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.

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Club Creative Studio Christmas tree

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S is for Soldering

I enjoy creating jewelry art with silver solder.

Club Creative Studio Art Hand-Soldered Metals.
Club Creative Studio Art
Hand-Soldered Metals.

With silver soldering, small pieces of solder wire are placed onto metal prior to heating. Flux, often made of boric acid and denatured alcohol, is used to keep the metal and solder clean and to prevent the solder from moving before it melts.

When silver solder melts, it tends to flow towards the area of greatest heat. Jewelers can somewhat control the direction the solder moves.

Club Creative Studio. Setting up to solder.
Club Creative Studio. Setting up to solder.

I enjoy creating soldered art because I can be creative joining elements that were not previously joined before.  The art I create by soldering remains one-of-a-kind.

Club Creative Studio Art. Soldered metals.
Club Creative Studio Art.
Soldered metals.

 

I find that the art I solder is expressive and unique. That is always my goal for creation of something new. Statement art, pendants, and broaches all evolve from Club Creative Studio’s workspace with excitement as I continue to solder original pieces.

Club Creative Studio Art Hand-Soldered/Sea Glass Art.
Club Creative Studio Art
Hand-Soldered/Sea Glass Art.

Please feel free to check the website for featured soldered art for purchase. The inventory is always one-of-a-kind and made with care and expressiveness.

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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A Call For Pinterest Persons

If you are a fan of Pinterest and all of the wonderfully inspiring categories, I have a call-out for you to join me there.

Pinterest is an online sharing community where there are many visuals posted from an array of people.  I love show-casing Club Creative Studio Art there as well as linking my blog posts to the site. I post to share and inspire you with our art.

If you have time, check out my boards and see the useful and fun information I share there. I have several board collections to follow. Simply press the “See on Pinterest” button below in this post. Once on the site you can Join Pinterest for free if you are not already familiar with it. I am thrilled to have you follow the boards you wish by pushing the “Follow” tab to see what I am sharing next. Thank you!

Follow Club Creative Art’s board Hand-Made Beads- Gifts of Art on Pinterest.

 

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My Beaded Path

Lately, I have been on a journey along a new path. Dealing with seed beads has been a walk in joy.  In the past, I have always swayed away from seed beading because the beads are so small (like mustard seeds) and I did not think I had the required patience for creating with them.

Seed Beads are very tiny "seed-like" glass beads.
Seed Beads are very tiny “seed-like” glass beads.

I always admired the detail that small beads added to jewelry art. Knowing and appreciating that each bead was placed on a needle one at a time. I was surprised at the fact that working with a needle and tread along with hundreds of beads was actually a relaxing activity for me.  Beading like this guarantees that I sit down, calculate and count, and really concentrate on my creative process.

Beginning stages of a beaded cuff bracelet from Club Creative Studio,
Beginning stages of a beaded cuff bracelet from Club Creative Studio,

Here is what I enjoy about sharing these creations. Still being able to create free-form art, I have learned that although I am slow from start to finish, the quality shows that I have taken time and care into the art I am creating. I always value transferring  the value of hand-made dedication to the customer.  Also, this type of art is still created to be one-of-a-kind. I love creating uniquely.

Hundreds of seed beads unite to form art from Club Creative Studio.
Hundreds of seed beads unite to form art from Club Creative Studio.

I have only begun this collection of beaded cuffs and I have plans to venture out in other projects using seed beads. I have enjoyed the freedoms to work in many art mediums and I take pride in offering others one-of-a-kind, handmade festive and fun items in many different ways.

Hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelet created from Club Creative Studio.
Hand-made beaded embroidery cuff bracelet created from Club Creative Studio.

If you admire, enjoy wearing or gifting unique beaded art please stop by the two Facebook pages for Club Creative Studio to see what is highlighted.  We welcome your comments and suggestions for color combinations, and hope you enjoy what is created by hand.

http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio

http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudiohanalima

 

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Free-Form Soutache Technique

Sweet Soutache Success

Club Creative Studio Free-Form Soutache Art
Club Creative Studio Free-Form Soutache Art

The free-form, technique of beading and sewing known as Soutache is a wonderful creative activity with a free-spirit.

