Wednesday, December 16, 2009

New pendants


Here are new additions to the French-inspired collection, featuring polymer clay photo-transfer tiles wrapped in brass filigree.

The images are from my collection of vintage photos and ephemera, taken from royalty-free books and other sources. It took me days to properly process the photos.


Each photo is then transferred to polymer clay. After baking, the tiles are sanded and glazed to give them a professional finish.

I wrote about my inspiration and design process for these pendants in a previous post.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The secret keepers

Don't let this cupcake fool you. It's not just a regular polymer clay cupcake.


It actually opens up as a locket! Here's the story behind these curious little things...

After creating the cupcake locket tutorial earlier this year, another idea hit me. Why not create an entire cupcake out of the locket, instead of just attaching a cameo-like piece onto it?

Incidentally, I chanced upon this devastatingly cute cupcake lipgloss set a few weeks later in Rustan's. It hit me: I could make the locket open up just like this! Frosting and sprinkles separated from the base by the locket itself.


Photo from amazon.com

But like so many of my ideas, this one had to take a back seat as I struggled to finish the 1001 projects on my to-do list.

A few months later, one of my students from my Ultimate Miniature Food class submitted this lovely project:
Dessert locket by Paulina Dex
Isn't it amazing? Ack. I was reminded by the project I had yet to accomplish.

Finally, I was able to put my idea to the test a few days ago:


I made the base flatter than I normally would when making cupcakes, just so the locket can lie flat on the chest when worn. This hasn't been glazed yet. I love how it looks like a cookie instead of a cupcake, teehee.

I was so excited by what I had just made, and was going to post it on flickr, when... Eeeeeek! I found this:


This was made by etsy seller magicbeanbuyer. It's terribly cute, but more importantly, she has been making these years ahead of me.

I am a big advocate of originality, so I wanted to differentiate my work from what is already out there. So last night, I went back to the old drawing board and tweaked my idea.

And that's how these new cupcake lockets were born. They're still a work in progress, but I will get there.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

French-inspired polymer clay jewelry

If the Moroccan-inspired jewelry were simple clay medallions set on brass filigree, these new French-inspired pieces feature photo-transfer polymer clay tiles wrapped with filigree.

At first, I came up with simple photo-transfer tiles, like the ones I used to make when I was starting out. But I found them boring, and I wanted something new this time.

I decided I wanted them to look like delicate vintage cabs and cameos. The challenge was to make the tiles look luxurious, and it's hard to do that with polymer clay.

I set them on brass filigree, like what I did in the Moroccan collection, but the tiles looked out of place. So I tried something different - wrapping them in filigree instead of simply setting them on top of it. I think I finally got the look I was going for.



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Polymer clay and brass filigree


It's hard to make polymer clay pieces look luxurious.

I found that one way to lend polymer clay that classy look of "real jewelry" is to combine it with metals. You don't need expensive gold or sterling silver.

Here I used inexpensive raw brass filigree to set simple clay medallions. I call these my Moroccan-inspired collection.


More photos on flickr.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'm back! (Well, kinda...)

I'm alive.

Sorry if I sorta abandoned this account.

I got sick, so I went on a really long vacation and finally got that much needed R&R.

Then life got in the way, and I couldn't go back online immediately.

So sorry!

I'll start blogging again soon. In the meantime, here's what I made recently:

A polymer clay tile wrapped with brass filigree.


More posts and pictures to come! Thanks for still following me!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Little Milestones

The polymer clay blogeratti has noticed Confessions of a Chronic Crafter! I am deeply grateful for all the blog mentions!

My 2D cupcake tutorial was featured on Craft Gossip!


And my new polymer clay embroidery projects were mentioned in CraftyGoat's Notes!


The polymer clay embroidery project also caught the attention of a Russian blogger and crafter, at the Emicraft blog. (Link will direct you to translated site by google)


Thank you, thank you to the editors/bloggers!

And thank you Organic Odysseys for the links!

DIY Wednesday: Cupcake Locket!


How to make polymer clay-covered/embellished lockets
A tutorial for beginners, A Handmade Pilipinas post

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I'm trying to introduce regular sections into this blog, so you can look forward to something new every week. Wednesdays are for DIY tutorials, a time to get crafty!

Let's start off with a simple project to complement the first DIY tutorial I posted a while back.

What you need:
Metal locket
Strong polymer clay (I recommend Premo)
Texture sheets or rubber stamps
Craft knife
E6000 glue

Step by step photos and instructions after the jump.



Before you begin:

1. Condition the clay
2. Clean the locket. Wipe off any dirt and oils that may have been transferred from your hands.
*TIP: Work with the locket open. Every once in a while, check the hinges to ensure they remain clay-free.

Instructions:

Step 1. Make a clay ball.





Do not press too hard, or else the extra-deep impressions
will result to thin, weak areas on your clay.

