Room, part 2 (Pins, Frames, Lights, Odds & Ends...)
the Town" This pair of socialites are dressed for show.
Perhaps to the opera, broadway show or... maybe they'll
end up in my necklace collection. hee hee
by taking Christie Friesen's class, please let me introduce
you to Nel the sea turtle.
first close up. Warning, it's a large pic so you can see
here to see her bejewelled back.
Light"; sun lit.
This is an Ikea "Grono"
(with double dots over the Os) table light. I must admit
a grudging like for Ikea now because I see many of
their offerings as plain, blank surfaces that I can
decorate to my heart's desire.
Those Grono table
lights are great examples. They're sold as a plain, colorless,
frosted glass boxes, approx 8" tall, 4" wide.
Pretty boring... until polymer clay gloms onto it. :)
Light"; bulb lit
Same table light
but photoed with the internal light source, a 25 watt
I've been wanting
"do" polyclay lights for a very long time. So after
doing this one, I rushed back to Ikea and got a bunch more
of their blank surface type lights. I'm gonna have some fun!
bit of mokume gane play.
slicer tool I used to make those ridgy slices on the mokume
play piece to the left.
albeit unfinished project. I wanted to do an egg project,
and have always found the skate's egg sack to have a cool
shape. I let my muse go for it! This piece measures about
6.5" long, 3.5" wide and about an inch thick
at it's thickest point.
And what an educational process it was. The one case you
see (above) kinda broke. Well, I tweaked and twiddled it
one time too many trying to make it swell. It split wide
After a good
night's sleep, I figure out how to salvage it and even
mustered the energy to make another one, using better
I do love playing
with prototypes. It gives me the chance to stretch my brain
cells trying to master the clay in new ways.
interpretative egg case pendant has a white, peach, copper
and gold mokume gane pattern on the front and back. The
cavity is the color of bright coral. The case front is
threaded with glass beaded curled copper wire strands.
Dimensions: 4 3/4" (12mm) long, 2 2/3" inches
(6.4mm) wide, 7/8" (2mm) deep.
the right is a collapsable animal thingie toy. You know
the kind of figure that collapses into a limp heap when
you push up from the bottom of the base. This is one of
the toys Pier showed the class how to make.
The one to the
left is a rolling kinda kinetic toy. The "X" looking
thing with a stick across it rolls end over over end
back and forth along the dark grey rails.
is a rocker toy. It's about a foot long and about 7-8" tall.
The rockers are curved copper wire, about 8-10 gauge. With
a little encouragement, it can rock on its own for a few
a more of a mobile on a stand. The fun is in trying to
balance the complexity of the various pieces. Using the
polymer clay is great for testing before finalizing. A
little blob here, a pinch there. Then the properly weighted
pieces can be shaped into cool objects and baked.
wire and hand frame - a Labor Day 2000 labor
of love. It appears in McGuire's "Wire in Design",
My second wire and hand frame.
Ren and Stimpy pens. Aren't you jealous? ;-)
clay hand (pin) holding a miniature real leather handbag.
I wanted to wear the leather bag as jewelry, but I didn't
want to glue a pinback to the bag so I made a hand and attached
the pinback to it.