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X is for “Xmas”

27 Apr

Club Creative Studio’s blog post today has a focus on the letter “X”.  You already know that there are not many words that fit into that category that may apply to creativity.  I will have to go with a more obvious choice.  X is for “Xmas”.  To highlight art that I created specially but not limited to the Christmas (Xmas) season, I’d like to share photos and descriptions of Club Creative Studio’s Artisan Beaded Hanging Ornaments. Our one-of-a-kind items are created from hand-made, hand-rolled polymer clay beads, charms, crystals, ribbon and wire.

It seems that hand-made items are popular for gift-giving occasions when the holiday seasons roll around. Why is that?  Maybe because they call for a special touch, a meaningful item with a lasting memory, or items like this are easily found at holiday themed craft fairs, bazaars and gift shops.

Whatever your reason for giving a hand-made piece, you have selected items that have a special attraction to them.  The artist and the art do have personal connections associated with hand-made items, and they happily pass that aspect on to you.

Hand-Made Beaded Artisan Ornament from Club Creative Studio.

Artisan hand-made beaded ornaments are one-of-a-kind creations.

As I think up ways that I can incorporate my hand-made beads, sometimes the ideas come readily, and sometimes I have to tweak the thoughts and experiment on the best way to highlight my beads.  The Christmas ornament idea came quite easy because there is a popular need to decorate Christmas trees and purchase special keepsake ornaments for them.

Close-up. Hand-made polymer clay beads incorporated into hanging art.

Looking at an item that seemingly has a specific function, and imagine other uses for it is what CREATIVITY is all about.  I’d like to offer suggestions on how you may enjoy what I first created as an Christmas Ornament.

What else is this useful for?

This item can displayed in other interesting fashions.

Use this decorative item in unique ways.

  1. Christmas tree hanging ornament
  2. Wreath focal point
  3.  Attach to a suction cup and admire from a window
  4. Hang from a table lamp at the switch location
  5. Adorn a vase by placing around the rim/brim
  6. Wrap safely around the top of a candle stick base
  7. Add a bit of bling as you dangle from a view mirror in your automobile
  8. Use as a decorative bow on a gift that is wrapped
  9. Display as fashionable curtain tie-backs
  10. Dangle slightly under a framed photo frame from the wall
  11. Add to a cabinet knob or door handles
  12. Embellish a wine bottle neck
  13. Add to a table scape by attaching to a pot lid or serving dish handle
  14. Highlight art from an individual hanging display made from wire
  15. Hang from a garden stake in your flower bed or bottom of a wire frame hanging basket
Do you have out-of-the-box suggestions that you can share on how you might use this Club Creative Studio art item?

Feel free to share your creative ideas in a comment post below!

“D” is for Dare To Be Different

4 Apr

Dare to be different- in your jewelry accessory choices!

Club Creative Studio Art fits right in with my tag line ART THAT SETS YOU APART!  Taking steps to provide an opportunity for others to stand out in a crowd is what I love to do.  Together, we can “Dare to be Different” when we wear, display or give items that are unique, hand-made.  How will you stand out from the billions living in our world?

Club Creative Studio Beads added to Art That Sets You Apart.

Having courage to step out of your comfort zone when chosing or wearing statement jewelry is a big step for many.  It is fine if larger, chunky accessories are not your style.  However, if the aim is to use jewelry as accent and focal point wearable art- then being more bold in wearing something unique and eye-catching is the way to go.  Why be ordinary?

I am not talking about wearing jewelry that is strange, gaudy or heavily adorned.  But, those are words that some may use to describe more unique adornments.  To me, daring to be different may mean wearing an occasional change of style or something that may compliment an outfit no matter if it is your particular taste or not.  While it is important to like what you wear, maybe once and a while stepping out of the box to just wear jewelry for the sake of display can be a step in a new direction.

Hand-wrapped wire shark tooth by Club Creative Studio. A unique, hand-made necklace is automatically "different" but that does not mean it has to be uncomfortable to wear.

Also, if you tend to wear the same basic jewelry with every outfit, challenge yourself to mix it up. Even if what you change to is a simple look, displaying something different from your normal look is a step forward in the right direction of having a fresh look. Those who know you well will notice the slight change even if you think it is a dramatic twist to your style.

Club Creative Studio mixed metal jewelry.

