Sunday, October 24, 2010


I found this website after reading some wonderful, kind comments that this woman left on a polymer clay forum. I have never met her or even heard of her or her work before, but after seeing the kindness and calmness that she had exude in her words, I was curious and just wanted to find out more about her. She comes from Africa originally but now lives and creates her art in Australia and her name is Sabine Spiesser. She is a digital artist that  alters, layers and merges several different images together. Her use of images is captivating and her use of color is brilliant.  She is one of my new favs to watch for sure.  Here are a few examples of her work.

SSabiSpending time with camera in hand or gathering natural materials such as leaves, twigs, bark, feathers shells and ephemera for scanning  is  part of the meditative as well as immensely relaxing process of creating digital art. The artist wanders with her camera through gardens, parks, the wilderness and urban places looking for the unusual and for detail often missed, such as intricate textures . She is a keen gardener and finds much inspirational material in her own suburban garden.neSabine Spiesser abine Spiesser 

Sunday inspiration

I just came back from walking my dog and as usual I didn't come home empty handed. Isn't it funny how being an artist will cause you to look at all things differently? Most of my good friends are the creative type, my husband on the other hand was born of a different mould. We can be looking at the exact same thing and see it in totally different ways. is pic of what caught my eye today. The beautiful green moss on the deep brown bark is working it's magic on me already. I'll post what I create from this if it's worth while.
This kind of inspiration may not always result in a beautiful end product. In these cases it's the process of creativity alone that has all of the magic!
I hope you get inspired by something today. Enjoy!
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tute for the "Mini" CaBezels

Well the actual "tute" isn't quite done but all the photos are. I have made 3 different examples of this type of pendant. With any luck I should have the slide show done some time in the next few days. I'll post it here.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tribal earrings

I made these earrings to go with a necklace that I designed for an upcoming magazine article. Since the article focuses just on the way I created the beads for the necklace I figured it was safe to post this pic. You'll have to wait for the magazine to be published before I can post a pic of the necklace though.
I covered a pair of clip-on jewelry findings with clay and then attached them to the dangle with an eye pin that was secured inside 2 layers of clay on the bezel. The design was made with a texture sheet and after baking I added turquoise paint to the entire area and then rubbed it off of the surface area.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More work by Irene

Here are a few more great examples of what Irene has made with the CaBezels.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Curly Girl Designs by Irene

I allowed myself to get distracted from my work today and I came across this necklace on Etsy. It looked familiar so I asked the seller Irene if she had used the CaBezel molds for it and sure enough she did!  It's great to see how others use them.
  I am already in the process of working on a tutorial using the "Mini" CJM's and hopefully I'll have it ready next week some time.  In the meantime, you can take a look at Irene's work.  She does amazing things with transfers and resin too.
 I started to look around and I found these ones on shades of clay

Carolyn of 2goodclaymates has been busy again

Carolyn recently ordered some new "clay toys" from Shades Of Clay. She made these great necklaces with her new CJM's. I think they're great.  I've asked her where she purchased those interesting bails.  I'll let you know when I find out.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Canadian Beading magazine

The latest issue of Canadian is out on the newsstands.  It contains lots of great articles and ideas for newbies and beyond. My article for making a polymer clay necklace is in this issue. All of the suppliers and sponsors are Canadian which is kind of nice for a change.