Sarajane's Polyclay Gallery

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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!

Classy Stuff!

boho-3I’ve updated my class listings page with several new metal and jewelry classes. I’m scheduling classes every month now at TinkerMill in Longmont, and I also do instruction for individuals, groups and events. 

Many of the classes, like this new twisted wire and silk boho-bracelet include all the supplies and tools needed to create the project, and are fun and easy! We’ll cover how to twist wire, create clasps, wire wrapped charms, and even cut our own discs from etched and hammered metal. 

Pick your favorite color of silk sari ribbon or hand dyed silk, add some beads, and create your very own set of combined gypsy bangles. 

Make an armful for yourself–or to give as gifts. There’s are upcoming classes to create other bohemian style jewelry including a 7 strand bracelet, earrings, and necklaces. 

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Hammered

hammered1Hammered metal, that is! Pounding sheet brass, bronze, copper and nickle silver is a great stress reliever, and also the first step to making hammered metal jewelry. Different hammer faces create different textures that can simple, or built up and combined. 

Here you can see some sheets of metal, and also the pieces that I’ve cut from them. Hammering, cutting, grinding, filing…even a bit of liver of sulphur patina has been done on some of the bits. Next comes putting them together as earrings and pendants. I’m also putting together a class at TinkerMill in Longmont on how to do hammered metal jewelry and cold connections, along with my fellow instructor Lynne Davis.

Stay tuned next week to see what we’ve made with these and get the class details. 

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Challenges

challengeMy beading friends meet together to work on projects and share techniques that we figure out. All of us have worked together in stores, shows and events, and we all have varying styles, techniques and levels of experience. We all have beads in common, though! 

At the end of last year, two of our members presented us with a challenge project. We were given two pieces of fabric and a packet of accent beads, and told to make “wearable art” from them. We took a photo of the starter parts, and agreed to take pics of the finished pieces in May.

Well, the project was not the only challenge that all of us had going this year. Lots of stuff came up, as stuff has a tendency to do. I took my project with me to Ohio in April, intending to get a lot done, and never even got things out of the box in which they traveled. I had shingles, which took up two months of time that had nothing creative at all going on, but recovery’s challenges are being met and I’m back to being able to spend time on things just because I want to do something. I’ve gone to a few bead meetings, started a storefront in Idaho Springs, and resumed teaching classes at TinkerMill in Longmont.

This project isn’t done yet; there are many finishing touches to still come. I need to finish the strap, make the clasp, and add a few more decorative details. A few sessions more should do it!

I’m grateful for the techniques and support my bead friends share so willingly, I’m grateful for the time and energy to use and share what I know. I’m grateful for life’s challenge that keep us all growing and learning, and I’m grateful for having some time to spend now and then with BEADS!

Patina Party

patinas-1I’m having my own little patina party, getting a big new batch of earrings, pendants and jewelry components ready to wire wrap. I’ve done lots of electro-etching on sheets copper, brass, bronze and nickle silver over the past year, marked and cut the shapes, ground the edges, and now its time for color!

Then on to so much sanding I think I’ll  get out the beach blankets and sit outside while I work. Of course, being Colorado in April, we MIGHT still get snow…but it is beautiful today, and I’ve got lots to do. Plus, I have another batch to patina next week.

Yesterday’s efforts went very well and I used liver of sulfer, midas blue, and tiffany green commercial patinas to get a wide range of hues. I’ll be teaching a class at TinkerMill on the use of heat, chemicals and commercial patinas on metal, and these are some of the samples.

You can really see the difference sanding the tops and filing the edges makes after the patina process. 

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Spring Flowers

template-first-setI’m learning to use new software and new tools along with those honed for a while now, and the new crop this year includes Inkscape design software that is a lot like Illustrator but lots of CAD stuff in there I’m not familiar with yet.

Combined with the software that runs the 80 watt laser cutting machine, I have now successfully cobbled up some shapes into templates that I cut out of matt board as a test run. These templates will help me cut out flowers in metal.

AND I can now cut my designs out of paper, matt board, leather, acrylic and wood, among other stuff. This cutting edge tool opens up a whole new world of possibilities for me, design and display-wise, so do check back soon to see what becomes of it all!

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Books in Print

Polymer Clay Gemstones - The Art of Deception
The Business of Professional Art
Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay
A Collection of Polymer Clay Masks
Celebrations With Polymer Clay
Create a Polymer Clay Impression