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“B” is for Broken

2 Apr

Club Creative Studio loves broken jewelry! And why? Because it is a challenge to take the unwanted pieces and fix or assemble and arrange elements in a new and exciting way.  I often create jewelry art from custom requests and I encourage people to look for or consider using items to incorporate from what they may already have.  Miscellaneous vintage, broken and mismatched metals, gems, rhinestone and beads make beautiful additions to use in a new item. It also turns trash into tiny treasures.

There are a few situations where creating a upcycled product is a bit nerve-racking. I was once handed a strand of crystal faceted beads and asked to take the necklace apart and create separate items so that the new creation could be worn to a family wedding.  The original necklace was very old and was not the style or correct length for this person to wear.  The outcome I made was going to be worn to be symbolic of the representation of a great-grandmother’s presence at the ceremony. Talk about pressure! I needed to make this item just right for sure!

As it turned out, a simple re-strand and added similar crystals brought the original necklace back to life and gave it a second chance to be enjoyed in the forms of a shorter necklace and a matching bracelet. The customer was happy, the memory of great-grandmother was preserved and the once single strand necklace became a two piece family keep-sake.

Transforming an older necklace strand into something new is a welcome challenge for Club Creative Studio. I call it a Upcycle Challenge".

Let’s look at this necklace  as an example of what I did to “up cycle” it.  It was transformed into two new separate items that were enjoyed from the once older unused necklace. Fun!

Inspired by the old beads, I gathered a collection from my stash beads to create the new items. This is a gathering of mixed metals, glass, and hand-rolled polymer clay beads from Club Creative Studio.

The results of combining the older beads and items I felt gave new life to the new items created.

Take time to see what hidden treasures you may have that can be repurposed into something you can rediscover as a modern jewelry piece.

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Your First Steps To Creativity

6 Mar

Be creative! Take the Challenge in March.

Club Creative Studio offers ideas and inspiration to be creative.  This is a great time to jump-start your creativity because March has been declared National Craft Month. Try something different or new in your artsy world.  Creating is fun, and rewarding.

I should not take much effort to be inspired.  Take a look around you in nature and in life situations. There are great resources out there to prompt or inform you on technique. Many projects can be low-cost, free, recycled, or require minimal supplies.  Especially if you are trying something new, you may be able to share supplies with others or gather ideas and confidence while you save up for the required items that you need for a specific project. Look and listen for opportunities to express yourself creatively. Take the first steps to admire

Create something amazing today!

Creating is a great expression of self as well as admiration of other art as inspiration. And, it is no doubt a joy to share your completed creations with self and others.  Try something new this month that requires creativity on a different level than you are now at.

Experience the challenge, the trails, the joys of success and the results of making something by hand.  It will give smiles and pride that is for sure! Explore your creative tool box, raid that junk drawer, clear out the scraps of papers and fabrics, get out your neglected paints and markers. Recycle your trash into treasure. Give yourself a chance to experiment.

To show of the array of items that I explore when I make Club Creative Studio items, I offer these photos in this post as art samples of creativity.  Enjoy! Be inspired! CREATE!

Club Creative Studio mixed media. hand-made crystal and acrylic pendants.

Club Creative Studio clay, mixed media mini-canvas art.

Club Creative Studio wire-wrapped. crystal and glass hand-made bracelet.

Club Creative Studio hand-painted acrylic commemorative birthday umbrella.

Club Creative Studio Hand-torched Italian glass beads.

Club Creative Studio incorporates hand-made beads into unique jewelry art.

BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

Club Creative Studio Hand-rolled polymer clay beads.

Metal Madness

28 Feb

Club Creative Studio’s blog brings you creative information about creativity.  Today is no exception. Usually, a Tuesday post has an underlining theme of low-cost creativity.  If you count asking a friend for use of their tools instead of buying them myself then it is considered “low-cost” (for me) anyway. Today, I have a madness for medal. I have hit the mark on the subtitle once again: Two-Cent Tuesday, low-cost creativity in a sense.  Sometimes it is wise to borrow tools that you do not have, in order to try out something that they have an expertise of.  And, if you rent tools you can experiment before you invest in supplies that you may have questions about or will not use after all.

