Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pentacle Polymer Clay Cane Photographic Tutorial


My first try at making my own polymer cane which can be used to make beads, decorate or a variety of polymer clay applications. I need to work on my reducing skills but I think you will all get the idea.

Treegold and Beegold: Pentacle Polymer Clay Tutorial

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Tutorial: Mabon Fall Leaf and Acorn Polymer Clay Pendant


TreegoldandBeegold-Tutorial-Fall-PendantThe Fall Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere was yesterday. I wanted to have this tutorial up and published by then but materials took longer to dry than I was expecting.

I’ve never done any jewelry as a tutorial but I had this idea of mixing some of my new skills in polymer clay with what I already new about encapsulating things in resin and on flatten bottle caps.

Materials:

Instructions:

Making a Leaf
First the clay needed to be conditioned and the colors mixed. I conditioned each other the colors and then mixed gold in with the orange and in with the red. I purposely did not mix the colors completely so the gold was running in veins through each color. I then fed the clay through the pasta machine on the 1 setting.

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I cut out the template for each of the leaves in cardstock. I cheated here and used my Silhouette Cameo to do the cutting but it could be done with a craft knife.

Laying one of the templates over either the red or the orange clay I used a craft knife to cut around it.

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After the leaf was out I smoothed all the cut edges with my fingers and a clay tool.
Using crumpled up paper I pressed it into the top of the clay to give the leaf some texture. Then I scored fine lines into the clay for the veins.

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The final step was to shape the leaf because I didn’t want it to be just flat. If needed I added a small ball of clay to support the leaf shape. It was then put aside to be baked.

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Making an Acorn
The acorn is first a small ball of brown conditioned clay.

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The cap is a small ball of dark brown clay that has been flattened then wrapped over the top of the brown circle. I found for some it was best to cut out a wedge from the dark brown flattened circle before adding it to the top of the brown circle. They clay from the wedge would then be shaped into the acorn stem.
I finished it off by texturing the cap of the acorn with the grip of my craft knife.

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All the leaves and acorns are then baked according to the clay manufacturers specifications.
Making the Pendant
Starting with a Flattened bottle cap that either you make (I did a tutorial previously on my method of doing this) or purchase add a hole along the top with a hammer and a nail. On some of mine I needed to bend the bottle cap back slightly as the hammer and nail malformed the top edge slightly.

Using the 1 inch punch cut a piece of patterned paper to be the background and adhere it to the bottle cap. You could use a small amount of the E-6000 glue to ensure it stays. It doesn’t have to be glued from edge to edge so just a small amount will do the job.

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With the leaves and acorns baked and cooled glue with the E-6000 glue a leaf and an acorn to the backing. Let this dry.

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When it is completely dry use a paint brush and lightly coat all visible areas of the clay with the Sculpey Glass Glaze. Let this dry.

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Fill in all areas where the backing shows with the 3D Crystal Lacquer. Parts of the leaf and acorn will not be covered. How encapsulated you want your leaf to be will depend on how much Lacquer you add here. Allow this to dry.

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Finally add a jump ring (I solder my jump rings close to ensure the pendant doesn’t come off) and a cord and you have a nice Fall Leaf and Acorn Pendent Necklace.

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I also have these available in the Etsy Shop and the other locations you can find Treegold & Beegold items if you aren’t crafty inclined.



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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Adventures in Substitute Teaching


Treegold and Beegold Pagan Substitute TeachingLast week I began my new job as a substitute teacher while I try to get a full time position. So far I've done days at two different Middle Schools and boy is it at times tougher than I was expecting.

My first day was atrocious. The classes were known difficult classes and they ran me over. I came home seriously questioning this touch and really wanting a stiff drink. Day two though reaffirmed things for me. I had multiple classes in the day that were very pleasant. There are definitely a lot of ups and downs. The difficulty with being a sub is that I have to form relationships with the students very fast and assert some authority.

The more details a teacher leave about the class the better this is. Today was the first time I had a teacher leave a full seating chart and wow did that help.

As pagans we talk about the power of names but there is also power in someone else knowing your name. Today because I had a seating chart with all the students' names on it I was able to quickly learn and address students by their names. It made a huge difference in many of their behaviors. I think part of it is if I know their names I can then get them in trouble but could their be more to it than just that?

I'm anxious to try a High School and see the difference in older students, also to see the difference in visiting schools in different areas of town. My next day though is with 6th grade English students.

Each school though I inquire about open positions but so far either the school wasn't a good fit or the position wasn't. Let's hope that changes shortly.


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Monday, September 17, 2012

Herbal Dream Pillows Aimed at Children


Embroidered Dragon on a Nightmare Protection Herbal Sleep PillowI love everyone who is active through the Facebook Fan Page. It is through all of you there and in other places that I get some great ideas for what people really want.

About 2 weeks ago I asked what type of items people were interested in seeing and this idea for Children Themed Herbal Dream pillows came about. Myself and a handful of others messaged back and forth with ideas and advise. I haven’t done anything regarding herbs or Aromatherapy in quite some time so I needed a bit of help in the researching of what was best for each pillow. My research involved both aromatherapy and magickal properties along with sampling what gave a pleasant scent. These are wonderful for Pagan or Spiritual children and none alike.

The pleasant scents should help soothe any child to sleep. Both of my children each have their own pillows. Wee Rose has a Unicorn with the Sweet Dreams scent and Lil ‘R has a Feel Better pillow which is still in it’s plain case. I’m going to make him a Dragon sham shortly.

If you wish to take this a step further all pillows could be magickally charged to assist in their original intent. 

The end result was 3 different herbal recipes

Sweet Dreams Embroidered Unicorn Herbal Sleep Pillow

 

Sweet Dreams Herbal Sleep Pillow

This pillow is filled with our own recipe of lavender, chamomile, mugwort, catnip, rose petals and spearmint. The filling also includes hypoallergenic cluster filling for a downy softness and a small amount of rice to protect against any moisture.

 

Nightmare Protection Herbal Sleep Pillow

This pillow is filled with our own recipe of lavender, chamomile, mullein, rosemary, and hops. The filling also includes hypoallergenic cluster filling for a downy softness and a small amount of rice to protect against any moisture.

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Nightmare Protection Embroidered Wolf Cub Herbal Sleep Pillow

 

 

Feel Better Herbal Sleep Pillow

This pillow is filled with our own recipe of chamomile, peppermint, spearmint, eucalyptus and lemon balm. The filling also includes hypoallergenic cluster filling for a downy softness and a small amount of rice to protect against any moisture.

 

Information About all our Pillows

Feel Better Embrodiered Pegasus Herbal Dream PillowAll of our herbal pillows are sewn in a fully closed muslin pillow which is placed inside a removable embroidered sham. The sham has a satin front featuring a machine embroidered design and a flannel back. It the sham is fully washable in cold water and hung dry. Each pillow measures approximately 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches in size. Pictured are just a few of our designs, please check out the rest of our supply.

All items are available in our Etsy shop, Yardsellr, Ebay, and soon our Direct Shop.

Though our pillows are listed with a specific embroidery design with a pillow recipe they can be changed around if you would so wish. Just drop us a line at contact@treegoldandbeegold.com and we’ll set up a custom order.





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