By CaroleClay

Carole Monahan is a polymer clay mixed media artist and a member of the several guilds. She loves sharing her joy of creating with others through classes as well as her articles in several polymer publications. She is a design Squad member for as Makin’s clay and Sculpey.

Carole gets some class —- finally !!!

You were ALL hoping that I have matured in some grand way! NOPE

I just checked off a goal I have been too scared too timid (yeah me timid) too reluctant to do UNTIL now !

I taught my 1st polymer clay class! I have taught for 1 on 1 or small groups but this was a class hosted by my local library the Ferguson Library in Stamford Ct.

Thanks to the support of my guild and friends  at the library and at Makin’s Clay I got enough confidence to reach out to the library and ask if I could teach my Journey Totem class.

I was like a girl that wanted to play Double Dutch

I read about Double Dutch

I watched Videos on Double Dutch

I talked about wanting to try Double Dutch ……. But I

NEVER JUMPED IN !!!!!!!!!!

I guess I was afraid of getting hit on the face with the rope  or falling or NOT being good at it !

Every year I have a goal or a theme for that year.

This year 2016 is the year of giving back!

I want to share my joy of creating with others. I want others to find solace and peace in their creations. I feel so blessed that I get to do things that I love and enjoy. Thanks to Makin’s Clay I get to play and explore —-and fail (3rd time’s a charm)

Makin’s donated all the clay to my class  since it is air dry clay I do not have to schlepp a small oven to class.

I hope to share the joy of creating with others and learn from them at the same time.

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Ode to Prince

Making Doves Cry

I was a teenager in the 80’s. I rocked BIG HAIR big parachute pants and NEON colors !

Prince was one of my favorites! I showed up at my prom in a beat up Van NOT a LIMO

The van had  a kick-ass sound system installed by my prom date Carl!

( yeah I know Carl +Carole gag me with a spoon as they would say! )

Shawn was our chauffer/chaperone to make sure we did not get too crazy although we were blasting Prince’s LET’S GET CRAZY as well pulled up the hotel entrance where the prom was being held. I can still see Shawn in his cut off denim shorts and t-shirt with a tuxedo painted on the front gallantly open the side door to the van!

I’m still close friends with Carl and most of my close knit high school group!

Prince will forever have a piece of my heart !

You can see every single step how I made this sculpture on the Makin’s Clay site.

What was your fondest memory in High School?

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Moroccan Dreams Orb

Here is this month’s Infinity Orb.

I was inspired by Morocco. This orb is highlighted with extruded turquoise piping.

The bling on the orb is brought to you by Swarovski Crystals for extra fun and glam!

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Extruded Piping

This orb is based upon a paper Triskele Globe from Hattiphant  you have to see all the beautiful things she has for sale on her Gumroad page!

 

 

Weekend of Clay FUN!

 

My guild held their Winter Weekend of Clay!

This is always a fun filled weekend of creative learning and fun conversations!

This delightful extruded cane class was taught by Lisa G.

She is a canning wizard and she figured out how to make this Bargello cane.

 Better yet she explained each step so perfectly even I ended up with a great cane.

It was a blast to hear a room FULL of Makin’s Clay Extruders ALL squeaking in unison!

It all started with JUST one disc #7 from the set that comes with the Extruder.

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Extruded-cane-3-16Lisa-g-cane-single-3-16Lisa-G-cane-double-3-16-CarThere are so many possibilities with this fun design!

BOH-with-Box-Lisa-G-class-3I will post the other classes Very soon!

Having a Real BALL !

 

Steampunk infiity orb

I have had soo much fun this last year working with Makin’s Clay as a design team member! This is a project I have been trying to perfect for some time now. It really shows off how flexible Makin’s clay REALLY is after it is cured. This piece has no SUBSTRUCTURE it is only Makin’s Clay and my beloved Swellegant for the finish!

Here are some pics of the ball as well as the plain white prototype ball from white clay. I think the plain white ball will be great for a 3 D Zentangle piece to doodle on!!!!

Trio of clay balls

This is currently my new OBSESSION!!

I’m sure exploring the possibilities of this design will keep me busy for quite some time!

You can find all my other past creations and obsessions of these pages!

My Flickr page Under Compelled Crafts (hence the obsession thingy)

Pinterest page

Facebook page

and my Brand new Twitter page

 

 

 

My Ever Changing Heart

You NEVER know what beneath and our hearts are EVER Changing.

 

This statement necklace is only about 1 ½ inches wide and 2 ½ inches high, but it has a big fun impact!

I had a blast using alcohol inks for the 1st time on Makin’s Clay®

I love that Makin’s clay is so flexible that is the only way I could pull off this particular design.

You can go see how I made this necklace on the Makin’s Clay page!

http://makinsclayblog.blogspot.com/

 

Fill 2016 With HOPE— Bottles of Hope !

That is my only resolution for this year!  I would like to fill people’s heart’s with hope and love. These little Bottles of Hope are the tool to achieve this.

This simple but elegant bottle in a Faux Wedgewood look only takes about 10mins to make but the impact it will have on a cancer patient that might be having a particularly rough day of chemo is HUGE!

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Lets flood the polymer clay websites with EVERYONE’s Bottles of Hope. See Diane’s inspiring story of how she                      started Bottles of Hope  in 1999.

Really all it took was blending the peach from the earth tones collection and the Blue( F and F) on the Makin’s Clay mixing ruler  and then roll out the sheet to cover the bottle  and then I press some white clay into the Florals mold, and then adhere to the bottle.

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Follow Your Own Path

Yes I’m like many others out there and I love The Wizard of Oz……….

Tin Man moves you 2015 This was my December project for Makin’s Clay you can see the details on the Makin’s Clay blog . I really enjoyed creating this project and took advantage of the Makin’s Clay double sided spinning frame!

On the reverse side I have the famous quote from the Wizard Himself ! But what I don’t show is the Tin Man’s reply. “I know but I STILL want one! ”

Remember follow YOUR own PATH by Following your heart!

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