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Friday, July 9, 2010

My new Tutorial and my latest schtuff!

I recently posted my second tutorial on ClayLessons.com This one is for a mermaid trinket box (see the photo below). I think this is something even someone brand new to clay could do! Just go to www.ClayLessons.com and click on tutorials and you will find it! There are tons of awesome tutorials there. Go ahead and check it out!

I had this idea to take a sheet of clay, cut varying sizes of holes in it and streeeeeetch it over a contrasting color of clay and I tried it with the most interesting results! I had no idea what I was going to do with it....as usual...and I just let the design develop as I went. The first reminds me of sea foam washing up on shore so I added shells and a seahorse. The second looks like an alien planet or skin.....(ewwww!) or some such but I thought they both turned out pretty cool.
I traded some of my art for some awesome old rusty treasures from a friend in England and I have selfishly been holding onto them not wanting to part with any but I finally included a few in a new journal I decorated. For the life of me I cannot get a decent photo of it but I LOVE the way it turned out. I call it 'Beautiful Decay'. :)) A fellow artist on deviantART was talking about how she discovered a way to rust things quickly. It is a nifty trick that I am going to try. Anyhoo....I was laughing about how excited she was (and me too!) to discover how to cover something in rust and I got to thinking about how beautiful rust and decay can be. I seem to be fascinated with decrepit old rusty broken objects lately and I wonder if it has anything to do with my upcoming birthday LOL!! Well, thinking about the beauty of decay inspired the design. :)
Say, everybody else on Etsy probably knows about this but I just discovered Craftopolis.com  !!! It offers tons of helpful information for sellers...you won't believe it! I just found out I was in treasuries I didn't even know about! Sheesh, I feel like a heel because I never commented or thank them. *sheepish grin*. If you are a seller on Etsy you gotta go check it out!
www.craftopolis.com 



Thursday, July 1, 2010

My first Tutorial! Also a Birthday Sale and New Goodies :)

My First Tutorial! 
I just became a teacher at ClayLessons.com and posted my first ever tutorial! 

It gives step by step instructions on how to create a dragon eye from polymer clay. No special tools needed and no prior polymer clay experience necessary. :)  Just go to www.claylessons.com and search for the Woodland Dragon Eye. Wheeee! 

I am so excited. Boy it was really a lot of work to put together a tutorial. I had no idea how much time it takes. You have to stop at every step and take photos (with clay covered hands lol), crop and organize the photos, type up your step by step instructions then create a PDF file. Whew! Luckily they have this nifty thing called 'Tutorial Maker' and it simplified it soooo much.

There are many really really cool tutorials on this site, you should check it out! Many of them are even free! Plus, if you are a polymer clay artist, consider becoming a teacher, it's awesome!

Well, I am celebrating another birthday this month. July 12th Woohoo! I'm not going to say how old I am...but let's just say that I've been 29 for quite a while now LOL!! To celebrate, I'd like to offer any reader, or friends of readers, a 20% discount off of anything in my Etsy shop. (www.mandarinmoon.etsy.com). You can click on the header of this blog and it will take you there. Buy anything from my shop and note that you would like to take advantage of the Birthday Sale and I will instantly refund 20% of the cost of the item you've purchased. It's like Christmas in July! If you buy three or more items I'll even throw in free shipping within the U.S. and discount international shipping by $5.00  Hey, who's birthday is it anyway? *grin*

The photos are new items that I have created recently, including the dragon eye that I made for the tutorial. Have a great summer!!