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I am in love with crystals. This is all I can say, but have a lot more to show instead.

Amethysts:

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These beauties are available for purchase here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Have a beautiful day!

For the last months I haven’t done a lot of new funky flames. Instead I focused on other projects, but one of them is still very closely connected to creativity. This time, however, it is not an expression of my own creativity, but it is something intended to help others create beautiful things – my Little Funky Tools Sets. These are micro cutters sets of a number of specially selected and modified little tips in three different shapes – circles, ovals and teardrops. The different sizes of each shape are color-coded and easily provide great help for cutting and shaping small details and holes, texturing, dosing color recipes and more when working with different kinds of clay.

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They are available in combined sets, too:

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By now, I have received some wonderful feedback, and my most favorite kind of feedback is the pictures of things created with the Little Funky Tools! Thank you Artumei Artumei https://www.facebook.com/artumei.artumei:

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You can also purchase one of the sets here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames?ref=hdr_shop_menu and as always I provide free worldwide shipping, too.

Have a gorgeous inspired day everyone! May the creativity be with you!

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Have a fun weekend!

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One of my favorite color combinations is red and black. It is powerful, expressive and brings the feeling of burning flames. Here are some of the basic steps of the Millefiori cane I recently did and a pair of earrings that came out of it. Enjoy:

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Have the greatest of weeks and let your flames shine!

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If you want to support my talent and encourage my work you can purchase here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames

 Have the best week ever!

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Hey! This year the winter was a bit late in my country, give or take two months, but it is finally here to bring me some winter inspiration!

My polymer clay creations from this season can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4Gk2NAAo0g

If you want to support my talent and encourage my work you can purchase here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames

I also provide free shipping worldwide! Don’t miss to order if you like something- they are all unique pieces, never to be repeated!

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My preferred and most effective way for learning and developing new skills with different software (graphic, mostly) has been through video tutorials, so I use the same technique for my polymer clay and wire projects. I came up with the list below after a lot of hours of research, and I am continuously updating it with new information and resources, but this is how it looks at the moment. I value highly all these people’s efforts, they put out all this information for free and each one of them shares their unique experience. If you see yourself in the list, please receive a huge “Thank you!” from me, you are of great help!

How and what do I learn from them?

I don’t like precise following the particular designs and color palettes, so I always change the colors and/or the shapes. I usually focus on the technique that is shown, rather than the final piece. I also like to combine tutorials and apply parts from different ones in the same project. I urge you to never stop researching for new information and inspiration from other people, but it is always better to make your own interpretation of the technique, than to replicate exactly someone else’s ideas:)

And here they are:

Cindy Lietz- enormous blog – http://www.beadsandbeading.com/blog/ and great channel- http://www.youtube.com/user/PolymerClayTutor. She makes both free and paid tutorials, on everything about polymer clay- conditioning, mixing, curing, sanding, shaping, slicing and a lot more! One of my favorite is her PcT Test Lab where she tests compatibility with different materials and best curing time. Cindy also provides a large number of tutorials on particular designs- like sweet pea flower earrings or faux jasper cabochons, or color combinations. 

Aniko- http://www.mandarin-duck.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/mymandarinducky. I love both her technique and style, she also provides a lot of free videos and is a wonderful presenter. She is a great inspiration and her tutorials cover jewelry techniques, sculpted journal covers, figurines. 

Tanja Jensen- http://www.scs-craft.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/SugarCharmShop. Tanja makes perfect realistic doll-house miniatures in 1:12 scale, decorations and pieces of jewelry. Her works are very detailed and precise, so if you want to work on scale miniatures, she will be of great help. She also accepts requests for particular projects in case she hasn’t done similar one yet.

Claudia- http://polymerclaus.blogspot.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/MissiClaus. She makes great tutorials on Millefiori canes, and although her videos are in Italian and I don’t understand a word, I still find them really helpful and informing.

