Google+ StrebeDesigns: May 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Retro Jukebox Music Box

Added a little more detail

I made this little jukebox for the June Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE) challenge "retro - 50's through the 80's".  It plays "Yesterday" by the Beatles.  It stands about 6" tall and is about 3 1/2" wide.

When thinking about what I would make for this challenge, my mind went back to my high school years in the early 60's.  Memories took me back to the lunch times my friends and I would share at the local diner and how much fun we had playing the jukebox and singing while we ate lunch.  Fun times.  I wanted to recapture those times in this piece.

The drawing.  At first I was going to make a box, then no a night light, then no a bank, then BINGO a music box with retro music!!

I really REALLY struggled with the frame. As I would add sections the others would collapse in the oven.  After days and endless hours of frustration, I finally found the right supports.

For the bottom a small square jewelry box shimmed with outdated business cards.  For the top I cut a section out of a round carboard tea container as a permanent support. (part of the deal forever).

Last peek at the music box before gluing on the bottom.

No more in-progress views.  I was under a tight time crunch to meet the deadline for entry.  But I did want to mention that for the speaker grill area I used the "Holo Effect", a technique developed by Ginger Davis Allman.  You can find the tutorial here Holo Effect Tutorial
Isn't it cool?  You can use this in so many ways!

More Completed Views

Thank you so very much for stopping by.  I would love to hear your comments. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE): May Challenge Winners

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Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE): May Challenge Winners: The winners in the PCAGOE May Challenge: "Fish" are: Top entries selected by the public 1.  Farrah the Fantasy Fish    by Li...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE): May Challenge Fish

Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy (PCAGOE): May Challenge Fish: For our May challenge we are featuring Fish. Vote for your favorites. Three lucky voters will be chosen in a drawing to win a gift certifi...