E is for Eggs of Clay

Happy Easter! Are you celebrating with eggs of clay?

You may have heard of hard boiled eggs, plastic eggs, chocolate eggs, cloisonné, wooden or Faberge eggs. Have you ever heard of Club Creative Studio’s Clay Eggs?

Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Clay Eggs.

I have been creating these type of clay eggs since 2013 and I love the process, I have come up with. I have discovered that although time consuming, the creation of these one-of-a-kind eggs are quite enjoyable to make.

This process gives me a chance to use a large number of my designed polymer clay canes in one project, and capitalize on variety.

The beauty of these creations are that they can be displayed year-round. I have a few hanging on a table top stand. Last year, I even hung them from our colorful “Hawaiian” theme Christmas tree. They are wonderfully durable and without a doubt unique. I have even customized these to color coordinate a room!

Allow me to create for you! I offer custom requests in jewelry-making to other hand-made clay and bead art creations. All are always one-of-a-kind.

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Club Creative Studio Christmas tree

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Creative Thankfulness (4)

Club Creative Studio continues to take part in the Gratitude Project 2012, by posting publicly for 90 days something that I am thankful for. On the days that I blog, I am posting about how something with the creativity theme touches my life in thankfulness.  Today is the 4th post that coincides with this blog.

Special identification/informational tags for Club Creative Studio Art located at the Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

It is with gratitude that I have had an opportunity to display and sell art in a new venue.  Last week, I prepared Club Creative Studio hand-made art to be included with other talented artist’s work within the Abington Art Center’s Gallery Gift Shop shelves.  Laura Burnham, Executive Director of Abington Art Center accepted work and will arrange a space for it to be available to the public for purchase.

Laura preparing to display Club Creative Studio Art at the Abington Art Center.
One-of-a-kind, hand-made pendant from Club Creative Studio.

There are several reasons that warrant my excitement and thankfulness.  I am thrilled to be located in a new area where art and artists are appreciated by many.  I feel that this door has been opened to me so that others can readily see up close and personal what I do when I create Art That Sets You Apart. It is great to have many more local eyes fixed upon what I love to create.

Club Creative Studio hand-made pendant.

Being part of an atmosphere that is a constant support for artists is a blessing.  It is motivating and inspiring to reach higher on a creative level.

Abington Art Center 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA

I am pleased to offer one-of-a-kind, hand-made art in a variety of venues, especially at the Abington Art Center but, as always online at:

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Club Creative Studio Art Video

Enjoy viewing a few highlights of hand-made art created in Club Creative Studio!

My Animoto Video.

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Sunny Side Up

Today’s Club Creative Studio Feature Friday post celebrates the color YELLOW

How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun. -Vincent Van Gogh

Yellow flowers help complete my table arrangement with the Club Creative Studio Keepsake Rim Trim beaded vase embellishment.

Do you want to grab a little attention?  Wear a piece of jewelry that is an eye-attracting yellow color, or an item with yellow accents.

Club Creative Studio hand-made necklace.

That may do the trick since yellow is considered the most visible color, it is also the most attention-getting color. Yellow can be used in small amount to draw notice, such as on traffic sign or advertisements.

Yellow is a great color to highlight.

In this Club Creative Studio Hand-made clay beads. Notice that “pop” of yellow really stands out!

While that same wonderful sunny yellow color stands out and makes you feel happy and warm, yellow also often tends to be the most fatiguing to the eye.  This is said to be reasoned out due to the high amount of light that is reflected.   So, in today’s extreme use on computer monitors, the background color yellow can lead to extreme eyestrain.

One thing is for sure, when you wear a Club Creative Studio art items heads will turn no matter what color is highlighted in the design, and that won’t be because of eye strain!

Club Creative Studio- Sunny yellow hand-rolled polymer clay beads.
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The studied flip-side of the psychological effects of happy yellow are frustration and anger, however.  It seems that studies have been done to also prove that people are more likely to lose their tempers in yellow rooms and babies tend to cry more in yellow rooms.  This goes to show even for colors everything in MODERATION should keep us all at an even keel.  For me yellow has always brought to mind a sunny side up egg.  It is a pleasing color that also makes me have a hankering for eggs!

