Monday, June 27, 2011

At Home

I'd like to share with you this quick snapshot taken from the shop.  This is our collection of home accessories we've been making through the years.  I'm calling it The Beadlady At Home.

A few handmade throw pillow cases with pretty prints and tabletop mannequins (for organizing your accessories) are available for purchase.  They'll look lovely in your craft room or living area.  The vintage prints on the wall will also be available soon.  Something to watch out for.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Secret Garden Monograms

I'm finally posting some new stuff for sale online, after months of quiet.  Please stay tuned!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The old air Ozonizer (my first attempt at Steampunk)


I've always admired Christi Friesen's Steampunk creations, but I never found the courage to try it out.  Until recently.  Thanks to the creative ladies at the Philippine Polymer Clay Guild, I caught the Steampunk bug.  My fellow guild mates Gin Rose Caballero, Ghie Malig, Melody Felipe, and Donna Cruz have all done such a wonderful job with Steampunk that I was encouraged to try it out.  

Here's my very first attempt.  This is actually an old, broken perfume bottle.  I decided to upcycle it by covering it with clay and turning it into a pendant (there's a small hole in the cap where you can string a chain through).

I had so much fun creating this, that I even wrote a little note to Professor Contraption, the quirky character in CF's book Steampunkery.  Teehee.

Dear Professor Contraption,

I found this odd thingamabob in my grandfather's old tackle box a fortnight ago.  It is a glass vial of some sort, with a gold screw-on cap, and a hole in the upper right corner.  It appears to have lost its plug.  The gears do not seem to be working, but I imagine it is an old air purifier. London air enters the hole when the plug is dettached, and you sip the fresh, Ozonified air through the open cap, just like you would a flask of whisky.  Gentlemen in the center of London would have carried such a contraption in their coat pocket, given the murky atmosphere of coal smoke in the city.

I am holding on to it for safekeeping, but know that whenever you are on your way to the old city, you are welcome to come knocking on my door to borrow it.


I actually did a little research to find out how they would've sounded like in the good old days of steam and coal.  Just to make the note sound a little bit authentic.  Just for fun. And how fun to find out that June 14 was actually world Steampunk day!

I want to do more Steampunkery!  Will keep my eye open for more broken bits.  If you have some cool but useless stuff (old watches, tiny vials, etc), please send them my way!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

More May Flowers

These floral pendants were created using the same technique I used for the Feuille de Autumne piece.  

I love adding the stitched texture to each petal.  They're tiny, so it's a bit of a struggle not to squish them while working on them.  They're each the size of a finger nail, some a bit smaller! Here's what the texture looks like up close:

By just changing the colors and modifying the way petals are positioned, you create an entirely different look.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Feuille de Autumne

The last week of May proved to be quite productive. I just had to scratch my polymer clay itch, as I have not  made anything new in a while.  I was able to cough up this pendant after a futile attempt to make something intricate.  It's quite frustrating - it didn't turn out exactly like I hoped.

I have a small collection of scrapbook papers which I never use for scrapbooking.  Instead, I use them for inspiration or for photo backdrops.  

I am fond of this particular sheet for its intricate details - delicate stitchery, a burst of color,  and paisley-like patterns.  It's called Feuille de Autumne.

I guess I captured the essence of the sheet in the pendant I made, but it's not really what I envisioned.  

Although I think I got the petals right. I individually shaped each petal by hand then added the stitches, veins and dots.  But when I tried to combine the petals to make the flower, that's when the problem started.  They didn't quite "stand" or "fall" the way I wanted them to.  Every little pinch, they'd die in my finger.  Frustrating! I wanted a bulb in full bloom.  Oh well, I'll try again next time.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Philippine Polymer Clay Guild

We recently started a local polymer clay guild here in the Philippines - this is actually my 3rd or 4th attempt to form a group of like-minded artists.  The first few attempts failed because of technology - either the sites that hosted the groups began charging, or they remained free but were hard to access and manage.

Since I am on sabbatical from teaching and production work, I finally found the time to try again.  Thanks to the wonders of facebook, we were able to gather a few Pinoy hobbyists and entrepreneurs from all over the country who share the same love for polymer clay, and more importantly, the same vision of creating a friendly and helpful community of artists with the same principles.  We call ourselves Polymer clay People Philippines - a nickname.  P3 for short. Officially, we are the Philippine Polymer Clay Guild.

The past few weeks have been such a joy - I met new people, drooled over their work, and shared fun discussions about all things clay, and beyond!

Just last weekend, a few of us met for lunch - our first Meet and Greet.  It was fun seeing old faces, and meeting new ones.  Apart from the never ending gabfest and the ooohing-and-aaaahing over a few handmade pieces that a few were able to bring, there was no real activity yet for this first meeting. It was a time for new acquaintances. I'm excited for the next meetings!

Photos grabbed from Joyce, Jhoi, and Ling.

Our guild’s objectives:
1. Build a community.

To create a cooperative and caring community of artists who share the same interest and principles, who help each other develop skills through group discussions and meet-ups.

2. Promote respect.

To foster respect among fellow polymer clay artists, and make a stand against photo theft, copying, and disregard for another artist’s rights.

3. Educate.

To hold continuous discussions and trainings that advance our craftsmanship, so we may produce local talent that can compete in an international level.

4. Produce high-quality work.

To elevate polymer clay into a medium of art, and not simply a craft material, by creating exceptional pieces that are of high quality.

5. Uphold local Pinoy talent.

To promote our craft against the threats of mass-produced products coming from China and other countries, by educating people about the difference of our original handmade work from cheap, imported merchandise.
We are still in the process of getting settled in, but you'll hear from us very soon!  Watch out for P3!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blast from the past

Friendster died last night.  I kept putting off saving my data, until I totally forgot about it.  I almost had a heart attack last night when I realized I only had 30 minutes to salvage my old photos.  When I lost my old Picturetrail account eons ago, I lost most of the photos from when I was just starting to sell my handmade jewelry.  So I wasn't about to lose my precious Friendster photos without a fight.  Good thing the actual exporting of files through the Exporter app has been extended until June 27!

Here are some photos I salvaged earlier today.  I can't help but feel nostalgic.

I used to wear really funky neck pieces to school, and would receive a lot of compliments.  That's when I decided to start selling my work.

I don't remember when I made this necklace.  I called it "Vintage Meets Punk".  It must have been in 2004 or 2005, judging from my outfit below. Ah, college days.

And on a side note, here's an old logo from those days, also saved from my Friendster account. Illustrated by dear Marco, and colored by me through Photoshop.  Teehee.

It pains me to think about all those lost photos from now-defunct websites.  I remember many more funky necklaces and out of this world accessories I made as a teen.  Sigh. 

So friends, always archive photos of your work, no matter how crazy you think your projects are.  It will be nice to look back someday, and say, I've come a long way.


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