Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tribal Challenge Pieces

Every month, the Polymer Clay Smooshers guild has a theme challenge that is voted on by our fans.  This month, the challenge is Tribal.  

There have been some great entries so far on our forums, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek at my entries:

Megalodon Polymer Tooth Key Chain

This piece was inspired by my love of fossils and collecting them.  I have been on digs hunting for megalodon teeth and even have a small one, about 1.5" in length.  For the record, the really good teeth measure about six inches in length.  These prehistoric sharks were huge!

 Tribal Orca key chain
My Tribal Orca key chain was inspired by my love for orcas.  Ever since I was seven years old, I have studied about orcas and their cetacean cousins.  This piece was inspired by the Inuit style of totems that I have seen. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Army of Crabs

So, my recent obsession has been making crabs...little polymer hermit crabs.  Tiny crabs, large crabs...

This idea has actually been percolating in my head for years.  I have collected shells for the past 25 years,  whenever I have traveled to Florida and while I lived on the coast for several years.  I collect shells in many different ways, whether it's strolling down the beach during the early morning sunrise with my mom, skin diving with my dad or perusing a local favorite shell shop in St. Augustine with my boyfriend.  
Each experience nearly always brings me to encounter a hermit crab...whether it's being sold in the shell shop or by accidentally picking up a live one in the ocean while diving.  That's always a shock to go through your shell bag on the beach only to realize you have a half dozen crabs clinging to the sides and glaring at you in anger for taking them away from their home.  Ok, so maybe I'm projecting the emotion of "anger" onto a crab, but you have to take those pinchers seriously!

 My love of hermit crabs comes from my mom (and these random encounters with the wild variety).  Mom taught kindergarten for 34 years and for the majority of that time, she had hermit crabs in the classroom.  They became part of the family, especially during the summer months when the current "Kermit" or "Sheldon" would come home.  Our cat, Chaser, was fascinated and would watch the aquarium for hours as the crab clinked around the glass with his shell.

So, all of these experiences blended together, crying out for a way for me to immortalize them in some fashion.  While organizing my storage closet a couple of weeks ago, I found a beaten up toolbox from my grandfather.  When I opened it, I found dozens and dozens of shells, if not hundreds.  I started laying the different varieties on my desk and realized, I could make my own army of crabs!  Not only would I be able to display these beautiful shells collected over the years, I can share my love of the ocean's creatures with others.
I hope you enjoy these latest creations from Bewitching Dreams!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


This will be a quick little post, but I had to share the excitement!  

First, our Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild has passed 1000 fans on Facebook!  Yay!

In honor of that, our guild leader, ColtPixy is giving away one of her absolutely adorable owls!  To enter the contest, just go to their Facebook page and comment!  It's that simple and you get to pick your favorite of the three!