Stephen Zawistowski, Stephen Z Metal Designs, Inc. and myself.

My artist friend, Steven Zawistowski, owner and metal artist of Steven Z Metal Designs, Inc. (http://www.stephenzmetaldesigns.com) located in North Carolina prompted me in creativity and also lent his expert advice.  He turns cool into awesome on a daily basis in his workspace by creating art from metals.  He recently offered scraps (which are actually valuable crumbs to me) of metal from his various projects,  for my experimental use.  Once I had the scraps of brass, copper and steel metals in my hand I quickly wondered what I could possibly do with them.  I could see and imagine in my mind’s eye an array of possibilities.  It was like giving a child free reign of a candy store.  My eyes could not have been any wider. What can I do? What will I do? How soon can I attempt anything?

The first idea that came to my mind was the incorporation of small samples cut and inlayed in resin at various depths, attempting to stop the normal discoloration of the metal from air over the course of time, and preserving the colors that I noticed of the metal on that particular day.  I was guessing that would be “cool enough”. Then the next obvious question came to mind.  How do I cut this metal? I was hoping that a jeweler’s saw would be adequate.  I knew that using that tool would take time and would not be as accurate as I was thinking for the forms I had imagined. I had thought of small bits of interesting curves and a variety of shards incorporated in a small area.

I asked Steve what he thought would be the best method for cutting based on what I wanted to possibly do with his scraps. He mentioned the PLASMA CUTTER. The plasma cutter is a small machine with big results. To me, hearing the name I first thought it to be dangerous. I mean really, it sounded like blood (plasma) was going to be a sacrificed in using this tool.  The name did scare me.  But, I forgot for a moment that I was dealing with a professional. Steve invited me to stop by his metal shop to check it out for myself.

Plasma Cutter: model Spectrum 625 Xtreme lr

This model is not what Steven Z had in his shop. This model is more compact but, the cutter is still the same in style and for the same use. His air compressor was quite loud, and  much larger but, the trigger hand-torch was the same as this pictured model version.  As you can see in this photo, the flame shoots out from the gun-like handle and it melts the metal like butter!

Plasma cutter in use.

Needless to say, any reservations I had about sparks or flame quickly vanished after Steve showed me  how to start.  I was like turning cool into awesome alright! So my cutting began!

Plasma cutter trigger ready to cut the scrap bronze metal.

My forms using the plasma cutter from copper sheeting.

The color changes in the metals due to the heat applied from the plasma cutter torch were amazing to see right before your eyes. Here, notice the smooth shapes, the contours of the positive shapes and the interesting left-over negative shapes. I kept an array of both shapes from the finished collected scraps. All of my cuts were free-form cuts.

The first of a few plasma cut metal shapes.

My box of hand-cut metal treasures!

Turning cool into awesome! My cut metal shapes.

We have all heard that practice makes perfect.  Well, using the plasma cutter for the first time was a thrill and I have the bug to practice more but, Steve works with metal on a daily basis as a living…I’d say he is very well-practiced!  His friend Arron had also been taken under his wing the day I visited and here they are at work or I should say…at play!

Aaron Humphrey, Steve’s friend was welding, forging and having fun with his creation in the works- a metal gothic-like rose in metal.

A. Humphrey's iron rose creation. Work-in-progress.

To find out more about what I plan to do with my cut metal, visit the Club Creative Studio business page on Facebook, check back on this blog for a post and check out the website!

Work-in- progress: One of my many ideas for incorporating the cut metal into pendants for jewelry.

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12 Days of Creativity

4 Jan

Holiday bracelet made from several collaborating friends.

 This post brings to light a fun idea that can be transferred to any holiday celebration or life event with a theme in mind, and a few supplies. This post also fits into the TNT (this-n-that) theme. Being creative might be easy for some yet for others it may seem to take extra effort. No matter if creativity is instant or requires planning, it can be…shared.  Sharing creativity gives you an opportunity to use your skills and display your talents.

