Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Technique - "Crackly Goodness"

Greetings, Polymer Clay Peeps!

I have here, what I believe is a new polymer clay technique which I will call "Crackly Goodness."
or maybe BFCG?  We'll see if anything sticks ;o)

The look is similar to mokume gane but the layered effect is created with alcohol inks colored clay at all.  I also got a great crackle goin' on, which happened entirely by accident.  Love that *serendipity stuff!

I'll be teaching this new technique at workshops and hopefully will get a tutorial written soon for CraftArtEdu.  If you'd like to get a better look at what I'm describing here, go to my Flickr account where you can enlarge the images and really enjoy the "Crackly Goodness."  I've used this technique on my Mandala Beads which you can see there as well.  Email me if your group is interested in a one or two day workshop.

*ser·en·dip·i·ty  [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee noun  1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

My Kaleidoscope Tile Pendant Tutorial

 Hey all.

I've been thinking of getting this tutorial back up for a long while now.  I originally had it on my old website, and wanted to put it here on my blog, which gets quite a bit of traffic :o)  Hope you like...

Barb Fajardo Kaleidoscope Article

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Few and Far Between

It does take me time to feel that what I'm thinking or doing is worthy of a blog post.  I work on my art nearly every day and almost always post photos of my work on Flickr (where you can really zoom in and see the detail) and Facebook.  So why blog too?  My blog is followed by you (I mean you're here aren't you?) and you deserve an occasional update :-)

I still love my Mandala Beads...generally I work and work on a technique until I feel that I just can't go any further with it. It's right about then that your muse decides to show you something.  Low and behold, I accidentally "crackled" some beads and the result is very cool.  Guess there is more experimenting to be had...

My first "Mandala Beads and More" weekend workshop was back in January with some wonderful peeps right here in Albuquerque (Annie, Cynde and the gals).  Tomorrow, I'm headed to Lenexa, Kansas to spend time with Kim, Donna and their group.  I'm sure it will be fabulous!

Anyhow, this workshop in Kansas is coming at a great time.  I've had a few health issues to deal with since the beginning of the year and things are beginning to get back to normal.  Can't wait to get out of town and active in the community again.  

If you'd like to learn my technique for creating "Mandala" crackle beads, drop me a line.  I'd love to come to your city too.