Welcome to Sarajane’s Polyclay Gallery!
Here you will find all sorts of artistic eye candy, information, projects and tutorials about polymer clay, ceramics, metal, graphic arts, textiles and many other media. This is the blog page with all the news, and there are many pages listed in the drop down menu above. Please do explore!
I’m making a new shape that we’re calling “Twisters” cut from 24ga copper or 26 ga brass, to which I apply a patina. Then we finish the edges (I grind, my husband sands) and protect both sides with a coat of Renaissance Wax. Then comes the twist! I love how it shows both the front and back sides of the metal as it twists around–you can see the other side peeking through in the twists and turns.
There are lots of ways to use these; they can be left oa bit more open at the top to allow sari silk ribbons to go through, or when twisted a bit tighter, a headpin and bead can be used to go up through the twister, then make a loop or a loop and coil to attach to an earring finding or as a pendant piece. I like to use a piece of wire to make a small loop and coil so that I could add something else to dangle, or just run it up to make another loop at the top.
That’s also a coffee mug, a tote bag, a t-shirt….I just LOVE using the design functions in the Print On Demand companies that I have been exploring. Read more about the POD exploration here. Taking my own artwork (and that of artists like Ian Helm and Camille Rendal ) into a digital format and seeing them in different ways is a lot of fun. I also learn a lot, finding out about the sublimation print process, how different file formats are used, and international shipping!
This is all part of the process of opening an online storefront that uses the Shopify merchant platform. It works so well with the various POD apps that it saves me many hours a month in the creation process. I hve more than 50 designs on various items, and that many more ready to turn into products as well…I am setting myself the goal of adding at least two designs onto the products every week, as well as adding products to the other collections too…things I make myself! Wearable art, components for jewelry, gifts….digital downloads and more! I’m busy making new items and also photographing an extensive inventory of handmade items to bring them into the shop. Every week there will be new goodies!
In addition, I am adding Cool Tools to the shop, with things that can be used to make more art…texture tools, cutters, pens and more. Please do take a look! https://shop.creative-connections.us/
It is officially summertime again, and my sweetie and I have celebrated another anniversery and we are another year older…still loving each other and our family, art and music. Still in love with the wide open Wyoming countryside after a year here. We just moved to a larger home with a bigger workspace too, and I’m loving having a window in my outdoor workspace. Can’t say as I love the mosquitos in all honesty, but they will all go away soon, and I will still be grinding my metal happily. At least, thats the plan…
We closed out our storage unit and broght home all our books and albums, and furniture I had not seen in a while. While we did take the opportunity to divest further of things we didnt love, it sure is nice to see things that remind me of other times, places and people that I do love. Like my sewing machine! My mom got that sturdy machine shortly after she got me, and a good old Singer is a workhorse indeed. I’ve made lots of clothing, curtains and dolls with it. I’m already at work making more now that I have the room to set it up and put it away right here at home. Curtains came first, dolls, costumes and puppets are on my list!
And speaking of dolls, I brought home boxes of Spirit Doll Kits in many sizes. I have dyed pre-made cotton doll bodies in 3,5 8 and 10 inch sizes, packed up with bits of dyed fabrics, sequins, beads…polymer clay faces, ceramic faces, metal faces…there are lots of parts for making dolls that delight your creative spark. Here are some pictures of the contents of a sample 3″ doll kit and two little sprites I made up using kits. I added the aluminum wings to one to turn her into a fairy–but the wings are not in the kits, Its fun to add bits and pieces. the kits are just a starting point. See more about spirit Dolls here.