Posts Tagged 'Polymer clay'

As much fun as a three-legged pig

I found a new adorable thing to obsess over today.

Some of you may be familiar with the Chilean good luck pig called a “Chanchito.” They are handmade pottery, and they are supposed to bring good fortune to their owners. This is especially true when the little guys are given to family and friends as a sign of affection.  They generally have some pretty endearing lopsided smiles, and did I mention that they only have 3 legs? But who’s counting really…

I just had to try to make one of these cute little dudes from polymer clay, and above is the result. Hector. :-)

If you guys would like to make a new friend for yourself or a loved one, please click the link below. And if you’d like to purchase a real good luck Chanchito straight from Chile, thehungersite.com offers them. They’re fairly traded, they’re only $5, and your purchase funds 25 bowls of food for the hungry. What’s better than that?

Good luck to you and yours everyone, and have a wonderful weekend!

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The sincerest form of flattery…

I most definitely get my jewelry-hound tendencies from my mother. Both of us can spot a way cool pair of earrings or an awesome necklace at 300 paces – and with peripheral vision….

We also tend to notice immediately if someone on the news or in our favorite tv shows is sporting some kind of fabulous ornamentation. In fact, I think we both have a pretty decent mental catalog of inspiring jewelry designs, and we’ll describe them to each other in detail, even weeks after we saw the original.

It’s this same insatiable curiosity for clever design that drives us to leaf hungrily through magazines and catalogs, drooling at the unique and unusual jewelry pieces therein. But, despite the ever-present attraction towards bejeweled, enameled, or faceted objects, we know we can’t have everything we like. And personally, I’m more than ok with a knock-off now and again…

In fact, if you’d like to hear about what I used to make the above necklace, which was inspired by a pendant that I saw in a Chico’s catalog, please click the link.

Thanks all and have a good week!

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There was really no hint she’d be a vegetarian…

God bless my parents. Really.

Without their encouragement of my interests from a young age, who knows where I’d be now. They really took an active role in helping me explore things like crafts and music, and all of those other things that kids get into. And I get so much joy out of those things even now.

In fact, I stumbled across these polymer clay vegetables the other day, which I made from a craft book when I was a kid. My parents have held onto them all of these years, and even put them in a place of honor in the house.

On this Father’s Day, I just wanted to say thank you to all of those encouraging parents out there, who help their children to explore and grow. I only hope you know how much that support means to the next generation.

Happy Father’s Day :-)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought that I would make a pair of empanada earrings.

Now, I know that empanadas do not represent anything to do with the holiday really, and that Mexican heritage cannot be boiled down to a filled pastry, but hey….they look pretty cute right? So if you’d like to see how I made these, please click the “Continue reading” link below. But in the meantime…

I researched Cinco de Mayo today to find out what it was really about, because I was curious. I honestly didn’t know anything about the holiday, other than my personal speculation that it must be the happiest day of the year for the Corona beer company.

Turns out, the real story is way more interesting than margaritas and an excuse to wake up wearing a sombrero. Cinco de Mayo is not the observance of Mexican Independence day as one might think. It actually started as kind of a “Stick it to the Man” debt-free holiday.  And, honestly, can’t we relate to that concept pretty well these days?

It all started when Mexican president Benito Juárez decided that Mexico was going to stop paying interest on its debts to France. France, of course, was expectedly perturbed by this, so they threatened to occupy Mexico until the the debt was paid up. The French occupation suffered a pretty embarassing setback though when, on May 5th 1862, the Mexican militia was able to handily rout their opponent (translation: they OWNED the French army’s derrieres). The French army had not seen defeat in 50 years before that day, but, they sure got a good look at it in Puebla, México. Four-thousand Mexican troops defeated a better-equipped 8,000 french soldiers, and no foreign army has really invaded the Americas ever since.

So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, and in honor of sticking it to your creditors “con estilo” (with style), I present to you, this empanada earring tutorial. And, if you read till the end you can see a cool Mexico-related video! Happy 5th all!

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Octopossibilities…

Another of my great crafting loves is polymer clay. With polymer clay, you can make jewelry, household items, wall art, picture frames…the list just goes on and on. There certainly are wonderful tutorials out there on the internet also. It is always amazing to me just how generous the crafting community is in sharing it’s knowledge with each other. On that note, I made the above octopus by following this tutorial.

However, it was pointed out to me that the “octopus” on the tutorial only had 6 legs, thereby making it a “hexapus.” But though the hexapus is pretty adorable, and unique (and it’s ridiculously fun to say “hexapus”), I did put 8 legs on mine. Oborochann (who wrote the tutorial) certainly did make a much more finished-looking product than I did anyway. So, however many legs you feel like doing, go for it. Make a pentapus or a decapus if you are so inclined…

Oborochann was totally right that putting the mouth on the little guy was the hardest part of the process. I must have wiped the grin off his face (literally) about 6 times before I considered it done. And I’m still not sure what I am going to do with him. I don’t have the type of phone that I would really put a charm on, and he’d be kind of awkward as a pendant. Maybe he’d make a good pull chain on a lamp…Any suggestions?

In my world, protests are pink and furry.

A few short weeks ago, I learned the dreadful news that one of my favorite shows of all time, Ugly Betty, was not going to be renewed for another season. Now, for YEARS, I have declared my undying love and admiration for this show. Week after week, I would laud the writing and acting abilities of those employed with the show, and remark as to how great it was for young women to have such a fantastic role model on television.

Many people might criticize the show for its crazy telenovela-esque plot turns and outrageous fashion don’ts, but I think the show is wonderful. The plot twists keep you glued to the television week after week, and almost every episode feels like a season finale. But at its core, the show really has heart. Betty is a young woman trying to make a life for herself, in and out of the business world, without compromising her principles, and without losing sight of her long term goals of changing the world. Betty’s family is a loving and supportive unit, composed of Betty’s widowed father Ignacio, Betty’s sister Hilda, who lives at home, and Hilda’s son Justin, who was born when Hilda was still in high school. Underneath all of the hilarity and the drama that occurs in Betty’s life and in the lives of her family members, there is a real undercurrent of unconditional love amongst these characters. They accept each other, flaws and weakness and all, no matter what. And at the end of every episode, you have the sense that you’ve learned something about humanity, without feeling like you’ve just sat through an after school special.

So in protest of the cancellation of this wonderful masterwork, I have re-created this bunny, which Betty-philes may remember from a season 1 episode of Ugly Betty called “The Box and the Bunny.” To find out more, and to learn how you can make your own bunny, please continue reading “behind the scenes”: Continue reading ‘In my world, protests are pink and furry.’


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