Spread your wings and explore bold mixed metals or contrasting colors in your display of jewelry art!

Consider wearing jewelry that has a theme.  Sometimes when you mix up the feel of your jewelry, your attitude changes.

Club Creative Studio Beads combine to make unique jewelry.

Look at your clothing options and decide how your jewelry choices can compliment and contrast your total look. It can be a new style to allow your jewelry to “pop”, demanding attention.  Take a plain dress or top and dress it up with a statement piece of jewelry.  If it is hand-made…you KNOW you have a unique item to be proud of  owning and wearing.

For additional unique items that are hand-made and one-of-a-kind check out the ever changing inventory in the online storefront:

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Bead Artist: Veronica Campos-Hallstrom
Club Creative Studio

Set Yourself Apart with Club Creative Studio Art!

“C” is for Creative Clay

3 Apr

This is what I love to do, and sometimes on a daily basis, I am creative with clay.  So, it is fitting that with today’s blog focus on the letter “C”, I write about creative clay beads.  Although from start to finish the creation of each clay bead can require up to thirteen steps, it brings satisfaction to many to see close-up a one-of-a-kind item, never to be duplicated.

Use of polymer clay as an art medium has given me limitless opportunities to flex my creative imagination.  This type clay has unique and amazing qualities and it has helped me produce one-of-a-kind beads that I happily incorporate into my beaded item art.  Compared to earth clays, oil paints, wood, and precious metal media, polymer clay is fairly new to the art scene claiming beginnings in the early ’90s.  The best qualities of this type clay is that it is easy to mix colors, shape it by hand, mold, cut, texture and cure it.

Club Creative Studio hand-mixes all polymer clay used for beads, which also adds to the unique one-of-a-kind designs. These colors were hand-mixed to match this inspired printed paper.

Club Creative Studio hand-made, polymer clay bead samples with purple theme.

I love that polymer clay is soft to work with and smooth to roll, cures easily and can be hardened into a durable object.  Polymer clay was invented in a chemist’s lab from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), mixed with plasticisers and color pigments.  When polymer clay is baked at a temperature range from 212 degrees farenheit to 275 degrees farenheit, it undergoes chemical changes that fuse the particles into a solid shape and the shape it then retained.

Club Creative Studio creates one-of-a-kind beads.

Visit more creative clay art at:

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Club Creative Studio hand-rolled clay beads.

Feature Friday- Beautiful Beads

19 Aug

I posted on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio a photo of small plastic disks.  The disks are used in golf as markers for golf ball placement and they are pushed into the ground and stay put by the protruding part in the middle of the disk.

I use golf markers differently

I pose the question:  What might someone do with this item that is different from it’s intended use?  How creative can you be?  Think hard. Do you know a way that a common item can be used differently to help you?

I recently posted  a great definition of creativity on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/clubcreativeart “New thinking leads to new possibilities.”  I do believe that you need to be able to open up to new experiences to gain the opportunity to see things in a different light.  Also, being brave is a big part of creativity.  One has to step out-of-bounds to experience a different view from the world of rules and expectations. When speaking and referring to creativity, risk-taking is a desired characteristic.  Being strong and willing to look deeper with new materials and techniques is what can transform creative juice into a totally new concoction.

I have used a common golf marker disk in an uncommon way in art.  The disks now help me in my business because it makes a job easier.  It was a challenge for me to take a photograph of a bead because of its potential to roll.  It  is now an easier task for me as I conveniently place an individual bead onto the golf placement disk.  It is held secure, still and is a solution to better picture-taking.  The ease and swiftness of  attaching my bead leads to a smooth photography session, and ultimately a better photograph.  Yeah for thinking outside of the box and making it work for my needs.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Rolled Clay Beads

Enjoy admiring the details of my hand-rolled polymer clay beads. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind, limited count beads in various sizes, shapes and with hand-mixed colors.  You will find some beads are also hand-glossed and some are left sanded and in their natural state after baking.  These wonderful beads are so fun for me to create.  Most beads involve upwards of 13 steps before completion of a single bead from start to finish.  Club Creative Studio beads are a labor of love to say the least.  Items that incorporate our hand-made beads are considered ART THAT SETS YOU APART because of  uniqueness and special visual qualities. I strive to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

Enjoy the View at:  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

I love to share great ideas!

 

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