Friday, February 24, 2012

Polymer Clay Big Bead Necklaces

I've been playing around with some of the polymer clay beads that I recently made.  You can read about the beads and see their in-progress photos in my previous posts if you would like.  Here's a couple of necklaces I am making with them, I am going for a very simple design for now:

Have a great Day!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Success or Failure

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
-- Thomas Alva Edison

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Handmade Beads Update

This is the second poat about the new set of polymer clay beads that I just made.  They have been uniformly drilled, sanded, and polished.  I've put a few together that I will contine to create necklaces with.  Eventually, I will use them all to make necklaces.  But for right now, I'm just playing with an idea using a few of them.

The first few photos are of them prior to drilling.  So, don't look to close  at the holes!

Purple is so hard to photograph and keep the original color true.  I think I captured it this time though. 
Now,  for the orange ones

I had a really hard time getting a good photo of the yellow beads.

So, what do you think?  What are you working on today?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Making Polymer Clay Beads Today

I'm making polymer clay beads today.  I decided to give the silver a rest and go back to the polymer clay.  Time for some color!  I have loads of polymer clay canes.  Some that I made myself, some from various swaps I've done online, and a few that I've purchased.  The first photo is of the box I have all my flower canes stored in.  The next phot shows the first set of purple beads.

And some yellow and orange beads:

I'm intentionally making each bead different.  I have a plan, but I'll show that later in another post once I've put them together.  Below are the finished beads ready to go in the oven for curing.  Due to the different brands of clay used and the different types of translucents involved, I expect several of them to shift colors during the curing process.  In fact, instead of letting that be a concern, I think I'll push it and over cure them a little longer and hotter just to see what happens.

And here are all the beads fresh out of the oven.  I gave them an ice water bath, so you might see a few droplets of water here and there.

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Vision Inside

Achievement flows from the inside out. To experience an exceptional life on the outside, you must nurture exceptionally positive values on the inside.
You cannot be angry, resentful, envious or cynical on the inside and expect to achieve anything of value. No matter where you might attempt to direct it, your negativity hurts you more than anyone else.
The great thing is, you can experience an outstanding life if you will constantly and persistently envision an outstanding life. That positive vision will itself drive your actions to ensure its own fulfillment.
There is great and unique beauty living within you. Connect with it, acknowledge it, express it and watch as your actions create corresponding beauty in the world around you.
Achievement begins, continues and culminates with the vision of achievement that lives inside you. Fulfillment flows naturally and unceasingly from the integrity of your inner self.
Keep that inner vision strong, and keep that integrity intact. The whole of life surrounding you is eagerly awaiting the full expression of the beautiful vision that lives inside you.
— Ralph Marston

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