Tuesday, December 28, 2010

RAD - Ring a day project

Ring a day project will be concluded on December 31, 2010 which means that I had successfully made three hundreds and sixty some rings this year. Quite an accomplishment, I might say.
During the December month, all the members of the group have been so very active and we all have emotional roller coaster. It is nice that we don't have to make any more rings, but at the same time, we want to make the best rings we have ever done. We also looking forward to the next year, next project. We want to keep the idea going, stay together and learn from each other. I had already sign up for RAW - Ring a week and TADA365 - Tangible Advancement of Daily Adornment, of which you commit to making progress everyday of your 2011 on your art jewelry creations. Show your daily steps forward with photos. Goal is at the end of the year you will have at least one collection or series that is show ready. Sound good, isn't it? First I told myself that I would never sign up for anything that I have to commit for a whole year, but if I can finish the year long project, then it's worth to challenge myself for another year.

What did I get from the RAD project? Well, let see, I was asked by Lark Book for permission to publish pictures of some of my rings, some will be exhibited along side with other rings made by the members of the group in Seattle, sponsored by SNAG. I never have my works exhibit before. I made a bunch of friends, I woke up everyday for a year to see incredible and crazy ideas of how to make ring. I made a ring for "Ring Swap" and enter the dark side by making this "Humbug - the Blue Monster", inspired by the movie "Nightmare before Christmas". And I received this beautiful ring made by Lorena Angulo. I've been drooling on her works for many months.

My life will never be the same again after RAD. Look what I made from this Purple Potato. Many people join the group not because they were known to make rings, but an opportunity to force oneself to learn.
To view all my rings, go to www.flickr.com/photos/polymerclaybeads/sets
To view more than 16,000 rings, go to www.flickr.com/groups/rad2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

IPCA pre-retreat class - Bevy of Rings

Bevy of Rings

Learn how to construct a variety of rings using Polymer Clay, decorate one with a few slices from your existing canes. We will also learn how to make Watermelon Ring using Mokume Gane and a Faux metal ring with twists and stitches.
You will have a chance to view my entire collection of 365 rings from the Ring a Day project and discover the endless possibilities of Polymer Clay combined other media.
A total of 3 rings will be made and finished
Q&A plus additional demos at the end of the session
Instructor: Ponsawan Silapiruti
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Level: All
Min # of Students: 3
Max # of Students: 10
Price: $95.oo US
Prerequisites: None
Special Tools: Wrench sockets
Other Supplies: Clay and wire for the rings will be provided. Bring your own canes to decorate the rings and share. Small scale sculpting techniques will be taught. Bring small tools, needle nose pilers, small wire cutter, a small table lamp and magnifying glass, etc.
To register and receive a complete supplies list, contact Ponsawan via e-mail silastones@aol.com

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Auction for Ada - Round two is over

Thanks everyone for a successful first round of Auction for Ada. More items need to be auction off to the good home. If you would like to bid on any item, just send me a email silastones@aol.com to tell me which item you want to bid on and how much. I will update the highest bid as it come in.

Artist: Ronna Sarvas Weltman
This beautiful "Wednesday Night on Mars" necklace featured in her new book "Ancient Modern - polymer Clay and Wire jewelry"
is about 3 1/2" long. You will bid on the necklace and the signed book by author.
Item No. 1 - Ronna necklace & book.

Artist: Grant Diffendaffer
This recursive molded beads is about 1 1/2" Dia. x 3/4' thick. You will bid on one necklace.
Item No.2 - Grant necklace.

Artist: Judy Dunn
This beautiful Origami Crane is 5" from one wing tip to another. you will bid on one bird.
Item No. 3 - Judy Red Crane.

Artist: Artwork by Juliet
This pretty earrings is2" long. You will bid on a pair of earrings.
Item No.4 - Juliet Red earrings.

Artist: Susan Turney
This gorgeous pendant is 1 1/2" x 3" long.
You will bid on one pendant.
Item No. 5 - Susan pendant.

Artist: Barbara Forbes-Lyons
This pretty bracelet is 8" long made with Glass and silver beads. You will bid on one bracelet.
Item No.6 - Barb bracelet.
Artist: "Mo" Maureen Taylorson
This pretty pendant is 1" x1 1/2" with matching earrings. You will bid for a set of necklace and earring.
Item No.7 - Mo necklace & earrings.
Artist: Elsie Smith
This colorful pendant is 1 1/2" x2 1/4" .
You will bid for one pendant.
Item No. 8 - Elsie pendant.
Artist: Maureen Thomas
This Faux wood bracelet with glass beads, strung with stretch cord, will fit to most waist.
You will bid on one bracelet.
Item No. 9 - Maureen bracelet.
Artist: Kat Gedrich
Big, bold and beautiful beads. This necklace is 22" long.
You will bid for one necklace.
Item No. 10 - Kat necklace.

