Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Little Treasures

A new store called "Seeking Chameleon" opened in White Rock recently, carrying what the owner describes as "old, dirty, rusted, lovely, fabulous & wonderful" vintage items, beads, & fabric.  Though I only had a chance to stop in briefly, I'm sure I will be visiting again.  I couldn't resist the "treasure table" and picked up a bag full of...well, basically, I guess it is what some people would call junk.  To me, the items are little sources of inspiration for projects, objects to be molded and cast with clay, possibly added into up-cycling projects, etc.  They fit in perfectly with my design team tip for the month of March, which I had just posted shortly before visiting the shop.  Here are my little treasures

I've already used some of them, in combination with PenScore foam, to make stamps when doing art lessons with my grandson!

Here is the link for my design team tip on the Creative Paperclay® blog showing some of the materials I use for mold making.  http://creativepaperclay.blogspot.com/2015/03/building-up-mold-collection-toris-tip.html

Friday, March 6, 2015

Crayon Art Heats Up!

This month my Creative Paperclay® Design Team project is all about using the clay, crayons, and a heat gun to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

I first tried melting crayons onto Creative Paperclay® when I wanted to make a latex mold of a clay object I had carved.  I needed to seal the clay, and had crayons and a heat gun on hand, so it seemed like a good idea at the time.  I discovered that the added bonus of using that method for sealing the form was that by using a dark colored wax I could tell if I missed any areas.

It wasn't until recently that I re-visited the technique, and decided to try melted crayons to create works of art.  It's a hot craft on the internet right now, though in most projects a hair dryer is used and the crayons themselves become part of the project.  Directions for my jewelry project are on the Creative Paperclay® blog  I've included a link for my first how-to video on my new(ish) YouTube channel!  I've had the account for a while, but never put anything on it.  Hoping to learn more about that and add more videos soon.

Here in the studio, I've also been trying the technique on other sculpted pieces, which I plan to use as pins.  Here's my favorite so far -

and here are a few other pieces