Kat's Craft Showcase

Mermaids and Angels

My sister, Cyndi, has gotten the bug, like me, of loving the art form of polymer clay. She has been making Christmas ornaments for the people she works with for the past couple of years. She doesn’t sell them, just gives them away, as Christmas gifts. (I get my ornament early, for my birthday.) With such a love for the craft you have to find ways to keep on creating without ending up with thousands of items sitting around your house. She prefers to make ornament, usually angels or mermaids, rather then jewelry like I do. I must say that she is very imaginative with her creations and she is getting more talented with each year.

So here’s a tribute to her for following in my footsteps and becoming an artist of polymer clay.

2012 Angel
2012 Angel
2013 Angel
2013 Angel
2015 Mermaid
2015 Mermaid
2014 Mermaid
2014 Mermaid
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Events

Supernatural Convention in New Jersey

A few weeks ago (Sept 4-7) I was a vendor at the Supernatural Convention in Whippany New Jersey. This television show on the CW has been a favorite with my family since 2005 when it premiered on Sept 13th. My daughter, Holly and I sold my handmade pins and magnets from all Sci-Fi genre including Supernatural, Dr. Who, Firefly as well as Sherlock, steampunk, Harry Potter and (yes) My Little Ponies. It was a prosperous weekend as well as fun and entertaining. Met lots of interesting fans of the show and got to go to a few of the panels hosted by the stars of the show. We had a fabulous time the karaoke night and enjoyed the Cabaret show. It was a rewarding experience and we hope to do it again.

 

table setup
Table setup
Men of Letters
Men of Letters
It's Complicated
It’s Complicated
Supernatural pins & magnets
Supernatural pins & magnets
Events

Getting ready for #Supernatural #NJcon!

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For those of you who did not see my Facebook & Twitter posts last month, I’ve signed on to be a vendor at the Supernatural Convention in Whippany, NJ this year (Sept 5-7) hosted by Creation Entertainment! I’ve been busting my butt the past few weeks making some fun Supernatural themed pins and magnets just for this event. I have also had the extremely hard task of re-watching episodes to get ideas. (I know, such a tough job!) I have about one month left to get everything finished, but am pretty much ahead of schedule. On top of those pins, I will also be bringing a selection of my other pins as seen in my ETSY SHOP. So there will be lots to choose from. I’m very excited about this event because not only am I huge fan of the show, but this will be my first really big event. If all goes well, I may have to pack my schedule next year! (Steampunk World’s Fair, here I come! LOL 😉 )

So Supernatural Fans!! What kind of Supernatural Fan-Made pins would you like to see?

Supernatural Banner Photo Credit: http://www.creationent.com/cal/supernatural_nj.htm

Kat's Craft Showcase

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day?

Before you know it, St. Patrick’s Day will be here! While it might not be one of the most celebrated holidays, I find it to be one of the most fun! Not just because of the food and drink (even though that’s certainly a plus), but it’s festive and colorful! Make sure to have the perfect accessories for the big day!

Check out my Etsy store for lots more St. Patrick’s Day Pins and Accessories!

Jolly Leprechaun Pin
Jolly Leprechaun Pin
Heart of Clovers Pin
Heart of Clovers Pin
Claddagh
Claddagh Pin
Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold Pin
Giveaways

Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop

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Hosted by Blogging Mamas

Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop:

I am giving away a Framed Handmade Polymer Clay Pin. The Pin itself is of an Irish lady with Green SWAORVSKI CRYSTAL eyes. Pin is attached to a lovely frame you can use to display your wearable art!
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Irish Lady with Green Swarovski Crystal Eyes
Be the talk of the office when you wear this pin to work on St. Patrick’s Day!

Enter to win this Framed Handmade Polymer Clay Pin by ArtsDaughter!

Enter HERE at Rafflecopter!

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Chatty Kathy, Kat's Craft Showcase

Day of the Dead November 1-3

Day of the Dead Skull
Day of the Dead Skull

Day of the Dead, also known as All Saints’ Day, is a three-day Mexican holiday to honor and celebrate loved ones who have died. It is also celebrated in many parts of the world, which directs honor and reverence towards one’s ancestors. Day of the Dead art is symbolized with smiling skulls in kaleidoscope colors,  psychedelic decorations and detailed designs. Beautifully adorned skulls are a tradition for the festive celebration and have become well recognized around the world.

These are a few that I have designed with polymer clay.

Day of the Dead Skull
Day of the Dead Skull
Day of the Dead Skull
Day of the Dead Skull
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My Halloween Pumpkin Pins

Pirate Captain Jack
Pirate Captain Jack

Jack O’ Lantern Pins

This week the pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns are polymer clay pins that I have made. Each has its own personality. Each appeals to a variety of different people.  Each one is fun in its own way. Halloween is an exciting and fun holiday for everyone, the young and the older child in all of us.

Haunted Jack
Haunted Jack
Steampumkin Jack
Steampumkin Jack
Pumpkin Coach
Pumpkin Coach
Count Jacula
Count Jacula
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New Faces

Goddess of Serenity
Goddess of Serenity

I’ve been working on some new faces. I get started and I just can’t stop.

This first one is the Goddess of Serenity with a golden and white headdress and Swarovski elements for eyes.

This second one is a Steampunk Pilot profile with a Swarovski element eye, handcrafted and painted.

The third one is a art nouveau style with a kaleidoscope background and flowing hair, also handcrafted and painted with Swarovski element for her eye.

The fourth one is a pirate wench with a large brimmed hat with a feather and Swarovski elements for her eyes.

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Lady Steampunk Pilot

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Reviews

Making Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn

Although I’m not into making Polymer clay beads I really like this book, Making Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn. Its a paper back instruction book of 128 pages and retails for $24.95 or $17.36 on Amazon.com.

This book is great for the Polymer Clay beginner for seasoned artist. It starts with describing the many tools you may need or want to work effectively with the clay. It has detailed pictures and instructions on ‘how-to’ make canes, from simple rolls to a beautiful kaleidoscope, that can then be layered over beads of any shape. I love this because making canes that are interesting and balanced is very hard indeed. There are many ideas and examples in easy to follow step by step instructions with illustrations.

It continues with techniques of ‘how-to’ make polymer clay look like wood, leather, coral, abalone, jade, turquoise, and onyx, just to name a few. These make wonderful beads or whatever an artist can imagine.

It then demonstrates how to assemble beads into jewelry and finishes with a gallery of fantastic completed pieces of art done by accomplished artists.

I find that this book is helpful with design ideas and I would recommend this book to any one interested in polymer clay, beading or design.

Polymer Clay Beads
Polymer Clay Beads
Reviews

Steampunkery – The Polymer Clay and Mixed Media Craft Book

My daughter gave me this book for Christmas last year. I love the step by step instructions with pictures for polymer clay and mixed media projects. This book is fun and informative. It is made with sturdy glossy card stock paper, which is nice but makes it hard to keep the book open to the page as you’re following the directions. The pictures are colorful and detailed. There are great projects and ideas for different degrees of abilities for any crafters. The author Christi Friesen is imaginative, creative, talented and funny. There are quirky footnotes and amusing stories throughout the instructions. This book is a lot of fun.

The only problem with the book is that it is coming apart because the card stock pages are not able to bend easy at the binding. The other books by this author (This is the 8th) are made with regular gloss paper and hold together much better and also have beautiful illustrations.

But I give it 4 1/2 suns out of 5.   ☼☼☼☼1/2

Steampunkery book
Steampunkery book