This post highlights the efforts of many creative persons. This time, the focus is on a group of persons and a special project.  I’d like to reflect on a recent holiday project that was based on the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses.  There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by “my true love” on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

Using this song as inspiration, a group of nearly twelve members created hand-made charms, then gathered for the “big reveal” which included sharing the creative process and exchanging their charms within the group so that each walked away with a unique jewelry keepsake. Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace. The group agreed that this experience was worth repeating and they enjoyed the learning process as much as the expression of creativity.

Some group members collected their charms for a bracelet. I incorporated my charms into a necklace.

If you recall from the popular song, the first verse runs: on the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a partridge in a pear tree and on the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves.  Other mentions in the song and items included symbolically in the project are three french hens (ooh la-la), four calling birds (on cell phones of course), five golden rings, six geese-a-laying (comfortably on a pillow), seven swans-a-swimming , eight maids a milking (got milk?), nine ladies dancing, ten lords-a-leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming.

Gail happily organized twelve friends who agreed to share their skills and talents and come together to make and exchange their art projects.  Today’s blog celebrates the creativeness of her group of friends.  They held an initial meeting to brainstorm and decide on how they would start.  The assignment was for each person to make twelve separate items all with the same likeness and theme based on the number picked that corresponded to the same numbers in the Christmas carol song: The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The deadline was set and each member of the group went home ready to create their twelve items and return to share them. With all of the charms collected we were then free to add them to a bracelet and create our group project.  We collected one work of art charm from each person.

Our final products from the group project.

Contributors in this artistic product were: Marki, Annette, Bri, Amanda, Donna, Melissa, Gayle, Chris, MellaDee, and myself.  We shared time and talent, creating a meaningful item that will surely hold memories as well as appreciation for the creative process. We are now planning to get together to complete a Valentine theme bracelet.  I feel another blog coming from that experience too for sure!

To end this post, I’d like to share the idea that you may want to consider.  Make your favorite bracelet serve you well with a double duty.  Add an interesting dash of bling to your purse or bag with a closely related length of your bracelet size.  Attach it to the top of the rim on both sides of your purse for a fun twist of fashion, and show off your creation!

Consider this double-duty idea for your bracelet.

Sock It To Me

1 Dec

Image: littlemissmatched

Club Creative Studio’s Thursday blog post has a general theme known as TNT.  The TNT post stands for “This-N-That”, and can cover an array of creative topics.  Today’s TNT post has a focus on creative socks…so allow me to “sock it to you”.  I have creative information for you concerning socks!

Socks have become popular in many different ways.  The website called “littlemissmatched” sells their socks in packages of three, and they are made to intentionally be worn in a mixed-matched fashion.  Also, keeping them in stock of three allows for that one sock to go “missing” from the dryer, and it does not matter which pair you grab to wear that day. Children will love them because the do not have to hunt for a matching sock mate, it does not matter in today’s fashion sense.

There are many different types and styles of socks if you think about it.  A few of these on the list were new terms for me but, generally speaking what was “old” often is “new” again in the world of socks.  I remember wearing knee highs as a young person and they were commonly worn.  Knee highs are making a come-back.  The twist is that they are funky and are being worn to not match on purpose.  They are also being worn by people of all ages. Also popular are over-the-knee socks, leg warmers (which are worn below the knee yet above the ankle),  and what is known as footless socks. They are similar to tights but have no fitted foot area connected.

Footless Sock

Arm Warmers

Now, let’s explore another creative way to use socks. When I was younger spending time in the mid-west with harsh winters, I wore thick tube socks for gloves.  Call me poor or call me creative. I don’t care, I was warm and it was low-cost creativity at its best.  Nancy Protectz (TM) designs complimentary decor fashion for furniture.  Furniture feet “wear” the stretch to fit “socks” for floor protectors. With a soft cushion between the furniture and the floor, the machine washable socks are slip resistant.

Image: apartmenttherapy

Finally, how might we reuse, repurpose or recycle our socks in a creative manner?  Don’t forget the old stand-by activity of creating sock puppets.

Creativity with worn out socks.

