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My blog...in the early days it was kept in english, but now I mainly post in italian for my italian followers...please bear with me :) and consider using google translator or message me if needed?


Il mio blog...all'inizio tenevo questo blog in inglese, ora scrivo piu che altro in italiano su richiesta di chi mi segue dall'Italia...se vi serve qualche info in particoare per favore utilizzate google traduttore sulle parti rimaste in inglese o contattatemi :)

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Social Family Day di MammacheBlog

Posted by Leila Bidler on May 9, 2015 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

http://www.mammacheblog.com/socialfamilyday/il-programma-per-bambini-sabato-9-maggio/

La mattina del 9.5.2015 si è tenuta una bellissima manifestazione organizzata da MammacheBlog - un evento "fattoremamma" con una gironata tutta dedicata alle mamme e un programma speciale di intrattenimento e animazione per i loro figli.

Come sponsor per la giornata c'era anche Fimo staedtler e quindi sono stata invitata a insegnare Fimo ai bambini presso il laboratorio dedicato "Fimo Kids". 

Abbiamo creato tante cose bellissime, il tema principale è stato un panda su una nuvoletta che tiene un cuoricino - da regalare ovviamente alla mamma per la festa della mamma. Considerando che i miei allievi avevano in media 6 anni...che dire...tutti sono stati piu che bravi!!!!

 

 





Chakra Cats!

Posted by Leila Bidler on May 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

ANDRIJANA KATAVIĆ, aka ANYA ARTESANIA ha un bellissimo blog chiamato POLYMER CLAY PLANET (link diretto come sempre in fondo al post!) e ha deciso di includermi con un post dedicato ai miei gattini arcobaleno o meglio dedicati ai colori dei chacra "CHAKRA CATS"

Grazie! Thank you!


http://polymerclayplanet.blogspot.it/2015/05/chakra-cats-by-leila-bidler.html

Czextruder - estrusore fantasmagorico della Lucy Clay Tools

Posted by Leila Bidler on February 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Ho provato diversi estrusori per ceramica sintetica neglio anni - il primo è stato quello piu piccolo e classico "a stantufo" - adoperato forse 2 volte (con l'aiuto di mio marito" e accantonato perchè impossibile da utilizzare, per spingere fuori la pasta dai buchini ci vorrebbe una pressa idraulica...

Molto buoni invece quelli a manovella, ma anche con quelli dopo un pochino il divertimento finisce perchè si fa comunque fatica ad estrudere la pasta se non è morbidissima il che poi spesso è uno svantaggio se si vuole usare le forme estruse per comporre delle cane, inoltre spesso la perte interna si incrina o addirittura spezza e non sono riparabili...

E poi ho trovato questo "gioiellino" :D

Si tratta di una produzione di alta qualità che viene dalla Rep Ceca e a cominciare dai materiali davvero robusti non riesco a trovargli un diffetto anche uno solo.

Esiste in due versioni, quella calssica da 12cm (come gli altri estrusori in commercio) e quello da 20cm, entrambi sono completamente smontabili in tutte le loro singole componenti e se dovesse mai perdersi o rompersi (non saprei come) uno dei componenti lo si puo sostituire con pochissimi € e non bisogna comprarne subito uno nuovo. Non è finita qui: ogni estrusore ha una manovella e anche un piccolo attacco per essere utilizzato con un qualsiasi avvitatore elettrico - si, va da solo schacciando un bottone 8)

Ho la confezione AIO (all in one - tutto in uno) che comprende i primi 5 dischetti con 8 formine per dischetto (ce ne sono 8 in tutto di questi dischetti quindi potete estrudere 64 singole componenti diverse!!) una base rigida su cui attaccare gli agganci per le'strusore e un adesivo laminato con varie misure utilissimo per lavorare. C'è anche uno spazzolone per pulire l'estrusore, gli attrezzini per montare il tutto, il  lubrificante, le viti...TUTTO.