After applying texture, some clay might spill over
the sides.


Step 8. Add other embellishments (like the 2D cupcake from the previous tutorial).

Step 9. Bake according to clay manufacturer's instructions. Read more.

Step 10. Repeat all steps for the reverse side if you wish.

Over time, the clay will get detached from the locket. So if you want your polymer clay lockets to last, follow these extra instructions:

After baking

Step 1. Peel off the clay from the locket.

Step 2. Apply a thin layer of E6000 glue to the clay.

Step 3. Attach the clay back onto the locket.

Step 4. Let glue dry for 24 hours or more.

Done!

If you have tried this tutorial, please post the link to your project in the comments below! :)

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Entomology

New stuff I'm currently working on.

Entomology

Summer's here

Waiting for Mr. Postman

My mail is taking forever to get here. I am waiting for these extra-yummy cupcakes, from SweetTushies of etsy. There's already a spot waiting for them in my kitchen!

I ordered two, and I'm getting another one for free! She's so generous! Can't wait to get my kitchen smelling like butter cream, hot fudge brownie, and cotton candy. Mmmmmmmm.

One other package is also lost in the mail system. This other one I need terribly. They're filled with new supplies, waiting to be turned into jewelry. I hope they get here real soon.

Friday Flickr Favorites: Craft rooms/studios

There are so many inspiring photos on flickr, it's a shame not to share them. Allow me to join the bandwagon and start posting my favorite flickr photos every Friday.

This week's theme is white craft rooms/studios.

Friday Flickr Favorites: Craft rooms/studios

Credits after the jump.

1. Shelf, painted and holding paints, 2. growing wall, 3. on my desk, 4. WIP: Craft Room Update, 5. things, 6. Our new chairs at the studio, 7. ~Twinkling lights~, 8. trading spaces

Thursday, February 26, 2009

More curiosities

My craft studio will forever be a work in progress. Here are more pics from my work room.

The wall
I had the dining room wall painted in green and white stripes.

Marco whined that the stripes made the dining room look like a playroom, but these chic vintage posters totally changed his mind. He says it now looks like a cool cafe. Hah! These are really tiny by the way, most are just 4 inches tall.


Kitchen
An uncle gave me these vintage coke bottles. They now sit on top of the fridge.




Beads in bottles
More bottles: bead storage.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When life gets in the way

Nothing destroys creative momentum like a sudden bout of illness. Not only does it interrupt one's daily craft time, but it bores a huge hole in your pocket too. Boo.

Good thing I have blog posts already lined up! Each post is scheduled to go live while I am away. Stay tuned.

~Blogged from my phone. I love how I can access blogger while lying down.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sundays should always be ice cream day


I had ice cream for breakfast today.

Made my own brownie ala mode, but instead of a brownie, I used store-bought cake, and some vanilla ice cream. Yum.



Red ribbon chocolate cake and a small scoop of Selecta vanilla ice cream.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

This is so engrossing (more polymer clay embroidery)

180 stitches. 4 hours. Kept stitching till my hands and eyes hurt. Polymer clay embroidery is getting addicting. The possibilities are endless.



Unlike needlepoint on fabric, embroidering polymer clay is a lot tougher. The clay fights back! You have to pull the thread harder than you normally would on fabric. You have to use a firm clay piece and very strong thread, or else it won't handle the stress from the stitching and pulling.



Read the previous post about this here.

Take me to the beach

We interrupt regular programming to make room for a bit of whining.

Summer's here. The heat is becoming oppressive. Sticky, prickly heat. My apartment is one huge oven in the summer months - it gets sun at all hours of the day so the walls are as hot as a flat iron.

I long for the beach...

Sipalay, November 2007



Take me to the beach.

the secret beach, November 2007

Friday, February 20, 2009

Something new: Polymer Clay Embroidery


So I went crazy and decided to torture my poor fingers: I embroidered polymer clay.



I used to do cross-stitch projects as a child, but I quickly outgrew the craft. Having to count all those squares were too much for me.

My interest in needlepoint was rekindled last year when I saw fiber artist Apol Lejano-Massebieau's whimsical, almost free-form embroidery on paper and plushies. I was inspired to revisit my cross-stitching days, so I bought colorful DMC thread and needles. Not wanting to simply copy her work, I decided to put my own twist on it. I thought, why not embroider on polymer clay?



I started needlepoint on clay September last year, starting with simple back-stitching on the edges of these flat clouds, to give them a pretty "silver lining".
I can't find the finished product photos, tsk. Will update this post when I unearth them.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Little curiosities

A craft room/studio should inspire you to create. So I decided to surround myself with little curiosities that help spark the imagination.

inside the tiny lantern

The tiny red lantern at sunset.

shadows

Shadows on my wall.

lanterns

Surrounded by color...

prints

...and prints.

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