Artist: Artwork by Juliet
The Polymer clay teapot pendant was made by Diana Kelsey is 1 1/4 x 1 1/2". You will bid for one necklace.
Item No. 11 - Juliet necklace.

Artist: Lynda Struble
These pins are so adorable. You will bid for both pins.
Item No. 12 - Lynda Pins.

Artist : Ellen Rumsey Bellenot
This pretty pendant is2 1/2" x 3", come with a black cord.
You will bid on one pendant.
Item No. 13 - Ellen Pendant. Artist: Judy Dunn
This gorgeous Origami Crane is 5" from one wing tip to another. You will bid on one bird.
Item No. 14 - Judy pink Crane.

Artist: Ponsawan Sila
This pin is one of the series "Woodland Pin". The pin is 1 1/2" x 2 1/2". You will bid for one pin.
Item No. 15 - Ponsawan pin.

You will have 9 days to bid on these items starting on Saturday, October 9th, 2001 at noon, and the auction will end Monday, October 18th, 2001 at noon (Central time).

Happy bidding. :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Auction for Ada - Round One is now over

Dear Friends
Thanks everyone who participated in the Auction for Ada last year. After, successfully, auction off half of the donated items, I realized that we paid almost 25% to Ebay. Still, I have a few items left and would like to continue the auction through this blog. I will run the auction myself. Here is how you can participate. If you would like to bid on an item, the must have item, or items, you can email me: silastones@aol.com, to tell me which item you want to bid on and how much. I will update the highest bid as it come in and will contact you as well.
There will be a couple rounds of auction and each one will last for 2 weeks. I will contact the person with the highest bid of each item for payment arrangement. A small shipping fee will be added to the final bid.
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to ask.
And, if you can help spread the words through your friends as well, I would greatly appreciate it.

Artist: Wiwat Kamolpornwijit
This gorgeous necklace is 16" long, the pendant is 1"x11/2". You will bid on the necklace and a pair of earrings.
Item No.1 - Wiwat Gold & Silver Necklace.
Artist: Wiwat Kamolpornwijit
This gorgeous necklace is 18" long, the pendant is 1"x31/2".
Item No.2 - Wiwat Black & White Necklace.

Artist: Yonat Dascalu
This gorgeous pendant is 11/2"Dia. with 16" cable.
Item No.3 - Yonat Blue pendant #1 .

Artist: Christine Kelsey
This gorgeous necklace is 18" long, the pendant is 13/4"x21/4".
Item No.4 - Christine Mica Shift necklace.

Artist: Sophia Lenz
This Gorgeous necklace is 16" long, the box pendant is 11/4"x2"x3/4" with a pair of earrings.
Item No.5 - Sopia Box necklace.

Artist: Kim Cavender
This gorgeous face pin is 1 1/2"x 2 3/4".
Item No. 6 - Kim Face Pin.

Artist: Judy Dunn
This gorgeous Origami Crane is 5" long from one wing tip to another.
Item No.7 - Judy Purple Crane.

Artist: Yonat Dascalu
This gorgeous pendant is 1 3/4"x1" with 16" cable.
Item No.8 _ Yonat Pink Pendant.

Artist: Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg
This gorgeous focal bead is 1 1/4" dia. and 1/2" thick, comes with a pair of earrings.
Item No. 9 - Lynne Ann Focal bead.

Artist: Wiwat Kamolpornwijit
These gorgeous earrings are about 1/2" square.
Item No.10 - Wiwat earrings.

Artist: Yonat Dascalu
This gorgeous pendant is 1 1/2" dia. with 16" cable.
Item No.11 - Yonat Blue Pendant #2.

Artist: Judy Dunn
This gorgeous Origami Crane is 5" from one wing tip to another. Made with Polymer Clay.
Item No.12 - Judy Orange Crane.

Artist: Christi Friesen
This Steampunkery Chameleon was made by Christi during class in 2009. It is 2 1/4"x 1 3/4" .
Item No. 13 - CF Chameleon.
Artist: Christi friesen
This cute Dragon was made by Christi during class in 2009. It is 2 14"x1 3/4" .
Item No.14 - CF Green Dragon.
Artist: Christi Friesen
This gorgeous Red Bird was made by Christi during class in 2009. It is 1 3/4"x2 1/4".
Item No.15 - CF Red Bird

Artist: Christi Friesen
This gorgeous garden pendant was made by Christi during class in 2009. It is 1 3/4'x2 1/4".
Item No.16 - CF Garden Pendant.
Artist: Christi friesen
This Lion was made by Christi during class in 2009. It is 1 3/4"x2 1/4".
Item No.17 - CF Lion.
Artist; Christi Friesen
This gorgeous Crystal Bird was made by Christi during class in 2009. It is 1 3/4"x2 1/4".
Item No.18 - CF Crystal Bird.

You have 2 weeks to bid on these item starting Saturday, September 25th,2010 at noon and the auction will end Friday, October 8th, 2010 at noon (Central time).