Welcome to the Club Creative Studio blog. Today, we focus on the Bohemian-style art form.  Bold and organic in form, this technique is fun to create.

Club Creative Studio- Soutache Art
Club Creative Studio- Soutache Art
Close-Up Club Creative Studio Soutache Art
Close-Up Club Creative Studio Soutache Art

Soutache is a narrow herringbone pattern braid used as fiber trimming. Many have used this free-form technique as a jewelry application. I have also found a new-found appreciation for combining my beading and sewing creative skills.

This ribbon weaving between beads is called Soutache (pronounced sü-‘tash) and I just adore wrapping and folding around my bead stash.  The beads and cords are held together with stitches of thread.  It’s my kind of sewing. Making unique one-of-a-kind jewelry creations.

Club Creative Studio Soutache Art
Club Creative Studio Soutache Art

I have discovered that I have best results when my designs in Soutache are not planned but are random. I let the cord and my beads inspire the design and lead me to the final results.

To view more creative and unique art, please take time to browse the Club Creative Studio online shopping boutique and see what we are up to.  We are proud to be “Creative Everyday” and look forward to sharing Art That Sets You Apart.

 

 

 

 

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Outfit Oomph: Jewelry Friendship

Jewelry is like a good friendship.  

Jewelry accessories help us out in questionable times. Jewelry accentuates the positive.  It makes us look good in front of others, gives us an emotional boost when it is near us, and wants to be supportive of our over-all look.  Who doesn’t want those same qualities in a friend?

Jewelry has power.

Jewelry has the power to add oomph to an otherwise plain outfit. That’s key to understand.  Mixing up your accessories’ color pallet also adds depth to a one-dimensional wardrobe. Have you tapped into the power that your jewelry is capable of giving?

Club Creative Studio art: Multi-strand and multi-textured necklace.
Club Creative Studio art: Multi-strand and multi-textured necklace.

I recently had the opportunity to listen to a person who has an active interest and pulse on fashion trends.  As I listened, aspects crossed over within my mind into my hand-made jewelry world that were relatable.

Classic pearls are a great staple "go-to " jewelry choice. Vamp up your pearl look in new combinations,
Classic pearls are a great staple “go-to ” jewelry choice. Vamp up your pearl look in new combinations,

These are my tips for adding oomph to your outfits with jewelry.

1. Buy both trendy and classic jewelry.  Like trendy and classic clothing, both mesh to keep a look current and streamlined. These distinct styles have many levels of expressive appeal.

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2.  Mix and match- consider the variations of texture and color of your clothing choices to combine with your jewelry for added outfit oomph.  Use your jewelry to add dimension and unexpected appeal, much like what you demand of in your wardrobe choices.

Statement soldered art piece from Club Creative Studio
Statement soldered art piece from Club Creative Studio

3.  Your  jewelry choices should aim to highlight and work together with an outfit to combine for a total package look.  Statement pieces are one way to focus away from a plain outfit.

4.  Enjoy your favorite “go-to” jewelry staples but, take a leap and venture away from your comfort zone every now and again.  Accessorizing can be experimental on so many levels.  Try something new or wear it differently, the fresh out-take will give a fresh out-look.

Color and texture can be as much a part of your jewelry choices as the palate and fabric of your clothing.
Color and texture can be as much a part of your jewelry choices as the palate and fabric of your clothing. Club Creative Studio: hand-sewn fabric beads.

5. Express your inner self- style is meant to be fun.  Add an odd conversational piece of jewelry, something that is very trendy will draw you into the present world situation.

Take time to analyze your jewelry wardrobe and consider if you need a spruce-up/revamp or over-haul.  The challenge is yours to keep jewelry as a good friend.

What normally holds you back from not using your accessories as a form of self expression and fashion?  Let us know what is on your mind concerning this fashion challenge in the comment box below.

Please review Club Creative Studio artful creations for your fashion inspirations on this website.

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A Call For Custom Art

Club Creative Studio creates Custom Art.  I recently attended a meeting consisting of business persons. At one point, I spoke about the fact that I create custom art. A conversation ensued. A “Call for Custom” to me is a conversation that is welcomed. I used the chance to elaborate on the meaning of custom art.

