I love Laurie Mika's shrines! For the second year in a row she has taught a wonderful class on shrines in the Polymer Clay Adventure Retreat and this year she taught subscribers how to make a tiny tin shrine from an Altoid tin! I was so excited to make one, and what came about is my Song Birds tiny tin shrine! Thank you Laurie!!
The majority of the decorative work is polymer clay framing the wonderful graphics by GalleryCat! (Thanks again to Laurie Mika for the reference to this shop). The beautiful birds are embellished with a few jewels and charms and titled "song birds" "chirp" and "tweet". This was so much fun, more to come for sure.
Oh! I can't share how I made this, because the retreat is a paid subscription. If you would like to learn how click here to the access the retreat sign up page. It is a great deal for $99, so many incredible artists. I find one of the best things about these seasoned artists is how they all share very helpful tips as well as their technique and creative genius. There is also a Quilted Adventure and an Art Jewelry Adventure ... so much fun!
I wanted to make a nightlight for my daughter who recently redid one of her bathrooms in blue and white. Integrating this month's PCAGOE's challenge theme "Quilling" was the perfect way to build a light with a delicate design.
I didn't really have a specific design in mind, except that it had to incorporate blue and white. I also wanted to give a try at a curved shape for the shade rather than my traditional flat shape. I started with Pardo translucent clay dyed with blue alcohol ink ... I didn't completely blend the ink into the clay giving the shade a slight marble look. For the quilling arrangement I used light green, white, and yellow Premo Souffle polymer clay. I also extruded a strip of coral, but ended up not using any of it, it took away the soft look I was after.
After cutting out a rectangle of the blue, I draped it over a can to cure. After that cooled, I added a thin layer of translucent liquid polymer clay to hold the strips as I applied them to the shade. I have never "quilled" polymer clay, and I can say there was a definite learning curve. But I persevered and built the pieces of the arrangement many times.
I am happy with the results, I think my daughter will be too! Here are off/on photos taken in one of my bathrooms.
Now it goes in the mail! Thank you stopping by and letting me share a little of this project with you.