Sunday, October 26, 2008

Purple and Green - One of my Favorite Combos!

I have no idea how many times I've used purple and green together. I think the only combo I like better is something with red and black or gray. I played on Saturday afternoon. YAY! Time for playing has been very hard to come by in the last couple of weeks for some reason. And I don't have much to show for my busy-ness. Ah well...such is life at times. Anyway...the free time to play is that much more precious. I made several pieces that could be used together. I think I will list the leaves and the tiny flowers together and the bigger ones separate. Maybe they will spark someone's creativity.
A Purple and Green Grouping

Center Hole Bead

Four Leaves and Two Center Hole Flower Beads

Center Hole Bead

Flower Focal - hole drilled horizontally near the top


Blessings, ZudaGay

Monday, October 13, 2008

Poinsettia Mode

OK, I have no idea what day I'm on. I've lost some here and there and keeping track of time and days is just totally beyond me! So, I'm dropping off the day count and I will just post about what I've been doing. There, I feel much better...a load has been lifted! hehehe....

I have been making poinsettias. These are the ones I have baked so far. I have some other colors I want to play with. There is a purple one that I saw that is just gorgeous...and I love those speckled wine colored ones. But for now these are a few of the ones I made....humm...I think it was Saturday.

Traditional Red and Green

Silver Tipped Pink with Aqua Leaves

Midnight Blue and Chartreuse

Pink and Green
I'm sure there will be at least one more Poinsettia post. I have to get them out of my system, then off to something else.

blessings, ZudaGay

Friday, October 10, 2008

Day 4 is a Day of Red

My favorite color is red. It started when I was a child, in fact I don't remember a time when I didn't love red. Red was my Daddy's absolute favorite color- which might have had something to do with it being mine. When I was a little girl my Daddy was my favorite person in the world. I thought I would just make red flowers and see how many different ones I could come up with in a half an hour...actually it was getting closer to an hour when I stopped. Here is my Red Flower Show:

It is time for making Poinsettias.

A very cool button from Pearl!

A Red Dahlia!

Another cool button on a little flower bead.

I love black with red!!

Blessings, ZudaGay

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Days 4 and 5 or....Flowers of Different Colors

On day 4 I played with lumps of clay that were laying on my work table. I really do need to clean up my work area once in a while! I like to mix colors!!! Mixing colors is one of my favorite things to do. Not just clay...I like mixing paint colors, too. I mixed several lumps together and got a lovely coral color. I decided it looked pretty good with some left over Midnight Blue that was sitting there so this is the flower that came from this combo.

Next I had some of the coral left over so I lightened it with white and put it with some lavender.

For this last flower I used the left over lightened coral and added some yellow that was sitting there to get more of an orange. I put the orange with some brown and a buttery yellow that were just waiting for this opportunity and got two canes with a bit of a Mexican flare. I really like how this flower turned out!!

Just a note: I made the canes on day 4 and the flowers on day 5.

blessings, ZudaGay

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Day 2 & 3 of 30....or...Purple Petals aPlenty

I was looking through treasuries on Etsy the other day and came across one made up of purple and pale blue items. The color combo attached itself to my brain and I had to play. First of all I mixed the purple and the pale blue I wanted to use to make my canes. This is the beginning of the blend: (sorry about the picture...but I have a terrible time taking good pictures inside)

Once I got the blend completed I had a sheet of clay that went from deep purple on one side to pale blue on the other side. I cut it in two and made two separate with purple on the outside and the other with pale blue on the outside. You can see the different petal canes in this grouping of flowers.

I also used some scraps to make a Dahlia that is suppose to be graduated from lighter on the outside to dark in the center...but I need some work to get the look I want.

I made up a rose and three buds for this pendant.

And lastly....this adorable pod. I guess it is a pod. What do you think, should I start making these?
Blessings, ZudaGay

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Day 1 of the 30/30 Day Challenge.

My friend Di put forth a challenge for the month of October to spend 30 minutes a day for 30 days to form a positive habit. There are 12 of us who have taken up the challenge. My goal is to just "play" with clay for 30 minutes every day. Some may think that I play all the time...but actually I've kind of got myself in a rut of making the same type of cane and making flowers. I LOVE making flowers!!! don't get me wrong...I just need to add a little freshness to the whole process. I get fresh by playing. I am going to try to post about what I did the day before. is what I did on October 1st.

I love making a Mokume' Gane' block or stack. You take several different colors of clay (I used a deep maroon, a raspberry pink, silver and translucent with silver ink spread on the sheet and allowed to dry) you roll them out into thin sheets and stack them.

I cut my short stack into quarters and stacked them up..and repeated a couple more times. Then comes the fun part!

You get to poke objects into the stack and cut it and just make a mess out of it! Then you need to moosh it all back together into a rectangle or square. You get to cut thin slices off of this stack and cover scrap clay and make beads...I made a heart. LOVELY and FUN!!!

What am I going to play with next??
blessings, ZudaGay


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