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Kaleidoscope Egg Ornamentmadeinlowell.etsy.com

Who inspires you?
My mom inspires me, she is an artist and art was just an integral part of my childhood. We had a fat roll of brown paper that was as tall as I was! We could just tear off a length any time we liked, put it on the floor and draw big paper murals. She also mixed salt clay for us to make miniatures with.

What inspires you?
Shapes and the juxtaposition of colors. I’m fascinated by how colors appear to change according to how you arrange them next to each other. I also don’t mind saying I am influenced by what’s trendy and retro-looking! Learning new polymer clay techniques is very exciting. I’m never bored with the organic shapes of eggs.

Where do you create?
Making an EggRight now I create at home, but this summer I will be moving into a studio in a renovated mill nearby. It’s very exciting!

How long have you been working with polymer clay?
I have been working with Polymer clay since 1989. I still have some of my first beads and it’s amazing to see the evolution of my techniques. I taught classes through the nineties, that was fun too!

 

Mint Flowers Bead Necklace

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Necklace by BlockpartypressBlockpartypress.etsy.com

Who inspires you?
My two sons (4 & 7) inspire me everyday. They help remind me to look at the little things. They can get so excited about a cool rock or a bug. The things that adults often overlook. My youngest is an artist too and his uninhibited creativity inspires me to try new things and to remember that just about anything (and I do mean anything) can be made into art. He doesn’t worry about whether anybody will like his art, he just creates from the heart and he inspires me to do the same.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by just about everything around me. I am attracted to color, texture and contrast, so when looking for inspiration I tend to look at things through those elements. I am probably most inspired by nature. Trees, leaves, flowers, grass, wildlife, rocks etc. really get my creativity going.
Ring by Blockpartypress
Where do you create?
I have just recently upgraded from my kitchen counter to a small corner of my basement. I wasn’t expecting to have a lot of success with selling my art, so I didn’t have a specific place set aside until now. I have a little table and I am working on organizing everything. It’s not my dream studio, but it’s mine and I like it just fine.

How long have you been working with polymer clay?
I have been working with polymer clay for about 13 years. I found it while I was in college when I needed to fill my create urge between my studies. I started with making canes and jewelry and then used it to sculpt things and now I like to stamp impressions into it. Who knows what I will be doing with it next year. Polymer clay is so versatile that the possibilities are endless. Which is probably why I love it so much.

Ring by Blockpartypress

Nanjodogz.etsy.com

Who inspires me — I’d have to say my immediate family because they are always there to cheer me on and inspire me.
What Inspires me — I’d have to say nature inspires me, all animals but mostly dogs, my dog, all the dogs I’ve had in the past and will have in the future.
Where do I create — I have a little room in my condo that is devoted entirely to my craft, it’s called a sunroom because it’s really too small for a bedroom so it’s perfect for my office/studio space.
How Long have you been working with polymer clay? I’d say about two years now that I’ve been working with polymer clay, but have worked with arts/crafts all my life, but found a true love and passion for poly clay.

Dawn from HardflowerStudios.etsy.com ! Congratulations to Dawn as her Polymer Mosaic interpretation of the song “Wish You were Here” by Incubus was truly an amazing piece of art! Click the link to her shop to see her incredible polymer clay jewelry. Congratulations also go out to Dogwoodlane.etsy.com, as she won this month’s polymer prize pack! Thanks to all the PCAGOE members and voters who participated! April’s challenge theme will be announced on April 1st!

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Here are the entries for the March Favorite Song Challenge. Everyone did an incredible job. Thanks to all that participated! I will post a forum thread today to start the voting. The winner will be announced on April 1st (No foolin!) and will receive a $25 gift certificate to Lisa Pavelka’s online store!! A special thanks to Lisa for sponsoring this month’s challenge!

Non- PCAGOE members, vote for the winner and be entered into a drawing for a fabulous polymer clay prize pack created by the talented members of the PCAGOE. If you are registered as a buyer or seller on etsy.com , you can vote by commenting on this thread. Just let us know your etsy shop name and which entrant you are voting for. Your shop name will be entered into a drawing for the prize pack pictured below! The winner will be announced on April 1st!

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Here is what last month’s winner, snowyangel.etsy.com had to say about her prize pack, “I always knew etsy had talent and diversity but this package definitely opened up my eyes to new possibilities. Please if you get chance visit these very talent shops and their creators, you won’t be disappointed I promise you.”

#1. Elevation by created by studiobijou.etsy.com
Inspired by the song of the same name by U2.

“I and I
In the sky
You make me feel like I can fly
So high
Elevation

Love
Lift me out of these blues
Won’t you tell me something true
I believe in you”

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#2. Wish You Were Here by HardflowerStudios.etsy.com. This 37″x38″ mosaic was
inspired by the song of the same title by Incubus from the Morning View cd.

Here are a few lyrics from the song:
I lay my head onto the sand….
The sky resembles a back-lit canopy
with holes punched in it.
I’m counting UFO’s
I signal them with my lighter,
And in this moment I am Happy, Happy…….
I wish you were here.

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#3. The Hum of the Record by IttyBittiesForYou.etsy.com
The inspiration for this piece came from two sources. The record player comes from the song “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae. The little hummingbird comes from my favorite band, Guster. They have a hummingbird on the cover of their album “Keep it Together”.

