Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Thoroughly Modern Cameo

Well, I mentioned last week that I was craving bright colors and something funky. As we know, when all else fails...Michael's! I had a bit of money that was burning a hole in my pocket (actually from an art pillow that I sold) and I headed for the local craft store.

I get all my t-shirts from there. They have the best colors and often they are 2 for $5.00. Some folks decorate them with fabric paints and iron ons, but I usually just flash dance the neck and wear them like that. I always cut the crew neck from t-shirts because I can't stand for it to touch my neck. I feel like I'm choking.

Anyway, those colors were bright and kept me from doing laundry one more day, but I still needed funky. I am still working with polymer clay, so I got into the bright clay box and pulled out neon orange and lime green and bright purple. I'm a bit of a romantic at heart so I got a face mold and created a cameo... using neon orange. I carefully unmolded it and placed it on a lime green piece and then added little "flowers" and leaves around the face. I popped it in the oven to cure it and after it was cool, I got out the acrylic paints and painted it since an orange face was too "out there" even for me.

The orange clay did give me a warm base for my flesh toned paint and I painted her eyes and lips with a needle. After highlighting with gold paint, I added a purchased bail from Fire Mountain Gems and added a black cord. I'm into pendants in a big way, and this is a big pendant, measuring 2"x2.5", but it fits me perfectly. I don't know how or why everything I create looks like me. This looks like the me from 20 years ago.

I wanted to say thanks for all the sweet comments regarding my post about my Mom. I hope I was able to show what an unusual person she was, while giving you a hint of the hilarious things she did (sometimes unintentional). Imagine coming home from school and all your stuff is in the front yard because she warned us that if we didn't clean our rooms...

Anyway, that's it for today. We'll talk soon, I'm sure.

11 comments:

Kristen Hermanny said...

This is the coolest cameo I have ever seen. What a great creation. I love it.
i am glad you liked my crazy pictures. They were too fun to make. My husband and I laughed our butts off doing them.
My dad got frightened of his face on the computer screen and wondered where the camera was at, not realizing the computer is a camera. He thought everyone on the internet could see him, and he made me turn it off. LOL!

HAve a wonderful day, Susan!!!

sweet tea said...

I too love COLOR, but I've never thought of buying my tee shirts at Michaels. Thanks for the heads up. Flash Dance the necks? I'd like to see a photo of that. It sounds like something I'd want to do too...Love the cameo. So creative and VERY detailed. It would take me FOREVER to even try something like that. Good Job!

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Adorable, absolutely adorable pendant! I am headed to the craft store this afternoon to pick up wire. Can't wait....

Tina said...

Adorable! I'm always amazed at how ecclectic your work is yet I know it's you.
Great
T

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I love the cameo. I'm not sure if I even want to attempt that one! :)

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

That is a pretty fun pendant Susan! The kind of thing that can brighten your day!

That's OK that you make everything to look like yourself. We could use a few more people like you around! :-)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Very cool pendant!
I will have to check out Michaels for tee shirts! I LOVE bright colors too, and sometimes they're hard to find.

Suzie said...

What a beautiful peice

jean benabou said...

Bright colors perfect for summer!
Very cute pendant too!
You are one prolific woman!

Life Potentials Network said...

Good morning from a new visitor! I LOVED your cameo...so creative and kuhl (as our kids say)! And the idea of those colorful shirts coming from Michaels is a gold mine of information! I identify with the choking thing so how do you keep the shirt from running if you cut the edges? Can't wait to find out!
diantha

Vancouver, Canada said...

Those are really nice T-shirts i will definitely check them out! and nice colours..i just love colour! and very very nice Pendant! gorgeous!

Sandy :)