Thursday, September 12, 2013

Polymer Clay and Me

Hi everyone my name is Elsie Deliz  Fonseca,''La Deliz Chica and All that Craft''.
I live in New York State in a beautiful county called Westchester  in the the town of Scarsdale.I live surrounded by lots of trees ,flowers ,birds ,chipmunks and squirrels.I am what you call a city girl stuck in the suburbs.I say that because before moving to the suburbs I was a city girl .I lived 35 years in Manhattan and 13 in the suburbs but you can not take the city girl out of me.

My favorite place

When I am not polymer claying I take care of my flowers or play with wire.Every spring I look forward to working outside ,cleaning ,planting and waiting for the trees and plants to bloom.In my garden I have peony ,lilac,day lilies ,tiger lilies,hydrangeas,  mint, hosta ,magnolias and dogwood trees.Below you can see some pictures of my beauties.

Tiger Lily
White Peony

  When I was a little girl I wanted to be a fashion designer.One day while in my Social Studies class ,we where reading the New York Times and discussing current events ,guess what I was not reading the newspaper I was sketching .I saw a beautiful fashion illustration from Bloomingdales and decided to copy it. I still remember my teacher Miss Karen looking over my shoulder and I looked at her in fear and she said to me '' That is beautiful do you want to be a designer?and I said yes and she answered ''You will be a great one.'' Miss Karen  was my mentor and someone that I will never forget.I can't forget to mention Mrs Mittleman the pricipal oh my she was a sharp dresser. I used to look forward to the mornings,this woman would wear the most beautiful suits and shoes Every morning we would line up in the school gym and Mrs Mittleman would do a dress inspection.I every time she passed by me I was I was looking at what she was wearing that day.She was my fashion icon and  I wanted to dress like her when I grew up.

I could say that a have accomplished many of the thing  I wanted to do in my life.I became a accessory buyer for 14 stores,went to many  fashion shows ,visited and worked with many famous designers and now I get to design my own jewelry line.I have a great family and life.

What can I tell that you about myself that you don't know.I could tell that when in my 20's I used to love to go Disco dancing ,Thursday,Friday and Saturday and sometimes Sunday and I had the time of my life.One day I was asked by a famous dancer if I wanted to join his dance company.I said no because I did not know how to dance flamenco,and  he answered '' I could teach you'' and  you could travel all over the world.I did no accept and glad I did not .

Know do you want to know how I started with polymer clay?I was first introduced to polymer clay by a great lady that goes by the name of Beading Flower.Beading Flowers posted a picture of a mini polymer clay flower  that she had made.Then she posted another a picture of a mini, tiny cupcake.I had no idea of what polymer clay was but what Beading Flowers made with it was beautiful.
Two months later I bought some clay  did some research but was afraid to use it.Another month passed I bought a toaster oven on sale for $29.99.It took me another week to finally be brave enough to start playing with the clay, guess what I burned my first  project  a flower  but I saved it.It's been 2 years since that day and I love every minute of it.What is my favorite technique ,I don't have a favorite yet because I need to experiment more ,most of my claying is for making beads or pendants for my necklaces ,bracelets and earrings .When I can't  find the colors of beads I need ,I make them.I am taking a fondant cake decorating class just to learn to make polymer clay flowers techniques are similar and hopefully I will learn to make polymer flowers.My art and designs inspiration comes from nature ,museums ,street and from Pinterest .My extra question from Tammy Tusher Everly is ''If you could create a polymer clay color,what would it be? Tammie It would a nature inspired green since I am always looking for that perfect shade of green,and I would call it ''that perfect shade of green.My question for Lola is ''What is your favorite polymer clay creation and why?

These are some of my creations made with Polymer Clay.
Polymer Clay Drop Earrings

Polymer Clay Bracelet Mixed Media
Heart Earrings

Lava Beads that I from Niki  Meiners tutorial

A twist to Valentines Day
Polymer Clay and Origami Paper

Polymer Clay and Origami Paper Necklace
Polymer Clay on Leather Cord

Have a happy clay day...............

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Wow what can I say ''I hoard beads ''. I have a huge stash some I love and some are waiting for that special moment .In my stash I have chains, buttons, semiprecious,pearls,plastic,resin and polymer clay beads.I even have a strand of faux pearl that is about 50 years old ,it was given to me by a lady that use to work at home making samples for a jewelry company.When she gave me the strand she said that she knew I would make something pretty with it.

The Bird
This is my third one .I bought a package of cardboard bird templates last year .It was 3 in a package for around $1.50 .I  bought 3 packages because I fell in love with the bird.There is a story behind why I love birds.You see when I was around 5 years old I found a baby bird in the street ,and he was hurt . I made my mom go into a store and ask for a box so I could take the bird home and nurse him back to health.Two days later the bird had died .We buried the bird in the box and in a beautiful are of the backyard.I cried for for days.