I welcome the challenges that come to call when I am asked to create a custom art order.  Any person who shops for custom jewelry or other items are searching for that “perfect piece” not for what is going to serve them as “good enough” and is readily available on store shelves in front of them at the time.

Hand-made initial tie tack from Club Creative Studio
Hand-made initial tie tack from Club Creative Studio

I have two ways to describe custom jewelry:

1. Custom jewelry is a wonderful choice for people with unique and distinct tastes in styles.

2. Custom jewelry is a wonderful choice for people who wish to stand out in a crowd among many.

Club Creative Studio creation: Sea glass shard custom wrapped for pendant.
Club Creative Studio creation: Sea glass shard custom wrapped for pendant.

The Up-Side to Custom- When I create custom art, I design to fit the recipient’s particular needs. In these instances, the buyer has more control over the piece aesthetics. This allows for a heightened degree of attention to detail to hit those marks of service on my part. I listen carefully and take great notes. I strive to convey and incorporate special meaning into the art which makes it truly and extraordinarily unique to the individuals involved. A custom piece of art has to “speak” and have personal meaning upon the completion.

Club Creative Studio necklace features Kanji character.
Club Creative Studio necklace features Kanji character.

Custom work allows me to work closely with the purchaser to control color, materials, size and design elements of the art piece.  Sometimes there is a price point to consider, sometimes there are other limitations on the specifics.  Most times, I am happily trusted to “work my magic” with general ideas and added I am granted free rein for a finished product.

Most persons commonly think of “custom” in jewelry making when they have an opportunity to place loose stones or diamonds into a jewelry setting.  While this is popular thinking, there can be much more to this.

Use of significant colors and charms can make your jewelry personalized and more of a custom made piece.
Use of significant colors and charms can make your jewelry personalized and more of a custom made piece.

There are a few ways to place a custom description into your jewelry art.  Using a monogram, a personal image, specific theme charms or personalized engraved pendant, an initial charm, birthstones or birth crystal colors, and having a say in the over-all design to name a few.

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Some jewelry shoppers may be on the hunt for a personalized piece that has special meaning.  Others may want a wearable piece of art that no one else can own. BOTH are ways by which I support creating CUSTOM art. This is where Club Creative Studio comes in to save the day.

Our art is always custom, and created to be ONE-OF-A-KIND.

The Down-side to Custom While it is true that the buying process is longer than purchasing regular jewelry of the shelf of a large department store chain, the results are worth the wait.

Club Creative Studio welcomes your custom requests and looks forward to meeting your specific style needs. Together we can design another master piece!

Please view custom, one-of-a-kind art on the home page. When I design jewelry or home décor items, one of the main goals I have is to CREATE ART THAT SETS YOU APART. Allow me to create for you or that special someone. I love creating every day!

 

 

 

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Save-A-Cent Tuesday: Low-Cost Wall Art

Art Credit: M.Hallstrom
Art Credit: M.Hallstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Creative Studio enjoys sharing the segment post called Save-A-Cent because low-cost creative ideas are wonderful.  Today, the focus is on an idea to create wall art inexpensively.

Art Credit: M. Hallstrom
Art Credit: M. Hallstrom

My daughter is preparing to decorate the blank walls of an apartment. The thought of doing this in a low-cost manner is very appealing to her. She has been working on painting her hand-made, original art on various sizes of canvas as her first step in this creative process.

Painting on canvas can be a low-cost outlet.
Painting on canvas can be a low-cost outlet.

Canvas prices and sizes will vary. For the most low-cost project I suggest sticking to a size no larger than 8″x10″ or a square frame because the weight will be lighter and the painting process can be quickly completed.

My daughter likes to use permanent markers as well as acrylic paint on her canvas. There are little supplies needed for the wall art she created.

Materials: canvas, markers or acrylic paint, paint brushes, cup of water, paper plate, ribbon (approximately 2″ wide), hot glue gun with glue sticks, thumb tack or small nail *Adding mixed media is optional.

 

 

What To Do: 1. Get inspired from quotes, photographs or your own sketches and pencil in your designs onto your canvas.

