Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fresh Kielbasa and Cabbage

I made this tonight on a whim and it was just delicious so I wanted to share it with you...

3 large links (about 1 lb) of Martins fresh Kielbasa, boiled for 30 minutes in hot water and cut into 1/2” slices (be sure it reaches 160^ inside).
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped (I used a head of Tainong Seed Emerald Power flat cabbage I found at the Asian grocery)
1 large sweet onion, cut into slices
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon or brown grainy mustard

Boil the fresh Kielbasa and slice then set aside.

In a Dutch Oven melt the butter, add the cabbage, onion, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Boil potatoes in the Kielbasa cooking water if serving them.

Add the vinegar and mustard to the cabbage then add the sausage and simmer on low for another 15 minutes; Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serve immediately on its own or over mashed or boiled red potatoes.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Scrappie Cats

Maxine Manges gave me some 710 clay scraps which I blended
with some of my 40 Miller clay to make these cat faces.

I drew the faces with black wax resist then used
numerous glazes to accent the clay body colors.

They will become either necklace pendants
or Holiday ornaments but only time will tell.

Leaf Me Be ScrapBach Trays

The tray top view and below, the underside. The leaf images
were created with black wax resist and multiple glazes.

Tray II - Top view and underneath.

Tray III - Top view and underneath.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Myrle's African Trade Necklace

Myrle Borine generously shared some of her
African Trade Beads with me, so I used some in this necklace.

The necklace is two piece with Mykonos fish and hooks
attaching the back chain to the front bead collection.

In addition to African trades, there is a burl gnarl, hand formed
ceramic clay beads and glass handmade beads.

I used copper wire to form the connections between all...

The three latest fun to wear necklaces 2016.

Earthenware Pod Necklace

A Fish Hook Closure with Mykonos hangie dingles in oxidized copper.

The beads themselves were hand formed and individually strung
on short pieces of leather cord...

Complements Necklace & Earrings

Mixing together different but interesting beads
in one wearable necklace with complementary earrings
is sometimes a challenge...

This one has burl gnarls as well as clay ceramic 
and polymer clay hand formed beads joined with copper.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Melange Necklace with Earrings

Ceramic & Polymer Clay Beads with Copper Components

Complementary Earrings made using two of the lightweight
polymer beads by Orly and a simple copper chain.

This is a two-piece hand made & assembled necklace 
with Mykonos Fish & Hook Closures on each side.

The Polymer clay beads are by Israeli artist, Orly Fuchs Galchen
while the earthenware & stoneware beads are mine.

More Vintage Vamps with Earrings

These earrings are all clay components with the exception
of the Mykonos spacers, copper wire & ear wires.

These earrings have Gardanne enameled bead caps topping
a pair of black onyx round beads also with Mykonos spacers.
The top stacked disc beads are stoneware clay.

Clay discs, copper hanging leaves for Autumn and
copper findings The ear wires are Niobium.

Two glazed clay blob beads and two pairs of
clay discs are accented with copper findings
and hypo-allergenic Niobium ear wires.

Ceramic stoneware slabs and round discs
fitted with nichrome wire before being fired
and complemented with Guilders paste &
Renaissance wax afterwards to accent the texture.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

All Kinds of Beads!

This is the time of year I get a long break from teaching
and can spend the time collecting found objects and 
beads from other artists to use in future clay-to-wear projects.

Most single beads (if not strung together) have to be wired
so they can be connected one to the other. 
Even the connections can be more than a jump ring;
take a look at the copper spring connectors!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New Autumn Earrings

Some of these may end up in my Etsy shop while others
will go to my local galleries for sale.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Making Earring Display Cards

First of all, locate vintage looking copyright -free 
photographs of all sorts of babes, preferable full face shots.

Then photo shop them to be 550 x 1000 and
leave room in the image for earrings to hang down.

Then set them two up, sepia tone and lighten the images
before adding the copy you want at the bottom.

Your copy can be directly on the image or in a space beneath.
Then set your printer to NOT fit to page and select
the size 5 x 7 for printing.  I use 8.5 x 11 label stock
so it is easy to mount the images to mat board
then cut to size after printing & mounting.

I use a needle tool to make the hanging holes at the 
appropriate places on each side of the face for my earrings.
Naturally some earrings look better on certain faces...

They definitely are eye catching!