Been a while..here it is already September..as I get older the years, months and days go so fast.
First, of course, new polymer…
I made some fantasy/fairy pieces. First is a bracelet that was inspired by tutorials taught by Diav Draconia on You Tube.
Made with scrap Premo clay mixed until it was a nice dark, dark olive green. I formed the base on a pop can then sculpted on top of it. I added 3 round green glass flat backed marbles that I bought at goodwill. I colored it with different colors of pearlex powder. The back of the bracelet is a ribbon and a toggle clasp. I really like how it turned out.
I made this wand with similar techniques.
The core is a wooden skewer. I covered it with clay, cured it then added the other pieces. The metal butterfly was given to me by my daughter who found it in her room as she cleaned it…lol. The end is a large cracked marble that I talked about in my last post. Again I used pearlex to color it.
These I call fairy glasses. I made them with large glass flat backed marbles.
The cores are small wooden picks, the faces were molded and the leaves etc. I sculpted. I used an ivory colored clay for the first one then antiqued it. The second one I used gold clay and painted it with gold metallic paint.
Dragon claw necklace made with a small cracked marble and polymer clay shaped around it.
Key to my heart necklace. Polymer clay, brass key…crackle medium over alcohol ink.
Polymer leaves..gold paint..glass beads…ribbon ends. Took me a while to finish this…kept forgetting it was in my beading design tray. I do like how it turned out.
This feather necklace was inspired by a picture on pinterest. Polymer clay, polymer leaf canes, leather strap and wooden beads (the three beads in the center).
A summer bracelet:
Beads made with Fimo effects clay..translucent gem colored clay.
First is a disc embossed using a stamp I found at goodwill then hi lighted with pearl ex powders. I made a Thor’s hammer pendant and an ‘egg’ pendant. Both polymer..hammer enhanced with pearl ex and metallic paint, egg made with translucent clay and antiqued with acrylic paint. Next is shark teeth decorated with Souffle polymer clay. Haven’t decided what to do with them. The last ones are beads made with Pardo translucent clay tinted with alcohol ink and trimmed with black acrylic paint.
Loom knitting progress:
I bought a Martha Steward knitting loom kit. I assembled a small loom and using a free pattern from Ravelry (designer Heather Dellinger), I made these lacy fingerless gloves.
A hat made from another pattern I found on You Tube by Tuteate. It’s called a ‘Slouchy Beanie Hat’. I like it!! Was fun to make. This one was made with one strand of worsted weight yarn on a round loom.
Same hat pattern made with super bulky yarn..made for a Christmas gift.
This is a shawl/scarf from a pattern by GoodKnit Kisses. The pattern is called Dew Drop Shawl. I really like it. I knitted it on a configuration of the Martha Stewart knitting loom.
I’m making another one in a wine color. This is going to be a gift.
This pattern was from the Boye book ‘I taught myself to Loom Knit’. I didn’t put a handle on it so its more of a pouch and I made it all in one color. It knitted up quite nicely.
This bag is from a pattern by Kelly Jones called ‘Spring Beach Market Bag’ (found online). Both knitted on a long loom. The button on the former bag was knitted on a small flower loom.
When I was learning how to loom knit I went on You Tube to watch tutorials. I found a channel from ‘Pam Loomer’ which I enjoyed and learned a lot from. She started talking about knitting machines…the circular ones. Long story short this intrigued me so I ordered the one she had bought. Watching her videos about it and others on you tube, I have had a lot of fun with it. Some samples: (btw she now does needle knitting and her other channel is under Pam Chatfield-she is my age so I enjoy listening to her very chatty videos because I can relate to her life experiences!)
This was the first project I did…A very simple hat with pompom.
A reversible hat.
My second reversible hat.
I went to Walmart and they had a small toy knitting machine on clearance..I bought it..the instructions were horrendous! This is a toy but kids would be sooo frustrated with this. Luckily I had used the Innovation machine and I researched the smaller machine on line. Lol…bad bad reviews. Until I read one that basically said to start it like you do the Innovation and go slowwww at first and use no thicker yarn then worsted weight.
Here is the machine and things I’ve made:
These are matching scarves for the reversible hats.
These sets will be given as Christmas gifts.
I found some sport weight yarn at goodwill; I buy lots of yarn at goodwill! I made a head band with it with the smaller machine..it actually worked well with the thinner weight yarn. Took about 15 minutes to knit then about 3 minutes to connect the ends.
This pattern was also from GoodKnit Kisses. It is crocheted with the chain stitch using a large crochet hook (size S and using Boutique Sashay yarn which is usually used to make ruffle scarves (see previous post). It is basically a long crocheted chain connected into a circle and you wrap it around your neck anyway you want to. I made the clay piece so the scarf hangs nice and straight; but it is removable. This is also for a Christmas gift.
Besides buying a ton of yarn from Goodwill, I found a couple of good deals:
I bought this table top craft organizer for only $5. These things are usually very expensive at the craft stores..stores a lot of stuff.
I found this little french knitter for only $1.99. It sells at the craft stores for around $20. It uses light weight yarn/cord and it makes lengths of I-cord. I made three bracelets using the I-cord I’ve knitted with it. The buttons I made using polymer clay canes. I think they are really cool. By the way, the pink mat I am using to take the pics on I knitted on the Innovations as a flat panel.
That’s it for now…I’m working on more Christmas items and trying some new jewelry techniques. I’ll post about them as soon as I can. Later!!