Sunday, November 29, 2015

Polymer Clay Adventure: 2015 Pavelka Project

I know 2015 is almost over, but it is better late than never. Recently
I discovered a great way to be inspired to create. As an artist, I may always have ideas of what to do next in my head, but that can be a problem. Too many ideas that seem to collide all at once, leaving me overwhelmed. Katie Oskin is a great Polymer Clay Artist that I have discovered in my learning about polymer clay adventure. She offers challenges to help artists have weekly and monthly goals. An excellent idea. It helps me to have an idea. This article is inspired by another poly clay artist, Lisa Pavelka.
Each project is based on her book about the basic fundamentals  of polymer clay.

This month's project was to transform a basic glass jar into something unique using polymer clay.
I wanted to share before and after photos of the jar I did. The design was created using hand mixed translucent red polymer clay. I prefer Premo aand Fimo. Hey, they rhyme. My goal was to make a piece that would be a sort of faux stained glass effect. You can see once it was baked, that a lit tea light, causes the poppies to glow.
Here is the accompanying You Tube video so you can see the details...

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HeArtfully Creating,
Anita
A Collage From Start To Finish!

The jar completed with a lit tea light inside








Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Balmy Adventure

Alright, I did it. I did make the DIY lip balm and since the base is the same, as a bonus, I also made some solid perfumes. It all started after weeks of whining to my husband about how much the new EOS balms I bought, just weren't working well enough. Since I did make my own balm last year, I thought I would make a new batch and use the EOS containers. The containers are one of the reasons why I wanted to buy the EOS containers in the first place. Cool design. Here are the many way you can reuse the EOS container videos that I compiled here. I realize that my chapped lips mean nothing in light of what really matters in life. So hey, consider this a diversion.  All I know is for the first time since I was a kid who over licked my lips to the chapped state, my lips have been actually stinging and burning for no reason! Must be a lot drier this season than ever before!! EOS just wasn't cutting it. Mind you I must say, the only brand that does work for me, no waxy feeling, is Blistex. But, I wanted to make my own again. It helped that I already had the supplies.
Watch The Details In My Balmy YT Video Below


Recipe Or NO Recipe?
Before,  I made my own last year, I did do a lot of research checking out the countless websites and YouTube tutorials regarding this topic. What appealed best to me, were recipes that contained coconut oil, shea and cocoa butter, vitamin e oil, and beeswax. No, I didn't reuse old balm containers, I bought some on Ebay. Just the normal long tube types. 

Never been a recipe follower, I don't even like following patterns when sewing, knitting or crocheting. Yes, all baked goods that involve rising, like birthday cakes, do force me to actually follow the measurements given. Unless I have a craving for a hockey puck cake. 

I know this is not an article about making art, but it is still about creating. Believe it or not, for me, making my own beauty/body products is a creative opportunity. Maybe it is because once I know the basic ingredients and learn how it all works together, that is when I create whatever it is, using my own ideas. It is why nothing I ever cook or make, ever has the same result twice. 
What I learned from making Balm Before? 
Flavour? Yes or no? This time I added a few drops of coconut extract. But I have to warn everyone, don't do what I did the first time. I added flavour last time by using some cinnamon. Big mistake. So, I proudly gave away a bunch of handmade lip balms. Nope, I hadn't even really tried it yet. After about ten people had A Bergie Creation lip balm, I happily swiped it onto my lips and then suddenly it hit me! Really, it did. Sure I tasted cinnamon, but cinnamon actually BURNS! Oh yah! 
Apparently cinnamon is what you can use to naturally plump up your lips. Frankly ladies, embrace the lips God gave you. It is never good to mess with His creation. And using hot cinnamon to make your lips swell, not a great idea. Trust me! Boy did I feel bad that I gave a bunch of people I care about, a lip balm that caused a burning sensation! Needless to say, this batch of balm, NO Cinnamon!
This Time Round
Reusing containers is a lot more difficult than I imagined. It is important to get them as clean and as dry as possible. I even tried boiling them in a pot of water assuming the oils would come right off. Nope, not so much. Since it already had taken me over two hours to make my little creations, I just decided I would wipe the containers out and just make sure they were bone dry. If not, I believe bacteria can grow. If you thought cinnamon hurts, bacterial infections - much worse!

The EOS containers had to be pried open with a utility knife. Not something I recommend for anyone who is unsteady or too young.
Utility knives are sharp! I struggled and struggled, even my husband couldn't pry off the supporting "wheel" par,t in the container. Eventually, I got it. No fingers were lost, but it wasn't worth the struggle. I learned about this from watching the tutorials on YouTube. I did see someone using cling film instead of prying the supporting "wheel" from the container. In the end, I messed it up anyway.


