Friday, August 28, 2015

Student's Work: Faux Cloisonne



Student work, Faux Cloisonne
 This morning, I received this lovely letter from one of my customers, Holly D.:

"I thought you might like to see my first cloisonné piece :) made this last night (it is with Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos, rather than with resin... I was impatient :)"

There were two pictures in this email; they are on the left and below.
Student work, Faux Cloisonne
Holly bought one of my polymer clay Faux Cloisonne tutorials the day before.  I take it as a huge compliment when someone is so excited about my technique or a project!  I am happy to see how Holly's faux cloisonne piece turned out.  The color gradation is lovely!

Monday, August 17, 2015

St.Petersburg Trip: Mosaics in St.Isaac's Cathedral

I just came back from a short trip to Russia and a few Baltic Cost countries.  The trip was wonderful, the weather was great, and brought back lots of precious memories and beautiful pictures.  I do not want to overwhelm my readers with too many pictures, but some of them I just have to share.

Here are a few pictures I took inside St.Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg (Russia).  The cathedral itself is absolutely magnificent both from the outside and inside.  Here is a link to a wikipedia article about this cathedral: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Isaac's_Cathedral

There are a few pictures of the cathedral in this article, and many more can be found on-line.

What I want to share here are the pictures taken by a polymer clay artist.  You know, polymer clay is an obsession, and a polymer clay artist simply cannot help but notice things that relate to polymer clay in one way or another.  In my case, I was stunned by the mosaics in this cathedral. 

Built in early 19-th century, St.Isaac's was originally decorated by many masterful paintings by the famous Russian painters of that time.  In a few short years that paintings started to deteriorate due to the harsh weather in St. Petersburg.   A decision was made to replace each painting with an identical mosaic.  To say that this work is very tedious and painstaking is a huge understatement.  The mosaics that were completed are so detailed, they can be easily mistaken for oil paintings even from a few feet away (and especially when they are up at the cathedral ceiling).  Luckily, there were a couple of these mosaics on display at the floor level, so I was able to take these pictures.






 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Organic Swirl Pendants Class for Cabin Fever 2016

It is already confirmed that I will be able to offer my Organic Swirl Pendants Class during Cabin Fever Creative Arts Fest in Laurel, MD in February, 2016.  So, here is some more information about this class.


EUGENA TOPINA: ORGANIC SWIRL PENDANTS


1-day workshop
Skill Level = all levels, confident beginner to advanced


In this class you will learn how to make eye-catching polymer clay pendants with organic designs inspired by corals, shells, sea urchins, starfish, and other aquatic creatures.


Eugena will guide you through nearly thirty different shapes and textures that can be combined in endless ways to create beautiful pendants. She will also share with you her unique approach to using acrylic paints and alcohol inks for creating deeply colored and distressed polymer clay surfaces. Eugena will provide an array of colorful silk ribbons, suede cords, and wax lines so that by the end of the day you will be able to walk out if this class with an amazing necklace to wow your friends. Kit fee applies.

If you would like to take this class, please keep an eye on the official Creative Arts Fest blog. All details about this event will be published in that blog as soon as they are available.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

... And More Pictures From Master Class Camp

It so happened that I've got to teach one more class for Master Class Camp 2015, Organic Swirl Pendants.  The class was offered on a very short notice as a substitute for a wonderful class by Doreen Gay-Kassel, which had to be canceled, unfortunately.

So, here are a few pictures from my ad hoc class.
Student Work in Organic Swirl Pendants Class

Student Work in Organic Swirl Pendants Class

Student Work in Organic Swirl Pendants Class
Here are my happy students, playing away with textures, shapes, and colors:




July 24, 2015.  Edited to add:  This class will be offered again during the Cabin Fever Festival in February, 2016.  For more information, please refer to my next post.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pictures From Master Class Camp

Finally I found time to download the pictures I took in my Handmade Stamps for Polymer Clay class earlier this month.

Below are a few pictures of the stamps made by the class participants.  Of course, they could not wait to try their newly-made stamps on some polymer clay, so  I was able to capture a few of their experimental pieces as well.

Stamps for polymer clay made by one of the students

WIP by one of the students, made with her stamp



Stamps and pieces made with them by one of the students

WIP by one of the students, made with her stamps
  
Stamps for polymer clay made by one of the students

And here are my lovely students having fun in our class.




Thank you, ladies, for your energy, curiosity, and stories.  I hope we can do it again in the future!

And a HUGE thank you for Kathryn Ottman, the woman who made this event possible.

Monday, July 6, 2015

New Necklace - Work In Progress

I am working on a new polymer clay necklace combining my Openwork Pendants and Sea Creatures techniques.

I think I will name it Tide Pools.

Here are a few (not all yet) elements for this future necklace.   I am so excited to see how it is turning out.  So many textures, patterns, colors, and yet it should all work together.

To give you an idea of the size of these elements, here is the biggest one in my hand:

I am a bit intimidated by the construction stage.  The design I have in mind is quite complex and unusual.  I hope I have enough engineering skills  to actually make it happen...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hand-made Stamps for Polymer Clay, Workshop

I made a few more demo pieces for my class at Master Class Camp in July.

Here is my new stamp.
















It started with this sketch.















...And here are a few designs made with this stamp.



Spaces are still available, and it is not too late to register if you are interested. 

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