Saturday, December 8, 2012

Studio Saturday with Creative Impressions In Clay

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is ShaihaCongratulations! You have won digital copy of Erin's Bohemian Knotted Earrings TUTORIAL. The PDF file will be sent to the winner via email once I receive the winner's email address.
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This week we visit the studio of Tari Sasser at 
Creative Impressions In Clay.

I didn't have time to participate in the ornament blog hop.
So, I thought I would make one for Studio Saturday.

Lets start with cutting the top and bottom off of 2 Sprite cans.
Cut the can in half lengthwise. Cut those two in half, you should have 4 strips. Cut the 4 strips in half.
8 strips total from one can, 16 from 2 cans.

I drew out a shape on a piece of 1/4" luan plywood. My darling husband cut it out for me on the bandsaw. Put a wash of green on the tree and brown on the trunk.

You need a wicked sharp pair of scissors. Cut your strips of the aluminum can into scallops.

Start from the bottom and layer (like shingles on a roof) your scalloped strips using a glue gun or in my case, since I couldn't find the glue gun, double backed carpet tape. Bend over the edges to the backside. This may take a bit of coercing on the sides of the tree so the strips on the back are straight.
Keep layering and overlapping your strips till you reach the top.

Fully layered tree. I then applied Modge Podge and sprinkled fine pearlescent glitter on the tree so it looks frosted. You may choose not to do this step.

I used Vintaj 25mm Altered Blanks, metal stamps and acrylic paint for the topper. A wooden dapping block was used to round the disk. The tree is decorated with my charms and felt balls from Ornamentea. I put a jump ring through the disk, added 10" of ribbon, a glass donut and a decorative copper ornament hook. Voila!

My question today is:
What Makes you happy?

I love to create! It keeps me happy. I haven't had much time in my studio lately but take the time when you can. My job lets me create displays for art. Plus I get to be around art everyday. Happy, Happy!

Leave a comment answering the question and you could win a snowflake button. 

Feeling Sassy as usual!
Tari Sasser
Creative Impressions In Clay


Unknown said...

What stunning Christmas trees. What makes me happy at the moment is playing with polymer clay - I am new to is - and discovering all the things you can do with it. I've been painting birds today coping from a book I have - it's been so relaxing and the concentration needed just wipes out of my mind everything else.

Several times a day I check on my list of blogs that have been updated and that makes me really really really happy to see all the fabulous designs and ideas - although I AM NOT yet up to the standard to produce them.

Jennifer Heynen said...


I love your ornament! The sprite can is so smart.

Happy Holidays

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

so enchanting, just like you!
jean! xox

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx for sharing. Your tree is very unique. Creating is what makes me happy too.

DESPINA said...

Seeing my boyfriend after 2 months would certainly make me feel happy.
creation makes me happier each day, it truly uplifts my spirit...


Joanna-Gloria said...

My children smiling, my family around the table, the smiles I get whenever I gift something.


Klassy Joolz said...

My Min Pin puppy "Tango" makes me Happy! He is just so full of life and he's sooooo naughty...but sooooo cute...I just can't get mad at him because he makes me smile!

He's always by my side when I'm doing what I love to that makes him a "designer dog". ~~~~I know I'm silly!~~~~

baymoondesign said...

I am amazed that you created this beautiful tree with repurposing soda cans!

Besides creating, repurposing makes me happy.

Susanm said...

I love this tree! It has a funky, colour-outside-the lines vibe that I gravitate towards.

Any kind of crafting makes me happy, as well as making Christmas cookies with my 11-year old son.

Shai Williams said...

Hmmm...what makes me happy. Lots of things; cuddling with my dog, having a design just pop into my head as I am laying down relaxing, spending time with my husband, ordering a new set of stamps so that I can learn to use them.