Monday, November 28, 2011

A Winter’s Morning Polymer Clay Pillow Beads


You have seen the raw clay, you have seen the raw canes and now, see the finished beads.

I did three sets of polymer clay pillow beads – they are approximately one inch in size and have been created from complimentary golden clay as a base and some beads have a baby blue inlay. The entire three sets have been adorned with slices from my Winter Morning flower canes, as well as my geometric clay cane as an accent. Each bead has been hand drilled and then hand sanded when they were done baking. I hand sanded up to 1000 grit wet dry sandpaper.

I put a light glaze on these beads using Minwax Waterbased polyurethane gloss; just enough to give them a shiny surface.

I haven’t decided yet whether I am going to sell them as sets or individually this time. I think they are pretty enough to make a nice focal bead in earthy tones and can be wrapped in warm copper or shiny silver. Even gold would look good on these beads. I might do one in each!

Either way they are wrapped or strung, they will make a great set of beads for someone who wants to make a unique necklace or bracelet. There are enough beads to create a whole set of jewelry, including polymer clay earrings. String them with your favorite spacers or Czech glass beads for a bright holiday piece.

Enjoy the beads:


Julie and Blu

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Big Box of Kaleidoscope Canes - Raw eBay Auction

I have a huge box of my kaleidoscope canes on eBay up for auction - there are almost 3 pounds of canes with a starting bid of $3.99.

A big box of my canes are on ebay for a starting bid of $3.99 Raw Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Canes Bead Making Premo - Here is the link

Here is the photo

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winter Morning Canes – Now Complete and Ready for Sale

It took me all day to wrap these canes with fimo classic translucent and reduce them. I ended up with over 85 canes at two inches apiece. I kept a few of them for myself and one of the Klimt canes that I did in the same color theme. I want to create a few sets of polymer clay beads and I think I will use all these flower canes.

They are all for sale and have been loaded up in my Artfire store and – both sites are running a 35% off sale on all my canes.

Here are the new flowers – enjoy them!


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Enjoy a winter morning :)

Julie and Blu

Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter’s Morning

Yesterday, big heavy and wet snow fell from the afternoon until evening, blanketing me in almost a foot of soft white snow. Branches bent under the weight and the white made the night bright and crisp.

This morning, I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise on the snow. The blues, greys, browns and pale oranges began to shed light over the fields and because this was a treat for my eyes, I grabbed my camera and tried to capture the colors.

The mountains lit up with the morning sunlight and because it was still a little bit warm, I took a lot of photos.

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The colors were the inspiration for pale pastel palette that I selected for today’s flower canes and geometric blocks.

I have not wrapped them in translucent yet, but I used all custom colors for these polymer clay raw canes.

They are sitting on my messy workbench :)



Have a great winter morning.

Julie and Blu

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Three Boxes of Raw Polymer Clay Canes Being Auctioned Off on eBay


Auction 1 – These are all part of one box of canes – this auction will end November 21. The starting bid is $3.99 with No Reserve


Auction 2 – This is an auction of all these canes. The auction ends on November 21 and has a starting bid of $3.99. There is no reserve on this auction.



Auction 3 – These are all in this auction with no reserve. The starting bid is $3.99 and the auction will end on November 21.

These boxes are the last of hundreds of flower canes that I created and now I need room for more canes. I have new designs that will take the places of these canes and I need to move these out to make room. This is an opportunity to get a box of great flowers for a great price.

Happy bidding!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Polymer Clay Flower Canes for November 2011

New canes!

I have been so busy doing so many silly things that I have gotten zero clay work done, so, I made it a point to take a lot of my extra clay pieces that I have had sitting here and make flowers. I ran into some problems with sticky clay when I started working on my kaleidoscope canes, so I went with flowers, they were not annoying me. :)

I have a half a dozen kaleidoscope cane designs created and I am determined to get them done, but I have to leach my clay and that requires me to know what the heck colors I am going to work with first. This is more trouble than I want to get into right now, so they are sitting in my design book and not on my work bench.

Here are the raw polymer clay flower canes that I just finished. I really like the pinwheel flower cane that was a very happy accident.

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In addition to these canes, I created another 50 flower canes using my standard patterns of orange and yellow flowers, as well as blue and purple. I wanted to do some different flowers, so I am working on creating new patterns and experimenting with different cane shapes.

Look for new canes soon!

These canes are available in all of my stores now.

Most of these canes are extremely limited and I will not be repeating them as they were custom colors, but I did like the styles, so those will be repeated in the future.

Have fun with flowers!

Julie and Blu

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 Handmade Christmas List

I posted this on the bluprint.
Get all of your shopping done with Handmade Artists from both Artfire and Etsy.