Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Philippine Polymer Clay Guild Steampunk Heart Challenge

To celebrate the month of love, the Philippine Polymer Clay Guild posted a Steampunk Heart Challenge.

But first, what is steampunk?
"Steampunk has always been first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk)..."
  - excerpt from

This is my interpretation of the steampunk heart. Taking inspiration from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. I called this "Kraken on Capt. Nemo's Heart Submarine".

Front Portion of the Pendant

I used a glass cabochon to simulate a ship's porthole with watch gears inside. Then added a blue kraken trying to attack the sub. I also incorporated some rusted screws to finish the effect.

I love copper patina! I tried to simulate that finish with mica powders, chalk pastels and inka gold.

Back Portion of the Pendant

I enjoyed this challenge very much and I can see myself be obsessed with this for the weeks to come.

Watch out for more claying adventures!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Art Bead Scene: February Challenge Entry

As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, I decided to join the Art Bead Scene February Challenge taking inspiration from the painting "The Conference of Birds". 

I made my focal pendant with polymer clay, sculpting a green bird with floral swirls as a background.

Focal Pendant in Polymer Clay

Then I completed the necklace with glass and acrylic beads in earth tones and inserted antique spacer beads to complete the vintage look.

Complete Necklace

Back portion of the necklace

I'm really looking forward in joining more challenges in the months to come.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Works in Progress: Dolls

I am no doll-maker. Seriously, making dolls or other sculpture pieces resembling the human form is not my forte. But two weeks ago, a client of mine wanted me to make lalaloopsy dolls. I think these are souvenirs for her nieces or something. So even though it's not my cup of tea, I decided to go ahead and challenge myself! 

And lo and behold! This was not an easy task! My estimated time of completion of 1 week extended to another week! Good thing she isn't rushing the project. (God bless her soul!).

So without further ado, here are my take on the lalaloopsy dolls. 

My Dolls :)

Pix E Flutters

Sprinkle Spice Cookie

I still have 5 more dolls to go. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Art Bead Scene February Challenge

As I browsed through, I saw a blog encouraging artists and designers to create an art bead using their month's challenge theme. I would really like to try this one out and really challenge my artistic abilities. Here is the theme:

The Conference of the Birds by Habiballah
Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din `Attar
 ca. 1600; Safavid Iran (Isfahan)
Opaque watercolor, ink, silver, gold on paper
10 x 4 1/2 in. (25.4 x 11.4 cm)
Seeing this picture, I was inspired. I even have ideas churning into my head already. I will try to submit an entry for this and let's see what happens. Maybe I will do this in the coming weekend.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Philippine Polymer Clay Guild "Apatchies" Challenge

As promised here are my entries for our Guild's "Express yourself in APATCHIES* Challenge".

Album cover c/o yours truly :)

First let me explain what APATCHIES mean. 

    " APAT means four in Filipino. APATCHIES is a play on the words four inchies. An inchie is a small piece of art; a snippet of self-expression. In this challenge, ALL MEMBERS were asked to express themselves in 4 separate inchies." - Angeli Del Rosario, P3 Publicity Head

And here are my entries:

I used my favorite media with scrap / black clay: alcohol inks with gold foil, inka gold, mica powders and canes. What does this mean? Well, it shows my different personalities: I can be earthy, sparkly and fiery, and I love nature.

Want to view more? Go to our facebook page at: to see more of the creative ways we expressed ourselves through our Apatchies.

Until our next challenge for Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 6, 2012

These are not my P3 Inchies Entries

Finally, I finished my inchies way ahead of time and I created extras for me. Actually, these are experimental in nature which thankfully turned out to be really good.
Extra Inchies!

These are made from black / scrap clays, metallic foil, alcohol inks, mica powder and inka gold!

Will post my final Inchies when we reveal it in our guild on February 8.