Trash To Treasure

5 Oct

Club Creative Studio’s post today helps you to identify trash to treasure finds. Hunt out artists that are sharing their creativity by way of recycling, reusing or repurposing items into their artwork.  They are all around!
Many feel that our planet is existing in a fragile ecological state, with global warming issues and other changes amplifying the world’s questionable status.  Making art incorporating found objects, or recycled objects is one way to make a difference. Creating recycled art gives the viewer the opportunity to appreciate creativity and found objects while waking up to environmental issues at the same time.  Creating or admiring art from recycled elements provides the viewer with an opportunity to find a deeper meaning in art.  The viewer is asked to appreciate in an aesthetic way, something that is commonly found or normally discarded.

Blue River

Art by: John Dahlsan entitled Blue River, Finalist in the 2003 Wynne Prize for Australian Landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, would like to collect $15,000.00 for “Blue River” made from plastic bags.

Other artists as well continue to push the limits of incorporating found items into their artful creations.  Here are a few others that I have identified as artists embracing the recycling, reusing and repurposing elements of life.  Enjoy admiring the creations.

Art: Betsy Soifer

Enjoy animal figures with recycled metals and found objects from artist Betsy Soifer.  Cigar box instruments by hammeredfrets.com and recycled office paper hand-cut and applied as fashion.  Can we get more diverse than this?

cigar box instruments

Photo by: Sandrine Hahn

Club Creative Studio Art

Club Creative Studio has a series of items that incorporate found objects.  Pendants made with bottle caps are artfully filled with items that are hand-picked from the sands of the beach near where I reside on the Atlantic East Coast. I include small shells, pebbles, real shark teeth and small beads.  A simple cord or chain brings the simplistic look to life. Each being totally unique.

Club Creative Studio's Found/Repurposed Art

Enjoy hunting for artists that find ways to recycle, reuse or repurpose items into their creations. There are many of us around!

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Art That Sets You Apart

Repurpose Your Pencils

4 Oct

Welcome to the blog site of Club Creative Studio where I share information on the topic of CREATIVITY.  My personal mantra is: Be Creative Everyday and I find many other people who have a desire or action plan to do the same in their artistic day.

As a specific topic today, I would like to share a few images that I found from various places online that repurpose pencils.  Let’s get to the point…If you have a collection of sharpened or non sharpened pencils the point is that you can do more with it than just draw. Here are a few examples of creative things others have done with pencils.

I love the texture, dimension and unique look of using an everyday item in a very different and unexpected way. The artist is unknown  in this work but it is a sample visual prompt in a lesson plan for students to begin the same type project.  I found this visual at: communitypencils.com.

We should already know the importance of recycling.  Added to the reasons why we should protect our environment and resources is the fact that we can also make art from recycled materials.  It is great to be able to challenge ourselves to use what is typically not reused and might be recycled rather than put in landfills.

By collecting broken, chewed, or different sized pencils, you can glue them together end-to-end and side-by-side to form an interesting surface texture like the above art with added acrylic paint applied.  Think of adding additional items like broken toys or metal objects to complete a college that has a unique look.

It’s interesting to note real pencils upon closer inspection, since they are subtle from afar.  Are you ready to start collecting your pencils to transform your next art project?  These pencils are applied as non-sharpened pencils, however can you imagine what a chair would look like if sharpened pencils were applied in the same manner to a place where you would actually sit?  Well, you don’t have to imagine too hard since I found an interesting photo of such an item for you to admire and perhaps even question.
OUCH!
I am not willing to sit in this created chair but, I would love to see it in person. I love that is so creative!

Image:daringideas.com

 For your information as well, the creativity continues from use of the shavings of pencils.  I did something similar to this when I was in grade school in my own spare time.  I wonder if I invented it?  I made a vase from half of a toilet paper roll and added flower blooms made from my color pencil shavings.  I am pretty sure the framed creation is hanging in a bathroom at my Mother’s home!  Never the less, it is a creative use of what would have been thrown away.  Recycling can be used as an artful challenge and can sure bring about beauty in the same time from the results.

Image: craftziners.com

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