Saturday, October 23, 2010

Working On An ArtFire Shop

Disregard this post, ArtFire didn't work out for me. I just didn't have the time to put into making it work. I am sure it is a wonderful site and many do very well there.

Copper Cream and Chocolate Ring

I took advantage of The Deal on ArtFire that began on October 1st and I've been trying to set up shop and get it look like it is actually inhabited. I'm still not sure about it, but I am trying to give it a chance. I have different items in this shop than those in my Etsy shop, so here is a little look inside.

Hibiscus Pendant

Red Flower Necklace

Purple Flower Brooch

If you would like to take a look at the whole shop you can find it here:
ZudaGay's ArtFire Shop

Blessings, Zuda Gay

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Giveaway on Imaginuity Blog

My sweet friend Judi from Imaginuity Blog has honored me with a featured artist interview and we are having a giveaway of anything from my shop $15 and under or a $15 credit on higher priced items. If you would like to enter, you can find it here: Imaginuity Fiber Arts: Meet an Inspiring Artist -- With A Special Giveaway

Saturday, October 9, 2010

How To Make A Hibiscus

I have been working on a custom order this week making some hibiscus pendants in several different colors. I made my first hibiscus as a special request for a customer because it was one of her favorite flowers. It has never been one of my favorite ones to make. But! as I was working on them this week I came up with a different way to put them together than what I was doing and now I am enjoying making them. :) Yay! So, I just thought I would share my newly found process on how to make a polymer clay Hibiscus Pendant.

As with every pendant/focal I make, I begin with scrap clay. I have decided that this pendant will take the amount of clay of one 40mm circle and one 30mm circle of clay rolled on #1 of my Atlas Pasta Machine.

Smoosh the two circles together and roll into a smooth ball.

I take my petal cane and cut off several slices then run them through
my pasta machine on #5 or so.

Then use the flattened slices to cover the ball.

Roll it smooth.

Flatten the ball into about a 1/4" thick disk.

Using a rounded end of a tool or pen? make a crater in the center.
Insert bails. (I use the plastic from a bacon package to build my flowers on)

Cut five petals from your cane. (about 2-3mm thick)

Flatten out a bit with your finger tips then lay the petal in your hand.

I use a moistened nightlight bulb to rub across the petal to flatten it a bit more and
smooth it out.

Make waves or scallops around the edge of each petal by pinching and twisting a bit.

Over lap the side edges of the petals lightly pressing to get them to stick together.

When you get to the last petal, tuck it under the edge of the first petal to
complete the circle.

Center your circle of petals on top of your base making sure you have them
arranged in the way you want them.

Using the end of a tool or pen push the center of your petals down into the
crater you made in the base.
Gently press your petals down onto the base.
Make a pistil and put the end in the hole you made in the center arranging it the way you want.

Finished Hibiscus Pendant ready to be cured.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. The techniques I used to make the petal cane may be found in many places online. Here is a great link: Donna Kato Petal Cane

blessings, ZudaGay


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