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#4. Amazing Grace by artsyclay.etsy.com
My entry is a brooch measuring about 2″ x 2″. It depicts images from 3 of the verses of Amazing Grace: The words “I once was lost and now am found, was blind but now I see” are depicted by the closed crying eye to one side and the open seeing eye on the other.

“I once was lost” and “through many dangers, toils and snares” are represented by the dark side of the brooch, with a tear falling out of the eye, and a dead barren tree branch which can cause you to get tangled if it’s hanging low or to trip over its roots in the dark woods (physically as well as spiritually).

When we are with God, we are saved from being lost, we are found, we come home, and we are bright shining as the sun. These are depicted by the bright yellow color, the blooming tree, and a little heart to represent God’s love.

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#5. Unbreak My Heart ACEO by blockpartypress.etsy.com
Inspired by the Song “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton from back in the 90’s. The song is kind of a desperate cry for a lover to come back after ending the relationship. I tried to show the desperation by using the dark colors and making it almost “grimy” looking. I highlighted some of the strong words of the song. The broken heart is obvious, but I wanted to make it look battered and bruised and the wire is representing the tenuous hold she has on her broken heart.

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#6. A Few of My Favorite Things by bencandance.etsy.com
Inspired by the song “A Few of My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music.

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#7. My Version of Paradise by ilysaart.etsy.com
Inspired by the song, “Big Yellow Taxi “by Joni Mitchell
“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.
They paved paradise put up a parking lot.
Hey Farmer farmer put away that DDT, give me spots on my apples or leave me the birds and the bees, please”.

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#8. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by blueladystudios.etsy.com
This pendant was inspired by my middle daughter. When she was a baby the only song that could consistently calm her to sleep was Twinkle, Twinkle. It was also the first song she learned to sing. 🙂

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#9. Dog and Butterfly by nanjodogz.etsy.com
This piece was created with one of my favorite songs in mind ‘Dog and Butterfly’ by Heart (of course it had to have a pup in it, but it is a beautiful song).

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#10. Is This Love by BreezyDawnDesigns.etsy.com
Inspired by the song “Is This Love” by Bob Marley and the Wailers.
This was our wedding song and our anniversary is in a couple of days, so it seems appropriate for this months challenge.

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#11. A Wonderful World by polyclarific.etsy.com
Its a little trinket tin which has been upcycled from a peppermint tin. The song that this represents is of course up there in my top favorites and its ‘A Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong.

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#12. Mil Besos by madeinlowell.etsy.com . It was inspired by the song “Mil Besos” by Patty Griffin on her 1000 Kisses album. She sings the title song in Spanish, it’s sultry and romantic, I hope this necklace evokes the same feelings.

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#13. Long and Winding Road by StonehouseStudio.etsy.com
Inspired by the song, “Long and Winding Road” by the Beatles.

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#14. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by hambacreations.etsy.com
This was inspired by the song, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel.

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#15. Peter Cottontail by nothinglikeit.etsy.com
The song I chose was “Here comes Peter Cottontail”. OK, I know you’re rolling your eyes right now and NO it is not really my favorite song but the story is…
My best friend sent me this stupid musical Easter card in early March that plays the tune. Ever since then I can’t get it out of my head. My challenge piece is an attempt to exorcise this musical demon!

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#16. Yellow Submarine by ladyraycello.etsy.com.
Inspired by the song, “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles.

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#17. Key West View ACEO by thecolorofdreams.etsy.com . Inspired by the song “Margaritaville”. This song always makes me think of Key West and the ocean.

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My third clutch of dragon babies are ready to leave the nest, I’m so proud of them! These are my offerings in my third Christi Friesen-themed dragon bead swap, all of which I have signed up for at the swaps page on Polymer Clay Central. Swapping is so fun. This time around, one of the major issues was to try to keep our dragons to the size of a quarter. In the first two rounds, the dragons were rather large and dare I say- unwearable. I plan to put all 25 (whew!) of mine into a shadow box once I get my swapped dragons. It is so fun to get a box in the mail with other artist’s interpretations of the theme, I can’t wait!!! And, I was really smart- the swap is for two groups of 5, and this time I made myself one of each to keep!!!! They are embellished with Swarovski Crystal chatons and either goldfilled or sterling silver eyes. So fun!

Congratulations to the winner of our first challenge Sandy of http://bencandance.etsy.com/
Awesome job!
Sandy won some great prizes and you could have the opportunity to win some great prizes as well.

Here are the details for the March 2007 challenge:

The theme is to create something inspired by your favorite song.
Deadline to enter March 23, 2007
Send a photo or photos of your entry piece to Tamara via convo on etsy by March 23, 2007: http://blockpartypress.etsy.com/

The contest is open to all members, if you want to join us please send a convo to me Ilysa via etsy and I will send you the details.
http://ilysaart.etsy.com/

The March challenge is being sponsored by Lisa Pavelka, who has generously donated a $25.00 gift certificate for her shop. Check out Lisa’s shop and all her goodies and her beautiful work.

Lisa Pavelka http://heartinhandstudio.com/

Covered in Clay http://coveredinclay.com/

Anne Igou http://blusingmarie.com/

Claying Around in Cortona: September 15 -22, 2007; Tuscany, Italy – http://hometown.aol.com/upcoevents/polymerclayworkshop.html

Thanks to everyone who made the first challenge so successful!

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