Two little eyes: a smile marker

Just a fun little things of almost no consequence unless it makes someone smile.  This is made with a thinly rolled sheet of plymer clay over two eggs; one large and one very small. After curing, the eggs were chipped away from the polymer clay, the draping edges trimmed to be level when place on a flat surface, and then I just played games making flowers, two eye holes, and a smile and tongue.  The round polymer clay beads that became the eyes I could have done a better job on, but this was just an experiment. They roll forward to show eyelids and back to show the pupils.  there is a wire bent in a u shape that I attached to the inside of the object with polymer clay. It holds each bead (eye) in place.  On the back of each bead (eye) i added a little mound of polymer clay that keeps the eye from rolling past the eyelid paint. The pupils are painted as well.

I have no clue what one would use this for. Perhaps a flat back could be added and it would be a refrigerator magnet, or perhaps weight could be placed inside and a bottom attached, and it could be a paper weight. Alternatively, it could be set inside a small frame (with more polymer clay perhaps, making a dimensional wall hanging or framed 3D sculpture.

The fun thing about this concept is that it has a way of “reminding” one of good times, and I can add flower petals or glitter from a prom night, or other objects that actually give it “meaning” in the keepsake sense. The yellow polymer clay here actually has funeral flower petals in it.

Smilestone: made with polymer clay and your flower petals to commemorate an event

Chicken egg and cockatiel egg together were overlaid with polymer clay, and then i created flowers for this S’milestone.  I came on that name after i mistyped the word milestone in a text and thought it was the cutest thing ever. I set out to make someone smile with this “stone – like” egg combo sculpture, that has absolutely NO value except to bring a smile to one’s face.  However, to be fair, some of these colors of polymer clay have the flower petals from a funeral in them…. so the smile can be a reminder of life’s milestones that are hard to accept sometimes. Others like this available from my Memory-bead website

s'milestone parody on milestone markers, this one is intended to make you smile side view of the Smilestone, polymer clay flowers and a kind of egg shape stone tope view of a "smilestone" just intended to bring a flower - smile to your face
smile stone keepsake custom, made with your wedding flowers or other flowers embedded in polymer clay smilestone, milestone with bringing a smile, custom, your flowers and polymer clay





Polymer clay decorated goose eggs in a nest

Polymer clay decorated goose eggs in a nest – this year in Cincinnati Ohio it is the emergence of the brood X cicadas.  There are so many birds that are having a good season that I have found three empty robin’s nests (no eggs no birds were there).  In many years I have only found one, but this year has been a booming year for new birds apparently because of the cicadas.  I salvaged these, sterilized them at 350 degrees for an hour, trimmed off some of the extra stuff and coated them with resin.  I think they will remain pretty stable if not exposed to water.  (Robin’s nests are a mud base and lots of fluff and stuff for softness on the top).


Very large (10.5 inches high) polymer clay easter egg decorated

Base was manufactured over a plastic egg (two halves) using paper mache then put back together with more paper.  Then covered with a thin layer of translucent polymer clay (still in halves) and many of the flowers were put on in a two part egg.  The total egg was put together, and cured, and then flowers and background finished.

All in all, i would make the basic halves but the first coat of polymer clay would be a single unit, since putting the halves together was a little problematic.

very large polymer clay decorated egg with flowers

Decorated egg for SARS Cov 19 easter – 2

This egg actually has a lot of detail about the coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) including representation of the plus sense RNA wound around the nucleocapsid protein in the center of each virion, and the envelope and the membrane (with a transporter protein added as a separate color, and all the thickly placed spike proteins (S1 and S2). What it lacks, aside from being a polymer clay model, a slice through the center of a pretend virion, it does lack the hemagglutinin esterase spike proteins. So sorry for missing that. LOL.  You can purchase this egg, or one made similarly, here, by searching the products on this blog, or at this website called memory-beads.

Chess board quilt

This quilt was dreamed up as a lark for a grandson who is way to old to want a quilt for christmas but for whom i made this hoping that it would pique his interest.  I began thinking that the whole quilt would be uniquely constructed small chess board blocks but it because apparent that this would take me about 4 years so I put the blocks that I had already made onto a checker background.  I think the idea is really fun, as each chess board is made of scrappy materials, 1.5 inch squares, and stripes cut and sewn in a staggered way (also the border made this way), and then I ran onto some material that actually had tiny chess boards printed on it…. so a couple of those i sashed and used in the quilt.

This was supposed to be quilted on the diagonal for each of the black squares but, using a long arm quilting machine for the first time in my life (to quilt this) it was apparent that straight lines were probably not what the machine was designed to do…. so within about three squares, I began free-motion quilting according to what each piece of fabric had to offer. This included moving around the arms of the pilots wheel, going in and around the large dots, following the leaves and flowers of some of the fabrics, spiral on the tiny polkadots, and so on.  It was a great experience to use the long arm quilting machine. My thanks to Julie of Stitches near Tri-County mall, who was open to my experimentation. For that I am grateful, as I know i broke all the rules about the use of a free floating top on their backing material and the zipper thing to attach the quilt to the frame.

This quilt is not without it gliches, and there will be no blue ribbons, but I am posting the picture in the hopes that my idea will stimulate someone else to do a really good job on a similar style quilt.

Next quilt i do like this i am determined to make the entire backing out of black and white 3.5 inch squares, ha ha…. currently it is all one color backing, black with small random white dots.

BTW, i really did think the border (made with black and white strip material) was a genius idea.