Club Creative Studio hand-torched glass beads.
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Speaking of balance, yellow can also increase the metabolism. So, let’s keep a healthy dose of yellow in our wardrobes.  How does yellow make YOU feel?

Club Creative Studio- Wine Cork Necklace.
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Black and White

Black and white “Tube Bead” from Club Creative Studio
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Club Creative Studio is no doubt in love with creating art items using bright and vivid color combinations.  However, this does not mean that anything created in neutrals of black and white are tossed to the side.  NOOOOO, far from that idea.  I also create using black and white in polymer clay and glass.

Hand-made bracelet by Club Creative Studio. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

I love creating in black and white because of the contrast it lends us visually.  Black happens to be my “favorite color” so, to combine black with any other color is always aesthetically pleasing  to me.  I use black to define and separate areas.  The outlines become just as important that the other elements in my clay bead designs.

Club Creative Studio creates one-of-a-kind art. This is a hand-made necklace featuring a hand-designed black and white crystal pendant with unique elements.

The stark contrast when using black and white draw our eyes into focus of the division of shape and that seems to attract and keep our attention.

Club Creative Studio creates black and white beads for high contrast focal beads.

I am blogging about black and white today because it is “Cow Appreciation Day” today.  Being from the midwest, cows are pretty important.  I will celebrate them today by creating more black and white beads to match the common milk cow, and the abilities of black and white in art to stand out from the ordinary.  Do you like black and white contrast colors together?  What do you like about black and white accessories?

Club Creative Studio Black and White hand-made cuff bracelet.
Club Creative Studio guitar pic earrings. The black and white contrast is what I love in this design.

The next time you see someone wearing items that are designed in black and white, try to determine why you are drawn to that combination.  They are striking for sure.

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Club Creative Studio: Creative Clay Beads

Collection of Club Creative Studio hand-rolled clay beads.

Club Creative Studio creates hand-rolled, polymer clay beads that are one-of-a-kind.  Each bead is created from thirteen separate steps to complete each individual final item.  I also hand-slice the designs from canes or hand-rolled and layered logs created from the hand-conditioned clay.

Each bead basically consists of layers upon layers of clay and each section is applied by hand.

To make each bead even more unique, I limit the particular color and designs to no more than the count of fifteen beads total from the same cane.  Many designs are made in a lesser count and all are not created again in the same manner once they are made into a batch.

The penny coin shows the size comparison of these smaller beads.

Each batch is baked according to manufacturers recommendations and they are then decided upon if they will remain a non-gloss texture or require a hand-glossed and polished finish.

At first glance many think these beads are painted. They are not painted, the designs are created by layering clay.

I create beads from my hand-mixed colors that ensure that no one else will have the same color combinations, the colors are all unique and I experiment with matching and creating new tints from an endless supply of inspirational colors from nature, and man-made items like fabric and items that are around me.

Collection of hand-made clay beads from Club Creative Studio.

I also just mix colors “by feel” whatever feels right to combine, I add a pinch here and there.  I don’t have formulas or measurements to create my color palates. I just “go for it”, and combine colors that feel and look pleasing.

I have unlimited possibilities of design when I work with polymer clay.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing a few photos of thenumerous batches of finished hand-made beads, I have created.  I enjoy taking photos of beads in this stage to show the steps taken from the start of a single bead in a collection used to incorporate into a finished art form.  Enjoy the different styles and designs- remembering that all were created in batches that include love…the love of bead-making, the love of variety and the love of creativity in creating beads from clay by hand.

I love to create colors that are reflective of nature, fashion-forward trends, traditional and inspired from custom requests.

To view other hand-made and unique clay beads incorporated into Club Creative Studio art, visit the website often.

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X is for “Xmas”

Club Creative Studio’s blog post today has a focus on the letter “X”.  You already know that there are not many words that fit into that category that may apply to creativity.  I will have to go with a more obvious choice.  X is for “Xmas”.  To highlight art that I created specially but not limited to the Christmas (Xmas) season, I’d like to share photos and descriptions of Club Creative Studio’s Artisan Beaded Hanging Ornaments. Our one-of-a-kind items are created from hand-made, hand-rolled polymer clay beads, charms, crystals, ribbon and wire.

