 New York to see Mike Birbiglia's show "The New One." It was my second time seeing it -- I highly recommend it! i am sure he will film it someday so you all need to watch it.


Hilma af Klint show at the Guggenheim

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October 18-28 Seine River Cruise (Paris to Honfleur and back). Avalon was the cruise company -- very nice boat, great food!

One block from the hotel where we stayed the first night.

THE LOUVRE

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HONFLEUR



VERSAILLES



OMAHA BEACH




VAN GOGH

All around the town they have placards of his paintings at the site where he painted it. There is a Stairway at the end of this alley that comes from the street above. The building in the painting with a bright orange roof can be seen through the little space in the trees.



MONET


It was very overcast and a little drizzly when we were in the garden.


ROUEN



NOTRE DAME


All manner of horrors are advertised to sinners on the center arch of Notre Dame.

MUSEE D'ORSAY






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August 9-14 California to visit Aunt Carolyn and my cousins




June 6-10 Shoemaking workshop. From pieces of leather to shoes on my feet! If you want to try it, check www.cordwainershop.comwww.cordwainershop.com to see if there are upcoming classes near you.






May 1-3, I took the Megabus to New York ($42 round trip!) for a work-related workshop but also saw a play ("Lobby Hero") which was very good. 


For the past two years I've been sewing weekly. My closet is now 90% my own handiwork.
Just a few of the things I've made.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Vacation Snaps Made More Fun With Prisma

Prisma is my favorite app. It makes my pictures look like what I would draw if I had more time and talent.

I visited my Aunt and cousins in Santa Barbara, California. I don't know any of the people in these shots; I just like scenes of everyday life.














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