Posts Tagged ‘fimo’

Bead Table Wednesday

October 10, 2012

I’s Bead Table Wednesday again! Finishing the matching necklace to yesterday’s earrings, and the rest is to become simple bracelets with memory wire and one of the little charms I used to make from my leftovers a while back. I wanted something that I can throw together pretty fast and easy, with materials that aren’t too expensive, because I’m thinking of attempting to sell a couple of little things at the local christmas market. People don’t have much money here, and they don’t value handmade particularly. I tried this a couple of years ago already, so I don’t really know why I bother – must be masochistic tendencies. I didn’t sell a single thing, and the conversations with potential customers weren’t exactly a boost to my self esteem either… a couple of examples for your entertainment:

Customer (looking at a necklace interestedly, then incredulous upon seeing the pricetag): “How much is this?”
Me (confused, thinking that maybe I dind’t write clearly enough): “Ten Euro.”
Customer (looking appalled): “I could get a real necklace for that!”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)

Since she can’t have meant gold and jewels, I can only assume that a real necklace would be made by the thousands in a real factory by real underpaid chinese workmen… *rolleyes*

And another:

Customer (looking at a necklace, then at me interestedly): “You made this?”
Me: “Yes, I did.”
Customer (pointing out one of my art beads): “These look interesting, do you know what they are made of?”
Me: “Yes, actually, I made those myself, too.” (she looks impressed) “They are made of polymer clay…” (intentionally using a word she might not know rather than the brand name)
Customer: “Polywhat?”
Me (inner sigh): “Fimo.”
Customer: “Ah… yes. I know that.” (looks at me with a positively disgusted expression) “My son did that once… in kindergarten.”
(turns her back on me and walks off without a goodbye)

Check out the Flickr group to see what other beady people have on their table:

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Working on new Beads

September 20, 2012

I haven’t worked with polymer clay in a long time… before I start opening even more packages, I decided to use up some stuff I had started ages ago. I don’t even remember when I made that flower cane or what inspired it. The cane’s still reasonably good, unfortunately the bronze clay for the base bead was a “bit” dry, so it was very crumbly to work with and I got tiny bits of fimo about everywhere now. Never let it come to that, it’s no fun.

But I like the beads, even though they are not all quite the size I wanted them to be – I can’t wait to make necklaces in that colour scheme. Somehow they remind me of the meadow saffrons growing in the park right now, even though the flowers on the beads are blue rather than purple. Must be because of the missing green leaves, just these strange pale flowers coming out of the autumn brown ground…

Valentine’s Day?

December 19, 2011

No, it isn’t quite Valentine’s day yet. But I had this heart pendant and wanted to use it… besides, if I create this stuff now, I might be able to sell it around Valentine’s day – who knows. I’m not really a big fan of that holiday, or heart-themed jewelry for that matter, but I still kind of like how this turned out – dainty and cute, but not too sweet, I think. The green beads and dark chain probably helped a bit, at least that was my intention… I’ll have to shorten it and add a toggle, for some reason I always make my necklaces too long. I could save so much chain if I didn’t.

Bloody Moon – Earrings

December 18, 2011

I finally finished the earrings… of course the store did not have any dark jumprings, so I resorted to making my own from wire leftovers of the eyepins I had used – they are probably not the most accurately shaped jumprings in the world, but at least the colour is a perfect match now:

Those polymer clay crescents had been lying around forever after I made them for a necklace that didn’t work out because of colour issues. Now I decided that two identical components just ask to be turned into earrings, even though I have no use for earrings. Couldn’t find an interesting colour scheme for those, either, so I stuck with something monochrome that always works, dark faux metal and deep blood red.

Why do I keep making earrings? I really should sell some, but I can’t even take photos of them being worn (don’t have pierced ears). And the Artfire shop I had planned earlier this year never got started, since I choose Artfire because they had no fees for up to 12 items – that would have been a nice risk-free chance to try if anyone would be interested in buying my stuff at all. Now they have changed that to a monthly fee of 9,16€, which makes Artfire entirely uninteresting for me – with my handful of items, it would be much cheaper using Etsy, and there’s probably more “walk-in customers” over there, too.