2.  Use acrylic paint from your paper plate palate and water for quick coloration onto your canvas or with permanent or nonpermanent markers, treat your canvas as a water color painting by adding brushed water to the sections you fill in with markers.

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Paper plates make great work surfaces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Consider adding mixed media elements at any point in your creation to add variety and a touch of whimsy to your creation.

Add interest and texture to your art with mixed media.
Add interest and texture to your art with mixed media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Hot glue the canvas to the ribbon in a an appealing way for your display.

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Use a wide ribbon for added support.

 

 

 

 

 

High temperature glue will render a strong hold quickly.

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Space your art evenly for stability and balance on the ribbon.

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5.  Hang art from the top ribbon section from a thumb tack or small nail depending on the total weight of your added canvas.

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Art Credit: M. Hallstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy your creative process. My daughter has quite a collection at this point and shows no sign of slowing down in her attempts to transform her future apartment walls into a bright gallery of art.

Let us know if you have enjoyed this post and are ready to try this low-coat art project yourself.

Please bookmark this blog and share it with others for more creative ideas in the future. We love sharing inspiration and creative ideas and projects that help you Set Yourself Apart with art.

 

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Unexpected Art- The Power of Art

Broach pin with ink applied from Club Creative Studio

Happy accidents in the art studio or on the design table are a welcomed sight.

Sometimes having a plan go in a different direction and unexpected way is exciting. It can be a learning experience and a chance to be spontaneous.

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Some mediums naturally lend themselves to unexpected results. I feel I have almost no control when I use certain art supplies.  This can be a good thing as long as your expectations are not definite.

One art supply that comes to mind as notorious for unpredictability are alcohol inks. Inks can be applied to certain areas but the amount of ink flows and sticks in various spots and the results can not really be planned.  I love the idea of being surprised when I use inks.

 

I enjoy blending ink on a variety of surfaces. I enjoy transforming metals, experimenting with absorbency of papers and blotting bamboo for my best results.

Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.
Bamboo rectangles are transformed with ink.

 

Saturations with ink give a new look to a plain surface. It is for that reason that I enjoy blending, dabbing, and using ink with many different types of materials.

Ink has a way to deepen in color in some spots and add depth and texture from stained lines of ink.

The only way to go back from ink on a project is maybe a quick wash of ink with water but, even then that is no guarantee that the ink will lesson in intensity.  The chances are in favor of change when ink is used.  Alcohol ink does have a solution called a “thinner” that adds a level of opaqueness to strong levels of ink. It is always a good idea to practice on something you intend to alter permanently.

Here is an example of a vintage broach that was transformed with pink inks. I love how it turned out. It goes without saying that my personal touch was added to this creation. I took out a few elements and added wire and one of my hand-torched glass beads. The plan now is to maybe add it as a pendant. I am still deciding. Share a suggestion below if you wish, I’d love to brainstorm. 🙂

Club Creative Studio transformation pin
Club Creative Studio transformation pin

 

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Putting It Together- Cold Connections

Club Creative Studio- Cold connection art

Club Creative Studio has been a busy place.  I have had a great time working with my mixed metal recently.  Discovering how and what I want to create by meshing layered metals in a cold connection (rivet technique) is a fun challenge. Of course, I wish to also incorporate my hand-made beads as well.

I have been working with 24-guage sheet metals. I have found that to be the most beloved thickness to design and make my jewelry with.  My studio is quite noisy when I decide to texture my metal pieces because I am hammering and pounding.  I have a new textured hammer that is double-sided and has interchangeable ends for making interesting designs.  And I also use my chasing hammer as a multi-purpose hammer for smoothing and doming, shaping and riveting. The ball-peen hammer is my main punching tool and I love the surface texture I can pound using this type hammer.

Recently to incorporate my hand-rolled clay beads, I create a pendant using mixed metals and a cold connection, then add Club Creative Studio one-of-a-kind beads to the art.  What a great combination.  To see more, be sure to check on the Facebook page and online. I will be adding sneak peek photographs and items available for in those particular venues.

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I will be taking photos of my metal working tools at some point and use them as a blog topic. Would that be of interest to you? Let me know what other tools of my trade you would like to learn more about.  Be creative every day!

 

 

 

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