A year of creating daily artworks on the lids of Carmex lip balm containers. Various materials are used with an emphasis on mixed-media. Creations may feature: polymer clay, metal clays (Fine Silver, bronze and copper), SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, resin, wire, pearls, paper, paint, glass, wood, coins, buttons, hardware, found and recycled objects.
I took various polymer clay elements including Skinner Blended gradient sheeting, striping and foiled clay and assembled them in a series of waves and angles and a singular circular inset. The effect is accents with a metallic fiber embellished rim.
A crystal filled glass tube crosses over the center of today's lid. The background is a subtle crackle pattern made using silver Colorbox ink over white polymer clay. Clay striping accents the ends of the tube and circular and leaf-shaped millefiori cane slices accent the rim.
Another design on my bucket list of jar designs this year was to make a Fairy Door. I sculpted this out of polymer clay and added a miniature hinge. This was attached to a polymer clay base that appear to be the trunk of a tree. The markings were antiques with Golden acrylic paint after baking. Within, a tiny fairy flutters in a field of glitter. The image transfer is from my Tiny Tat waterslide transfer collection. It was applied over gold polymer clay. after curing, glitter was mixed with Magic Glos and cured for five minutes under a UV light. Millefiori leaf cane slices were layered around the rim and up over the edge for the finishing touch.
However you spell it (and there are umpteen variations), tonight is the first night of the Jewish Festival of lights. Chanukah (that's right, another spelling variation!) in short is a celebration of religious freedom. It is recognized for eight, consecutive nights. A candelabra called a Menorah is lit with more candles added each night. Festivities include celebrations with great food potato ltakes (pancakes) smothered with sour cream and apple sauce, and jelly donuts. A game called dreidle is played for candy. While many think that gifts are given each day, traditionally, children are given gelt (money) that is to be donated to charity. A miniature menorah with polymer clay candles, set for the first night, grace the lid (the center candle is the 'shamus," or helper candle used to light the others. Silver and gold glitter were used to cover Crystal Clay epoxy clay, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS flatback crystals were set in an alternating blue and clear pattern around the rim. The (Parawire) wire accents of a coiled Star of David and the twisted garland were made using an amazing new development in wire tools. My friend, incredibly talented artist/designer, and fellow SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador, Brenda Schwederinvented what has to be the perfect wire jig, "Now That's a Jig". It has truly transformed how I twist, wrap and manipulate wire.
I created a locket lid, a project that has been on my list of ideas for this year's project. A filigree finding is backfilled with gradient, Skinner Blended polymer clay and surrounded with millefiori cane slices and a purple clay frame. The edge of the clay covered rim is textured and accented with larger millefiori leaves. A SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS flatback crystal is attached to the center of the lid. A millefiori cane insert adorns the inside of the locket finding.
Today is the beginning of the World's Largest rodeo event, The National Finals in Las Vegas. Ten days of all the cowboy hats you could ever hope to see! There are loads of country stars coming to entertain, tons of shopping venues and of course, rodeo. Being married to a western aficionado has it's perks. Back in the day when I did art shows, I exhibited my artwork for several years at the Cowboy Christmas Show. In honor of this wonderful event that comes to town every year and for my hubby, Allen Pavelka, I have made this tribute to all things Western. He's doing volunteer work for Elks charity before during and after the show in addition to working the rodeo itself.
A vintage Wild West Show poster in made on polymer clay using my Eclectic waterslide transfer colletion. I "deckled" the edges of the clay like torn paper. Gold clay/crafting foil was used to create the stars, cut using Kemper Pattern cutters. I made the braided border by molding clay into my "Ropes & Braids" border mold. The lasso rope that accents the poster was made by twisting tiny snakes of clay. After baking, I antiqued the braided clay rim and rope using Golden acrylic paints.
Gradient bull's eye, Skinner Blended canes made from polymer clay peek through a sterling silver rosette, gently puffing upwards. This rests over a textured purple border. The rim is also polymer clay and stamped with a swirl pattern using Colorbox silver stamp ink which becomes permanent when the clay is cured.
I created today's lid in honor of my one and only brother's, David Freed'sBirthday (or as he'll refer to it - "Davefest 2012"). This is a kinetic tribute intended to symbolize the intricacies of creativity. We both have been blessed with a lifelong drive to create. He is an immensely talented writer of great accomplishment. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author and screenplay writer, he never ceases to amaze me with his intelligence and wit. I'm looking forward with great anticipation to his next novel, "Fangs Out;" a Cordell Logan Mystery. As a tribute to how fortunate to have him in my life, I offer this spinning, Steampunk whatchamacallit. I antiqued the end of a key to look as if it had rusted, using Christi Friesen's Swellegent. I connected this to a small mechanism that turns on the opposite side of the gear box. The box itself is covered with Crystal Clay, epoxy clay. The surface was accented with watch parts from my Micro Inclusion line and a stamped clay panel. The base of the lid is a piece of newspaper from the early 1800's. The edge of the lid is covered with decorative chain from Garlan Chain. I bent brass tubing to create a varied height and position rotation of the crystal filled, glass capsule. A decorative bead, rubber O rings, a jewlry spacer and a striped clay ring add visual interest when the mechanism is in motion.
As temperatures have grown cooler, thoughts of flannel, cozy blankets, hearth side fires and other comforting things fill my mind. Plaid seems to be a motif best suited to colder months. This is the very last remnant of a millefiori cane I made over a decade ago. I was able to get nine, very thin slices out of the last of it. The fact that they are distorted makes it all the more pleasing, reminding me of fabric. The corners were a bit wonky, so I placed flatbackSWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals at these junctures. A textured red, clay border covers the rim. A rope-like snake of black clay accents the edge of the lid.
A lacy metal plate with a matte silver finish lies atop white polymer clay for a tone-ont-one effect. Double-sided adhesive tape was uses to apply polymer clay/crafting foil around the rim. This is the back of the Red "Pavelvet" foil from my line. The backside has a silver effect. Strips of Hotfix backing trim from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS is attached as a sparkling accent along eight points of the rim. Let it snow!