Still, I don’t really see anyone being interested in buying my stuff – other than the IDIC or Seal of Rassilon pendants, which I will not offer for sale, because they are copyrighted designs I have no right to sell – a couple of bugs are not worth getting in trouble with the BBC or Paramount or whoever has the rights to sell their merchandise here in Germany. If favourites on DA are any indicator of customer interest (and I’d expect more people would leave a favourite than spend money on some luxury item like jewelry), then I won’t have much of a chance. I don’t know, maybe I’m spoiled by the feedback on my fanart. I had forgotten how hard it was with my jewelry, hunting for every single favourite… it’s a little depressing.

Green Envy Necklace

December 16, 2011

Using up my old art beads… I couldn’t think of anything to team them up with, so I decided to go monochrome. That may be a bit lazy, but I’m not a natural with colour, and after such a long time not making any jewelry, I kind of had to ease back into it. I don’t think I ever made a green necklace before, but I kind of like it – it’s rather an opulent holiday necklace, just right for christmas.

Hidden Magic Connectors

March 26, 2011

Not quite as good as the diamond-shaped pendants with the picture corner, just some small pendants (bottom row) and connectors (top row) made of the remaining hidden magic clay. I still have some left that I want to turn into beads if it works out the way I imagine it. I also have been planning to start a new block of different colours, but somehow I don’t get around to it – I suppose I will some time in the next few days. I do have a plan for the current monthly challenge, so I’d really better. Or the month will be over. Yeah, time flies…

Ophelia Necklace

March 16, 2011

Whoa, another month is half way gone already, and I haven’t posted yet!

First of all, a big THANK YOU to Lori Anderson for featuring my necklace last month on Art Bead Scene – I’m so delighted! I hope that some new visitors have found my Blog and have not been scared away again by my absence…

By the way, there’s another similar necklace I didn’t show here yet (I really like these pendants):

Hidden Magic

February 20, 2011

I just felt like showing a few progress pictures on my latest bunch of pendants (I still have some of these colours left, so there will be more eventually).

These are the colours I used – I’m sorry for the bad picture quality, but the flash would have ruined the colours. Dark green, teal and light purple are mixed, the rest is straight from the package:

These were supposed to be skinner blend bullseye canes, but as you can see I didn’t really work carefully on those. Doesn’t matter, I still got different shades of colour, right?

Now the combined cane (already quite pretty, isn’t it?):

The stamped plate of clay – I finally got two texture stamps from Lisa Pavelka, and I *love* them:

After shaving off some clay:

And these are the final results:

Monthly Challenge February

February 19, 2011

This month‘s lovely inspiration painting is John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”:

 

As I believe I’ve said before, the colour palette really gave me headaches:

 

It’s so… soft. Sweet. Girly. Romantic. And I just don’t have a hand for that stuff. But, I had to try. So I got some pinks and purples and a nice dark green, and sat down to make some “hidden magic”.  It was my first serious attempt at this technique, so the results are OK, I guess. First I made the pendant that I showed you yesterday, then some connectors to pick up the green – I like the somewhat leafy appearance of those. I went for a look that’s both romantic and modern, therefore the design is asymmetrical. The stacked papillon seed beads make me think of a panicle, maybe lilac.

Scrapbooking Supplies in Jewelry

February 18, 2011

When I found these on a catalogue for craft supplies recently, I immediately saw them in a pendant. Something like a pendulum, with this at the bottom as the final touch. Don’t ask me why. They are really metal picture corners for Scrapbooking, but I got a set of them anyway. And now I tried out my idea… here comes the first pendant:

The polymer clay part is done in that mokume gane stamping technique often called “Hidden Magic”. Fairly simple, but time-consuming, and I’m not exactly the most patient person, so it’s really a rather sloppy work (the textured surface is intentional, though). And it makes a huge mess – the clay got everywhere. On the table, on my hands, in the stamps, in the pasta machine… if only I had a craft room 😦