Friday, November 30, 2007

Did Someone Say My Name?

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Feature on on 11/30/07

I am proud to announce that I am featured today on the website/blog for Delaware Bride Magazine. You can check it out yourself by visiting their site and clicking in the top-right corner on "First State Fetes" for 11/30/07. That's a mouthful, so I've copied a screenshot here.

Monday, November 26, 2007

PCAGOE November Challenge: Mokume Gane




1. Mokume Gane Frame and Switchplate Cover by
2. Butterfly Necklace by
3. Red-and-Gold by
4. Christmas ornament 2007 by
5. Mokume Gane Pendant by
6. Retro Swirlz by
7. Pink MG Pendant by
8. Mokume Gane Earrings by
9. Mokume Gane Necklace by
10. Mokume Vase Brooch by
11. Earthmother Mokume Gane Pendant by
12. Gift Box by
13. Mokume Gane Bead Set by
14. Teardrop Mokume’ Gane Beads by
15. Half Moon Pendant by
16. Cuff Bracelet by
17. Plum Wine-Mokume Gane Mirror -
18. Mokume Gane Pendant by
19. Mokume Gane Egg Ornament by
20. Mokume Gane beads by
21. Shattered Mokume by
22. Mokume Gane Vase by
23. Cherry Blossom Perfume Atomizer & Mirror Compact by
24. Holiday Pins by
25. ACEO LOVE by
26. Under the Microscope Brooch by

It's time once again for the PCAGOE monthly challenge! Here are this month's entries. The theme this month was to create a polymer clay item using the mokume gane technique.

Mokume gane is originally a Japanese metalworking technique that was adapted as a polymer clay technique. Mokume gane is created by layering very thin sheets of polymer clay, then distorting the stack with any number of tools and then shaving off thin slices to show off the colors, layers and patterns created within the stack. You can also add inclusions such as metal leaf and inks to create further variations or use stamps and texture plates to create interesting imagery. Here is a mokume gane tutorial created by one of our members, This technique offers up a ton of possibilities, and our members have done a great job in showcasing the many different variations mokume gane has to offer. Many members had never tried this technique , so amazingly some of these are first time efforts. Thanks to all that participated!

VOTE and WIN the incredible Polymer Clay Prize Pack (created by PCAGOE members) listed below and valued at over $150 !!!! This month’s prize includes earrings, necklaces, a bracelet, loose beads and pendants, brooches, a pen and holder, a magnetic refrigerator vase and a cell phone charm, as well as a copy of the Winter 2007 Premier issue of Make it Mine which includes lots of great craft projects courtesy of Polymer Clay Productions and Kalmbach Publishing Co. The PCAGOE Member who wins the challenge this month will win $20 and as well as the Make it Mine Magazine and the book, The Best of Bead&Button Magazine Polymer Pizazz, also from Kalmbach Publishing Co.



All you have to do is vote for the winner and you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous polymer clay prize pack created by the talented members of the PCAGOE. Take a look at all of the entries for the November Mokume Gane Challenge. Keep in mind the theme of using the mokume gane technique and how well the piece interprets the theme. Visit the PCAGOE website and vote for your favorite - please note that e-mail addresses will be used to contact the winners only and will not be used for any other purpose . Two winners will be randomly chosen from all of the voters. You can vote once between 12noon on November 26th and midnight (Eastern Standard Time)on November 28th . The winners will be announced on November 29th.

To view the entries close-up and to read the descriptions of the items, please click on the title links below the entry photos. To purchase any of the items, or to see what else the artists have to offer, click on the shop names listed below the entry

A final note: As much as I appreciate the unrelenting support, please don't vote for mine just because you love me! Vote for the one you love most, regardless of who made it - there are so many great entries to choose from!

Thank you and good luck!!


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Custom Bling In Her Stocking This Year?

There's still time to order a custom piece for your favorite person (or for yourself!) in time for the holidays! Place your custom order by November 23, 2007 (that's next Friday - can you believe it?!) to guarantee delivery by Christmas (if you need it sooner, just let me know!)

As always, free shipping!

If you're not sure what you want, message me at or comment here and I can help you decide where you want to go - photo transfer pendants, pins, and other jewelry, even ornaments! I can take your photo and transfer as-is, or make it black & white, sepia, and now silhouettes!

A perfect gift for that family member who has everything... they don't have one of

Skip the mass-produced plastic this year and buy handmade! Or, better yet, DIY!

I Took The Handmade Pledge! .... did you?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Too cute to waste

"A Very Blustery Day"
Silhouette Transfer Pendant & Pin Set

"Victorian Miss"
Silhouette Transfer Pendant & Pin Set

Two sets that are already listed in the shop, with more on the way....

Ran into some problems with the finish/coating on Round One of my new pendant series, but they were just so darn cute, I couldn't bear to toss them, so I have marked this round down extensively in my Etsy shop. The pieces from this batch are adorable, and the finish is not really an issue except that I don't want to misrepresent my work. I have been wearing one and have gotten nothing but compliments on it! The next bath will be fine, as I will go back to Plan A (and no longer mess with a good thing!) and the prices will go back up.

If you're reading my blog, I would really love if you would comment and say hello and/or share your thoughts!

Please stop by my Etsy shop and check out these and other pieces! And please consider making or buying handmade this year. Support handmade!
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