Ingredients:
Shea and Cocoa Butter
Beeswax
Coconut Oil
A pan of simmering water
A heat proof glass measuring cup
Disposable Pipette or Eye Dropper
For Solid Perfume: Scented oils of your choosing
cleaned and dried lip balm or other containers.

Get Melting
The details on what I did and how are in the video above. 
Is It Worth It?
For me, it is worth it because I like the results. I am particular about how a lip balm feels and softens. Do not like any waxy,
coated feeling. If you want to make handmade lip balm to save
money. Make sure you add up how much it will cost to purchase all of the butters, oils and containers. You do get a lot out of that but, any oil product, including butters like cocoa, can go rancid over time. Storing it in the freezer may preserve the freshness. So unless
you are lip balming the whole neighbourhood, it can take a while to use up those not so cheap ingredients before they are ruined from age.  I did conclude that since my EOS reusing experiment,  did not succeed, no, it didn't turn out right. It was

my fault for not bringing the top and bottom half together before the melted butters and wax mixture started to set. That I won't do again! Watch the video and you will see. At least I can still use the balm with my finger!




Hope this was at least entertaining and even better if you are inspired to create something!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Creative Ways To Reuse EOS "lip balm" containers...

Lip Balm And Creativity?
Heartily Creating is about encouraging and inspiring folks of all ages to create, especially young ones. I remember being young, sooooo long ago :o) So what does reusing an EOS Lip Balm container
have to do with creativity? Just so you  know, that was what I asked myself as I searched out for DIY
videos on how to make a handmade lip balm to put into an EOS container. I may be an old person,
but I am an artist and I must confess that I never heard of EOS until this year. I saw it in an online shop and because I am a visual artist first and foremost, I actually tend to by things because of how they look! I saw these little round orbs and loved the unique shape and colour, one even had stripes!
A Side Note: EOS Review
My review regarding the actual lip balm product? Well, sorry, my husband and I are huge lip balm users and therefore experts on the topic...maybe not experts but we have an opinion. Because I have been making my own lip balm formula for a couple of years now and loving the results, EOS, is not anywhere near as moisturizing and slick. In fact, it may look and smell great, it may even last a long time, but it is because there is too much beeswax or whatever kind of wax they use. It makes it too firm and therefore when it is applied to the lips, I have to rub it back and forth a dozen times to feel like I have enough on my lips and even then, I am left feeling unsatisfied.
Better Balm Option-Personally Speaking...
My balm recipe is not really measured, based on experience and research I add about 2 parts beeswax, 3-4 parts refined virgin coconut oil, a few drops of vitamin e oil, 1 part or so of coco butter unrefined and unrefined shea butter. Like I said not really a recipe. but boy does it turn out moisturizing and slick. It isn't "waxy" like EOS and other balms can be. Oh and did I tell you the EOS peppermint balm is unusable by both of us because it burns our lips, just too strong and I like mint!
EOS Container Creativity
On that note, creating anything is part of creativity, so that justifies posting this article on Heartfully creating. I am about to create some new handmade balm after we dig out and clean our full EOS balm containers (no, we haven't even used it all up - the mint - nothing used). Right below is the video I plan to use to help me figure out how to reuse the EOS container to get my DIY balm inside. That lead me to seeing the other YT videos about resuming EOS. Not for lip balm but other things I never would have thought of. See what happens when you are in creative mode?

Be inspired :o)

HeArtfullyy Creating,
Anita

ReUse An EOS Lip Balm Container-Make Your Own...
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Newest Pebeo Fantasy Paint and Resin Domed Pendant Necklaces!!

Side Note: I just realized that I accidentally posted this blog on my creativity blog, HeArtfully Creating instead of A Bergie Creation. My brain must be full :o)

Hi guys. I have been working furiously trying to photograph, edit and publish my newest handmade pendant necklaces. As you will discover, I have been having a blast discovering Pebeo brand Fantasy Moon and Prism Paints, as well as doming pendants in epoxy resin. Not to mention, new polymer clay pieces are coming as soon as I get the finishing touches complete!
More will be added throughout the next few days...click here to see details in my shop, A Bergie Creation.


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As always, I create my pieces, and then depending on the medium, they often need sanding, polishing and buffing or resin added, whatever the case may be. Then, just as I am with words, photo time happens. On Etsy you only have room for five photos to showcase your pieces. Well, I ALWAYS take triple or more that number, sometimes fifty shots for one piece. It is so important to me, to capture every nuance, angle, hue, and part of my jewelry pieces so customers can know what they are looking at. 

Buying online requires trust that the shop is providing you with as many details as possible. On that note, please always read the description details and policies and procedures before making a purchase on any online shop. It helps to avoid disappointment. Countless times, I don't read, and think say a bead will be a lot bigger because of the photo alone, once I get them, oops, turns out they were only 3mm across. All the information was there, but I foolishly disregarded it. It is easy to be caught up in the appearance and lose sight of the details. 

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