My stash all wired wrapped

 Here you could see the stands of the 50 year old faux pearls and my other beads  and metal stamped piece.The postcard on the right was given to me by my mother a couple of years ago  for mothers days.
The bird cage 
This bird cage was given to me by my daughter ,and perfect for my display picture.The cage has a magnetic board  with 4 tiny birds .

Wire Crochet and Wire Wrapping 

This piece was made with a mix of glass beads seed beads and Greek ceramic beads that Lori send me.The square brown beads are the Greek ceramic beads .The top part of necklace is wire wrapped then wire crochet and bottom part is wire wrapped.This for my daughter she already claimed it.

Chain and Wire Wrapping 
This is my last piece was made with my chain stash .I have a box full of odds and ends of chain pieces left over from previous projects.My focal is all wire wrapped into coils and I wire wrapped jet black beads with a chain dangles
Chain Focal
The Stash
                                               Thank you for visiting and keep on beading.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

My lastest for Fall 2013

My Bead Soup Blog Party Prize.Thank You Lori.

I just got my BSBP prize thank you Lori I am in love with the beautiful beads that you send me.In the box I got handmade glass beads ,vintage  buttons,Greek ceramic beads,pendant ,focal,and a bag of seed beads.Thank you Lori I love everything.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Getting ready for Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.

My hoarders plate        
This plate is full of beads leftover from previous projects.I collect them and when I have enough I create one -of-a- kind necklaces .Some are very old and some are resent.The collection consist of polymer clay beads ,jade ,carnelian,jasper,brass,turquoise,pearls , buttons  plus more.Included in this collection of beads I found this piece of paper that says EXPLORE ,I will include this paper in one of my creations and I will explore the and create something beautiful with these beads.

July 20th will be the Bead Hoarders Blog Hop,this event was created by Lori McDaniel Anderson a very creative and hard working woman.Thank You Lori for inspiring us to create.

Pendants and Pins

. These  might also going to be included in my designs.

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Earring Swap Blog Hop

These are the earring that I made for my first Earring Swap Blog Hop.I had some charms and beads from the Bead Soup Blog Hop  and used extra beads to make my swap partner these earrings .Her earring left New York last and she should receive them today or maybe tomorrow since she lives in a rural area of the U.S.A. The top one I made for myself the bottom one I made for my SWAP partner.

These are the ones I got from my Swap  partner .

Friday, April 12, 2013

My first Bead Soup Blog Party

My reveal day finally here .Before I show you my reveal I would like you to know a little about me.I started designing jewelry in the year 2002.It was started by accident.I was invited to a fundraiser and,though I had a dress ,I did not have matching earrings to go with it.I went to several stores but did not like anything and came home empty handed.Out of desperation I took out my jewelry box and found 3 pairs of earrings.Well I took them apart and created and new pair  earrings that looked very nice.

Three months later,I was bored with my job and  decided to do jewelry designs.My previous job was an accessories buyer.By working as a buyer,I had gathered a lot of information  and resources on my own.I went to many showrooms and worked with designers and fashion shows  and accessories expos  that it was very easy to start my own small business.This gave an advantage so I decided to go out on my own.In my collections I use materials such as shells ,pearls,wood turquoise,and lots of semiprecious .My designs have sold in several upscale Madison Avenue stores in New York City.

I would like to thank Lori McDaniel  Anderson for doing such a great job .Her passion for this group is great and I can't forget to mention the ladies of this group ,you are all very talented and I learned from all of you.

My bead soup was send to me by Candida Elkins Castleberry from Spun Sugar Beadworks  a line of hand crafted Thank you Candida for the great soup mix.

 My bead soup can in this pretty  pink box with a very nice note from Candida.

Vintage Romance

                        I love anything with a vintage flair and this necklace says vintage romantic to me.The mix of chains give a modern twist.I used milky blue Rondelles and mini freshwater pearls that Candida send me .I added some medium size freshwater pearls and large pendant to give it some drama.

Pendant Drama

I called this necklace ''Pendant Drama'' because the pendant takes all the attention .This piece is made with glass beads and mini freshwater pearls  and milky blue rondelles and big stone focal.
                  Bohemian Chic                 

Leather cord necklace .In this necklace I used a flower closure  and some frosted glass beads that Candida send me I incorporated some of my beads to this design also.

This the flower closure.
Metal Madness Cuff
This wide cuff was made from a sheet of metal it was a challenge but I did and love the way it turned out.It's made with Czech pinch beads in light ocean blue color and round porcelain focal.

All Wire Wrapped

Wire wrapped bracelet  since I love  wire wrapping I  did some wrapping on this bracelet  using 3  large porcelain beads as focal and  wrapped fresh water pearls, glass beads  and frosted glass beads along with mini blue Rondelle.
Wire Wrapped Earrings made with  frosted glass beads and tear drop beads.

Drop Earring  with pendant with chains and fresh water pearls and glass beads.They are the same color    t
he light is playing tricks.I kind of like it and left the picture.

Chain Drop Earrings
 Simple chain drop earrings simple but elegant  and romantic.

This it I hope you liked my designs ,I can't wait for the next challenge. Thank You Lori Anderson it was a great experience.