Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holiday Season!!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!!

I also would like to share a cool pic of a stocking that my sister had crafted out of soda can tabs. I thought it was rather clever, to much work for me though! I'll just have to ask for one for Christmas (hint hint)! Her blog is The Art of Can Tabistry if you would like to check it out or to see more tabistry projects that she has created.

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Also, if you hurry over to the Because We Believe Art Blog you may still have a chance to win a blog giveaway. A few first winners didn't respond to emails so there are some prizes left!! Here is the ornament that I made for the giveaway:

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After the holidays I will be listing Halloween pieces for sale again, so keep watching!!
Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Jack O Lantern Candy Dish

Here is a vintage Halloween style candy dish that I just listed on ebay tonight. I found this unique candy dish and thought it would look great with a Halloween theme. The knob was broken on it, but I planned on sculpting over it any way! The jol is hand sculpted out of paper clay and then painted. I repainted the rest of the dish in black, orange, green and gold to match. Then I antiqued it to give it an old vintage look and gave it a protective clear coat. I thought it turned out quite elegant looking. It measures around 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall (including the jol).

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If you would like to view the auction please click the link below:
OOAK Vintage Halloween Art Candy Dish

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Back from Florida and My First Halloween Show!

Just got back from my first Halloween show and what a treat to be able to experience it in Florida! Me and my family had such a great time! I thought I would share a few pics! As I told you before the show was "Spirits on First" put on by Jeanine Taylor Art Gallery in historical downtown Sanford, Florida. Jeanine and the rest of the gang were so great and they did an awesome job at making the show really cool. I met so many great people, collectors and artists!!

Here is my table for the show:
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I had received a lot of postive comments on my work! I had made some Halloween jewelry with handmade clay beads that sold very well! I was really excited!
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I included with the jewelry a lined coffin box, that I handpainted, to store each piece in.
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Melissa Menzer was another artist that had a great display of antique pieces that she sculpted clay faces on. Each piece was so unique! She has quite the imagination!! I could have stared at her table for hours, there was so much detail in her work!
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Jorge de Rojas with HohoHalloween was also there! I had seen his work before and was really excited to finally meet him! He is such a talented artist and a wonderful person!!

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I really like his witches, so I had to get me one of his ornies!
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I thought it was so cool! After the show, he gave my daughter one of his pieces! She was very excited, she is making him something and is going to send it to him.
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I had such a fun time, I can't wait until next year!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Finally Finished the Man Eating Plants!

Well, I finally have some pics to post of the Man Eating Plant Arrangements.

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I have not decided yet if I will sell one on eBay or just take them both to the Halloween show that I am getting ready to attend, I'm still trying to get more projects finished. Both arrangements have 3 man eating plants each. Each one is done with fall colored flowers. Since I handpainted scenes on each side of the pots, I tried to arrange them to where there is a man eating plant on each side of the arrangement. They are not glued in so they can be rearranged or changed.

Here is a pic before the plants were painted:

I also made thorny stems out of paper mache.
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The below pics are the finished arrangements.

Arrangement 1:

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Arrangement 2:

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Thank you for looking! I will have more pics of pieces that I am taking to the "Spirits on First" Halloween Art show soon.

Oh and don't forget to stop on over to the Artistic Halloween Queens Unite blog for a fantastic giveaway. Drawing will be Sept. 22!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Malice in Wonderland Entry

As I told you before the AHQU (Artistic Halloween Queens Unite) group's theme for the month of August is "Malice in Wonderland". Well, I finally finished my entry piece. I used the "Drink Me" bottle idea and the Cheshire Cat. I started with a glass bottle and added Fastmache and paperclay. The bottle stands a little over 7 inches tall.

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Jamie

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Halloween JOL Bracelet and Trinket Box

Hi all! Just wanted to post this Halloween charm bracelet with matching trinket box that I just finished and listed tonight on eBay.

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The bracelet measures 7 inches long with glass beads and 3 handmade polymer clay jol beads.

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The trinket box has been handpainted in a vintage style. The Jack O Lantern on top has been handmade out of paperclay and the leaves are made from polymer clay. The inside has been lined with a black corduroy fabric. The box measures 4.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall (about 5 inches tall including the jol).

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To check out the auction or to see more pics, please click link below.

Vintage Halloween Art HP Box & Bracelet

I will be posting an update on the man eating plants and a couple other projects that I have been working on soon!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Man Eating Plant WIP

Here are a couple of pics of what I have so far on the man eating plants.

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I started with slicing an area out of the styrofoam ball for the mouth. Then I used paperclay and covered the ball and shaped the mouth area. Before the clay dried, I added some teeth that I had made and baked earlier out of white polymer clay. After the paperclay dried, I went back and added viens on each plant.

Now I need to finish the detailing on each and then they are ready to paint. I will be back with more pics when I have that completed!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Jamie

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Creepy Creations Update!

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted anything in over a month! Shame on me!! I have a couple of pretty good excuses though. The main one is that I had family staying with me the whole month. So you know how that can be! HaHa! No, really I had a fun time but it is time to get back to work!! I have some really exciting and fun things coming up! Unfortunately I had to stop working on my Harry Potter clock in order to get some other stuff done, but as soon as I can I will get back to it and share some pics.


First of all, the eBay group AHQU (Artistic Halloween Queens Unite) has decided on a theme for the month of August. Are you ready for this....Malice in Wonderland! So, if you are on eBay you really must check us out and see what creative things are being listed all that month. I will be posting more later on when I start on mine, I have a few ideas rattling around in my brain.