Come prima cosa applico l'adesivo laminato, nella foto si vede che ho ripassato la superficie con una vecchia carta di credito (per tutto il resto c'è mastercard...) per eliminare eventuali bolle d'aria sotto l'adesivo.
Poi monto gli agganci con le loro vitine nella parte superiore della base e inserisco la pasta nel "barilotto" del mio estrusore XXL. Adesso devo solo scegliere quale forma usare - io le tengo in una scatolina coni divisori, ho estruso tutte le forme scegliendo i colori uguali ai dischetti cosi so come escono (e posso provare nuove combinaizoni)


Quindi metto la pasta nel mio estrusore, metto la formina davanti, faccio passare l'estrusore nell'aggancio con la gomma nera e lo avvito all'altro:


Non mi serve la parte finale dell'estrusore, l'aggancio sulla base fa da parte finale in questo caso ;)


Ecco attaccato anche l'avvitatore elettrico (basta avvitarlo come se si inserisse una punta di trapano o la punta per avvitare, schiaccio il bottone dell'accensione e vadoooooo


Qui parte della cane a cuore estrusa e tagliata e l'estrusore piu piccolo a confronto



eccolo in funzione (viedo)

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Nara/Proto - ceramica sintetica distribuita da CWR

Posted by Leila Bidler on February 12, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Esperimenti con una "nuova" pasta polimerica - nuova tra virgolette perchè è prodotta/distribuita in Thailandia dagli anni 70/80 quindi non è "nata ieri"

Qui in Italia è ora distribuita dalla CWR, chiunque vende i loro prodotti dovrebbe poterla procurare, al limite basta contattare la CWR via email e vi sanno dire dove trovare il negozio piu vicino

La confezione base che ho tra le mani contiene 4 panetti da circa 80 grammi, sono belli grandi e sul retro c'è tutta la gamma colori e non sono pochi.

Ho la confezione solo da ieri quindi non ho fatto ancora molte prove, ma intanto ho voluto aprire il panetto verde. I panetti sono confezionati in bustine di plastica chiuse con lo scotch, quindi se si aprono con un minimo di attenzione si puo riavvolgere la pasta non usata negli stessi.

Al tatto risulta morbida, si puo schiacciare, ma non molle. Si taglia con facilità senza sbicciolare. Purtroppo diventa molto morbida subito e condizionarla con la macchina per la pasta non è una buona idea.

Ma condizionarla a mano funziona benissimo, è morbida e leggermente gommosa, non sporca per niente (ma proprio per niente!!!) le mani o la superifice di lavoro.

Risulta molto facile imprimerci delle texture, tiene bene la forma.

Come da indicazione sulla confezione l'ho cotta a 130°C per 30 minuti - durante la cottura il colore si è leggermente scurito (come succede alla maggior parte delle paste polimeriche) ma ha tenuto benissimo la texture impressa.

Sembra leggermente traslucida, ha un aspetto un pochino "porcellanoso" il che sicuramente puo essere un vantaggio a chi vuole imitare certe cose o figure o crea sculturine o dolls. Lo svantaggio è che si vedono anche piccoli moonies o bollicine d'aria.

La sorpresa piu grande è l'elasticità! è molto, molto flessibile ed elastica dopo la cottura, anche senza cotture o trattamenti particolari si lascia piegare e arrotolare senza problemi!

Per gioielli particolari potrebbe essere un vantaggio come potrebbe essere un problema a seconda di cosa si deve realizzare, per chi fa cosine morbidosine come dolls, orsetti eccetera è sicuramente un punto a favore!

 

Il mio primo esperimento/test chiude qua nei prossimi giorni proverò a creare qualcosa di piu complesso e a mescolare i colori :)



Sono sul Blog di Sonia Cacioppi!

Posted by Leila Bidler on October 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

La bravissima Sonia Cacioppi che fa miniature e fatine stupende (io ho una sua bellissima fatina delle noci nella mia collezione!) parla di me e altre artiste che vivono in Itlaia nel suo blog: http://labottega-dellefate.blogspot.it/


GRAZIE SONIA! 

 


Recensione LC Slicer

Posted by Leila Bidler on May 24, 2014 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Ecco il file PDF scaricabile per questa recensione: SCARICA PDF RECENSIONE LC SLICER

viedo affettatrice in uso:

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...parlano ancora della mia fontana :)

Posted by Leila Bidler on April 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)
ANDRIJANA KATAVIĆ, aka ANYA ARTESANIA è un'artista del mixed media e delle paste sintetiche che vive in Serbia dove lavora, crea e insegna. Ha un bellissimo blog qui: http://polymerclayplanet.blogspot.it dove oggi ha pubblicato un post dedicato a me e la mia fontana che significa cosi tanto per me e simboleggia la mia rinascita e seconda vita :D

GRAZIE! THANK YOU!

