Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Salute to Ironcraft

This is the last Ironcraft challenge that will be thrown for quite a while. I want to thank Kat for all the organizing, the choosing of themes and for being an inspiration to me. I've enjoyed the challenges and learned so much from them. I wish Kat the best in her new ventures and hope that our paths will cross again some time. Like they say, I'll see you down the road.
For this last challenge, I choose to show these little salt shakers turned soap dispensers. In our home, we don't have Christmas stocking. Instead, we have a New Year's Bag. In the past when the children were small, the sheer volume of gifts would eclipse anything you could put in a stocking so we decided to postpone it to New Year's day and put them into bags. Mostly filled with chocolate and toys, the kids looked forward to opening them every year. This year's bags are still filled with goodies and items that they will need like soap, underarm and the like. I found these Norwex face cloths that take away makeup without soap or harsh creams. The soap that is included is to wash the cloth after you are done. You put it in a shaker so as to get a very small amount of the soap and that will do the job. My daughter goes through many makeup wipes in a month and the cost of the cloths was about what I spend in a month so I figured I couldn't lose. I made a bag for my son's girlfriend too and she got one too.
I covered the shaker with their favorite colors of polymer and it can be something that will save them money, will be better on their face and that they can keep for a long time. The Norwex products are wonderful and long lasting.
So, here it is. I wish all my fellow Ironcrafters a wonderful new year and more crafting and challenges on down the road.
ps. The top of the shakers are covered in tape. I needed to put them in the New Year's Bag and I didn't want them to spill the soap.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Riots Not Diets

This month the PCAGOE challenge is Owls. I love making birds and owls are often my subjects. After trolling the images on the internet, a few inspired this piece. Riots Not Diets is built on a wooden canvas and the rest is polymer clay. I had lots of fun making this. My "owl ladies" make me giggle. They sort of remind me of me and a couple friends. We love to sit and talk about how to fix the worlds' problems, usually with a glass of wine. No one else ever hears our bright ideas but we certainly think we are clever.
I don't have names for them so if any of you are inspired to try naming them, I'm all ears.

Monday, August 15, 2016

H is for Hope

Our challenge for Ironcraft was to make something inspired by the letter H. I decided to choose hope. I can use a little in my life and I'm sure most people as well. It is through hope that we stand up and face our daily challenges. This piece was inspired by a poster I saw on facebook. Can't really recall which ones of my friends posted it but it stuck and I wanted to make something that reflected it.
Now, I apologize if I'm infringing on someones intellectual rights and I will take it down if I'm asked to. I didn't come up with the phrase. In the meantime though, I wish that the message reaches as many people as possible. Along with the hope, we could all use a little peace.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Ocean Finds

This PCAGOE is about the ocean. I haven't laid on the ocean in a few years and have to make due with rivers and lakes. I still get out close to the water as often as I can and go through the sand to find little treasures. I made this brooch with beads that are ocean or water related. There are those shell beads that have been dyed pink, the polished rocks, the granite, the marble and the sea glass. Those have been encrusted into pink clay which in turn wrapped in more clay.
I love all the pinks and imagine it washing up on shore, remnants of long gone head wear lost at sea. On the ocean floor a queen's crown is missing its biggest jewel. I like imagining stories like these for some of the things that I make or that I find. Where would you situate this brooch?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Beach Star!

This Ironcraft challenge is a fitting Stars and Stripes for July 4th. Being Canadian and celebrating our own independence a few days ago I decided to move from the obvious flag theme to a more broad definition of stars and stripes. I've been going to the beach a lot and not being near an ocean the wildlife in the river floating to shore is not always the most exciting. So I decided to add my own wildlife.
The painting is an exercise in shading of the skies and the water and the sand. I see stripes that blend into each other so in a very round about way, this fits the theme. lol
I also have a bigger goal with the exercise because my next challenge will be to apply a beach theme to polymer clay. This is the warm-up. I have lot of fun painting this and am not very good at it but I think that my idea comes across. The starfish is making stripes in the sand.
I'd love to hear comments on whether you saw that before I told you or only after. Be kind but be honest.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Music is the Language of Love

This month's PCAGOE challenge is music and that gives us so many possibilities for interpretation. I have focused on wall art for 2016 and I decided to make a piece on a wooden canvas. It is primarily polymer clay except for the canvas.
This time of year my yard is filled with birds of every color doing their thing. They sing beautiful music to each other in the name of love. I chose the gold finch which is common bird in this area. They come up north to sing their hearts away to entice the female to breed. They love to thistle and milk weed which is something we have plenty of.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ironcraft Wants Memories.

This challenge is about memories. I chose to show a latest wall piece that was inspired by the view I had from my kitchen window when I first moved into my present home, 15 years ago. Living in a small village means that from anywhere you can see the church. Our church had squatters when we moved in to the neighborhood. A couple of black crows had a huge nest on one of the ledges. The nest was at least 4' x 4'. The couple lived there for about 8 years before they disappeared. I watched them grow and have babies. You could see them teaching their young ones to fly and hunt. It was pretty amazing. In that last year, the crows have become very big, standing about 2 1/2 ' high.
Crows are sometimes seen as creepy and scary and I admit to being a little nervous when I would see them in my backyard. But after seeing them daily and watching them live and raise their young for so long, they had become the village mascots.
This piece is polymer clay on a wooden canvas. I had fun making this one. The kids got creeped out. They don't remember the crows like I do, they were doing growing of their own.