Wednesday, June 1, 2011

For the Guys

People often associate polymer clay with pretty, feminine creations. Personally I think it is a fine medium for posies and hearts, but sometimes I get the urge to make something that is not so sweet.Polymer works great for that too.

This month's theme for the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy challenge is "For the Guys." I figured the devil beer steins that I made for some of the guys in my family would fit the bill. Vote in the challenge and you can win a polymer clay creation by one of the guild's talented artists.

1) Faux Leather Box with Copper Accents by Cindy of ArrowdaleArtStudio

Cindy's description of her entry: This was my stab at "For the Guys," the theme of the PCAGOE June Challenge. Created of black Kato poly clay, which I've textured to resemble leather, and enhanced with hammered copper accents, some wired on, with the one on top having a pierced design. The box is 3.5 inches round, and about 2.5 inches tall, making it suitable for spare change, pieces of jewelry or even paper clips and what nots on his desk.

2) Man's Pendant with Black Suede Cord by Line of PlaySculptlive

The colors and texture of Line's work show a strong, masculine framework that would look good on any man in your life. The bold wire completes the look.

3) Mokume Gane Business Card Case and Pen Set by Angela of PolymerClayCreations

This business card case and matching twist pen would make a great Father's Day gift! It was made with the mokume gane technique with several shades of blue clay along with white, pearl and transparent all layered with silver leaf.

4) Abstract Triangle Pendant by Jill of JKollmann

Made this for my son. I think I'm going to trade the chain for a rope, though.

5) Ancient marbled Runes Box Pendant by Sage of TheSageArts

One of the few jewelry pieces I've made for the guys, it comes with a complete set of runes that can be changed out in the box choker so the wearer can wear the rune that represents the element he would like to be aided in or the way he feels that day

6) Fish Switchplate by Becky Sue of BeckySueCreations

Made with your man in mind

7) Faux Leather Opener and Valet Set by Susan of 11BoldStreet

Faux leather is a natural choice for something guy-appropriate. I layered black and coppery-tan polymer sheets, and made cut-outs through the top layers. Valet approx. 4" square.

8) Devil Beer Stein by Marie of YoungCreative

Beer steins that I made for the guys in my family. The background flames are hand-sculpted and accented with pearl powders. The devil face was made from a Victorian face mold that I distorted before adding horns and a beard.

9) Aztec Treasure Pencil Cup by Arlene of AshPaints

This pencil cup is formed around a 3 inch diameter pvc pipe which gives it both strenth and stability. The design includes textured patches, impressed scrolls and a honeycomb design background texture. The clay is a rich earthy blend of oranges and browns and is angiqued with a burnt umber acrylic paint then highlighted with a light touch of gold acrylic paint to make all the details pop

10) Tainos Petroglyphs Pen Set by Norma of NormasClay

This is a pen and pencil set on the left with two pens on the right. All petroglyphs motifs were made with canework.
Many of the entries are available in the member's Etsy shop. Click on the member's name or the title link to check any entry you are interested in purchasing.

To vote:
Both PCAGOE members and the public may vote between June 1 and June 7, 2011 at midnight, Eastern U.S. time. Five lucky (5) voters from the public, chosen at random, will also win beautiful polymer clay prizes created by one of our many, talented member artists!
Click here to vote.


Prizes June 2011 
1st row, L-R: MarcyMPC, ThePleasantPheasant, ClayCenter,
2nd row, L-R: NormasClay, AlisonEKurek, JulieSpace
3rd row, L-R: NKDesigns, RenGalSA, PennysLane

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