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Another Swap by Tina Holden!

Posted by Leila Bidler on February 6, 2013 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm in the middle of yet another swap, this time it's "Hearts and Textures" :) - meaning that we'll swap a polymer clay heart and at least one texture, it can be related to the heart (used to make the heart) but doesn't have to.

Here is what I made for Tina (she has not received the items yet, so "shhhhhhhh" don't tell her!) ;) and as soon as I will receive her heart and texture(s) I'll post pictures of that too! These swaps are fun and a great way to give and receive from friends all over the world. Thank you Tina Holden for hosting them!


This is the heart I made for Tina, it's Premo! Sculpey clay, I used mica clays and it has quite some mica shift going on here, at some points it does still seem like 3D dots and lines, but the surface is really smooth to the touch, it's like an holographic effect :D. As always I did not use any varnish or glaze, it's all hand sanded and buffed to a high shine, can you see how the light reflects on the smooth surface?

Please click on the pictures to see them big and in high resolution:

And here's the textures I send her, it's two different textures and one of them has also the negative copy, so she can use it both ways. This texture was made cutting stripes of different sizes and aranging them in a circular pattern on a layer of scrap clay. It then was cured and hand carved to add small curved lines to the pattern and then it was sanded to smooth the edges. You can see it better if you click on the picture to view it in high res :)

For this texture I used a texture plate with swirls I had, I've added the tiny dots by hand with a ball stylus tool and divided it into "sections" using the backside of a cookie cutter. Then I created the decorationin the center again using different sizes of a ball stylus tool and rubber sculpting tools, no molds or stamps where used :D


UPDATE february 9th 2013 - I have received the texture and heart Tina made for me! One is sanded and buffed, the other one is finished with a layer of clear resin and the texture she made for me is really cute. Today there is bright sunshine so I wa able to get nice shots with natural light to show of the colors :D

Thank you Tina!



Here's a list of some of the ladies that partecipated in this - please check them out:

http://beadcomber.ca/

http://www.fishwifery.blogspot.com

http://www.jainniejenkins.com

http://www.dakotahspolymerplace.blogspot.com

http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

http://katersacres.com/blog/

http://bleekreations.blogspot.com/

http://minacreations.mo-blog.jp/

http://gesmpccorner.blogspot.com

http://leggendesegrete.blogspot.it/

http://knighttwork.blogspot.com/

Have Yourself A Polymer Clay Halloween

Posted by Leila Bidler on October 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Have Yourself A Polymer Clay Halloween - this is an artice I wrote for the IPCA members only newesletter

 

by Leila Bidler

Interesting facts about Halloween Traditions and Superstitions:

As we all probably know Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain – November 1 (when the Celts celebrated the new year) is the day that marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter, a dark and cold time of the year of course associated also with human death.

On the night before the new year they believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead would return to earth. This might cause trouble and damaging the crops but also help to make predictions about the future. To celebrate the event Druids would built sacred bonfires and the Celts wore costumes, often consisting of animal heads and skins.

In America the first celebrations included “play parties” and events to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead or tell ghost stories. Even mischief-making happened as the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups, as well as those of the Native Americans, mixed. Over time, a distinctly American version of Halloween would slowly emerge.

The “trick-or-treat” tradition probably dates back to the early “All Souls’ Day” parades in England where poor citizens would beg for food and receive pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the giving family’s dead relatives. This was actually encouraged also by the church as a way to help replace the ancient practice of leaving food for roaming spirits.

As for the practice of decorating “jack-o’ –lanterns”, the name comes form an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. In Ireland turnips and potatoes served the purpose while in America pumpkins would be used and soon became an integral part of Halloween festivities.

Who was “Stingy Jack” you might ask? He’s an unsavory figure who would trick the Devil various times (drinking is of course involved as well,--it’s an Irish story….) so when he died the Devil could not claim his soul. Unfortunately for Jack not even God would allow him into heaven for all the tricks he played, so legend has it that poor Jack was sent off into the dark with only a burning coal to light his way and he put it (you might have guessed it) into a carved out turnip while roaming the Earth ever since.

(Source: The History Channel)

We have for you some exquisite Halloween inspired -and- related Polymer Clay artwork, and a great tutorial as well – of course this is THE festivity to use up all that orange colored clay, connect with your “dark creativity” and unleash the creepy artist hidden deep inside. I highly recommend the use of lots of “glow in the dark” Polymer Clay, but please try to keep those cobwebs out of it...