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Also AHQU is having an ornie swap amongst some of the artists in the group. I can't wait to see who my partner will be, I just love doing swaps! I have not really made an ornament so this should be fun! I think I might try a couple, I have been wanting to do a giveaway on my blog. I will post more information later!

Next, I am currently working on another Man Eating Plant Arrangement to sell on eBay. I had so many positive comments on the first one, I thought I would give another one a go. This time I will try and show some pics of the process.

Here is the before pic of a pot that I found. I also included the start of the ManEating Plants - rods and styrofoam balls. Wow, I really have a lot done there, huh!

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Actually I am making 2 arrangements. I have been invited to a Halloween Show in Florida called "Spirits on First Street"! I am really excited! I am trying to get as many projects completed as I can. That has been another reason why I am behind on my posting. Below I have a pic of the projects that I am trying to complete now. Normally I am a one at a time project kind of gal, but yes, I am trying to do all these at once. I also have 2 more clocks and 2 games and some jewelry that I would also like to complete before the show in October! I will share more pics when they are completed. You can't really tell in the pic, but there is a grandfather clock that measures a little over 24 inches tall that I will be adding a led light up scene to, a knick knack cabinet in the back that will also have a light up scene and I am adding a clock to it too, a small box that will hold a piece of jewelry that I might go ahead and sell on eBay, the two pots for the man eating plant arrangements, and a candy dish that I have already done some clay work on.

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Well, I think I have caught you up on everything for now. I will post again soon when I have more completed on the man eating plants.

Jamie

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Halloween Jewelry Box Completed!

Here it is all finished and listed on eBay!


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The Jack O'Lantern on top is handmade out of paper clay and the leaves are polymer clay. I covered the drawer knobs with smaller polymer clay jols and leaves. The knob on the door is a gold clay star to match the stars on the panel that is also handmade out of polymer clay.

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The box measures 10.5 inches wide and about 13 inches tall including the jol on top.

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Here is a pic of the back so you can see where the light goes in and the polymer clay skeleton and crossbones wind up for the musical movement. When you open or close the bottom drawer it will start or stop the music. I replaced the old movement with a new one that plays Alfred Hitchcock's theme "Funeral March of a Marionette".

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This is what the panel looks like when it is lit up. You can't tell in the pic, but I used a flicker light bulb. It really looks cool! The bulb will be included in the auction.


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Also included is a handmade owl necklace. I used black, green and orange glass beads to go with the Halloween theme. The necklace measures 11 inches long from the clasp to the end of the owl pendant.

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Please click the link below if you would like to see the auction or to view more pictures.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=290326760214

Friday, June 19, 2009

Halloween Jewelry Box WIP

Boy, I just noticed that I have not posted anything in awhile. Sorry about that. I have been busy working on a few new projects and thought I should go ahead and share one of them with you.

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Isn't it beautiful?! Yah, right! Here is the before pic of a jewelry box that I found and am currently working on. Actually it didn't look this bad when I got it. I stripped all the hardware off and started sanding on it when I remembered I forgot to take a before pic. It will be, of course, a Halloween themed box hand painted in orange and black with some gold and green accents. I replaced the glass with a panel made out of polymer clay. I am also adding a light to the back that will light up the panel. I ripped out the old yucky fuzzy lining in the drawers and will reline them with a nice black corduroy material. This box also came with a wind up musical movement that I will be replacing with a new one. I would also like to make a piece of jewelry to go with it, I am still trying to decide. It is almost completed, I am just adding the finishing touches. I hope to have it ready to list in a few days. I should have some better pics for you then!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jack O'Lantern Necklace

Here is a handmade necklace that is now listed on eBay. I made it for the HA31 May Jewelry Challenge. The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry or something small to hang like on a rearview mirror or ceiling fan pull. It could be Halloween related or not, but of course, I went with the Halloween theme. I love Jack O'Lanterns, so I decided to make some polymer clay jol beads and I also added a cabochon one to the pendant. The chain and pendant is black nickel and I added white and green pearl beads. I also added 3 light green saphires to the pendant that are kind of hard to see in the pics. The necklace meaures about 14 inches long from the lobster clasp to the beads hanging from the bottom of the pendant.

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Click the link below if you would like to view the auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=290321194894

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Haunted House For Sale!

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Well, I finally have the haunted house photo box completed and listed on eBay! It seemed like it took long enough but I am happy with the results!


As you can see I handpainted the sides to look like old painted wood shingles and made polymer clay panels that fit into where 4 photos were originally supposed to go. I also painted the roof using another faux wood technique and I covered the original knob to the lid with a handmade polymer clay stone chimney. As I mentioned before everything has been handmade out of polymer clay except for the wood window shutters, the plexiglass and curtains for the windows! There is also a base on the bottom that winds up to slowly spin the house around and play music. I replaced the old musical movement with a new one that plays Alfred Hitchcock's theme "The Funeral March of the Marionette". If your speakers are on I have added the song to my music player so you know what it will sound like.


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Here is the tree that I showed you in the prior post. The trick or treaters that were in my sketch were on the house too, but the tree ate them! Just kidding! LOL

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The person inside the window is my husband! He was never able to get out after he installed the lights! Just kidding again!

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The inside has a Jack O'Lantern switch to turn the lights on and off that my husband installed inside the box to light up the windows. There are also 2 photo books that together hold 48 4x6 photos!

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Below are a couple of pics of the lights when they are on. I could not get very good dark pics with my camera, it looks a lot better then the pics show. There are two yellow led lights inside the windows to light up the silhouttes and there are green leds behind the ghost and the tree. The ghost also glows in the dark.

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Each side of the photo box measures about 9 inches wide with the clay pieces and 10.5 inches tall including the spinning base and chimney.

Thank you so much for looking!




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