I am a crafter. I love everything about crafts... I collect papers and scissors and some basic art materials. I can sew; I’ve even sewn my own school uniform way back in college and so as my brother's uniform. when my friends decided to get bags with same design and I was struggling with budget that time, I offered to make the bags. My friends paid for the materials, and I made the bags for all of us… such cute bags that we carry with us. When I finished college and started working i used to accept jeans repairs from my officemates. I also made skirts and blouses. It was a big help since I was helping Marlon in college. Then I met Ms. Shirley. I introduced her into the world of paper crafting. We made lots of paper flowers, made some designs and sold into our office… and I must say I earned a lot; I even had my hair relaxed out from the paper flower earnings. Then she introduced me into beading… I love love love beads! Nanay and I bought some beads to practice with and in less than a month we were able to sell our creations to our friends. Nanay is such a good jewelry designer… she makes customized bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings out of beads, chains and other metal findings. But after few years of beading, we got bored. Beads are limited, which would mean limited designs… I had to find a way… we need to make some improvement with our designs.. I wished I can make my own beads…. Then I stumbled upon Beadlady’s website. I saw the pics of her polymer clay creations, and i fell in love with them! below are the pics of Angeli Sobrepena's creations.
Nice and yummy right? I learned that she conducts workshops! It costs P1,700 for 4 hours… quite pricey, and I wasn't sure if i would learn from it since I didn’t have any idea about this polymer clay thing. I enrolled. (bahala na si batman ika nga).
It was my first paid workshop (kuripot ako). Feed back? It was such a great experience! Angeli is a teacher! and she made me want to learn more! (Below are my workshop projects)
i was sooo happy with my new beads! gosh ! i can make my own beads now! i love flowers, and i am happy with how my pink rose came out! i tried making small roses for my cake, but it was hard... and after more practice, here are my after workshop creations.. :)
Did i improve a lot? oh yes.. :) though not as good as Angeli's yet. i am sooo happy.. by the way, the finished jewelries (with fresh water pearls) were made by my Nanay. i made the clays though :)
there are more room for improvement... im craving for more ideas, more techniques to learn i know.
And then i stumbled upon Rockybeads page. Again, i fell in love- with her creations, specially her customized lockets. Rocky Villegas Antonio is such a great artist. her designs are super nice, unique and one of a kind! below are some shots of her works.
ahhhhh... couldnt help it... i need to learn those techniques! I needto meet the artist behind those projects! i wished she conducts workshops as well..... i waited few months, and when she opened her home for workshoppers, i enrolled right away! it was quite pricey but i knew i will learn a lot! whats nice with Rocky's workshop, is that you'll choose what topics and projects you want to learn. Its a one-on -one workshop! a very detailed and hands- on . below are my workshop projects where i learned how to make swirls, image transfer and stamping techniques. i also learned how to make other flowers aside from roses.. :)
i was sooo elated after the workshop... i learned a lot. every questions were answered, i met a great artist.. and gained a new friend!
Inspired by her creations, i was able to make my own designs and improved my own jewelry pieces... below are my after worshop projects.
oh yes, i improved a lot! whats great with Rocky's workshop is that shes just a text away! if i have questions, i just text her and she answers. she shares tips and tricks generously.. shes such a great artist and a great teacher!
but learning doesnt stop there... i need to learn more... claying must not end with creating flowers, cakes, stamping and image transfer... i need to know how to make my own beads! as in beads! you know those kinda round thing that you can coil with wires and produce bracelets and earring out of them! not just an added accent to the jewelry piece, but a jewelry itself!
then here comes Jennifer Cuz of Purple Luggage. She is tagged as the cane queen of the Philippines :) she makes nice canes and makes nice beads... i love her canes... though there are lots of polymer clay cane tutorials in the internet, i still consider enrolling in her caning workshops. whats good with workshops is that you can ask questions and get answers right away! again it was pricey.. but i didnt thought much about it, bec i know ill be able to improve my works and sell some stuff!! :)
here are Jen's works.. soo inviting!
worth a Workshop right? imagine if you put these canes in beads.. exciting ist it? P2,700. i enrolled!
WS was held last saturday, March 26 @ The Beadlady, owned by Angeli Sobrepena... kinda feeling like home in there.. and with my classmates around, it was a bunch of fun and laughters! you know, comparing our works, sharing clay experiences, tips and tricks and gaining new friends! in other words.. i had fun fun fun!
excited to see my workshop projects? here... :)
rose cane... i need a lot of practice in here
leaf cane... the clay was super soft.. i didnt like the output. i wish i brought my Kato clays instead.
my final project.. locket embelished with canes we made.
well that was saturday... and the next day, i was practicing with my canes the whole day... my projects arent good yet, but i know, soon ill be able to make my own canes and will make lots of improvement in my works... my after workshop projects are not that bad though.. :)
my improved new leaf cane
its just a day after the workshop.. so dont expect too much from me... :)
ill post pics of my new canes soon! -
Updated pics: my after WS projects:
i enroll only with the best teachers... worth every penny!
anyway, here are my fave projects. my personal collection.. not for sale!
they are just 1.5" tall.. sooo cute... i plan to make whole set of snow white and seven dwarfs...
wish me luck!
(Artist's photos are grabbed from Beadlady, Rockybeads and Purple Luggage)