It seems that hand-made items are popular for gift-giving occasions when the holiday seasons roll around. Why is that?  Maybe because they call for a special touch, a meaningful item with a lasting memory, or items like this are easily found at holiday themed craft fairs, bazaars and gift shops.

Whatever your reason for giving a hand-made piece, you have selected items that have a special attraction to them.  The artist and the art do have personal connections associated with hand-made items, and they happily pass that aspect on to you.

Hand-Made Beaded Artisan Ornament from Club Creative Studio.
Artisan hand-made beaded ornaments are one-of-a-kind creations.

As I think up ways that I can incorporate my hand-made beads, sometimes the ideas come readily, and sometimes I have to tweak the thoughts and experiment on the best way to highlight my beads.  The Christmas ornament idea came quite easy because there is a popular need to decorate Christmas trees and purchase special keepsake ornaments for them.

Close-up. Hand-made polymer clay beads incorporated into hanging art.

Looking at an item that seemingly has a specific function, and imagine other uses for it is what CREATIVITY is all about.  I’d like to offer suggestions on how you may enjoy what I first created as an Christmas Ornament.

What else is this useful for?

This item can displayed in other interesting fashions.

Use this decorative item in unique ways.

  1. Christmas tree hanging ornament
  2. Wreath focal point
  3.  Attach to a suction cup and admire from a window
  4. Hang from a table lamp at the switch location
  5. Adorn a vase by placing around the rim/brim
  6. Wrap safely around the top of a candle stick base
  7. Add a bit of bling as you dangle from a view mirror in your automobile
  8. Use as a decorative bow on a gift that is wrapped
  9. Display as fashionable curtain tie-backs
  10. Dangle slightly under a framed photo frame from the wall
  11. Add to a cabinet knob or door handles
  12. Embellish a wine bottle neck
  13. Add to a table scape by attaching to a pot lid or serving dish handle
  14. Highlight art from an individual hanging display made from wire
  15. Hang from a garden stake in your flower bed or bottom of a wire frame hanging basket
Do you have out-of-the-box suggestions that you can share on how you might use this Club Creative Studio art item?

Feel free to share your creative ideas in a comment post below!

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F is for Findings

In the A to Z Blog Challenge, I am blogging today with a focus on the letter f.  F is for Findings.  What are findings?

Findings are not hard to “find” unless you drop a few of them in deep pile carpet. Findings are small elements that are needed to finish a jewelry project when creating it. It can be referred to in many forms.  A finding can be a hook, a closure, a small metal detail like a protective guardian wire, among a few examples.  Jewelry Findings is an old world term used to describe the components which go into the making of jewelry.

Findings used often in jewelry-making are wire hooks, loops, beads and caps, bead cones, clasps, crimps, charms, head pins, and eye pins to name even more.  Most online sites, books, and stores have organized their Jewelry Findings in a few different ways for viewing and shopping convenience. If you know your material and finish preference, you can navigate by the type of material.  Often offered are precious metal, solid metals, or base metal findings. Categories are then further broken down by types of findings.

Findings are not hard to FIND!

Once you know the type of finding you are looking for, you can decide on the various types of specific earring findings, clasps and toggles, bails and component holders to name more.

Sometimes, a finding is a not so common element needed to complete a project.  As examples, a clasp shortener, eye-glass sling, or pin finding and pin clutch fit into that category.

A shortener clasp finding allows you to convert a long strand of pearls or beads to wear it as a double strand. Also called a twister clasp for twisting multiple strands together.
Adjustable eyeglass slings.
Pins and a clinch clutch are sometimes sold separately. Pin findings have a flat top. Pin clutches have flanges that can be pinched to make the clutch easier to remove from the pin. 

Hand-made simple clasp sample.

Now that you can identify what a finding is, you can perhaps appreciate the functionality and details of findings in jewelry art.  Be sure to check out how I incorporate my findings in created art and see if you can spot a hand-made finding in Club Creative Studio items.