Again, Please email me : Silastones@aol.com


Friday, September 17, 2010

The Jewelry connection

The Jewelry Connection is the on-line, live program on Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.. Host & producer, Mona Hair, was kind enough to include me last week among the other Artists who participate in "Ring a Day" project.
My section start at about 30 minute into the program, and it last for about 10 min., but if you have time to watch the whole program, you will learn about other artists as well. Since she did not contact me in advance, there is a few misunderstanding about the necklace on the cover of the book that was not my work, but it belongs to Barb Fajardo. 4 of my necklaces were in that book.
Other than that, it is nice to know that my works bring a lot of smiles and inspiration to many.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Feast of the Lantern

Every year, at Spades park on the eastside of Indianapolis, there is an outdoor show that let the artists show/sell their arts from noon to 11 pm. At dusk, hundreds of lanterns are lighted throughout the park.
One year, I had a few lampshade kits that come in pieces and when put together, accordingly, they look very pretty at nite. People will line up to buy the lampshades from us. This is good because I made so much money selling them, at the same time, they are not handmade item. I just put them together, add the light and sell.
This year I don't have high hope, people walk around, looking and said they were just looking but didn't have any money to buy.
My son came and went. He had to go dance at the even downtown. The neighbor were laughing because he stayed for 20 min., bought a bar of soap and left. It's Ok, I thought, I didn't think I'll be very busy. But I was wrong.
I think people are still buying, but more of the functional objects, not paintings, not jewelry. My neighbor sold soap she made in her kitchen for $5 and it went crazy. Her soap is 100% Vegan. It's so trendy, I even bought one that has Dandelion as one of the ingredient.
I sold a few ankle bracelets. That was enough to cover the booth fee. Without those lampshades, I would have spent 12 hours in the park, not making any money. May be I should start making soap. We all have to use soap, right?
Recently on Facebook, I am able to contact my nephews in Thailnad and talk to them. Both are the starving Artists who are trying to sell their arts and crafts at the fair. One is selling a stuff Teddy bear and one is selling candle and tea that his Japanese wife made. They both are graphic designer.
Imagine if I could go home now and or have my nephews here, we will share a booth and I won't be abandon in the park, at midnite, all by myself.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Ruffles Potato Chip

I asked my husband to buy me a bag of Potato chip, he came home with Lay's Original Potato Chip. I told him I don't like Lay's, I want Ruffles, the one with wavy. Next he came home with Lay's Wavy. Love you too, honey.
Today I mixed Pardo Professional Art clay -Translucent with a bit of Pardo Jewelly clay - yellow and came up with this Ruffle Potato Chip ring.
I am very please with the Pardo clay and having fun with it. It holds the shape while sculpting and very strong after bake.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

CHA Super Craft Show @ Rosemont, IL

Last week, me and my Polymer clay friends volunteer to help Miss Lisa Pavelka during her classes at CHA, so off we went. Thursday nite, I pulled up the chair from my room to the other room, and we talked, and we laughed, just like having a slumber party all over again.
The next day we arrived and was asked to help at Viva-Decor's booth. As you might have known, they are the distributor of Pardo clay. I ended up at Mr. Amando's booth did the demo using Pardo clay with the Jewelry Blanks that they are selling. Back and forth between Armando's booth and Miss Lisa P.'s table while she took a break and talked to others, we feel in love with paints that Viva-decor has. http://www.viva-decor.us/
I've been watching and wanting to buy their product, but it seems like they are hard to find. We talked to the owner who had no idea how desirable their products are to all crafter, not just clayer, I hope pretty soon we can buy the whole product line here, in US, somewhere.
It had been a great experiences helping in class, booth sitting and demo. Viva-Decor and Miss Lisa P. had been so generous with the sample, as well as Mr. Amando, who finally realized that he should give us some samples. So, here's is his web site. They has so many "Blank" we can use, especially rings :) http://www.amatestudios.com/

Viva-Decor had launched a new Pardo Professional Art-Clay and I got to take some home to play with. Here is the glass I covered with translucent clay. The new clay are stiff, not soft like Jewellry clay, which suitable for canning. I am pretty happy with it. May be I will make some canes tomorrow.
Here are some rings I made yesterday. Using jewellry clay - Fossil Wood. Clay is easy to work with but I am still adjusting. I've been using nothing but Fimo for all these years. I also used some paint on there. It is a paste almost like Rub n' Buff.
This ring I used some paints from Viva-Decor. I love all the colors, they are so rich and shimmering. I want them all.
Thanks you Miss Lisa P. and Viva-Decor for the opportunity and a good reason for me to get out of the house. Thanks for my friends who had been there and always there for me. Thanks for wearing my jewelry and showed them off at CHA.
We stopped to have dinner at Polish restaurant. It is a buffet, so yum-yum. I had something that my mom used to make for me when I was young. Thanks Kathy for such a good memory.