- See more at: IPCA Website


facebook swap organized by Tina Holden!

Posted by Leila Bidler on August 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (5)

Tina Holden has invited me to join a fun new facebook group called "polymer clay swaps".

The name pretty much explaines itself and the partecipants of the group discuss and vote for fun new ideas for items to swap, Tina will pair us up and then we all create a little something for our swap partner.

It's not a "mass swap" it's individual swaps and my first partner in crime was the lovely Debbie Crothers from Australia! How fun, I've never send or received anything from Australia so far. The polymer clay comunity is so great and the internet is of so much help to connect us all :D


Here you can find my partner Debbie: check our her Flickr, her Etsy and her facebook


And this is the wonderful window ornament I have received from her. It's the gorgeous polymer clay flowers attached to a polymer clay branch. It can also be taken apart and the flowers could be used as pendants - of course I will not take it apart :D


Thanks again Tina for organizing this and Debbie for swapping with me!


p.s. as soon as she receives what I made for her I'll post pictures of that as well!

also the backside looks great!


Here is what I created, a "sun-catcher". Of course you can tell I got inspiration from dream-catchers, but thinking of the sun I thing of bright orange and warm colors...so I choose a string that fades from white to deep orange (like a skinnerblend...LOL) and wove a sun-catcher embelishing it with polymer clay beads made with an original cane I made out of black, white, yellow and red.


I used (of course...) Sandra McCaws shape shifting and cutting technique, but aranging the colors in a whole different way.



I also added some "sun discs" made of white polymer clay, crackled gold foild, texture and alcool incs from pinata and ranger. They are then finished with a layer of translucent clay and hand sanded and buffed to a high shine - no varnish or gloss.


Here's a list of some of the ladies that partecipated in this wonderful swap - please check them out!

Tina Holden http://beadcomber.blogspot.ca/2012/08/window-ornament-swap.html

Alenka Obid http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com/2012/08/window-ornament-swap.html

Kimberly Idalski http://kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.ca/2012/08/artisan-polymer-clay-swap-window.html

Vanessa Betcher http://vanessasclayadventures.blogspot.ca/2012/08/window-ornament-swap.html

Anne Roncalli http://leboudoirdanne.canalblog.com/archives/2012/08/27/24975703.html

Nadia Gennari http://easywom.blogspot.it/2012/08/international-polymer-clay-swap-la-mia.html

Manon van Kempen: http://www.manonvankempen.com/1/post/2012/09/window-ornament-swap.html

Ilenia Moreni: http://leggendesegrete.blogspot.it/2012/09/international-swap.html


Featured on Iris Mishly's blog

Posted by Leila Bidler on August 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Thank you dear friend! :)

it's an item I made in 2009 for a swap with other italian clayers...very unfortunately my item was received but I never got a reply or anything back from the swapper...she just took my item and disappeared...never answered to any of my emails, letters or calls - very sad. 


Please hop over to have a look at Iris wonderful blog here: http://polymerionline.blogspot.com

Hot Stuff - sono su craftgossip!

Posted by Leila Bidler on June 24, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Elaine Robitaille ha incluso l'immagine del mio barattolo per peperoncino decorato con il Fimo nel suo post del 24/6/2012 :) pochi giorni pirma del mio compleanno - grazie per questo bel regalo 

qui il sito: http://polymerclay.craftgossip.com/mosaic-hot-polymer-clay/2012/06/24

Christi Friesen Swellegant contest!!

Posted by Leila Bidler on June 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Ho vinto! :D

La mia fontana da tavolo tutta realizzata in Pasta sintetica e colori Swellegant ha vinto il contest internazionale di Chrsiti Friesen!!

Cosa ho vinto? un buono da 100$ da spendere nel negozio di Chrsiti! La prima opera che sono riuscita dopo aver quasi perso la vita...mi ha fatto vincere un contest internazionale e importante! Se questo non è un buon segno... grazie!!

Qui la si puo vedere in azione 8)

I'm on Polymer Clay Daily!

Posted by Leila Bidler on May 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

GRAZIE Cynthia Tinnaple!!! Thank you!!!! http://polymerclaydaily.com/2012/05/23/waterproof-polymer/



Thank you Polyform Products!