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“C” is for Creative Clay

This is what I love to do, and sometimes on a daily basis, I am creative with clay.  So, it is fitting that with today’s blog focus on the letter “C”, I write about creative clay beads.  Although from start to finish the creation of each clay bead can require up to thirteen steps, it brings satisfaction to many to see close-up a one-of-a-kind item, never to be duplicated.

Use of polymer clay as an art medium has given me limitless opportunities to flex my creative imagination.  This type clay has unique and amazing qualities and it has helped me produce one-of-a-kind beads that I happily incorporate into my beaded item art.  Compared to earth clays, oil paints, wood, and precious metal media, polymer clay is fairly new to the art scene claiming beginnings in the early ’90s.  The best qualities of this type clay is that it is easy to mix colors, shape it by hand, mold, cut, texture and cure it.

Club Creative Studio hand-mixes all polymer clay used for beads, which also adds to the unique one-of-a-kind designs. These colors were hand-mixed to match this inspired printed paper.
Club Creative Studio hand-made, polymer clay bead samples with purple theme.

I love that polymer clay is soft to work with and smooth to roll, cures easily and can be hardened into a durable object.  Polymer clay was invented in a chemist’s lab from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), mixed with plasticisers and color pigments.  When polymer clay is baked at a temperature range from 212 degrees farenheit to 275 degrees farenheit, it undergoes chemical changes that fuse the particles into a solid shape and the shape it then retained.

Club Creative Studio creates one-of-a-kind beads.

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Club Creative Studio hand-rolled clay beads.
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Hand-Made Beads- Feature Friday

Happy Feature Friday!

Friday is a special day here at the Club Creative Studio blog because we feature a creative creation from the design table.  Today there is a focus on the latest batch of hand-rolled polymer clay beads.  Here there is a variety of sizes created and a coin is used to compare.  You may notice that the finished beads in the photo are in their baked state and have not been hand-polished or glossed.

Club Creative Studio batch of hand-made beads.

More often than not the creation of my hand-rolled polymer clay beads take up to thirteen steps to reach its completed stage.  All of the beads are unique and one-of-a-kind.  I hand-mix several colors to come up with the most different combinations. Once the multi layered clay cane (log shape) is designed,  it is sliced carefully and applied by hand on to the hand-rolled clay bead shape.  Below you will see a photo of the tissue blade edge used to slice from the clay cane which is also in the photograph.

Club Creative Studio swirl design cane and blade edge.

I create the designs based on a variety of aspects.  Using many different canes, I layer and incorporate the cane slices that best combine with contrast or cohesion.  Basicly, it is artistic instinct that allows me to design from the heart and without strenuous efforts. Often times if I know in advance that I want to incorporate a certain pendant, then the beads are prepared to match what I want the overall look to appear as in the completed item design.  Sometimes I sketch on paper the ideas that I have in my mind, other times, I just let the artistic rhythm flow.  There are times that I will create in a certain color because I have been inspired to do so or because of the latest research that I have done indicating the trends or interest of the general public.  Often times a custom piece dictates what color beads I will create as well.

Clay beads in turquoise, white, and mauve tones.

Clay beads can be made in an array of shapes and sizes.  I have made a variety ranging from rounds, barrel, flat, textured, square and oval to name a few.  The sizes I create are usually with in a certain range because I do not want the weight of the beads when combined to become a burden when a necklace is being made from the collection of beads.  A larger bead is often created specifically for items that can handle the extra weight of a larger formed bead such as a Club Creative Studio Artisan Bottle Stopper Bead, Artisan Key Chain Bead or a Club Creative Studio Artisan Light/Fan Pull bead.  Also the larger the bead, the thicker the clay and the thickest firing must be adjusted risking the threat of being under or over-baked.

Beads made with love!
Dime sized beads from Club Creative Studio

I love creating hand-rolled, hand-torched, and hand- sculpted beads. To see more creations incorporating our one-of-a-kind and limited bead counts browse the Club Creative Studio online storefront and become a “fan” of the Facebook page as well.  Thank you for wearing and sharing our art.  We are happy to create Art That Sets You Apart!

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