Diana- http://www.youtube.com/user/archideedidiana. One more Italian:) She works both with polymer clay and wire, and makes very detailed videos, so once again you don’t need to speak the language to understand the meaning. Here you will find lots of jewelry projects, techniques and ideas.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SweetBioDesign– we are still in Italy, making Millefiori canes and scrapbooks. This is a great source of ideas and inspiration, and provides a ton of tutorials!

Paulina- http://www.youtube.com/user/ElArtedePAU. And we switch to Spanish, and no, I don’t speak that either. Her videos are usually a lot of fun and with subtitles, although I often forget reading them and prefer watching what she is doing. She makes all kinds of colorful and funny pieces and is very entertaining and informative.

Hope you find this list helpful and it will give you some new options to explore with your polymer clay projects. Have fun and be creative!

 

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I just love experimenting in and of itself. I love trying new things, especially when we talk about art and creating in general. Like a friend/colleague of mine said several years ago- When you do something, suddenly you think: “What will happen if … , and you just do it to see!” And even though it was in the context of architectural projects, it is valid for almost every creative project I undertake. So there was this pretty “logical” thought while I was researching other jewelry designers- “What will happen if I add some metal wire details to my jewelry pieces?” Then bought some copper and aluminium wires (and just a meter of sterling silver as a sample) and started experimenting- first with some beads and stones I found, and then garnished some polymer clay pieces I had previously made.

My first wire ring, a variation of a tutorial I found on YouTube, silver platted copper wire and agate:

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After some more wrapping (well, a lot more:)):

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Copper platted aluminium wire and agate resulted in a butterfly (I don’t know what it is with me and butterflies lately…)

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Then followed…

Silver platted copper wire and polymer clay:

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Then time for the sterling silver wire and the entirely handmade pair:Image

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And the last piece for this post is my favorite one for now:

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Have a great day and don’t stop experimenting, the nicest surprise may be just around the corner!

Hi Everyone!

Today’s post is dedicated to a cane, that is very eye-catchy and actually pretty easy to make. It is based on the Bull’s eye, but instead of using only one single cane, this time they are put together to form a flower pattern. The geometry stays the same, but by changing the color combinations the final results have completely different moods. You can also see clearly the progress I made to more precise and clear shape forming, color mixing and surface treating.

The first variation is minimalistic, only with white ( Fimo Soft) and translucent (Fimo Accents) polymer clay. It looks gentle and detailed and is easy to match with other pieces of jewelry and clothing.

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You can leave the cylindrical shape after cutting the cane, or you can continue further and give it a little twist and make a spiral. I personally love the spirals- they look amazing regardless of the point of view can be used as an accent of the outfit. However the simple circle has its own beauty and works perfect with casual outfits.

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The second cane is made with the opposite color concept. The petals of the flower are with gradient from dark green to white and are outlined with black, and the background is in grass green. For me they bring the association of a light fresh wind in the forest and match wonderfully to green eyes:)

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For the third cane I experimented with red and clear translucent and tried to make a gradient with them for the petals. I also made everything too small and suppose the red outlines polluted to an extend the translucent core and there is no visible gradient in the final result. However, I still like the the red tinted petals, but for sure need to do some more experimenting with the different types translucent clay.Image

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I still cannot get rid of the flakes in the translucent clay. But the defect turned into frosty effect and I am pleased with how these turned out. I practically put all left-overs from the cane together in a sheet and cut circles out of it:

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Positively I am getting better with sanding and buffing, but the round pieces needed something else to give them a finished look, so I made these little wire swirls (the first pair is only with sterling silver, while the swirls for the last one are from copper with silver coating and the hooks are ready made sterling silver). I liked the behavior of the wires and the combination with polymer clay, so I am definitely continue exploring the theme.

If you like the above shown pieces you can use this link to purchase most of them: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleFunkyFlames. Thank you for the support!

Have a fun and inspired week!