Posted by Leila Bidler on February 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

For the Creative World 2012 Frankfurt Fair Polyform had organized a great competition back in december 2011, the winners would receive the possibility to send in their artwork and have it displayed at their booth and the prices where some great products, such as lots of amazing Premo! Polymer Clay.


Guess what?


My creation, a twist pen, was chosen second price winner! Yeah!


Of course being at the hospital my sweet husband Franco had to send the pen in for me or it would not have made it in time for the fair...and now the very generous people from Polyform have send me my price - the whole line of AMAZING Premo! Accents :D


How cool is that?


Here the picture of my winning twist pen and my amazing packs of Premo!




Thank you Polyform!

No bargello for some time - but blessed with amazing friends!!

Posted by Leila Bidler on January 25, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (1)

As you might have noticed the have not been any updates lately...

Unfortunately I've been in a bad car accident on 30.12.2011 - below the picture is my car while they are still trying to cut me out, just to give you an idea of what happened. 

I am OK, surgeries went OK, I can walk and move, now it "only" takes some time to heal. I will also be back claying in a couple of month, can't wait to be able to play with color again. 



A big THANK YOU to all my dear friends that gave me support and send me their prayers and positive thoughts and some amazing surprise: I have received a HUGE box with polymer clay gifts and sweets and candy and some amazing cards, and books...I feel so blessed!!


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click here for a detailed view of all gifts:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gom6699/sets/72157629025828521/

Bargello PAW 15/52

Posted by Leila Bidler on December 25, 2011 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Don't you love "leftovers"? :D I love leftovers in the kitchen...no cooking the day after, I love them even more when it comes to clay. Of course after my last project I am now left with a HUGE sheet of purple clay with translucent and silver foil on top :) so what's a girl supposed to do? use it of course.


I made some tiny tiny  tiny bargellos to send to my firends fro christmas, of course I did not take pictures...*smacks forehead* but this little guy here will stay with me and he got his picture taken.


I love the "checkerboard effect" - do you like it?



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Bargello PAW 14/52

Posted by Leila Bidler on December 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Christmas present Bargello :D this is a bottle drop stopper (that goes with a bottel stopper, of course). It has a stripe of felt inside and you just put it on the neck of a bottle of wine - et voilà! no more drops to stain your table, the will be collected and stopped (hence the name) by this little ring and felt around the bottle neck.


This was not an easy task, but a fun project, the hardest part was to come up with a designa nd size that would fit around the metal base and NOT show the beginning and end of the design, but it had to be continuous.


Lot's of calculations and even more luck where involved, and quite some hour of cutting-and-slicing-and-alligning, but I'm very pleased with this.


Pardo Art Clay ® by Viva Decor again, black + white + purple + silver foil + translucent (yest, the silvervoil is crackled and protected by the tiniest sheet of translucent clay. See detaile macro picture for a close up.


I kinda hate taking picutres of round objects...




work in progress...

I could also picture this as a bangle?



Bargello PAW 13/52

Posted by Leila Bidler on December 13, 2011 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Another excercise...but I might turn this into a pendand or brooch eventually, still not sure...


Of course, after I made the earrings I had some golden clay left...so I came up with this design. I really like it and will do more like this, maybe adding a pearl, or a swarovski?


Can you see the mica glow in the upper right half? People tell me they like teh "colours" but it really is just one colour: kato gold. The depth is given by the mica in the clay and the 3D structure that casts deep shadows. One of these tiny tiles is (h) 1,5mm x (w) 1mm x (l) 7mm. So at the lowest point this piece is 1mm high and at the highest point it's 3,5mm.


I'll add a picture of the same piece just lying on my desk with a ruler and a pin beside it, so You'll get a better idea.

BTW, same piece, different light and background - can you see how much difference a good photo makes? Always take good pictures of your pieces, it's as important as the work you did with the piece, good pictures and bad pictures make a HUGE difference!




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Bargello PAW 12/52

Posted by Leila Bidler on December 4, 2011 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

SURPRISE - not an excercize this time, but "real" stuff :)


I came up with this pair of earrings, inspired by 7/52, a dear friend of mine got all excited when she saw that and told me she'd love to wear such earrings....so...here they are.


Made with Kato gold. Horrible picture again, I know, but I finished them about 10 minutes before she came to visit me :D so I'm lucky I've managed to get at least 1 picture of them.



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